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  • 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 ›

  • Know what to emphasize

    PM Tips – 1 What points we emphasize make a big difference in our communications.  How do we do that? We got to know the expectation of the audience and what we want to convey.  Over emphasizing something or emphasizing meager… Read More ›

  • Quotes for managers

    People ask for the secret to success.  There is no secret but there is a process. – Nido Quebin Set a good example.  It will please some people and amaze the rest. – Mark Twain We don’t see things as… Read More ›

  • PMI Membership Benefits

    I volunteer at my PMI (Project Management Institute) local chapter called Great Lakes Chapter (www.pmiglc.org).  I enjoy the benefits of PMI membership in form of monthly magazine called PM Network and accompanied paper called PMI Today.  Both are informative and I… Read More ›

  • Lao-tzu on Leader

    I attended Wayne Dyer’s presentation in Toronto on 28th April 2008.  He spoke about his book  Living the Wisdom of  the Tao.  I am quoting from this book.  Lets see what a philosopher, Lao-tzu, said in the 17th verse of Tao… Read More ›

  • Issue or Risk?

    Budget, Scope and Schedule are three constraints a project manager has to deal with to produce deliverable.  Any one of these three is changed, remaining are also affected. Risks and issues in a project are documented and monitored.  During the documentation… Read More ›

  • My Reading List for coming days

    Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.  ~James Russell Lowell  You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read. ~ Charlie “Tremendous”… Read More ›

  • Cheese Moved? Doesn’t Matter.

    We, as a professional, are hired by organizations to deliver results and perform. As time passes, our daily job becomes our universe.  We spend our energies resolving problems, improving processes, saving money and many other good things.  Sometimes we are ignorant and sometimes we are… Read More ›

  • Illiterate of the 21st century…

    “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler I found this quote very much true.  It is becoming more and more important in… Read More ›

  • Leading Creative Employees

    There are always some special people in teams who are very much techie, creative and loaded with specific knowledge.  Lets call these employees creative people in this post. These creative people provide tremendous value to organization through application of their knowledge and expertise.  These really… Read More ›

  • Positive Quotes

    These words of wisdom reaffirm an optimistic view towards our life and work.  These words once said by great minds ask us to develop positive attitude, take action, believe in ourselves and make our word more beautiful place to live…. Read More ›

  • What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There

    I read many books in 2007 and one of the best that I want to mention here is What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith.This book is all about how successful people become even more successful. … Read More ›

  • How to Have Project Kick-off Meeting

    Kick-off meeting is the first meeting of the project where you give all the team members good news that project is ‘go ahead’ from the sponsors and also set the tone of your project – is it going to be… Read More ›

  • Stroke Warning Signs

    My mother suffered minor stroke(s) last week and she is in hospital recovering as right side is affected by it.  Reason for my this post is to make readers aware of the signs of stroke so that if someone else has these symptoms,… Read More ›

  • Good Bye 2007

    Its been a wonderful year for me, and I hope the ditto for you all the readers.  When I look back and see the things that happened; I believe that I have learned a lot, accomplished a lot and I am… Read More ›

  • Leadership Quotes – 2

    No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.  – Andrew Carnegie Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than… Read More ›

  • Keeping in touch with direct reports?

    Workplaces have transformed a lot in last few years from people working in same office building to team members scattered over different continents.  This poses some benefits and challenges.  As we all know that we are all connected via communication… Read More ›

  • Conflict Matters!

    Managers face many situations where he has to sort out two opposing actions or ideas. Situation may be very tense as people with conflicting ideas become very much involved and passionate about their stand.   As a manager, a positive and constructive conflict between… Read More ›

  • Power Quotes

    In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.  It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.  We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the human spirit. – Albert Schweitzer… Read More ›

  • 5 points to ponder…

    Judge your success by the degree that you’re enjoying peace, health, and love. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect. Live a good, honorable life.  Then when… Read More ›

  • The Dip – When to Quit and When to Stick

    It was my first book from Seth Godin, and he talks about strategic quitting in this book.  Here is my own interpretation of What is a dip – its a temporary situation when you feel like stuck, the results are not convincing and success seems… Read More ›

  • A Quote by Lee Iacocca

    The kind of people I look for to fill top management spots are the eager beaver, the mavericks.  These are the people who try to do more than they’re expected to do – they alway reach.

  • Who is Planning Your Career?

    I am satisfied with my career and I know where I am going.  I hope that you are also doing the right things for your career growth.  In case, if you are doing the same job for last 10 years and now frustrated that… Read More ›

  • Quotes for Sunday

    The talented employee may join a company because of its charismatic leaders, its generous benefits, and its world-class training programs, but how long that employee stays and how productive they are while they are there is determined by their relationship… Read More ›

  • The Toyota Way – 14 Management Principles

    I completed listening ‘The Toyota Way’ audio-book by Jeffrey Liker.  The book talks about 14 priciples of Toyota Production Systems (TPS).  There are many gems that I think could be of use in Information Technology Project Managment.  Here are 14 TPS… Read More ›

  • One Liners

    Sense of humor is very important in life.  My friend Seema forwarded me an email with some humorous one-liners; I thought I should share it with others.  Regular naps prevent old age… especially if you take them while driving. Having one… Read More ›

  • Positive interpretation of other people’s actions

    It is very simple thing to do and results are excellent and enriching.  Often we interpret other people’s actions or behavior negatively when we do not have enough detail about their actions or behavior.  My approach is to give benefit of doubt… Read More ›

  • 10 Steps of Project Success

    Whenever IT project failure is talked, people refer Denver Airport project that failed big time and costed a lot.  I have also seen project that failed or cancelled or shrunk.  Why is it happening when so many intelligent people are working… Read More ›

  • Leadership Quotes

    You must do the thing you think you cannot do. – Eleanor Roosevelt If you think you can do it, or you think you can’t do it, You are right. – Henry Ford Do the one thing you think you cannot… Read More ›

  • Importance of TimeOut

    We have seen in various sports when a play or a pass is not developing the way expected or falling out of bound, timeout is called.  After timeout, team regroups and turns the outcome for that instance or break the momentum of… Read More ›