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Life can be hard. Life can be unfair. It’s easy for us to lay blame somewhere else and not take responsibility for the situation.

It’s easy for us trying to avoid the pain that we feel right now.

But does it help the situation? Does it help us to resolve it and make the best out of a bad thing?

Below are some ideas and practices that I’ve found to help me when I’m having a bad day. I hope you find them useful and make you feel empowered.

Using your breath to create space

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious…


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Digital projects are innovative and push the edge of technology. Everyone is looking for the competitive edge. Technology is moving fast.

Too fast to keep up.

What are you to do? What can you do?

You don’t want to box yourself in a corner. You don’t want to lose your job because you can’t or don’t know how to adapt.

The Project Management Institute published an article that identified six skills for the Digital Age*.

Here are seven proven tips to power up your project management career.

Working on the basics of project management

This skill wasn’t part of the original set of six skills identified. It…


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Planning workshops are tough at the best of time. Getting people together in one spot to work out how to deliver the project. With the pandemic, teams shifted to remote work. People and organizations are slowly finding their way juggling remote work with family life. Mixing planning workshops with remote working can be a recipe for disaster.

Recently, I facilitated a successful virtual planning workshop. Here are some tips on what made the workshop succeed and what improvements can be made. …


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“The leader must own everything in his or her world. There is no one else to blame. The leader must acknowledge mistakes and admit failures, take ownership of them, and develop a plan to win.” Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.

When “Extreme Ownership: How US Navy Seals Lead and Win” by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin came on the scene in 2015, it blew people away. Here was a couple of badass SEALs showing people how to lead.

It was simple but hard. Uncomfortable but empowering.

The book is about being a leader and leading teams. What I found, for…


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“The key to success is dedication to life-long learning.” Stephen Covey

Overloaded with Information

We’ve all been there. We read or watch something, we learn something new and think to ourselves that we will practice it straight away. Soon we are lost at the next click to another blog or vid and another new thing to learn or practice.

There is so much information out there, it’s hard to sift through and separate the wheat from the chaff. This article will give you ideas on how to go deep into learning something. It will help you by providing a process for learning a…


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I fear not the man who has practiced 10 000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10 000 times.” Bruce Lee

Fundamentals training brings up one or two emotions in the martial artist; either dread or exasperation. The challenge is that fundamentals are perceived as boring; its repetitive nature, the required attention to detail and the simplicity of the techniques. Spinning back kicks are far more exciting than reverse punches.

Fundamentals training is about embedding proper technique and movement into your body and into your nervous system. So you don’t have to think…


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You’ve tried so many times. It’s frustrating because the path is not clear. And you are running out of ideas of how to break into project management.

It‘s a tough job role where experience is critical. Where the incumbents are battle hardened operators. With a long list of skills and expertise.

But how do you get a foot in the door and get a gig as a project manager? How do you get experience in a role where organizations insists on hiring people with experience?

Read on to find out how you can break into project management.

#1 Most important thing you can do

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Riz Tabley

Project manager, writer, martial artists, lifelong learner

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