Monday, June 27, 2016

Leadership Quote of the Week - John Quincy Adams


A special thanks to my wife and son for this picture. What are your actions doing to inspire others? Steve Jobs, Mother Teresa, Dr. Martin Luther King, Gandhi each inspired millions in their actions. As a leader, you don’t need to inspire millions, but are you inspiring the people you interact with? Your team? If you can inspire people to action, then believe it or not, you’re a leader! 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

How To Deal With "Suggestions" - Power Phrase

Last night I had a conversation with a kindred spirit. He's a fellow Project Manager, who often finds himself running difficult projects, and is President of a professional organization. As we talked, the conversation moved to people who constantly "provide suggestions" and how to handle them and their suggestions.

At this point, he provided his method and I found myself laughing because because two weeks earlier I presented a new program: Projects + People = Problems, in which I provided (among other things) a power phrase I use to manage expectations and deal with people who are constantly "providing suggestions." Are you ready for it? Here it is:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wacky Wednesday - Testing Football Helmets

Apparently this is how they tested football helmets in the past (1912)?


The really funny / sad thing is that I know someone who did this to the side of a car, and if I remember correctly he wasn't even wearing a helmet... so I guess you can find volunteers to do anything.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Leadership Quote of the Week - Victor Manuel Rivera


This picture was taken the day my son's training wheels were taken off his bike. He fell a few times but his mother and I wouldn't let that be the reason for him to stop riding the bike. The real lesson was to learn to get up! Are you staying on the ground? Or are you too afraid to even try? It's time to make the effort and avoid the greatest mistake. Get up and move forward!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The 3D Factor of Leadership

A couple of weeks ago I was presenting Morey's Laws to a PMI chapter, and during the explanation of the first law, You Are Not Superman (or Wonder Woman, for the ladies) a lesson learned from the most common mistake a leader makes, I brought up something that I thought was fairly standard, but had a huge response. I picked an audience member near the front to display delegation, and said to him:

"John, how are you?"

"Fine."

"John, I need a favor, I have this assignment, and the project really needs this done by Friday, can you do that for me?"

"I'll try"

"Thank you John. Since this is critical, can you get back with me Thursday before lunch and confirm that we can make the Friday deadline?"

"Sure."

Now, I didn't think anything more of the interaction than it was a way to show delegation, however when I had the audience identify something they could use immediately from my presentation, a lady stood up and said:

"Your Double Deadline Delegation! I never knew you could do that!"


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wacky Wednesday - Acrobats

Entry 14


Somehow, I don't think anyone would be allowed to do this today. Can you believe this is real?! I may share more of these unbelievable photos as the weeks go on for Wacky Wednesday. What do you think?

Monday, June 13, 2016

Leadership Quote of the Week - Chinese Proverb


What is it that will make your team (or yourself) take action? Is it your words or your own action? Words are too simple and too easily uttered, only to be lost in the air, carried away by the wind. Action has a result, an impact, and consequences (sometimes lasting). If you want to be a leader, you cannot simply talk like one. You must act like one. When you do, others will take notice and follow.