How to Make SMART Goals

leadership Jan 15, 2019

Most people can agree that one of the best ways to move from ‘concept’ to ‘execution’ is through goal setting. Whether you are looking to achieve a personal victory or increase productivity within your team- setting goals can be a great way to track performance, improvement, and results. But even though we all know that ‘setting goals’ is important as an abstract concept, do you personally have a proven method for setting and tracking goals that has helped you achieve success? Many of us say we have ‘goals’, but without a written down action plan, those ‘goals’ are just dreams. Introducing a formal system into your goal setting can move you from wishing for improvement to guaranteeing success.

Enter, the SMART Goal. Originally introduced by George Doran in 1981, SMART goals have helped create a systematic approach to setting goals, to help shift your goal from a desire to a specific plan of action. SMART stands for:...

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4 Ways to Get Your Team Better Connected for Greater Success

Uncategorized Jan 08, 2019

Do you sometimes find that you are having a hard time connecting with your team? In an increasingly digitized and disconnected world- getting team members plugged in and engaged can seem like an impossible task. In fact, in a recent study 7 out of 10 Millennials said they would rather text than make a phone call- emphasizing a lack of interest in a more personal connection. In the more hands off and heads down work environment of 2019, what can you do to get your team connected and working together?

Team collaboration and engagement may not seem crucial in an increasingly digital world — but disengagement has real and resounding consequences. In fact, accordingly to a State of the American Workplace Gallop report, only three out of 10 employees are fully engaged; five are “present” but not fully engaged, and two are actively disengaged. Disengagement can lead to lower profitability, lower productivity, higher turnover and more frequent absenteeism. In an...

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How to Get Back to Work After a Long Vacation

leadership Jan 04, 2019

Are you struggling to figure out just HOW to get back to work after a long vacation? Whether your inbox has hundreds of unread emails or your empty calendar is suddenly stiflingly full — getting back to the grindstone after a few days or weeks off can be daunting. Here are some quick tips to help you slow down and take things in stride- and stay out of panic mode!

  1. Prioritize your emails. Scan through the list and look for ‘urgent’, ‘important’ and ‘ASAP’. Not every email needs to be returned the day you get back to work. Remember to relax and start with the more urgent emails first, so you don’t become too overwhelmed.
  2. Mandatory Meetings only. Meetings can be a great way to get up to speed quickly- but if you are immediately weighed down with meetings every hour on the hour, it might be a good time to politely decline. Try to keep your schedule on the lighter side while you get yourself back up to speed!
  3. Breathe. Your backlog...
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Setting Goals for Success

leadership Dec 31, 2018

On the precipice of a new year, it is typically our habit to evaluate the year past and consider both our ‘wins’ and ‘failures’. Did we excel at work? Did we achieve any educational goals? Did we lose weight, gain weight, achieve any personal successes? New Years Resolutions are an age-old (dating back to the Babalonians and Romans) practice used to measure our personal victories and take an honest look at our recent efforts. Outside of general work performance improvements, do you have a plan in place for improving your role as a project manager in 2019?

PDUS2GO has designed the definitive list for maximizing your effectiveness as a PMP in 2019. From improving performance to mastering communication, these top tips can help put you at the top of your game in the new year!

  1. Set Goals. Any significant improvement starts with goal setting. In fact, being intentional and stating your New Years Resolutions is a great start! When it comes to goals, think SMART:...
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How to Increase Productivity and Improve Team Morale with Minimal Effort

leadership Dec 11, 2018

If there was one technique you could employ right away that would increase productivity and improve team morale through minimal effort... would you give it a try? Simply implementing 'active listening' techniques into your daily meetings and interactions is an easy way to achieve improved communication on your team. While communicating with coworkers, employees or teammates today, give this a try: slow down and really focus in on what the person you are speaking with is saying. Don't think about how you want to respond, rather really listen to the message they are trying to get across, and respond with positive body language and by repeating what they have told you. Make this conversation the most important thing to you in the moment, and try to clear your mind of outside distractions. Active listening can lead to positive results quickly, such as faster problem solving and increased morale. Give this effective communication strategy a try today!

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Top 5 Strategies to Beat Your Fear of Public Speaking

leadership Dec 10, 2018

If the thought of speaking it public makes your heart race and your hands begin to sweat… well, you’re not alone. Glossophobia (or, the fear of public speaking) is one of the most prominent fears amongst adults. In fact, a reported 78% of people have a fear of speaking in public. But as project managers, this phobia can have real-life consequences on our bottom line (reportedly, this has a 10% impairment on wages across the board for individuals with public speaking anxiety). Whether you are presenting to stakeholders, reporting your findings in an organization-wide meeting or just having weekly team meetings, this anxiety can prevent you from effectively communicating.

However, even with a pronounced fear of speaking publicly or in front of a large group, there are tactics you can employ to help you seem more confident and to make sure you are getting your points across effectively. Don’t worry, none of these involve picturing the audience in their underwear. Here...

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How to Ask for a Raise

leadership Dec 03, 2018

The end of the year, for many of us, means its a critical time for reflection and review. And while we may be reflecting on our own performance and job satisfaction- our company may be doing so as well. For many, the end of the year can be a time for decision making about renewing current contracts, looking for new opportunities, or even possibly for seeking greater compensation. If you (like many) feel it is time for a pay increase, you may be feeling some hesitation and anxiety about how to tactfully handle that conversation.

Inter-office communication plays a crucial role in any office decision – but perhaps never more so than when it comes time to ask for more money. It’s easy to blow your big chance by being unprepared or blundering through the request, and it’s also easy to feel undervalued and unappreciated if management doesn’t handle the request appropriately. This is a critical juncture in most employee-boss relationships and must be handled with care.

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Top 5 Online Project Management Tools

As Project Managers, our times can be so divided amongst the many different responsibilities we are faced with on a daily basis. Our responsibilities on tasks, time, team members, scope, resources and budget can pull us in many directions, and require a great deal of organization to keep track of. Typically, PMPs must use either custom or specialized lists and tracking software to keep track of this multitude of responsibilities. As a project manager, you are likely to have a host of both online and offline resources, aimed at keeping track of these items.

The Top 5 Project Management Tools currently being used by PMPs are:

  1. Task lists: Many people still use Excel or Word docs to track the tasks and activities of the team.
  2. Collaboration: Largely an ‘off-line’ tactic, this is currently conducted through phone calls, in person check-ins, and emails.
  3. Gannt charts: Help us track information, including when tasks start and end.
  4. Dashboards: Dashboards, traditionally, are also...
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5 Tips to Keep You on Track During Thanksgiving

For many professionals, the most wonderful time of the year can come with a warning… how do we ensure that our workflow doesn’t fall through the cracks while still enjoying some time with our friends and family? In the midst of deadlines and project milestones, it can be hard to avoid the distractions and dread that our work may be falling behind. 

So, how can we enjoy this special time without digging ourselves into a hole come Monday? Try these tips: 

  1. Plan ahead. Most everyone will be out of work between Wed-Friday, so make sure you plan for that unexpected downtime.
  2. Work ahead. Part of planning ahead is getting ahead and doubling up on those tasks that have to be completed on a daily basis, even if it is a holiday.
  3. Be upfront. If you are going on vacation and need some extra time- make sure everyone in your pipeline knows that you won’t be around for a few days. Everyone usually understands that the holidays are a great time to shut down and shut off...
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Making the Most of Your Meetings

At the heart of project management, there is one thing we either love or dread: meetings. Whether you work in a bustling office environment or from the quiet of a home office, staying in touch with teammates is essential for keeping any project on track. But experts across the board agree that time spent in unproductive meetings are eating away at our core productivity time, and can lead to missed deadlines and frustrated teams. So, what can we do as team leaders to ensure that time spent together is time well spent? Changing up your meeting habits may be the best thing you can do to take your meetings from pointless to priceless. At PDUs2Go, we suggest the following:

  1. Learn from the scouts: The scout motto is ‘always be prepared’. If you aren’t armed with an agenda, you’re much more likely to veer off track and leave the meeting with more problem than solution. Take some time prior to joining the group to create a short rundown, outlining exactly what you...
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