The Soul of a Project #25: The Peter Principle and YOU! – Part II

by Gary Monti September 11, 2012

Tweet We left off on a confusing and possibly negative note with the last blog, i.e., what to do when our weaker mental functions are exactly what is needed to remedy situations. Let’s talk about a solution. First, there is the challenge present. The project/company needs to keep running while changes are being put in […]

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Thought Readership #13: A Second in Eternity and the WIIFM Factor

by Liz Alexander September 10, 2012

Tweet In the days before the Internet and photo-sharing sites like Flickr, Photobucket, and SlickPic, you could rarely escape the post-holiday season without someone inviting you to look at their vacation pictures. If you’re anything like me, I’d rather have root canal work than sit through another presentation documenting the minutiae of a friend’s or […]

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The Soul of a Project #24: The Peter Principle and YOU!

by Gary Monti September 4, 2012

Tweet The Peter Principle states, “Employees tend to rise to their level of incompetency.” From a psychological perspective there is a great deal of truth in that statement. Ever wonder why it occurs? Let’s explore based on depth psychology (Carl Jung) and the concept of temperament. Some background will help. In depth psychology we have […]

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The Soul of a Project #23: Watch out for Overtime

by Gary Monti August 28, 2012

Tweet Do you want to succeed? Do you feel a personal responsibility for the project? If you just push hard enough can the project get done? These questions are probably part of your everyday life. Answering them affirmatively is often the hallmark of a successful project manager and can open doors to career success. Taken […]

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Thought Readership #12: Three Simple Steps and The Power of Three

by Liz Alexander August 27, 2012

Tweet Consider how many things we’re familiar with that come in “threes”: Tenors. Magi. Bears. Fates. Virtues. Graces. Snap. Crackle. Pop. There is something magical about the number three, which permeates writing just as much as anything else. This is perhaps why we have three-act plays; a beginning, middle, and end for stories; and sayings […]

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Time for a Change #23: Getting Your Team into Flow

by William Reed August 16, 2012

Tweet Individual and Team Flow No one truly works alone. We all depend on other people to earn and provide a livelihood. But the quality of our work experience, the quantity of our productive output, and the sustainability of our engagement all depend on the degree to which we are able to maintain individual and […]

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Thought Readership #11: Innovation Curation: Scott D. Anthony’s “Little Black Book”

by Liz Alexander August 13, 2012

Tweet Innovation. Barely a day goes by without some piece of content related to that topic dropping into my e-mailbox. Are you finding that? And what about the 385 billion links that Google provides for the search term “innovation”? Or the fact that Amazon lists over 52,000 books on the topic (without getting into sub-categories […]

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Time For a Change #22: Putting Time on Your Side!

by William Reed August 9, 2012

Tweet The Game of Go originated 2500 years ago in Ancient China as a strategy game in which players alternately place white and black stones on the cross points of lines on the board, in an effort to encircle and capture both stones and territory. Strategy is a matter of both calculation and intuition. The […]

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The Soul of a Project #22: When a Lie is The Truth!

by Gary Monti August 7, 2012

Tweet What to do when someone is lying? Answering this question is critical in any environment but is especially so in a changing environment. The organization is at risk to destabilize, the team is disoriented teetering towards falling apart and now a key player is mucking around with the truth and being dishonest. Addressing this […]

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The Soul of a Project #21: Dealing with Imperfection!

by Gary Monti July 31, 2012

Tweet Imperfection is a fact of life. How does a project manager address it? There is a Buddhist concept that just might help – Wabi-sabi. It is very common in Japanese design aesthetics. It is based on acceptance of transience and imperfection. Imagine a beautiful vase develops a crack. One could try and fix it […]

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