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Deliver Bad News Early

No one wants to be the bearer of bad news, especially as a project manager.  Who wants to deal with the hassle of frustrated employees, realigning expectations, and keeping morale up?  But when bad news rears its ugly head, you should let the team know as soon as possible.  Here’s why: You can readjust project [...]

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My Plan for the Long Weekend

Long weekends are difficult to plan.  On one hand, there’s a bunch of business-related stuff to get done.  On the other, my family and I deserve a break to spend time together.  So why not split the difference?  Here’s my plan for Memorial Day weekend (in no particular order):

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The Opportunity of No Opportunity

“We’re letting you go.” There is perhaps not a more depressing and frightening phrase.  Losing a job also means the loss of stability – financial and emotional.  Where will the money come from?  What will come of my career?  Doubts on your ability to succeed emerge.  Maybe you’re not good enough at what you do. [...]

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5 Ways to Break Bad Habits

Today’s post is a guest blog written by Farouk Radwan, founder of 2KnowMySelf.   Farouk’s been a long time blog reader and has great insights on personal improvement.  Enjoy! Most of the actions that we do on daily basis are nothing more habits that we got used to. Washing your face as soon as you [...]

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The Real Measure of Start-Up Success

I started teaching an entrepreneurship class at the University of Oregon a few weeks ago, and I have to say, it’s been a real treat for me.  I’ve always wanted to teach at the collegiate level, and I couldn’t ask for a better group of students.  I have a class full of fantastic start-up ideas [...]

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Get Productive this Weekend

I’m a big proponent of work life balance, so I don’t advocate that everyone become a workaholic and devote their entire lives to their jobs.  On the flip side, sometimes you keep slipping behind and you really need to get some serious work done over the weekend.  How do you balance the two?  Here are [...]

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Trying Something New

Related to last week’s post on taking time to learn, it’s important to get out of your comfort zone and do new things once in a while.  My “new thing” for the next few months will be teaching an entrepreneurship class at the University of Oregon.  The ups and downs so far: Ups Meeting lots [...]

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Take Time to Learn

In your busy worklife, you probably feel like you’re barely keeping up.  There’s always another job to do, another project that needs to be researched and completed.  With all that running around, who has time for continuous learning? The answer: You do. (Photo by moriza)

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6 Lessons from My Infant Daughter

New human life is amazing.  If you’ve been blessed to watch a newborn grow from a barely functioning lump to a fully walking/talking little person, you know what I mean.  Things we take for granted – blinking, digesting food, grabbing an object – are things that my baby girl has mastered over her first year [...]

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Those Lingering Tasks

Have you ever noticed that some tasks on your list just don’t get done.  They linger on…days, weeks, months…and you keep thinking, “I should do that.”  But inevitably, other things crop up, the day gets hectic, and the task lingers for another day. There are two ways to approach these tasks: Get ‘er done!  These [...]

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