The change in environment seemed to have an immediate impact on the meeting. Normally quiet members were suddenly asking questions and sharing tips. Away from the formal table, it felt like a group of friends having a chat. And the conversation was free and easy.
Today, a good project manager is focused on people instead of artifacts. Relationships rather than registers. Soft skills and leadership are, and will continue to be, crucial skills for a project manager. The great ones aren't just updating our sponsors and stakeholders. They have a seat at the table and a real opportunity to influence them. And by extension, the business.
NYPD Blue, one of my favorite TV shows, just returned to streaming. As I was watching an episode last night, I realized that the scene in every episode where the uniformed officer runs all of the known details for the detective is a great narrative device to move the story forward and get the viewer invested in the episode. I don't think it was invented by the writers at NYPD Blue and it's in almost every police procedural. It usually starts something like this:
I watched the kids scatter - running down rows and up aisles - trying to judge where the ball would land. As the youngsters began to settle on their marks, I noticed a young man out of the corner of my eye. He wasn't going around the seats like the others, he was plowing straight ahead and over the empty rows. After negotiating one row, he slipped on the second and face-planted into a soaking wet seat back. Even that didn't deter him. He jumped up and continued in a straight line.
On Friday, after being with us for a little more than fourteen years, our Beagle Frances had to be put down. While she was very much a part of our family, in a lot of ways she was not a typical Beagle - and was definitely not what we were expecting when we brought her home on that December morning in 2001.
What if we built our fantasy office team the same as our fantasy football? We would:
- Define the Metrics
- Draft the Best Talent Available
- Balance the Team
- Evaluate Performance
Five leadership lessons from Val Kilmer in Tombstone
- Be in your prime
- Age Quod Agis
- Be a huckleberry
- Die with your boots on
- Sometimes you meet a daisy
Here are five ways that your Sunday golf outing is like managing operations:
- Know what's in your bag
- See the course from end-to-end
- Take calculated risks
- Learn your lessons
- Celebrate and have fun
How can Newton's laws of motion be applied to operations?
- An object at rest stays at rest
- The acceleration of an object...is directly proportional to the magnitude of the net force
- For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction
Excellence comes from discipline and discipline is the result of consistency
No matter what your politics, you must believe — as I do — in the limitless strength and potential of our city. After all, to paraphrase another president at a time of change, there is nothing wrong with Massillon that cannot be cured with what is right in Massillon.
Surprisingly, there has been discussion over whether the Shearer's relocation grant is good for Massillon. Shearer's is proposing to bring 125-150 corporate jobs with the relocation of its headquarters from Brewster to Downtown Massillon.