7 Career Saving Questions to Ask Before You Start a New Project

Want your project to fail? Just sit back and just let things happen. But I'm going to guess you care about this project. And not only about your project, but its people, and your career. That means it's time to sit down with your boss or client (and yourself) and ask some direct questions about what the heck is going on—before you start a new project. For each of these questions, don't shy away from being direct. Often, it's the questions we're most reluctant to ask…

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Alerts, Rules and BLUF’ing – 3 Actions You Can Use To Save Gazillions!

When I was leading a large team inside a large organization, I could easily have been overwhelmed by 100’s of emails every day. 100’s! Emails from Bosses, Peers & Subordinates. Messages from stakeholders and partners. And then I was saved by my, now, good friend Hugh Culver. My boss brought in Hugh to speak with us about time management. I didn’t know Hugh at the time, and I was looking forward to another ‘time management seminar' like it was a root canal. Are You Spending 80%…

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Smug Politeness & Team Conflict – 5 Actions That Drive Results
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Smug Politeness & Team Conflict – 5 Actions That Drive Results

Canadians' have an image of politeness and don't usually like words like 'conflict. In fact, we can be pretty smug about our politeness. Along with maple syrup, hockey and wood, smugness is our #1 export. For so many people, the idea of conflict seems to imply something negative, even harsh. “Why not ‘discussion’ or ‘debate’ or ‘disagreement’?” Or even worse, 'Consensus.' Read about Consensus But I like the honesty and forthrightness of the word 'conflict.' I suppose that’s why I think it’s the right word. In…

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