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. 

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“Heart Coherence 365: A guide to long lasting heart coherence” by Dr David O’Hare

My reflexologist introduced me to this book. Its title sounded like a book on project management so it resonated with my thinking framework and my professional need at that moment. I needed to emotionally realign myself in a period of turbulence. And times of turbulences are not rare in project managers lives.

Moments of anger, disappoitment, feelings hurt, fights, pressure are part of the life in project management. Your heart accelerates, your breath is short, you can’t think straight, your self-esteem might have been hurt… If you have a good self-awareness, you know what to do and how to get back to the safe and sound harbour. If you are looking for help, this guide can offer it. Hence, i am sharing it here for any fellow colleague to refer to in times of need.

I read it in one go. The author kept his promise to keep it simple and understandable for a non-professional audience. 365 means 3 times a day, 6 times a minute, 5 minutes. All you need is your breath and mindfulness. And a quite space. The guide offers detailed explanations on how to reach 365. The 365 is the foundation i was looking for in my modest yoga and meditation practice.

If you are curious to learn more, visit

Stay healthy. Breath.

Meetings: The ultimate time-suck and what to do about them | TED Blog – re-post

At the beginning of my career, i worked in a team where the team leader will have morning meetings every day.  He missed none and expected all team members to be there on time, even if they had to leave the hospital with a drip in their veins. It’s a bit of an exaggeration but we all met in our professional lives bosses-fans-of-meetings. I now understand the reason he was so adamant about it: it was matching his command-and-control type of leadership and he believed it was good for the team discipline. It worked. The project did bring results. Back then electronic means of communication were largely science-fiction so personal interaction was pretty much the only control tool he had in his arsenal.

I love to attend meetings when the objective is clear and all are committed to respecting others’ time. I also organised numerous team meetings with a variety of objectives: for instance, progress review, check-in, decision-making meetings. I will not pretend all meetings I organised achieved their objective and that was fine as it gave me a number of lessons-learned I carry in my tools box.

As September approaches and the work will get speedier after Summer breaks, their majesties – The Meetings – will make their entrance. If you are looking for inspiration on how to have meaningful, productive and beneficial meetings, here is a number of great tips and a great variety for inspiration:

The big idea: Meetings, the ultimate time-suck, and how to fix them

Enjoy reading and watching!

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