Keep Your Eggs in One Basket – Part 1

If you’re just starting out in business, this blog won’t apply to you… yet. But if you’ve been in business for a while, I think this will really resonate with you: You get up in the morning to start your day. You open your email. There are 25 new emails plus a dozen from yesterday […]

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The Antidote

I coach a client who is a freelancer. He’s generally productive and looking at different strategies to grow his small business. In a conversation a couple of weeks ago he mentioned that he had just spent an hour browsing through a website that collected and posted complaints that freelancers have about their clients. He related […]

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Take it Apart and Put it Back Together

My neighbor is an auto enthusiast. I have no interest in a camshaft or fanbelt but when I chat over the fence with my neighbor, I learn all about his truck (a Ford pick-up truck from the 1940’s). He bought the body – just a shell – a couple of years ago and is literally […]

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Santa: The Ultimate Project Management Guru

Recently, I wrote about your Christmas dinner as a project management exercise. But now that it’s just about Christmas, I’ve realized that the real project management guru of the season is Santa himself. What a project: Making toys for good little girls and boys and then delivering them in one night. Can you imagine the […]

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Project management skills to make the holiday season better

Posted by on December 15, 2009 in: Project Management

When you think about it, your Big Family Christmas Dinner is one gigantic project requiring project management to be successful. The ideal outcome of your “project” is that you have your family seated around the table at the same time that all of the food comes hot out of the kitchen. In order to do […]

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Project Management Success Requires Flexibility

Recently, a friend of mine told me about an IT implementation he was part of. He was brought in as a contractor to assist in the internal promotion and communication of the new technology as it was being rolled out. In other words, he had to convince the internal users that it was worth learning […]

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It’s December… Now is NOT the time to slow down

It’s early in December and if there’s one thing that I know lots of entrepreneurs are tempted to do it’s to hold off on critical business action. This thinking usually starts around Thanksgiving (but gets worse in early December) and goes right through to the first workday in January.  Sure, you might continue through December […]

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