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How Successful Project Leaders Avoid Common Pitfalls

Being caught in the hornet’s nest of an unruly project is a unique kind of professional pain, particularly when you are supposed to be the leader. So let’s try to avoid that. Imagine if you could avoid the most common pitfalls and lead a winning team on a successful project. Doesn’t that sound like more fun? Of course it does. Because landing a successful project can be one of the most satisfying types of work. It gives you a great sense of accomplishment along with lots of real-life lessons. I’ve had the gut-wrenching experience where I have truly wondered if … Read more

3 Money Tips Every Stressed Out Worker Needs to Know

What would you do if you didn’t have to worry about money? That’s a fun question to help discover something you are passionate about. It can help you to think about long-term career plans and what you want to do with your life. It’s also useful to think about how you could make that a reality. Because you may be closer to financial freedom than you think. Maybe it’s a long-shot to become insanely wealthy and fly around on private jets. But it’s totally within your grasp to achieve financial peace. Because you already have the most important tools to … Read more

How to Create a Team of Leaders

how to create a team of leaders

Team success comes from planning. But the leader can’t do all the planning. A team working on a project of any size or complexity needs multiple people to contribute. Each person brings specific knowledge and experience to the table. The team leader’s job is to use everyone’s input to get the best results. That means developing plans, but also turning those plans into action. The team needs to build momentum, get to work, and be able to overcome obstacles along the way. To do this, the team needs to be committed to success. That starts with each individual. And the … Read more

The 5 Best Personal Development Books of 2018

You can get tremendous value from a book that has great ideas, offers a new perspective, or allows you to gain new knowledge. In that way, all books provide personal development opportunities. This list is from my reading of new books released in 2018 where I found particularly valuable insights for personal and professional development. Here we go. In no particular order (and with affiliate links). 1) Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear. I’m finishing this one up right now and maybe because it’s so fresh in my mind … Read more

How Curiosity Can Be the Secret Weapon of Your Success

One of the most powerful ways to increase your value is to get better at your job. As you become a super star, you become more valuable to the company you work for now. You also become more valuable to the marketplace in the future. Because you will have a better story to tell. You will have a narrative that is deeper, more complete, and more compelling than everyone else in your position. What’s more, you will be much happier living this narrative than coasting as a mediocre employee. The problem, of course, is that much of your success in … Read more

How to Gain the Confidence to Speak Up More – 5 simple steps

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I used to get very frustrated in meetings because I had lots of ideas–good ideas–but nobody was interested to hear them. Maybe it was because I didn’t have enough authority. Or expertise. Perhaps it was because of my limited experience. Or worse. Maybe they knew I was really a fraud. That I didn’t know what I was doing and that it was just dumb luck that got me here in the first place. They are all experienced professionals and I am just barely scraping by. Of course, that’s not really true. But that is how it feels. Because it can … Read more