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Haiku for project managers – stakeholders

It’s important to understand who the stakeholders are on our projects. Not all stakeholders are alike. No matter how Cat curled up on an office chairwell you plan, your understanding of them will remain a mystery.

What are stakeholders? /
Things you’ll never understand /
Even with a plan

Focus on the stakeholders that matter. The ones that can cause your project to fail. The ones where the relationship is important.

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Haiku for project managers – trust

Think of “trust” as Humpty Dumpty. Once it’s broken it can’t be put back together.

Eggs in hand
Once broken, it stays broken

Always be honest /
Getting a team to trust us /
Ensures our success

Telling the truth isn’t always the easiest path to take. Messengers sometimes get shot. It’s better to honest than be forced to manage a lie.

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Haiku for project managers – career growth

20160626_150258691_iosWe can’t grow without discomfort. Experience is built through making mistakes, learning from them, and moving forward. Show me someone who is experienced without having made mistakes and I’ll give you my unicorn.

Crush your comfort zones /
Or you’ll be stuck where you are /
Without knowing why

Admit it when you don’t know what to do or how to move forward.  People will respect this vulnerability more than they’ll respect a false sense of security.


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