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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[...]

Best Weekly Status Meeting Ever

Many project team members prepare for weekly status meetings with a sense of dread and resignation. These meetings often subject people to long motivational speeches, an overly detailed review of project tasks and even the unpleasant prospect of speaking about their specific prog[...]

10 Tips for Sustainable Change Management

In my experience, project managers must accept change management disciplines as part of their project management plans in order to reduce the risk of an initiative failing. And in recent posts, I've discussed how:   Project managers can  become agents of change. Managing chang[...]

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