10 Ways to Turn Today into a Vacation Day

10 Ways to Turn Today into a Vacation Day

Vacation Day
Sometimes I think the universe knows what we need, even before we do.  Our family ended up taking an unexpected vacation this week.  The time off has been great and it reminded me that I need to replenish my energy regularly, even if I can’t take time off to do it.

Since this is the last vacation I’ll have for several months, I thought I’d look back on what I enjoyed most this week.  My goal was to find activities I could repeat without taking time off.  I came up with a list of 10 things any of us can do with little time and no investment to cure what ails us.
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5 Steps to Making a Better Project Management Hire

5 Steps to Making a Better Project Management Hire

Making Better Project Management Hires

“He who fails to plan, plans to fail”  Winston Churchill

Planning is critical to the success of any project manager.  For hiring managers looking to supplement their project management ranks, the same rule applies.  There are steps hiring managers can and should take before and during the recruiting process to ensure a successful outcome after hiring is complete.
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Rules to Live By

Rules to Live By

Rules to live by

Teams are like a family.  They have a collective existence, history and future goals that go beyond those of each individual team member.  Like families, there are norms, or rules of the road, that guide the behaviors of the group.  It’s important for teams to know what’s acceptable and encouraged, discouraged or flat out not allowed.  It is a leader’s responsibility to establish those ground rules for the team.
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Weekly Wow

Weekly Wow

Weekly WowBeginning this week, I thought I’d post a short collection of blogs entries and other articles that caught my eye over the last few days and I think are share-worthy.

  • The Power of Asking Questions – Stop talking and start asking questions.  How to better engage, focus on the conversation at hand, and look smarter.  The best part for me was a list of questions to ask at networking events to feel comfortable engaging people you don’t know.
  • CIA Secrets to Success – As a fan of Jason Bourne, this one caught me right away.  You mean I can use spy skills at work?  Awesome.
  • Increase Your Intensity – I joked around with my team when I received this article, asking if they thought I needed to be more intense.  Answer?  NO!  Reading the article, it was more about how to balance your intensity, which I found to be more useful than the original email I received implied.
  • When Negative Feedback Works – Constructively critical feedback does wonders for me, more so than positive feedback.  This article does a great job of outlining what types of employees – based on experience level – benefit most from each form of feedback and why.
  • Ben Franklin was Never Idle – Increase your productivity the Ben Franklin way.  Great insight to Ben’s foray into the printing business.  Favorite – fail often and fail hard, but don’t plan for it.  I like the idea that failure is part of the gig, but do what you can to avoid it instead of just accepting it.

There you have it.  If I could only share 5 articles this week, these are the ones that I found to be the most interesting and insightful.  Instead of sharing more articles each day on Twitter, I thought I’d consolidate them into just a few each week that really stood out.  What are your thoughts?  I’d appreciate your feedback in the comments below.

Why Employees Are Not Like Stormtroopers

Why Employees Are Not Like Stormtroopers

Employees are not like Stormtroopers
Walking through Disneyland a few weeks ago, we came upon a long line of little girls, waiting anxiously to meet their favorite princess and get their photo taken.  They were all jumping up and down in line, craning their necks for a better look.  Their favorite princesses from books and movies were suddenly real and they could barely contain their excitement.

A few hours later, a much older and bigger girl was jumping up and down and practically squealing in delight.  Darth Vader had just come out to battle little boys and girls learning how to fight the dark side.  I was on the sidelines, wishing I was still young enough to participate.
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