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 […]

Does Your Project Use Process or Strategy?

Filed under Agile, Misc, Techniques | Posted by MMeloni

Contributed by Sonali Malu  Do you run your projects using process, or strategy? Sometimes we even hear that these terms are used interchangeably. But they are not the same.  A process essentially has certain steps involved to complete it; A strategy may not always have the same set of steps.  A process is always a […]

Silence is NOT Always Golden

Filed under Communication, Leadership | Posted by MMeloni

“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” – G.B. Stern Have you ever heard this from a leader? “If I do not yell at you, it means you are doing a good job. Go about your business and be happy that I am not yelling at you.” OR “You get paid for being here; I have […]

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 […]