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Coring Pineapples and Other Management Follies

“Listen to those under your supervision. Really listen. Don’t act as if you’re listening and let it go in one ear and out the other. Faking it is worse than not doing it at all.” Robert I. Sutton, Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best... and Learn from the Worst “Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny.” Kin Hubbard Did you know that many pineapple farmers “core” the pineapples they sell? They drill out the middle of the crown so you can’t grow one from the fruit

There Is A New Risk Response Strategy!

“Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing.” Warren Buffett “This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.” Winston Churchill There is a new risk response strategy! The previous options for threats were avoid, transfer, mitigate or accept. The previous options for opportunities were exploit, share, enhance or accept. I did a series articles on risk and you can find those here: www.projectmanagementforum.net I am co-authoring a book based

Let Go Of The Leash

"The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it." Theodore Roosevelt "It's not the tools you have faith in - tools are just tools - they work or they don't work. It's the people you have faith in or not." Steve Jobs, Apple Why is it so hard for top managers and executives to effectively delegate? I know many people who have excellent teams, but they sti

Project Management Ethics and Professional Conduct – Part 5

“And that's the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.” Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner “It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” Noël Coward, Blithe Spirit This blog is going to discuss the “Honesty” Standard referenced in the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. All quotes below are from the PMI Institute Code of Ethics and Professional C

Project Management Ethics and Professional Conduct – Part 4

“To expect life to treat you good is foolish as hoping a bull won't hit you because you are a vegetarian.” Roseanne Barr “The world isn't fair, Calvin." "I know Dad, but why isn't it ever unfair in my favor?” Bill Watterson, The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury This blog is going to discuss the “Fairness” Standard referenced in the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. All quotes below are from the PMI Instit

Project Management Ethics and Professional Conduct – Part 2

“There are two types of people in this world, good and bad. The good sleep better, but the bad seem to enjoy the waking hours much more.” Woody Allen “People who try hard to do the right thing always seem mad.” Stephen King, The Stand We are going deeper into the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. I have previously discussed some of the theories applying to the broader discussion of “Ethics”, explained how the PMI code is organized

Project Management Ethics and Professional Conduct – Part 1

“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” C. S. Lewis “Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.” John F. Kennedy No one likes to be blamed when things go wrong, but taking responsibility is a big part of being a good Project Manager. It easy to “own” the project when all the Earned Value and Quality reports look good, but how do you react when things are going wrong? Over the past couple of weeks I discu