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Running a Marathon, Running a Project

Four years ago, I transformed from weekend warrior to running enthusiast. First, I started running short-distance races, a 5K here and a 10K there. Then I tried my first half marathon in 2009 and my first marathon in 2010. After those great experiences, running became part of my [...]

Culture Shocked Into Action

During my project management career, I have experienced many culture shocks. But the one that changed my life happened when I joined a global corporation in Mexico in the mid-1980s.   I was a recent graduate and had just finished my internship with this organization when I got a [...]

Real Results From a Dinner Joke

Who said managing projects would be a bed of roses? You have probably experienced the same hardships I have on a few projects, especially if you manage multicultural distributed teams.   Well, the global project I was leading was no exception. We had hit some bumps in the road, b[...]

Cultural Lessons from a Controversial Comedian

Recently, I re-watched Borat during a long holiday weekend. Though it's a comedy, I think there are important lessons to be learned from its essence, which is an exploration of behavior: how a foreigner's actions — the norm in his or her culture — may seem offensive to another co[...]

10 Commandments of Email Communications

To yield expected results, a distributed project team must first speak the same language when it comes to communications.    With that in mind, I developed a basic set of email communications rules called the  Project Communication Decalogue. I require everyone on my team to ad[...]

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