F*%! Friction

In Project Management, the real F-word is Friction…   Always be on the lookout for friction within your team.  Aside from a negative company culture, friction is one of the most counter productive elements your team can encounter. What is friction and why is it so dangerous? Friction is anything that impedes an individual or …

The Margin Manifesto

Margin – give yourself some now, you may need it later… Ask yourself this: How often has something gone exactly, perfectly to plan without a bump, hiccup, or delay along the way?  Basically never, right?  So then, why would we ever create a plan without margin?  Why plot a course with no room for error?  Why …

Collaboration vs ‘Not my Job’

Offers to help yield exponentially greater results, here is why… We’ve all been in this situation – you are swamped with work, too much to do and too little time, and then someone (perhaps a manager, a co-worker, or someone from another group) asks if you can help pull together another piece of the overall …

Is it really a problem?

Sometimes when you feel like the sky is falling it is only a drop of rain…  One of the hardest things about developing something new (in basically any field) is the shear number and variety of issues, setbacks and obstacles you will encounter along the way. Thus, a real challenge in New Product Development is …

How to be Lucky

What is luck?  My definition of Luck is the occurrence of an event that is generally unlikely.  Luck is not a miracle, it is not the occurrence of the impossible.  It is merely the happening of something with (much) less than 50% probability of occurrence.  From this probabilistic context, Luck can be influenced, encouraged, perhaps …

Why don’t we read more?

I heard a very successful person say, that the difference between you and those that you admire, is that the people you admire read.  They educate themselves.  They are perpetually curious and striving to learn more.  They want to be inspired, to have their thoughts challenged, to see the world from different view points.  Reading …

Building Relationships

How do you build relationships in business?  Empathy In-person one on one engagement Camaraderie outside of work Displays of trustworthiness Shared struggles Empathy.  Simple enough but often overlooked and/or too rarely practiced.  Try to understand the other.  What are they struggling with, how can you help, what pain points or frustrations can you alleviate, what do …

What is Leadership

What is leadership?  What does leadership look like?  Is it knowing the ‘right’ answer.  Is it having years of experience.  Is it being in a position of power, influence or authority.  No, I think leadership is a combination of courage, respect, and selflessness. Courage to face head on the challenges that your team faces both …