He Asked, “Is That Your Newspaper?”

While waiting at the American Express Centurion Lounge in San Francisco (SFO), I observed an interesting situation that I would like to share with you. I had about 2 hours before my flight, so I had a chance to have a quick breakfast at the lounge. This Amex location is a bit small, which means… Read More »

Scenario on Collecting Requirements from Customer

John (Project Manager): Hi, Mindy! How’s work coming along? Mindy (Customer): Hey, John! The work is busy as usual. It’s good to see that your team will handle our latest project. John: No doubt! Will you tell me more about the expectations? Mindy: For the past 10 years, we’ve used the Blackboard learning management system… Read More »

How to Deliver a Project on Time

Project managers know that delivering a project late is problematic. In some cases, customers are willing to accept going over-budget, but behind schedule is tolerated much less. For example, let’s assume that our project is to prepare a venue for a global conference. We need to ensure that the meeting rooms have the proper arrangement,… Read More »

How to Impress Your Boss

Advancing in your career is much easier than you might think! Sort of! The successful people in your organization know precisely what is important to their boss. They take the time to look at work from the perspective of both the management and leadership teams. Instead of doing work merely to look busy, the top-notch… Read More »

Work the Plan – Always!

The easiest thing to do when times get tough is to quit. If you think about, giving up takes no practice. All you have to do is stop trying. That’s it! Keep Your Eyes on What You Want I’m sure you’ve read that successful people can visualize what they want most in life. If you’re… Read More »

Small, Constant Actions Lead to Huge Results

It’s human nature to want things now. Also, most people are unwilling to put in the hard work over a long period. Instead of pursuing happiness, the goal is instant gratification. Any reasonable person will tell you that it’s far better to reach success faster rather than slower. Fast is a Relative Term I’m reminded… Read More »

How to Find the Career that is Right for You

As an online college professor, I receive many emails from students asking for career advice. In fact, when I served as department chair for the School of Business at a university, one of my duties was to meet with students to discuss how the program they selected could translate to a good job. I’ve been… Read More »

How to Get Approval for a Project

Getting a project approved can be a daunting task, and it’s much more difficult when someone lacks decision-making power. However, if you have a good idea that you believe will provide value to the organization, it’s important that you present it to the management team. Instead of going to a colleague, it’s better if you… Read More »

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 »