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As a way to unwind each night after the kids go to bed, my husband and I watch an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (I love Netflix instant streaming).  Besides being delighted by new life forms, thrilling adventures, and edge-of-your-seat mysteries, this being the first time I’ve seen these episodes, I’m constantly struck by the very profound and…

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A project’s work plan isn’t a deliverable. It’s a tool, to help you as a project manager understand and track the details behind a project’s schedule.  And the only value a work plan has is when it’s religiously kept up to date, and the resources, tasks, and dependencies monitored to a near-obsessive level of detail by the project manager. From…

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I had the pleasure of attending career development training yesterday, based on the book Make It Work: Navigate Your Career Without Leaving Your Organization.  Obviously, the organization I work for has some motivation for providing this training, but above and beyond all that, the day was truly inspiring (thank you Joe and Bill). One of the unique exercises we did…

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Working regularly with Leadership Development Program candidates at our organization, I’m privy to feedback given to them in small team meetings.  One particular piece of feedback is given frequently and stands out to me: “Own your assignment.”  Own x or y.  Own the project.  Own it.

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I’ve been in a process improvement full-time role now for three months, specifically in the IT project planning and execution space.  I’ve never tackled process improvements with 100% of my time before.  It’s been a lot of fun so far, requiring collaboration with many different groups at many different levels.  There hasn’t been a dull moment yet. And never before…

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The new school year has barely started, but university career fairs are already in full swing. Having attended the latest business career fair at Notre Dame (good luck at the game tonight!), I had the opportunity to meet students with a wide variety of experiences, university leadership opportunities, and think-on-your-feet ability.  (On a side note, we met very few IT…

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I work for the IT organization of a major corporation whose headquarters are located in the Midwest.  And you know us Midwesterners… we’re nice.  Really freakin’ nice.  We can’t get through a check-out line in a grocery store without chatting about our family and/or our weekend plans.  We never honk at one another on the road.  And we certainly never…

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As a salaried employee, overtime is an interesting topic, and one I muse upon frequently as I consider my own work-life balance.  Overtime isn’t completely avoidable.  But the hardest part is making the distinction between a priority worthy of overtime, and unreasonable expectations that shouldn’t be encouraged.

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I recently had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Stephen M. R. Covey speak on his book, The Speed of Trust.  Though I made the decision to not read his book before the event, I gained such a wonderful understanding of Mr. Covey’s principles of trust during the two hours that he was speaking with us, that I simultaneously felt intimate…

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Networking.  We know how important it is when searching for a job.  Building and nurturing connections provides support during the good times, and can be a key to survival during the bad times. But now that you have a job, don’t think the value of networking has evaporated.  Building a solid network among current colleagues is just as important for…

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