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Lessons from PMI Global Congress

by Mike Griffiths

Guess what…this project manager went to a project management conference and it wasn't boring! In fact, it was very memorable. This two-part article recalls some thoughts from attending the recent PMI Global Congress 2016—North America in San Diego.

PMI Congress: Lessons in Leadership, Communication

by Bruce Harpham

Thousands of project managers gathered in San Diego in September to share best practices, network and improve their skills. In a few short days, there was much to learn. In this article, some attendees share some of the benefits they gained through meeting others and sharpening their skills.

Change Leadership Review

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by ProjectsatWork.com

Do your change initiatives create high levels of uncertainty, frustration and wasted effort? Is the human side of change valued through coaching, communication and recognition? This review template can help executives, project/program managers and implementation teams evaluate the effectiveness of change leadership in their organization.

Options to Address Project Cost Risk

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by Michael Bissonette

Project costs receive serious scrutiny from executives and stakeholders who use ROI and other financial metrics to judge organizational performance. Here is a checklist of questions to help project leaders and their teams determine the best available options for responding to project cost risks and issues that may arise.

Motivational Moves

by Beth Spriggs

A disciplined team is going to get the job done and produce satisfactory results most of the time, but a motivated team offers the possibility of delivering outstanding outcomes that go above and beyond expectations. Here are some strategies and tactics for motivating your team members.

The Courage Solution

by Kathleen Ryan O'Connor

The only thing you can reliably change or control in any company or team is yourself. So start there and be a truth-teller, says Mindy Mackenzie, author, McKinsey senior adviser and former WalMart executive. It’s the first step in building a credible partnership with your boss and collaborative, reciprocal relationships with your peers.

Teams Do, Leaders Understand

by Andy Jordan

When it comes to the functional requirements of strategic initiatives, how much of the ‘mechanics’ do leaders need to know? It is important to have a broad, credible understanding of the work and roles involved, but it is not necessary, or even desirable, for leaders to be able to step in and do the work.

PM Tool Evaluation Matrix

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by Elizabeth Harrin

When assessing and comparing technology solutions to support your project management efforts, a wide range of potential features must be weighted and rated, along with vendor fit and cost. Use and customize this software evaluation matrix to guide your selection process.

Create a Common Vision

by Joel Peterson

Tackling challenges on the journey to a common goal is a natural way for team members to come to trust one another. On the other hand, failing to articulate a common mission or vision of success almost always ensures confusion and conflict when inevitable setbacks occur.

Trust in the System

by Joel Peterson

When people understand what they’re expected to achieve, and that they’ll be given credit for success, they can focus on objectives and outcomes, not just tasks. They can trust the system. Here are four suggestions for creating an organizational culture in which trust is secured by accountability.

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