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When I arrived at the beach the sun was just cracking the sky. I was rolling my beach cart “battle wagon” down the ramp to the ocean. This beach ramp also served cars and at the bottom of the ramp orange pylons mark boundaries to make the ramp clear to cars. As I approached the bottom I could see the unmistakable tracks of a sea turtle where she had come out of the ocean, laid her eggs, and went back into the ocean. If the turtle’s goal had been to lay her eggs at the base of the southernmost pylon, she could not have done any better.

The individual responsible for turtle nests for this area of beach is a park ranger who walks it on foot because the beach south of the ramp is an environmentally sensitive area and vehicles are not allowed.

Posted by Dr. James Brown in accountability, Discpline, Leadership Training.

Magic Words by Tim David – Book Review

Magic Words: The Science and Secrets Behind Seven Words That Motivate, Engage, and Influence – Tim David – Book Review

When speaking about leadership I always state “people are not logical, but they are predictable.Jedi KnightTherefore we must study human behavior and use this predictability to get things done. Even though we are predictable it does not mean we are not complex. Therefore this predictability is worthy of lifelong study, to which I jokingly refer as sharpening my Jedi Knight skills.

As part of this lifelong study I read Magic Words. In the book the Tim David cites the seven magic words as

Yes, But, Because, Their Name, If, Help and Thanks

and provides a chapter on each. I strongly recommend that you read this book so you know how to effectively use these words in written and verbal communication.

Posted by Dr. James Brown in Leadership Skills, Leadership Training.

Yes a project manager should NAG! – Natural Accountability Generation

Yes a project manager should NAG! – Natural Accountability Generation

A lot of team members and support personnel for projects think that the project manager is a nag.  The project manager must walk a fine line between following up and micro managing to assure there will not be a problem with deliverables.

If you were forced to pick an end of the spectrum between being a nag and a totally hands off project manager you should choose nag.  Fortunately, we have choices between the ends of the spectrum.  Click Continue reading to watch the short video…

Posted by Dr. James Brown in Leadership Training, Project Management Solutions, Project Management Training.

Can Project Management be as Simple as List-Making?

Can Project Management be as Simple as List-Making?

I recently sat down with a CIO who was not pleased with a project manager’s performance at a project status meeting because they lacked some information the CIO considered essential.  He told me “I was always a list-maker.

Think about that list-maker statement…

  • List of risks ~ “Risk Register
  • List of tasks ~ “Work Breakdown Structure
  • List of resources and responsibilities ~ “Responsibility Assignment Matrix”
  • List of task successors and predecessors ~ “Schedule
  • List of Stakeholders ~ “Stakeholder Analysis Matrix

Creating these lists is the mechanical or science part of project management.  I don’t want to tarnish your project management certification, but the science part of project management is not that complicated. 

Posted by Dr. James Brown in Leadership Training, Project Management Training, Team Building.

What is the Trait of a Predator that a Successful Project Manager must have?

What is the Trait of a Predator that a Successful Project Manager must have?

I was surf fishing at sunrise today from the sunny Florida shore using my favorite top-water lure.  The ocean was alive with thousands of mullet (bait fish) close to shore.  I got a massive strike by a shark on my lure about 80 yards from shore… when the lure was 40 yards from shore the shark exploded on the lure again and this time was hooked.

This shark went by hundreds of hundreds of live bait fish swimming around my fishing lure to attack it the second time.  He ate the lure that was in a sea of harmless live bait fish.  Why?  Because the lure is mimicking a distressed, wounded bait fish. 

Posted by Dr. James Brown in Leadership Skills, Leadership Training, Project Management Training, Team Building.