Finding Rocks

November 20, 2018

This past week I found a rock - a special rock - that was painted like a scarecrow. What does this have to do with project management? Plenty! Let's find some rocks.

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Four Birds on a Wire

November 13, 2018

In projects, and in our lives, nothing happens until someone does something. In this episode I'll discuss the importance of decisions and actions - and yes, I'll talk about my fear of math and four birds on a wire.

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25 Lessons Learned

November 6, 2018

Little to do with project management, but much to do with life.

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Vampire Management: Why Your Job Sucks

October 29, 2018

Happy Halloween - a special edition of The Lifelong Project podcast... it's spooky!

I’m a vampire and I’m your manager. I'd rather drink your blood than coffee. Your job sucks because you work for me. For years I’ve owned you, controlled you, and made your life miserable, but not anymore. I’m retiring and I’m sharing some secrets that just might get me killed. I don’t care – I’m dead already.

Vampires rule over corporate fiefdoms and control workers by the minute. You know you’re working for a vampire when your manager doesn’t care about your goals, your family life, and the misery you endure just to do your job. If you hate your job because of your manager, your coworkers, or because you can’t afford to quit you’re probably working for a vampire.

My book, Vampire Management, is on Amazon.

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Gathering Requirements for Life and Projects

October 22, 2018

In this week's episode I'll discuss the value in gathering requirements for your projects and for your life. Requirements tell us what we need to achieve, what we must achieve, for the project to be successful.

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Car Crashes and Projects

October 15, 2018

In this episode we'll discuss the unexpected changes in life and in projects, the whole point of the Lifelong Project, and you doing more than you believe possible. You can pass the PMP, earn the new certification, or accomplish whatever goals you set out to achieve.

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Pass - Do Not Take - the PMP

October 1, 2018

If you want to pass the PMP exam, you'll first need to qualify for the exam and then create a plan for how you'll pass the test. Let's get that part straight right away: Your goal is pass the test. Your goal is not to take the test. Your goal is not to get a perfect score. Your goal is simply to pass the test.

You're a project manager. If you were assigned a project to build a condo, develop new software, upgrade a network, or any other possible task, you'd need to create a project management plan. You'd identify all of the requirements for the project and then map a way to achieve the goals of the project customer. Why should your effort to pass the PMP exam be any different?

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Don’t Freak Out!

September 24, 2018

If you want to be appear professional, in control, and as a leader in your projects don't freak out when things go wrong.

Projects are uncertain - things will go wrong, just as things happen in all projects, in businesses, and even in life. We can't always control what will happen, but we can control how we react. 

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Keep Moving Forward

September 17, 2018

Keep moving forward! If you've taken one of my online classes you know that I like to say "keep moving forward." 

But why? What's the deal with that line and why do I say it so often. There's more to the story than you moving onto the next lecture. In this podcast, I'll share the story behind the line.

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Selling T-Shirts on the Beach

September 10, 2018

In this episode, Joseph Phillips share a letter from a listener and offers some frank career advice. Life is too short to be unhappy! There's much to be said about selling t-shirts on the beach.

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