Management Articles

  • To make your work idea a reality, you need to both persuade people and make key asks. This article explains how to do both.

    The 7 Steps to Making Your Awesome Work Idea a Reality

    April 27, 2017

    You have a great idea. So great. Seriously, it’s awesome. And you think it can change the fortunes of your team, your department; heck, even your whole organization. Congratulations! But here’s the thing: to execute it, you likely need both the buy-in and help of other people. And to do that, you need to do two things: persuade people that it’s a good idea and...

  • AI is increasingly replacing project manager jobs. Here's what project managers can do to avoid that fate.

    Project Managers Are Being Replaced by AI. Here's how to Avoid That.

    April 26, 2017

    It seems like a day doesn’t go by that you don’t hear about how AI, also known as artificial intelligence, is eating away at once sacred, white-collar jobs. What’s most concerning for project managers, especially technical PMs, is the increasing reliance on machine learning. What does this mean for project managers? Machines are becoming more agile and able to...

  • Being assertive is tough. This formula should make it easier.

    How to Communicate Assertively, Without Being a Jerk

    April 20, 2017

    There’s somebody you work with who does something you really don’t like. And you know in your heart you are right, and they should stop doing that thing. This can be anything as small as listening to the radio too loudly to as big as regularly marginalizing your opinions. What do you do? Here are two bad outcomes, which are entirely too common: Say nothing, and...

  • One of the biggest reasons projects fail is that disagreements happen too late and the project manager gets stuck in the middle.

    Why Do Many Projects Fail? Delayed Arguments

    April 5, 2017

    Bob McGannon worked as a project manager for 25 years, with 18 of those at IBM. In that time, he managed projects of all sizes and...

  • Research by Gallup on how to keep employees motivated and engaged.

    How to Keep Your Employees Engaged, According to Research

    March 27, 2017

    Since 2000, Gallup has been the leading authority on employee engagement. Their findings on the subject are touted in high-profile...

  • The word "ongoing" is a disastrous word to use when managing a project.

    Why "Ongoing" is the Worst Word in the History of Project...

    March 22, 2017

    If there’s one word LinkedIn Learning instructor and project manager extraordinaire Chris Croft hates, it’s “ongoing.” In fact, while...