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The Secret to Reading Minds with Perceptual Positions

Wouldn’t it be great if you could see the world from someone else’s point of view? Maybe that would help with conflict, influence, or negotiation. This is exactly what John Grinder and Judith DeLozier’s Perceptual Positions technique will give you.

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Are You Doing Everything a Project Manager Should?

How to be a Project Manager

Most of the articles on this website are highly practical. They are about how to ‘do’ Project Management. But it seems time to write something a little different… Perhaps something a little more thoughtful. I have been considering what it takes to be a Project Manager.

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Get Better Results from you Team with Tuckman

Bruce Tuckman How Groups Develop

Small groups are an important part of organisational life. We deploy them to tackle short-term problems and as regular work units. Outside of work, we encounter them in many contexts. It was Bruce Tuckman whose research gave us the clearest and most useful model of how they develop.

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The Secret to creating a WBS with a Mind Map

Blog - Create a WBS with a Mind Map

One of the most under-used Project Management tools of all is the Work Breakdown Structure, or WBS. For some reason, it seems to intimidate new Project Managers. Yet it is nothing more than a listing of everything you need to do in a structured way. And there is one very friendly and familiar tool that […]

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Are You Getting Your Project Documentation all Wrong?

Getting Your Project Documentation Right

When I am training Project Managers, one of the main concerns I hear is about Project documentation. No-one likes the feeling of bureaucracy. But we do know that some record-keeping is necessary. So what is the right amount of Project documentation? And what is the secret to avoiding unnecessary reports and form-filling?

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How to Know When to Use Project Management

When to Use Project Management

Project Management is one of the most powerful solutions available to you. But what is the problem it solves? This article is about when to use Project Management and all the tools and techniques that it puts at your disposal.

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Hard and Soft Project Management Skills

Blog - Hard and Soft Project Management Skills

You have probably heard of ‘hard and soft Project Management’. In fact, you may have come across an artificially concocted debate about the merits of hard versus soft Project Management. In this article, I want to assess what the terms hard and soft mean, and why they are not in opposition to each other. 

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The Big 7 Project Management Priorities

Project Management Priorities

Let’s say you have just been tasked with starting up – or perhaps taking over – a new project. You have a day to read up about it, to think, and to prepare yourself, before travelling to where the project is. Towards the end of the day, you sit down and make a list of […]

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Project Management Essentials (8-Step Template)

Project Management Essentials

So, you’ve been given a project to deliver, and you want to know: ‘what are the Project Management essentials?’ It isn’t uncommon for experienced managers and professionals to get tasked with delivering a project. Sometimes you will have done other projects before, but this one is bigger, more complex, or the consequences of success or […]

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Eight (+1) of the Best Project Management Books

Best of... Project Management Books

Any selection of the best project management books must, perforce, be subjective. So with this clarification, but  without apology, here are my recommendations. Please add your own to the comments section below. Also, I shall make my recommendations on specialist areas of project management, like risk management, leadership,  and stakeholder engagement, in subsequent blogs. We […]

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