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Resisting change?

Do you have team members who are resisting change? I have been thinking about this lately, maybe because I've had a recent experience, or maybe because I'm thinking about my next article in the Engineering Management Review. ;) I've always said that the difficulties as a manager are typically not in the technical work but in dealing with people.

How does an American football player's behavior on the sidelines relate to management?

TMC followers: Have you seen the videos showing Dez Bryant (supposedly one of the best if not the best team members of the Dallas Cowboys) losing control on the sideline during the Dallas Cowboys loss to the Detroit Lions 31-30? He yelled at the quarterback, the Cowboys assistant, and others in the team. This is very similar to a situation that any of us can experience in our teams.

Program management: What is the role of a Program Manager?

In many companies, large projects have program managers assigned to it. The program manager, by definition, manages the "program". The program is everything related to that specific projects: Specification, design, productization, post production, customer relationship, and every other little or big thing as it relates to the project.

Project execution: Is having a plan enough for successful execution?

It is interesting to see how many teams think that having a project plan means successful execution. Getting the group together and strategizing, then putting a plan together is absolutely important for execution, but as important as planning is to have the discipline to execute the plan.

Want to understand a firm's strategy? Forget the business plan...

Here is an interesting blog from Harvard Business Review about how to assess a firm. "If you want to really understand a firm’s strategy - whether it’s a start up or Fortune 500 firm - you need only two documents:  the compensation plan and the pricing plan."

e-Learning course on leadership

The course " Thinking like a Leader: the TILL System" is described and linked on our e-learning page, along with other e-resources of interest.

Mid-year reviews

It is the month of July, which means that you are either already done or just about done with mid-year reviews with your team members. If you haven't scheduled them yet, or your company doesn't have the policy to do mid-year reviews, I highly recommend that you still have these discussions.

Sometimes the age of an article does not determine its freshness!

I just read again today a classic from C. Merle Crawford, "Strategies for new product development," Business Horizons, Dec. 1972, pp. 49-58.

Characteristics of successful new product development

This is an interesting presentation about new product development strategy: http://www.slideshare.net/nusantara99/new-product-development-strategy

Much at the beginning is not new, but the points from page 25 are worth reading: what a Booz-Allen and Hamilton study found in common among companies with successful new product innovation practices.

Do you have productive 1:1s with your team members?

Who is doing most of the talking during the 1:1 meetings with your team members; you or your team members? Whatever your intent for the 1:1 is, you need to master the art of listening. If you spend most of the time talking and not listening, you might miss a great deal of what your team member is trying to tell you.

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