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Greetings leaders!

In mentoring other project managers, I noticed there is a distinct trait that distinguishes those that are successful, and those that struggle in managing their projects. That trait is what I’ll call the ability to drive versus the ability to manage. Are you a project manager or a project driver?

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Greetings Leaders!

Are you looking for work, or thinking about reentering the workforce after spending some time away from the daily grind? Perhaps you took some time off to pursue a business venture, raise your kids at home or have to find work due to a change in your financial situation. Whatever the case, reentering the workforce can be difficult in the best of cases. Here are five tips to help you succeed.

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Greetings Leaders!

Do you find yourself in the frustrating position where people just won’t listen to you, even though you think you have good ideas that will help your company, organization, or the individual? If you do, don’t lose heart! There are definitely some things you can do to change this. Read the rest of this entry »

Greetings Leaders!

While mentoring Project Managers over the years, I’ve noticed both the good and the bad. What are the top 5 mistakes Project Managers make? Well, we’re all different, but here are five sure ways to get shown the door both as a consultant and as an employee.

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Greetings Leaders!

Are you struggling to break out as a Project Manager at your organization? Well, you’re not alone. If we think about the 80/20 rule, only 20% of the Project Managers out there are going to rise above the others. After teaching project managers, consulting at many organizations and just reflecting on my career, I’ve come up with five things you need to do to get that next promotion.

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How To Find Courage

Greetings Leaders!

Are you facing some seemingly insurmountable obstacles in your life? Having problems at work? Is your boss abusive? Are you in a seemingly hopeless relationship? Finances keeping you down? Perhaps you are having difficulty with your kids or just finding your way through life. Whatever it may be, you can find the courage to deal with it. Your situation may not go change, but your outlook can.  Read the rest of this entry »

Greetings Leaders!

I’ve been thinking about this for awhile as I watch the friends of my son and daughter enter their 20s and graduate from college. With all the uncertainty out there, what advice can I give to them as they begin their journey into adulthood? If you’re in your 20s or early 30s, or know someone who is, read on for some valuable tips. Read the rest of this entry »

Are You A Manager Or A Leader?

Greetings Leaders!

This may seem like a rhetorical question to you, but the answer is important on several levels. On an organizational level, it is vital, because managers and leaders are very different kinds of people. Both are needed in an organization, but if you have the wrong people in the wrong slots, disaster awaits. If you have a manager slotted where you need a leader (not leadership – but a leader), or you have a leader acting as a manager, you are asking for trouble. The manager won’t lead, and the leader will get bored and leave. On a personal level, you need to understand which one you are, and ensure that you are in a position that utilizes your strengths. So how do you know if you are a manager or a leader?

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Greetings Leaders!

Last night I volunteered at a Career Coaching event at Bayside of Granite Bay. The event supported the Career Coaching program for those in transition, and there were 50+ job seekers there. For those in the Sacramento-Roseville-Rocklin area, I highly recommend it. They’ve successfully helped over 200 people find their next career. Although affiliated with the church, this is a non-evangelical event. Meaning you can walk in the door without getting preached to. The point is to help people in need get back on their feet.

I’ve done this before both at the church and other groups, and am always struck by the high caliber people who are for whatever reason unemployed. If you find yourself in this predicament, take heart, it is only temporary. Having said that – I do also come across those who I know will struggle to find their next job. If you’ve been unemployed for over 6 months, here are 5 things you need to consider.

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Greetings Leaders!

I often wonder why some people make it big and others not so much. A friend went to see the Rat Pack Tribute recently that highlighted singers that resembled Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford.  The singers were pretty good. But… why did the originals rise to stardom and these others just become good impersonators?

When I go to San Francisco and walk down the wharf, I always see talented musicians playing on the sidewalk for money. Many are often broke. What happened to them? Why aren’t they using their talents making a lot of money, or at least sharing their gifts to make a living? Instead, they live a life of poverty, hoping someone will come by and throw a buck in their guitar case. How about project managers? Why do some rise to stardom as a project rockstar, and others languish in mediocrity? Want to be a project rockstar? You can if you’re willing to follow some simple advice.

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