Thunder In Project Management Paradise

Longing to sail away to your summer retreat - do it like you are one of us, do it like a Project Manager!

Article by Lili Kaneva

Thunder In Project Management Paradise
 
The sun is on like it's out for vengeance and I’ve got my straw hat swooped down to the level of my eyes. Half of my brain is sleeping (finally!) but the other half is still scanning the landscape - colorful umbrellas, cocktails and lounge chairs, the occasional kid flying by to fill up my mouth with sand. The beach, the deep blue sea, the waves…oh, wait, what?! My brain wakes up from a sudden prompt. It’s one man. He doesn’t fit the picture. Just Two lounge chairs away he seems to be there with his wife and kids and they are all smiles and fun but he isn’t. His face is tense, there’s a thick wrinkle between his eyebrows and a piercing look straight at the screen of the phone. Oh, I know what this is! It’s a work emergency. I suddenly feel so sorry for him. I know how this feels. But why do we work during our holidays and…what is a holiday anyway?

How to Kill a Meeting

(bonus - and destroy the relationship with your team)

“You will never fully convince someone that he is wrong; only reality can.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Article by Lili Kaneva

How to Kill a Meeting
 
Yoga and mindfulness practices teach us to be fully present in the moment because it is all we have. Oh, poor you - sitting in this endless torture of a meeting and thinking: “Is this all I’ve really got?!”

A monotonous voice blabbers on. Now you already could barely distinguish any meaningful episodes. The story is so far off from any scope and purpose, that you have to double check if you are in the right meeting or you’re on someone else’s Zoom?

What is an Office: The Phoenix That Died a Million Times

Article by Lili Kaneva

What is an Office: The Phoenix That Died a Million Times
 
We used to plow the earth. Not much to wonder about. No “can I do it from home?” or “isn’t it better if we only have two office days?” or “won’t I be more productive with a four-day workweek?”. No - if you wanted food, you had to plow the earth, today and every day. As awful as this sounds, as limiting and breathtakingly hard, it was also a source of clear meaning and purpose. The meaning of life was to create life and to sustain it - a predefined scenario for clear action that consumed all our capacity and time on Earth.

YES, I AM: Managing the emotional side of projects

YES, I AM: Managing the emotional side of projects
 
Can you recall the last time you were fighting like hell for your project and - in the heat of the argument - you heard the words “don’t be so emotional about it”? If you are anything like me, you’d prefer a slap in the face!
But wait a minute! Why am I being so emotional about it?

Five Essential Ways to Show Your Love to Project Management

Five Essential Ways to Show Your Love to Project Management
 
Okay...let's face it. The use of the L-word here may seem arbitrary, overblown and ultimately driven by the Valentine Day frenzy. But bear with us - we believe we can take the season of wine and chocolates a step further and turn it into a love note to the good old project management profession by sharing some project management best practices. Maybe we can start there - how do you talk about love when you are knee deep in deadlines and intense communication, when the tech guy is babbling nonsense and your customers have a million requirements. Well, start by pausing for a second. Grab a cup of your "OМ" drink and let us show you a few ways that can remind you how to enjoy your profession again.