In last week’s post, I presented a method for a more productive new year. Central to this process is what I referred to as the personal scorecard. In this week’s post, I would like to review the personal scorecard in more detail. The concept of a personal scorecard is not new. Benjamin Franklin used a … Continue reading The Personal Scorecard
There is a tile missing in our kids’ bathroom that my wife has been after me to repair. You see, it is about two inches wide and five inches tall, one of those molding tiles along the wall in a corner no one sees. Every time she goes in there it bothers her to see … Continue reading The Eisenhower Box
As John Quincy Adams said “if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more you are a leader”. Lincoln saw himself as a servant to a greater cause, something much larger than himself. This attitude inspired others, drawing them to his cause. As a result, we remember and love Lincoln as the indispensable man in the preservation of our country.
Our actions may be impeded but there can be no impeding our intentions or dispositions, because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our action. The impediment to action advances action, what stands in the way becomes the way. Marcus Aurelius was the last of … Continue reading Manage Projects like a Roman Emperor
“What is quite unlooked for is more crushing in its effect, and unexpectedness adds to the weight of a disaster. The fact that it was unforeseen has never failed to intensify a person’s grief. This is a reason for ensuring that nothing ever takes us by surprise. We should project our thoughts ahead of us at every turn and have in mind every possible eventuality instead of only the usual course of events.”
Whether you are using a waterfall or agile approach, the RAID log enables managers to bring into focus project matters that should be at the stakeholders’ top of mind. In addition, it documents assumptions and decisions that are made during the execution process.
“Don’t bring me problems – bring me solutions!” he said pressing his index finger into the table in front of him. A wry smile crossed his lips as if he were the embodiment of the wisdom of Solomon. Uncharacteristically, I could not respond. It wasn’t that I didn’t know what to say, it was that … Continue reading Don’t Bring Me Problems