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3 Important Skills for Project Managers

by Joe Wynne

There are skills for project managers that complement the classic knowledge areas. Possessing these skills can enable a project manager to become visibly more sophisticated in capabilities necessary for larger projects and higher-level roles in the organization.

Build Your Own Learning Culture

by Laura Burford

When it comes to a person’s career, every individual is responsible for their own learning and development. The best way to take responsibility is to build your own learning culture. Here are four steps to help you get started.

Professional Development: Keeping Up with the Pace of Change

by Kevin Coleman

We are all coming face to face with the need to change. Someone with continuous learning on their resume and a knowledge of new and emerging strategies, technologies and processes can position themselves as an attractive hire. Are you maximizing your potential?

How to Grow Your Career with Certifications

by Bruce Harpham

Do certifications add value to your career? The answer is clear. Here, the author shares three questions to keep in mind before you invest in another certification, and six steps to create your project certification plan.

Commitment to Growth or Commitment to Numbers?

by Andy Jordan

Maintaining a certification is an important part of the process. Do you give it the respect it deserves, or do you simply see a target “score” you have to meet?

The Future of Higher Education

by Júnior Rodrigues, MSc, PMP

Higher education institutions that fail to understand and adapt to the current paradigm shift will face serious difficulties in the future. They must make profound structural changes in providing quality education and services to their students by adapting quickly and effectively to this new world marked by technological advances.

Broader or Deeper: How Should Your Development Grow?

by Andy Jordan

With the increasing business focus of project management, many PMs are wondering how they should focus their personal development. Should they go broad, or should they go deep?

Topic Teasers Vol. 98: The Need for Digital Badges

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA

Question: I have a question about how I can best advertise my certification status with PMI. I know I can put that I am a PMP®, PMI-PBA®, PMI-ACP® or list other types of similar achievements I have earned. However, it becomes quite cumbersome to try to try to type them in or get them to show up on social media. Also, I hear two different stories about whether or not to use the registration mark ® after the letters. Is there a better way to do this?
A. Certifications attached to your name are inappropriate when using social media. Readers disregard them since you can just make them up whether or not you actually hold them. A better choice is to find some way in the message, text or tweet to reference your skill in project management through specific examples and your delight in passing the exams.
B. The fine print you sign when applying for the Project Management Institute exams states that you are not allowed to announce your certifications in any way other than on a business card. The print on the cart must be Helvetica 12 point and the color of the type must match exactly the color of the PMI logo.
C. What you need is a digital badge, which is a web-ready version of a certification. PMI has asked a third-party to distribute these to you. This allows you to get recognition on the internet for the accomplishments you have achieved that can be verified. Learn how to access these, if you qualify.
D. What you need is a design team to create a cut-and-paste logo for your business that shows your name and photo with all of the credentials you have earned. Place it into web locations you use by associating it back to your own personal computer through a URL created by a custom site that shortens links.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

Consulting Agreement

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Whether you're a consultant starting with a new client or a company looking to outsource, this agreement will make sure everyone is on the same page going into your next project.

Conflict of Interest Questionnaire

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Stop conflicts before they start using this questionnaire designed to raise red flags with your employees' relationship to the company.

Discrimination Quiz

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Nobody means to discriminate, but are you sure that your policies are in line with legal definitions of discrimination? Take this quick quiz and find out.

Telephone Reference Check Template

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by Miriam Ziemelis

This Telephone Reference Check Template will help you checking references in a consistent way, asking the same questions of each former employer/reference so that you have comparative data to work with at the end of the process.

Traditional Job Competency Model

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by George Ball

Looking for a training tool that will evaluate as well as guide you? Here's an example of how to define and analyze basic job competency for a relationship management specialist.

Internet Policy Agreement

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Your employees spend a lot of time online, but what exactly are they doing on the Internet all day? It is wise to have a policy to outline what is expected of their Internet use.

Communication Skills Evaluation

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Communication is a vital tool that any candidate for employment must demonstrate. Use these questions and suggestions to help evaluate candidates' written and oral communication skills.

Applicant Rejection Letter

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With every offer letter, there's a horde of rejections to be made. Make it easier on yourself using this sample letter.

Training Presentation Package

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Use this agenda and the included tips to make your training meeting and presentation go off without a hitch.

Flex Time Policy Agreement

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If you decide that you're going to offer flex time to your employees, make sure you take care of the paperwork first. Flex time shouldn't mean "come and go as you please."

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