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Four Key Questions on Gratitude
by Star Dargin

(reprinted with permission)

 

 

What's the big idea?

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Gratitude belongs in business. In 2015 Americans gave an estimated $373.25 billion to charity. That was the highest total reported in 60-years. Yet, less than 30% of us bring gratitude into work.

Science can prove gratitude is not just a soft skill or fluff. The benefits are powerful, personally, mentally, and achievement wise. Gratitude has a huge ROI with no negative side effects. It's the primordial soup that allows for the basic human needs of growth and connection. It is a value, a principle, a feeling. It exists in every major religion. Most successful leader have some form of gratitude as a practice and value. Appreciation is the business code word for gratitude.

Identifying the Workforce Development Needs of Your Team
Presentation Review by Bernadette Donnelly

 

 

The October Chapter Meeting, “Identifying the Workforce Development Needs of Your Team”, was presented by Dr. Kathy DesRoches, Program Director for the Masters in Leadership Program at Granite State College.  Here is the review.

Why is developing teams Important?

When you manage a team, how well it performs often depends on how well you've trained and developed your people. Individuals need ongoing training and development to help them become more effective and take on bigger and more significant challenges/responsibilities. More than this, they need help learning new skills as the nature of their work—and of your organization—changes.

Establishing the Project Management Office (PMO)
an Interview with Jim Stewart, 4Q4 style*

 

The following is an interview with Jim Stewart, PMP, CSM JP Stewart Associates by Peg Duggan, PMP


Thank you Jim for speaking at our March Chapter Meeting on the topic "Lessons Learned in Establishing a Project Management Office."  And thank you for spending some time to share more on PMOs.

What's the big idea?

Jim: Launching a strong Project Management Office is an effective way to establish and manage standardized project methodologies that drive consistently positive results. However, it is critical to align the PMO with your organization's strategic objectives AND understand that its implementation may be viewed as a significant disruption by some stakeholders. Its creation is fraught with potential pitfalls. If the PMO isn't set-up or promoted correctly, it often fails and is discredited. And while it is important to develop a PMO's technical components correctly (templates, project audits), it is critical that you understand the sociopolitical environment in which the PMO must operate. This is true for Agile as well as the traditional waterfall methodology.