How Smart People Get Promoted

There are far too many people hoping they receive a promotion soon. In some cases, the belief is that longevity with a company will eventually yield good news. I do know that advancements are sometimes given based on seniority, but having to wait until one gets older to receive a promotion is a strategy with… Read More »

Lots of Great Ideas But Zero Action

In my years working in corporate America, medical practices, and running my own business, I’ve heard a ton of great ideas; unfortunately, in most cases, no action is taken to make these ideas a reality. I’ve put together a short list of reasons why leaders, managers, and staff members decide it’s best to forget that… Read More »

How to Get Back on Track After a Failure

Falling short of expectations is never fun. Even when we work hard, it just wasn’t good enough. Whether we place 2nd or 26th, it’s still not a good feeling. The most successful people don’t look at failure as a dead-end. Rather, they consider the situation a learning opportunity, and commit to making sure it doesn’t… Read More »

How to Handle Scope Questions on the PMP Exam

  The Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam will feature a good number of scope-related questions, which means that test-takers must understand the topic well. To keep it simple, know that scope also means the work to be executed on the project. Once the customer is clear regarding the final product, service, or result, the project… Read More »

These 3 Credentials Can Ignite Your Career

As a corporate trainer, I spend many days teaching students how to prepare for certification exams. These individuals are fortunate because the companies that hire me pay for the entire training, including all the materials. I enjoy doing this type of work because the students are motivated to earning a professional credential. It’s great when… Read More »

Keys to Outsourcing Work

In my work managing projects, I spend significant time collaborating with vendors. As a small IT company with fewer than 50 employees, it’s necessary to outsource work. Whether good or bad, it’s impossible for our company to have all the skills and knowledge necessary to complete our work. For example, we recently launched a project… Read More »

3 Must-Have Abilities of Project Managers

  Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to work with many top-notch project managers. These men and women do what is necessary to meet the objectives of the project. They encounter obstacles along the way, including spending more than budgeted, and falling behind schedule. However, they quickly identify the problem, and take corrective action to… Read More »

How to Tell the Customer He is Wrong

As a business owner, I do whatever possible to make my customers happy. When they ask for a new feature, I get to work on the proposal right away, and will have it to them ASAP. If they wish to negotiate the price, I set up a meeting to discuss the requirements. When I’m convinced… Read More »

Having a Plan is Essential to Passing the PMP Exam

There are far too many people preparing for the PMP® exam who lack a plan. If you ask them how many hours they are going to study, they might respond as follows: “I guess I’ll know it when I’m ready.” This means they could literally study 200 or more! The 1,000 Hour Study Plan Not… Read More »

How to Select the “Best” Answer on the PMP® Exam

  I remember the day I took the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam. It was a hot Friday afternoon in San Antonio, Texas, when I walked into the Prometric testing center. My study plan was 30 days, and I hit the books every day leading up to the exam. Even though I committed more than… Read More »