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what changes have you noticed since returning to the office? has your business wear changed?

Mental Health Day

Today is Mental Health Day. I often get a little disillusioned with all of the different days that we have but this is a day that especially after the last two years that we have all had, I take really seriously and means a lot. For me, mental health used to be a ‘dirty’ word. […]

Motivation Tips

If you struggle with motivation, take a look at some of the tips in this blog post.

A lifetime of learning

Are you a lifetime learner? or do you only learn because you have to? Come and read today’s blog on making learning fun

What are the factors towards client success?

During a recent discussion with a colleague of mine, we were trying to work out a list of what are the biggest factors towards client success and therefore a successful project and outcome. We came up with the following list and I’d love to hear what you think: 1) Clear, known requirements upfront It is […]

Egg Donation: My story

This is a little off topic from my normal blog posts! So, I hope you don’t mind me posting this! Today, closed off the main activities for my role as an egg donor. What is an egg donor? An egg donor is someone who donates some of her eggs to another woman in order for […]

Workshops: How to keep your participants motivated

It’s hard. Don’t get me wrong. Facilitating a workshop in itself can be very draining in itself as not only are.you trying to gather information /share knowledge but you’re also trying to make sure that people are in the right “mindset” to be able to be contribute productively to your workshop. Over my years of […]

How to minimise Turnover in your teams

Since PMXPO, I’ve been receiving a lot of emails from Project Managers asking for advice about issues they’re having in their projects. This theme has appeared in several emails so I wanted to bring it out on my Blog in case it can help others. I have been trying to work out a “magic formula” […]

Change Management Virtually

During the PMXPO, another common question that I was asked both during and after the conference was around how to handle and manage Change with virtual teams / virtual environments. This can really be a different to manage and one thing to definitely consider when you are starting or working with virtual teams. Let’s take […]

Creating a team manifesto with customers/clients

One item that I have had a lot of emails about since my presentation at PMXPO was around ground rules/ deciding on working arrangements with clients. I briefly touched on this topic in a previous blog but wanted to extend it here. I wanted to answer some of the core questions that I have received. […]

PMXPO: Speaking summary

PMXPO is one of the most established virtual conferences and has been around for several years. This year it has been brought into the #ExperiencePMI conference series and has some great highlights and speakers. There were over 60,000 registered attendees. Last year, I took part in the Twitter Takeover of the @PMIevents twitter handle to […]

PMI – Megatrends

PMI recently published a report on: “How to Incorporate 5 Global Megatrends into Long-Term Business Strategy“. This report which has the byline of: Healing Fractures, building bridges was one that intrigued me. I reached out to: Stephen Townsend, Network Engagement Facilitator, at PMI to ask his thoughts on the report and some of the main […]

What matters?

I saw this interesting diagram on Twitter and it really inspired me to think about my own perceptions around success and what really matters. What’s the first thing that you see or identify with? I admit that when I was starting out in my career, I was very clearly focused on the top image with […]

Time Management Tips

If you’re like me, you have a lot of things on your to-do list and this may not just be your work. Appointments, schedules, visits to friends and family… all of this is a lot for someone to manage. Sometimes you can think that you’ve got it under control and other times it can feel […]

Ground rules

One key aspect for success in any project is around Expectation Management and a key factor in Expectation Management are having clear ground rules. What are ground rules? Ground rules set clear expectations for how you’ll work during the project. This can include everything around: Respect (e.g. respecting your teams time) Working time (e.g. core […]

Soft Skills: your essential tool for leadership

One of the recent topics that I’ve been working on with the people I coach is around Soft Skills and improving their own soft skills. In the people that i’ve been working with, Soft Skills is one area which is often the weakest link in their Professional abilities. What are soft skills? Soft Skills are […]

Monozukuri:

I am always trying to learn new ways of working and potential improvements that I can bring to my projects and teams. In the past year, I have been working a lot in the manufacturing sector and this term has come up a few times. Monozukuri is the japanese term for manufacturing or “making things” […]

Project Management tips that I’m teaching my children

Whether consciously or unconsciously, I am giving a few lessons on Project Management to my children. I think that it’s very important to look at some of our most valuable skills that we can give and share with others. Here’s a few of the most important skills that I’m trying to teach: Listening Skills: As […]

What volunteering brings me

I’m a passionate and regular volunteer with several different organisations. I contribute my time, skills, expertise and energy in various roles to add and share knowledge with the wider community. Within my career, being a volunteer gives me a lot of skills that I can apply and gives a great added value to my role […]

Questions to ask yourself as a Manager

Claire L Jew published an article about the 4 most important questions that she asks herself and I took this as an opportunity to think about the 4 most important questions that I ask myself as a leader. This blog has been quite difficult for me to write as I’ve struggled to limit the questions […]

Keeping in touch whilst Working from Home

One of the things that I have been asked about recently has been how to keep in touch with your team and colleagues whilst you’re working from home/ working remotely for extended periods of time. As it currently stands, in the Netherlands we are looking at another 4 weeks of lockdown at a minimum and […]

PMI – 50 most influential projects: Part 2

In my previous Blog, I spoke to PMI Executive Mike DePrisco about the list that PMI released around the 50 most influential projects and the impact that they were hoping this would have on the wider Project Management Industry. During this blog, I want to discuss my own personal reflections on this list, which ones […]

PMI – 50 Most Influential Projects

In the past few months, PMI has released a list of their 50 most influential projects of the year. I was given the opportunity to speak to PMI’s Vice President, Global Experience and Solutions, Mike DePrisco about the list, their motivations for creating this list and what PMI is hoping to bring to the wider […]

2020 round up

2020 has been one of the most challenging years for a lot of people, most certainly for me! I was talking to a colleague recently and they said: Just when we thought we saw the light at the end of tunnel, we now realise that it wasn’t a light at all… it was just a […]

Celebrating virtually

Normally, at this time of year, we spend hours with our colleagues having a christmas get together and it can be very difficult to get together when we’re all located remotely/in lockdown. During December, I’ve been capturing what I’ve seen friends doing with their work to celebrate the festive period. There has definitely be a […]

PMSummit: Online Conference

Today was a great online conference delivered by the team at PM Summit. I was presenting my topic about being a Chameleon Leader but I was also given access to the rest of the days presentation to be able to see and learn more about various Project Management and leadership topics. Before this conference started, […]

Presenting at PMINL – Leading virtual teams

After my last presentation in November, the PMINL Chapter reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in presenting another session on leading virtual teams. This is a topic that I am finding a lot of people are really interested in and it was great to see such active participation from the group. […]

Setting personal objectives

As a mentor, one of the first things that we do during our sessions is to discuss what you want to achieve from our sessions but more importantly, from your career. Personal objectives are not the same as the objectives from work that you fill out on a yearly basis and have to achieve to […]

Teambuilding virtually

Earlier this year, I published a blog on the topic of teambuilding events. Over the past few webinars and presentations that I’ve given, the topic of teambuilding virtually has come up and I wanted to provide a concise list of ideas that might help and inspire you with your own teambuilding activities. Why bother? As […]

Onboarding new team members – virtually

One of the biggest questions I’m getting asked at the moment is how people/Managers are onboarding teams virtually and this topic is definitely something that will remain relevant in the coming months and year(s) as virtual working becomes a normal part of our working life. Case Study: 1 A friend of mine got a new […]

Supporting a work/life balance virtually

This topic has been raised quite a lot in the past few weeks/months when I’ve been presenting webinars and keynotes on the subject of Leadership, so I wanted to take some time to share my experience and more importantly give some advice for encouraging your teams to switch off and embrace a healthy work/life balance. […]

Presenting at 2020 Pittsburgh PMI – PittAgile Gathering

This year has opened a wealth of speaking opportunities to me. I was informed about this conference by Bruce Gay who is heavily involved in the PMI Pittsburgh chapter and someone who I am very proud to call a friend. PittAgile is normally a day’s conference, but this year they did something different and combined […]

Little steps towards Personal Development

Personal development can seem like an extremely difficult task to undertake. Where do you start? How do you make progress? Recently, I have been making my own personal development journey and I wanted to give you an insight into my journey. As a Leader, I think it’s my responsibility to always look for the improvements […]

Webinar with PMI NL Chapter

On Friday 6 November, I shared knowledge with my local PMI Chapter in the Netherlands. The topic was: Risk Management and it was a really lively and interactive session with 69 attendees. This was their highest attended session in 2020! Topics covered: I created brand new content for this session and spoke about how you […]

Women are leaving the workforce

This article was shared by a connection on LinkedIn and I read it inbetween calls but it has been simmering in the back of my mind all day and I really needed to get it on paper! Perhaps the first statistic which I think really stands on it’s on is: “In September [2020], an eye-popping […]

Presenting at VISUGXL. Virtual leadership

Today, I had the honour of presenting in a new country as well as to a completely new group of individuals! I was approached by the VISUG organisers to present a new presentation all around how to lead virtual teams. This was a presentation that I’ve been working and modifying for a few months and […]

Lessons Learned from the past few months

Over the course of the last 3 months, I have spent a large majority of my time listening. Listening to colleagues, peers and friends all describing their current working patterns, issues they’re facing and also achievements that they have made and I wanted to summarise it all in one post. We can achieve more than […]

Mentoring: Oneuponedown

For the past few months, I have been mentoring with the Organisation: Oneuponedown. This group enables female peer mentorship and is currently based in Australia/New Zealand. I first heard about this organisation through @PsodaRhona and I applied to be a mentor. This was an entirely volunteer position and I received no remuneration for my activities. […]

Are you a Micro manager?

After my previous blog post, I had a lot of feedback on Twitter and E-mail about the topic and I was asked if I could do a follow up blog on what to do if YOU are the micro manager and what you can do to spot the signs if you’re the micro manager and […]

How to handle micro managers

There is a high chance that you have had to manage or deal with a micromanager in your career. You might not even directly report to them but they still like to try and manage your time. What can you do if you find yourself in this position? This isnt about you! First things first. […]

What’s within your control?

During a recent coaching session, we were talking about an event that they are currently going through and how this is affecting their life/ current mental health. This was not just simply about stress but their ability to control a situation that was out of their hands. As we were talking, this image came into […]

Developer Weekly Podcast

In July 2020, I wrote a blog called: An open letter to Software Developers. It was based on this post, that I was invited onto the Developer Weekly Podcast and I could hardly say no as it’s my husbands podcast! You can listen to the episode here: I went to his office for the morning […]

Presenting at ConVex Live

Today, I had the honour of taking centre stage to present my topic on: How to change your management style to lead effective teams. What is ConVex? ConVex is a virtual experience for content developers being held and published across 8 time zones! The experience is organised by the Centre for Information Development (CIDM) and […]

What’s next? Life after COVID Webinar on Projectmanagement.com

On 8th September 2020, I presented a topic on projectmanagement.com all related to how to work and excel in a COVID environment. This webinar originated from an article that I wrote in July 2020 and I asked the PMI team if they would be interested in me pursuing this topic further. I regularly receive emails […]

Ethically speaking

You might not think it, but ethics comes into every decision that you make as a Project Manager. It may be a small decision but you are still choosing to behave in an ethical manner. If you have any concerns about being ethical, I’d recommend looking at the PMIs Code of Ethics to fully understand […]

Project reviews. The How, What and Why

Project reviews are a critical part of any project. They are often at the end of a project phase and have a strict list of criteria for what must be achieved for the project to move into the next phase. Many Project Managers see these stage gate reviews as a ‘necessary evil’ but project reviews […]

Summary: Speaking at PMI Frankfurt Chapter. August 2020

One of the real benefits of the COVID pandemic has been the opportunity to speak virtually at different chapters and organisation events. I’m no longer restricted by my travel schedule or personal commitments and can speak internationally all from the comfort of my home office! I am regularly approached by different chapters and will always […]

Rethinking Leadership

What type of leader do we need for the coming year(s)? Is it the same one as we’ve always had or do we need to rethink our definition of what makes a good leader? In Project Management (and in every professional capacity), having a good leader is critical to a project or organisations success. Having […]

That’s a No from me.

Saying “No” can be really difficult. Whether you are a people pleaser or simply struggle with setting boundaries, the word “No” is something which can be impossible to say. During this blog, I wanted to give a few tips for what you can do to learn to say “No” and how to show this from […]

Influencing others

Being able to influence others is an important skill for all professionals to have but it can be a difficult skill to learn and an even more difficult one to master. During this blog, I’ll touch upon a few key skills that you need to improve your influencing skills to become a truly effective and […]

What we can learn from Garmin’s downtime

Garmin is a sportswear company who specialise in sports watches. Their watches are used by many athletes across the globe to record their activity. When there is any downtime, it’s noticed very quickly by the athletic community. On 23rd July 2020, Garmin went down for what was initially described as “planned maintenance”, but it quickly […]

An open letter to Software Developers

Dear Software Developer, I know that we have sometimes not seen eye to eye but I wanted to give you some insight into the life and role of the Project Manager in projects and hope that we can both learn from each other to have a solid and productive working relationship. First things first: I’m […]

Imposter Syndrome

Imposter sydrome is something that I have struggled with during my career and more recently, I’ve been helping several peers overcome their Imposter Syndrome in their new roles and career path. If you’re wondering what it is; this Harvard Business Review gives a great overview. What could Imposter Syndrome look like? I was discussing this […]

Summary: Hosting #PMChat. 7th July 2020

As a regular participant to the weekly #PMChat on Twitter, I jumped at the chance when they asked for presenters to take on a topic. What is #PMChat? #PMChat is a weekly thread hosted by Dr. Alexia (@ruffh20) and has Project Managers and Project Management Professionals from all of the world participating. There’s a weekly […]

Are you ready to return to the workplace?

I’ve seen several posts in the last week regarding the return to a physical working location and I wanted to take some time to look at the different aspects of returning to work and what I’m hearing from peers and colleagues. What does the workplace look like? There are definite changes going on! Most workplaces […]

Staying sane: Keeping yourself mentally healthy during a pandemic

During the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak, one area that has hit many people hard has been their mental health. In my previous blog post, I touched upon how some women are struggling with their mental health and the impact that this is having on their overall lifestyle and work/life balance. I wanted to spend some time […]

Pandemic Memories – Part 2

In my previous blog post, I was talking to different Project Managers about their experience and memories that will be taking from the COVID-19 pandemic. During this blog, I want to focus specifically on women and their experience. The reason that I wanted to focus specifically on women was because during my initial discussions there […]

PMIĀ® Talent & Technology Virtual Symposium 2020

On 10th June, the PMI presented their latest virtual conference of the season and this conference did not disappoint! I took over the PMI Events Twitter account for the conference and I really enjoyed connecting and sharing the conference with everyone on Projectmanagement.com and Twitter. What’s the conference about? The conference brings together the most […]

Pandemic Memories: Part 1

I put out the call on Twitter to ask for volunteers to answer a few questions about how they are managing under the pandemic and I wanted to take the time in the next few blogs to discuss and share their knowledge with you. When we look back in years to come at these times, […]

Things I wish I had known about being a Project Manager

When I was looking at becoming a Project Manager, I had a very basic overview of what was involved in the role and what was expected of me. I’d lead teams, deliver amazing projects that would add value and change the organisation for the better. I had so many aspirations. Looking back, I wish I […]

Data doesn’t lie

I was talking recently to a Business Analyst about their job and what they liked about it and the response was: “I like working as a Business Analyst because Data doesnt lie” and it really stood out to me as a response that I wanted to spend time to elaborate on. As Project Managers, we […]

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