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  • Happy 4th July

    Happy independence day to all of my friends and visitors.  On July 4th, 1776 US got independence from Britain and a democracy was born.  This is the land of opportunity and freedom.  This is the time of barbecue, picnics, and… Read More ›

  • Anais Nin on Change

    There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people… Read More ›

  • Happy Canada Day!

    Wishing all my Canadian friends a happy Canada day!  July 1st is Canada’s birth date and it was originally known as Dominion Day.  Later in 1982, it was changed to Canada day.  Its 142nd birthday of Canada.  Here is the… Read More ›

  • Don’t Settle – Stay Hungry – Stay Foolish

    Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

  • Changepoint and PPM

    Last week I completed Compuware Changepoint training. I had read earlier that Changepoint is in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant (leaders) for PPM tools. Changepoint is a web based tool for project and portfolio management.  The tool enables leadership make right decisions based… Read More ›

  • 3-Rs for Leaders

    Read more Reflect more Risk more Leaders ought to read a lot to stay ahead.  Each day is blessed with new discoveries and useful information.  Using the 80/20 rule, find out what is out there that you need to know. … Read More ›

  • Project Management – Useful Links

    We learn a lot from the Internet these days and rely on up-to-date information.  Personally, I’ve learned a lot from my fellow bloggers and other websites on Project Management to stay ahead of the curve.  There are many other on-line resources… Read More ›

  • Change : Three Fish Story

    Change is inevitable.  In every person’s life, opportunities for change come and go.  If person avoids change, nature creates circumstances in one way or the other, and change becomes unavoidable.  As per human nature, some will embrace the change and… Read More ›

  • 7 Leadership Quotes

    Here are seven inspiring leadership quotations from some of the world’s greatest thinkers.  Greater than the threat of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come. – Victor Hugo Failure, rejection and mistakes are the perfect stepping stones to… Read More ›

  • Leadership Sans Ego & Insecurity

    Everywhere we turn our focus to, we hear something negative and how leadership should come forward.  Leadership at every level is already faced with some difficult choices.  It is of paramount importance that when leaders make decisions to change the… Read More ›

  • Capture Planning Assumptions

    Your boss approaches you and tells that workplan is very good but customer wants to know how can we deliver the project sooner than promised?  Now you have to come up with a new workplan or make some adjustments based… Read More ›

  • Quotes of Gandhi

    Someone sent me an email with quotes of Mahatma Gandhi. Here are some I wanted to share. There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed. There is nothing that wastes the body like… Read More ›

  • Choosing Team Lead

    “People acting together as a group can accomplish things that no individual acting alone could ever hope  to bring about.” – FD Roosevelt Each team members has unique work style, personal goals, skills, background and experience.  Each team member’s unique qualities and… Read More ›

  • Life is bigger than that!

    2008 is nearing the completion of business work days and it was one of the eventful year.  We have seen all from US election to Canadian elections, Wall-street meltdown to Automotive bailout, Saturday Night Live comedy to economic worries.  All… Read More ›

  • Communication Skills for Managers – Learning From Barak Obama

    I was looking into posts on Mr. Barak Obama’s communication style and how it contributed towards Obama’s victory.  Did Obama address people in all 4 categories of DiSC Model?  These categories are Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness.  Each person in his/her category wants to hear in… Read More ›

  • Power Quotes – 3

    We got to refuel our thought engine each day.  When things we read, hear, feel or experience seem tough (relative term); refule with positive quotes. Pray to God but continue to row to the shore. – Russian Proverb Opportunities just… Read More ›

  • Elected – Board Member @ PMIGLC

    When  I checked my inbox this morning, I found an official email from PMIGLC election committee congratulating me that I have been elected as Vice President – Communications for the 2009-2010 term. Some of you might know that I volunteer at  Great Lakes Chapter of PMI… Read More ›

  • Scheduling & Three Types of Tasks : MS Project

    If you are new Project Manager or new to using MS Project,  when putting workplan together one of the question you may ask is – what type of task should I choose? MS Project has 3 options – Fixed Duration;… Read More ›

  • The Laws of ….

    I got this humorous email today from one of my friend with subject “Newton’s Unpublished Laws” and found it quite funny, I thought of sharing with you all to kick-off  the weekend on a lighter note.  I have ready many laws (including Murphy’s… Read More ›

  • … life is how you react to it!

    Today I heard first time of Charles Swindoll.  He is an author of over 70 books, educator and a preacher.  I have not read or listened to him but his quotes (found over the Internet) are very valuable.  I am believer… Read More ›

  • Fast, Cheap AND Good

    Can’t pick any two? You also need all three – fast, cheap and good?  It has been very commonly used set of options in I.T. when offering an alternative or usually when dealing with issues from outsourced service.  Someone will… Read More ›

  • Power Quotes – 2

    Learning from the words of the wise and getting more out of our life should be our goal.  As someone said, knowing and not doing is as good as not knowing.  Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability… Read More ›

  • Practical Wisdom – three types of people

    I attended “Practical Wisdom For Getting the Most Out of Life” seminar by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Detroit on July 9th.  It was good to see and listen him in person. His way of talking is like giving sutras (formula)… Read More ›

  • The 7 Habits For Managers

    Stephen R Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is classic and most of us have read and learned from it.   This week, I listened to his another audio book The 7 Habits for Managers: Managing Yourself, Leading Others, Unleashing… Read More ›

  • DiSC model – Management Styles

    I completed DiSC (stands for Dominance, influence, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness) training last week and fount it interesting.   DiSC confirms one thing, different strokes for different folks. DiSC is a system to help you find out similar and unique characteristics among people.  It… Read More ›

  • Quotes for Managers

    Quotes are powerful words to stir thinking process, give new perspective on things, motivate to take action.  Here are some quotes on planning and strategy that I collected from book Strategic Management by Fred David. Like a product or service, the planning… Read More ›

  • Intro to Earned Value Analysis – Part 1

    We got to measure the progress of the project and report it to upper management along with controlling it.  Project might seem progressing well, tasks completing on time and we are spending money for that.  Earned Value Analysis (EVA) gives… Read More ›

  • Quote from Yogi

    “We are on this planet to love each other, to serve each other and to uplift each other. We have come on this Earth to give, not to take. Don’t take pride in taking. Give and you will be given… Read More ›

  • Five Powerful Leadership Quotes

    Five very powerful quotes, read and ponder.  “A leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of credit.” – Arnold Glasow “There are no bad soldiers, only bad officers.” – Napolean “The… Read More ›

  • Trust is very important for teamwork

    When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality. – Joe Paterno. Who else can say better than JoePa?  He is absolutely correct, but key thing is outgrowing individualism.  When a team is motivated to… Read More ›