Category: Room for inspiration

The door to the Room for Inspiration is opened 24 hours a day. It its meant to help put things into a perspective and to discover ways your project management skills can make a difference. Inspiration is a free commodity. I just have to open my eyes and look around me. Sometimes a bird building her nest can help you learn a trick or too about project management for house building :)

PR at work

One of the most sensible pieces of advice I read recently:

“Most of us are so focused on just getting our work done that we forget to be our own advocates, to remind our managers and organizations of what a great job we’re doing. Put your accomplishments back on the boss’s radar — without bragging — by sending a brief email update. Nothing fancy; a sentence or two is fine. “Just wanted to let you know that xyz project continues to go well, the client was pleased with our draft, and next steps are to finalize the numbers, which we will have for your review by Thursday.” The update doesn’t have to contain any real news. But in sending it, you’ll look competent, communicative, and on top of things — all attributes of a top performer.”

As a working parent it is easy to get absorbed in the doing mode and rely on an objective (to the extent possible) effort validation. At home, you get a happy baby smile. At work, the validation might get delayed or forgotten. So, instead of just waiting or hoping that this will happen, we can be our own PR managers and show-cast our work humbly yet firmly. 

If you’d like to read more https://hbr.org/2017/06/7-simple-ways-working-parents-can-simultaneously-improve-their-careers-their-families-and-themselves?utm_campaign=hbr&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

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New Managers Should Focus on Helping Their Teams, Not Pleasing Their Bosses -re-post

I loved the article. It is in line with my intrinsic philosophy and values. Team members deserve to feel and know that they come first. I also find it important to communicate this to bosses for a mutually supportive environment for both the new manager and the teams.

Thank you for the inspiration: New Managers Should Focus on Helping Their Teams, Not Pleasing Their Bosses by Karen Dillon, JULY 07, 2017, Harvard Business Review https://hbr.org/2017/07/new-managers-should-focus-on-helping-their-teams-not-pleasing-their-bosses

Assessment: Are You Taking the Time Off That You Need? Re-post

To all auditors friends on vacation:

In an auditors firm: on Monday evening at 6pm one of auditors would turn of his computer and leave. Everyone else was too busy to notice. He did the same on Tuesday at 6pm. Colleagues exchanged looks. On Wednesday, when he was about to turn off his computer, one of colleagues asked pretentiously:

– what are you doing? We are watching you since Monday.  How can you leave at 6 pm?

– i am on leave since Monday!

To all project managers friends on leave:

– mom, aren’t you late for work?
– i’ll be on time. It’s fine whenever i get there. I am on leave.
My vacation this year 🙂 Moral of this post: do what i preach, not what i do.

Thanks for the inspiration:

Harvard Business Review

WORK-LIFE BALANCE

Assessment: Are You Taking the Time Off That You Need?

Amy Gallo

14 August 2017

https://hbr.org/2017/08/assessment-are-you-taking-the-time-off-that-you-need?utm_campaign=hbr&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

Oren Yakobovich: Hidden cameras that film injustice in the world’s most dangerous places | TED Talk – re-post

A Highly admirable Project for change. Manage with care, prioritise the security of change agents, work with the most vulnerable people and affected voiceless communities are only a few of this video highlights.

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To see is to believe, says Oren Yakobovich — which is why he helps everyday people use hidden cameras to film dangerous situations of violence, political fraud and abuse. His organization, Videre, uncovers, verifies and publicizes human-rights abuses that the world needs to witness.

https://www.ted.com/talks/oren_yakobovich_hidden_cameras_that_film_injustice_in_the_world_s_most_dangerous_places?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_content=talk&utm_term=global-social%20issues