Monthly Archives: December 2010

Q&A with The Project Whisperer, part one

What a thrill and honor it was on December 14th to present a Project Whisperer webinar to 660 attendees! Many thanks to the wonderful team at The Project Management Bookstore for sponsoring this great event.

We spent about 15 minutes on Q&A, and some good questions were emailed afterward. In this Q&A series, I’ll recap questions that were asked during and after the webinar.  My grateful thanks to all who attended and sent in rave reviews. It was truly my pleasure! Stay tuned for announcements of future webinars, which are eligible for PDU credit to maintain PMI certifications.

Q: How do you change the Firefighter approach people take to projects?

A: As with most behavior of teams or individuals, I look for the underlying cause or driver. I define “firefighters” as those types who thrive in situations of great urgency and visibility requiring quick thinking and sometimes heroics. With that said, firefighting is an extremely useful quality when the circumstances truly call for it. Continue reading

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The “Gingerbread Whisperer” :)

Had a great time decorating gingerbread last night with my daughter.

See “The Gingerbread Whisperer”

POLL: How Do you Maintain Your PMP Certification?

An exclusive Project Whisperer poll:

CLICK HERE FOR POLL: only 1 question!

 

If They’re Called “Soft Skills”, Then Why Are They So Hard!

There’s a buzz happening in the world of project management. It’s all about “soft skills.” It was a recurring theme of the recent 3-day Project World conference. Just today I saw another poll on Linked In where soft skills is ranked #1 as the topic of most interest to project managers. And, finally, the “bible” of project management, our venerable PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) has added a section on soft skills to its latest edition. OK, maybe its only 6 pages out of 450, but it’s a start—and an acknowledgement that we as a community are finally coming together on this topic.

We hear this buzz-phrase a lot. Soft Skills. In some circles, it’s referred to as “Emotional Intelligence.” What does it mean? According to Wikipedia, it’s “the cluster of personality traits, social graces, communication, language, personal habits, friendliness, and optimism that characterize relationships with other people.” Oh, that’s all? (sarcasm alert…) Continue reading

Movin’ On Up!

I’m really excited about the launch of the new website for Pam Stanton, The Project Whisperer.

Let me know what you think!

Soft Skills For Project Managers: Free Webinar, Get a PDU! Only 150 seats left!

Only 150 seats left (850 people signed up today!!!) So register NOW if you want to attend. Thanks!

Grab a sandwich, enjoy the show, and earn a PDU!

I’ll be presenting a free webinar on Tues, Dec 14th,  1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST (12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CST.)  It is sponsored by The  Project Management Bookstore. Registration is free, but limited to the first 1,000– and these usually fill up quickly. PMI-certified project managers will earn 1 PDU.

See below for registration details. Sign up today! Continue reading