The BEST Way to Deliver Bad News

Filed under Communication, Leadership | Posted by MMeloni

“Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age.” Colin Powell Delivering bad news does not have to be scary. Unfortunately, your best customer who is the sponsor for the project you manage just placed a freeze on all future project work. This is a big deal. One-quarter of your organization’s projected earnings for the next […]

Don’t Hire Coaches – Until You Consider these Four Perspectives

Filed under Leadership, Training | Posted by MMeloni

  Contributed by Leila Rezaiguia For years, leadership coaching has been seen as an integral aspect of any powerful organization. Its prominence has grown as the coaching’s value is now regarded as a worthwhile investment resulting in more effective, engaged leadership. For this reason, more and more organizations are looking for ways to spread coaching […]

Prevent these Five Causes of Team Friction and Experience Team Success

Contributed by Heather Redding A team is only as good as the cooperation between its members. The first place you should look to optimize performance isn’t the process but the team itself. We’re all human, and team members will experience friction. If you notice recurring issues, then resolving those issues is your first order of […]

5 Things to Consider When Selecting the Best Project Management Software

Filed under PMP Coaching, PPM/PMO, Productivity | Posted by MMeloni

At pmStudent we are software agnostic – we do not officially recommend any specific brand of project management software. But we DO recommend that you find what works best for you. It is with that goal in mind that we share thoughts on selecting your software from SoftwareHow. Project management software can be beyond valuable […]

What does Kindness have to do with Motivation?

Filed under Leadership | Posted by MMeloni

Some of your team members are motivated by the need to feel connected. If you have studied motivational theories, then you have come across McClelland’s theory. This theory basically states that people tend to be motivated either by a need for power, a need for affiliation, or a need for achievement. To be more accurate, […]

5 Tips for Starting & Sustaining Relationships with Stakeholders

Filed under Becoming a PM, Communication, Leadership | Posted by MMeloni

As a project manager, you prioritize building and strengthening stakeholder relationships for good reason. Every supplier, investor, employee, and project sponsor involved shares a vested interest in the success of the project and, on a larger scale, the entire company. Author Simon Simek notes in his book that a business’s success is measured by longevity […]