Ultimate soft skills in Project Management to engage stakeholders

The art of stakeholder engagement is one of the essential skills for a Project Manager, therefore all project professionals should dedicate time to identifying, studying and practically developing their soft skills to ensure that project stakeholders help, rather than hinder project success. Soft skills are the unseen qualities against the hard skills (i.e qualifications). Appreciating … Continue reading Ultimate soft skills in Project Management to engage stakeholders

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How social media made us hate office jobs

How social media made us hate office jobs A large section of the self-improvement movement that operates under the logic: Run a business = success Work for a business = loser It bugs me, but then the cynic in me sees the real motivation as every 'guru' frames this as "quit the nine to five … Continue reading How social media made us hate office jobs

Networking tips: be the useful expert

Networking tips: be the useful expert When I first started working I  viewed networking as a bunch of people who don't know each other at some event making small talk and handing out business cards. Because cold approaching a stranger made me feel uncomfortable, I shunned networking, accepting the created view it was nothing but … Continue reading Networking tips: be the useful expert

How to make an impact when you follow in a successful person’s footsteps

Following in the footsteps of someone who is exceptionally talented can be a daunting and intimidating prospect. Whether it is with work where you take on the job of someone who is described as “invaluable” “a massive loss when they left” or “did so much for us” to having family or friends who are massive … Continue reading How to make an impact when you follow in a successful person’s footsteps

Use SMART objectives to achieve your goals

The most common about approach to setting successful goals are usually the best and I am sure that you have heard of SMART objectives. But I don’t like to assume - if you have been hiding under a rock, here is what they mean: S – Specific To be specific about what the goal is, … Continue reading Use SMART objectives to achieve your goals

Vision…

I had been told I had been ready for the next level for the last three months. The only problem was where I worked has recently had a freeze on recruitment, so I didn't have any opportunities to move up. So I grew restless and impatient and decided to look for work elsewhere. It never … Continue reading Vision…

How do you handle a bragger?

If there is one type of attribute I despise in a person it is a lack of humility. But it is inevitable in life that we will encounter braggers on a regular basis. The best approach for these people – absolutely nothing. I came to this conclusion, because the reason a person may brag is … Continue reading How do you handle a bragger?

….And influence people

I find this a useful infographic to remind on all the main lessons in the book How to Win Friends and Influence people. In reflection, now that I have read the book I don't want to have to keep going back to reading the book I just don't have the time to read the same stuff … Continue reading ….And influence people

Wherever it takes me (aka what I would probably tell my future child)

"What do you want to do with your life?" "What career do you want?" These are questions I remember being bombarded with at school from people who have no clue about having a proper job (i.e. teachers and career officers).  I really don't think the school method of preparing children for life was helpful. I am … Continue reading Wherever it takes me (aka what I would probably tell my future child)

Can you change jobs too much?

One of the biggest myths I was told about developing my career is: "If you change jobs too much it looks bad on your career" I have heard this a number of times and for a time I believed it.  So I have felt the need to put 1+ year into a job that offered no … Continue reading Can you change jobs too much?