7 Points of Effective Presentation: Killer Powerpoint Slides

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I am going through a “killer presentation” sent over by a client, and I am excited….

I am excited because I see that we have a good topic for a successful coaching session:  it will bring immediate result. Actually, I see two successful sessions coming, because every presentation is built on two pillars: the slide stack and the delivery. Continue reading “7 Points of Effective Presentation: Killer Powerpoint Slides”

The One Thing That Determines Success

What is the one thing that determines your success?

Google for it, and the top answers will probably be:

  • positive attitude,
  • action,
  • discipline,

followed by “trust”, “leadership”, “networking”, “team”,” good timing”, “determination” …  and many other good words.

Do you see a profound gap here, both on the individual and on the organizational level? Continue reading “The One Thing That Determines Success”

How to Spot a Lie (and Deliver Alternative Truth)

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Let’s face it: we live in the world of lies. We are telling lies and are being blatantly lied to every day, 24/7. That’s exactly why my initial statement may have surprised you – at first: because we are all used to lies. Not you? How about these:

“Guys, I know you work hard.”
“No, you don’t look fat in that dress.”
“Sorry, I was on a conference call.”

We all feel when someone is lying. Continue reading “How to Spot a Lie (and Deliver Alternative Truth)”

3 Fundamental Rules of Personal Efficiency

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There is a phenomenon known as “induced demand.” For example, if you have a congested road network, widening highways will not ease congestion sustainably; often the congestion gets worse, because of the “induced traffic.”

You may have experienced this phenomenon yourself: you have already reduced your sleep time, your TV time, your “quality family time” – but there’s never enough hours in the day to complete your scheduled tasks, forget about leisure. Continue reading “3 Fundamental Rules of Personal Efficiency”

Michael Schumacher’s Secret of Success in the Fast Lane

If you want to be successful, learn from people who have reached great success before you: this is more efficient than going by trial and error. And there’s always a lot to learn from a successful person. Continue reading “Michael Schumacher’s Secret of Success in the Fast Lane”

Improve Your Email Nonverbal Communication Skills

Imagine entering your office in the morning, coffee in hand… You open your Outlook and among numerous unread emails you see a message from your boss that you have not seen, which reads like this:

Subj: org ch

Pls come see me ASA{.

What was the first thought that crossed your mind?.. Continue reading “Improve Your Email Nonverbal Communication Skills”

How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions Using Project Management

If you are like 50% of Americans, you must have made your New Year’s resolutions recently. And if you are one of those “new-year-resolute” folks, then you could use some help right now: over 40% of new year’s resolutions do not survive past one month. Continue reading “How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions Using Project Management”

When Ethnic Jokes Can Be Exchanged and Enjoyed

Once upon a time, well before Obama and Trump as we know them, and when pretty much everybody still smoked tobacco, I was having a lunch break with guys from the Lab and Production. And it must be noted that our frontline workforce was more diverse than the United Nations has ever been.

In the end of the lunch break, having nothing better to do, I decided to tell a joke. Continue reading “When Ethnic Jokes Can Be Exchanged and Enjoyed”

Project Management Master Class: the Fifth Project of Heracles

Storytelling is an effective coaching technique, but it is rarely used in project management. Fortunately, the history of mankind is replete with wonderful examples of projects delivered by individuals who lived long before project management as we know it was born, so we can learn from their mistakes. Continue reading “Project Management Master Class: the Fifth Project of Heracles”

Positive Reinforcement for Engineers

A young manager in a major industrial company, trying to explain their reporting procedures, had trouble pronouncing the word “hierarchy.” When I did it for him after his third attempt, he was grateful – but not at all uncomfortable: “I am an engineer, you know, long words is not really my cup of tea.” Indeed, for managers with strong technical background and zero soft skills training, quite a few things crucial to their new role end up outside their cup. Continue reading “Positive Reinforcement for Engineers”