Best Project Planning Software of 2020

Best Project Planning Software of 2020

How do you get a project off the drawing board and into the execution phase? With a plan. But project plans are unruly beasts that need to be reined in. That’s where project planning software comes in: it’s a project manager’s best friend. Project planning software gives project managers the means to control costs and stay on schedule. It’s how deliverables meet the quality expectations of stakeholders. Planning software also has features that track progress and assess whether you’re meeting your planned goals. Yes, project planning software is massive. It is an umbrella under which a number of foundational tools reside, such as Gantt charts, task lists, kanban boards, reports and more. If you’re looking for a project planning software that meets this criteria, prepare to compare options because it’s a crowded field and getting denser every day. Below are some of the best project planning tools available today, with their pros and cons. Take a minute to look over these options and get the tool you need for your next project. 2020 Best Project Planning Software Rankings...
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Meaningful and Meaningless Work

Meaningful and Meaningless Work

Source: Good Free Photos Several years ago, Catherine Bailey and Adrian Madden published an article for MIT Sloan Management Review titled, "What Makes Work Meaningful — Or Meaningless." Here's their summary of the findings from their research: We interviewed 135 people working in 10 very different occupations and asked them to tell us stories about incidents or times when they found their work to be meaningful and, conversely, times when they asked themselves “what’s the point in doing this job?” We expected to find that meaningfulness would be similar to other work-related attitudes, such as engagement or commitment, in that it would arise purely in response to events or situations within the work environment. However we found that, unlike these other attitudes, meaningfulness tended to be something intensely personal and individual; it was often revealed to employees as they reflected on their work and its wider contribution to society in ways that mattered to them as individuals. People tended to speak of their work as meaningful in relation to thoughts or memories of significant family members such as...
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“This Is What Happens When You Abuse Compliments” – Negotiation Insight

“This Is What Happens When You Abuse Compliments” – Negotiation Insight

“Compliments like smiles wear off if extended too long.” -Greg Williams, The Master Negotiator & Body Language Expert (Click to Tweet) (Click to get the book) “This Is What Happens When You Abuse Compliments” “You know what he was saying, right?” “He was complimenting me,” was the response. To which the retort was, “he said, you looked interesting, as a black man in a gold Mercedes. He wasn’t complimenting you. That was mockery! What did he want from you? I’m sure he was trying to persuade you to do something.” Even if unintended, compliments tend to persuade the receiver to adopt a particular view of the sender. And in most situations, that opinion tends to be favorable. Even when an insidious compliment comes from an opponent, it can shift the trajectory of the interaction. Thus, with the best of intent, if you abuse the usage of complements, they can produce more harm than good. Here’s what to consider when complimenting someone – especially if you don’t want to incur a backlash. Listening/Hearing Listen to what you’re hearing, and for...
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“Danger Is The Cost For Crossing A Negotiation Line“ – Negotiation Tip of the Week

“Danger Is The Cost For Crossing A Negotiation Line“ – Negotiation Tip of the Week

“The danger in crossing a line is ending on the wrong side.” -Greg Williams, The Master Negotiator & Body Language Expert (Click to Tweet) (Click to get the book) “Danger Is The Cost For Crossing A Negotiation Line“ He stated, with a sense of exasperation, “you’re getting very close to the line! If I can’t walk away feeling like I got something out of this deal, both of us will walk away with that feeling.” With that statement, he’d tossed the gauntlet down and drew the line indicating how far the other negotiator had gone. Yes, it could have been his ploy to signal where his disdain laid per the offer made. But it was also his way of heightening the tension in the negotiation. There’ll be times when you get caught in situations that lead to crises. Some will stem from the fostered efforts of others. That’ll be their attempt to entangle you in the trap of indecisiveness and uncertainty. If you’re fleet of mind, you’ll slip the snare and avoid a potential crisis. And here’s how to...
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Tips For Negotiating Online

Tips For Negotiating Online

The challenge of negotiating online is trying to generate rapportImage Credit: Monito – Money Transfer When we enter into a negotiation, we are facing a number of different challenges. One of the biggest can be cultural barriers to communication if the other side comes from a different background than you do. In order to overcome such issues, we need to find different ways to use our negotiation styles and negotiating techniques to communicate with the other side using manners, body language, and perhaps even our physical appearance. When we are negotiating with someone online, a number of the ways that we communicate will not be available to us. However, we are still going to have to find a way to build a sense of rapport with them. Skills Needed For Negotiating Online Online negotiating is a brave new world. This type of negotiating is very different from either face-to-face or even telephone negotiating. These more traditional types of negotiating allow us to create a greater sense of social awareness with the other side and leads to better stability and cooperation...
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How Leaders Can Develop Great Remote Management Skills

How Leaders Can Develop Great Remote Management Skills

Remote work is growing in popularity, but succeeding as a remote manager isn’t the same thing as being able to manage remote workers effectively. Unfortunately, managers who lead partially- or fully-remote teams — but who don’t have remote work experience of their own — may not understand what employees need to be successful in these environments. Whether you’re a new remote team manager or an established leader looking to improve your remote management skills, keep the following nine tips in mind: Tip #1: Practice working remote Here’s a quick and easy way to become a better remote manager: if you don’t have remote work experience yourself, create it by working remotely voluntarily for a few weeks. With permission from your higher-ups, relocate temporarily to your home office, a local coworking space, or even your neighborhood coffee shop. Doing so will make the challenges associated with remote work immediately apparent, improving both your empathy for the remote experience and your ability to create conditions that allow distributed team members to thrive. Tip #2: Set expectations and routines around communication One of the...
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Rebuilding Your Confidence After Project Failure

Rebuilding Your Confidence After Project Failure

I’ve just left a six-month contract for a project which ended up in a failure for all sorts of reasons. It has really knocked my confidence. How can I start to get over this and get back out there? First thing, take a step back, and don’t think about jumping straight back into another role. You need to give yourself permission to take some time for reflection. What do we mean by reflection? I guess it could also be called your own ‘lessons learnt’ as we often refer to it in project management speak. It’s easy to fall down the rabbit-hole into negative self-talk and overthinking what went wrong, what could you have done better and so on. We often forget that projects have a habit of doing this – going wrong! And we also know they go wrong for lots of reasons, not just our own actions to blame. It’s the combination of different factors and we can start by understanding the bigger picture of what happened over that six months and start to rationalise...
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