Category Archives: Project management

To Err is Human

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about perfection and how, if left unchecked, it can stand in the way of progress and completion.

Thanks to Anna Belyaev, my former boss and mentor-for-life, I include the following risk in every project kickoff’s list of risks and opportunities, “We are humans.”

I go on to explain that “at some point in this project any one of us, and probably each of us, will show up as being human—someone might get sick, we will take vacations, family emergencies might arise, priorities might shift at the last minute requiring a change in schedule, and it’s very possible that … » Continue Reading.

The Power of Powerful Beginnings

Anyone who has worked with me will tell you, “Gretchen loves a good, meaty kickoff.” In fact, I love kickoffs so much, I have an internal team kickoff and a client kickoff.

I’ve always known the importance of a clear, powerful start of a project in my gut, but Daniel Pink shares fascinating (yes, I am a geek) research in When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing that explains why. He says, “Beginnings have a far greater impact than most of us understand. Beginnings, in fact, can matter to the end.”

You can read the book to see all the ins and … » Continue Reading.

The Power of Routines

Daniel Pink, in his book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing shares a lot of research about when people perform at their peak throughout a day. It got me thinking about the intentional choices we make about when things happen, and how those choices can help make us more effective. Enter the power of routines…

In my opinion, encouraging your teams to identify rhythms and routines, and then creating a culture that honors them, is one of the greatest acts of leadership you can demonstrate. Here are a couple that have made a difference for me, my clients, … » Continue Reading.

SDYCC #1: Late to a conference call… again (#!*%)

If you were to ask me what it is I like most about what I do, I’d say THE VARIETY!

I’m currently the program manager on a client-side team. This means I am the day-to-day contact for several vendor partners who are developing 45 courses. It’s a switch for me, as normally I am the partner.

It’s been fun to see how other learning companies approach their work. I’m learning some new tricks. AND, I have a front row seat to some of the things we do in this industry that DRIVE OUR CLIENTS CRAZY. So, I am starting a new category on the blog called: Stop … » Continue Reading.