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Why Coaching and Mentoring Improves Performance

When businesses need to improve all-round performance, it is common for them to turn to high-quality business skills training programmes. Aside from enhancing some of the specific skills that are required to perform project tasks and improve day-to-day operations, these training programmes can also help to build coaching and mentoring skills. This development of coaching and mentoring skills among experienced, senior employees can be invaluable, allowing them to impart wisdom ...

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Applying New Skills in the Project Workplace with Coaching

However good our intentions might be, we forget things very quickly after we’ve learnt them. Research from Hermann Ebbinghaus (1850-1909) over a hundred years ago tested the theory, and it still holds true today. In organisations today, they’re concerned with learning and development budgets and how they can ensure that any training investment – both in terms of money and time – brings benefits to employees; sees an increase in ...

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Coaching Tips for Project Managers and Their Teams

One of the hardest shifts in mind-set needed when moving from an operational to a project management role, is the letting go of the project tasks yourself. After all, you will have spent a number of years working in project teams and you performed tasks to a high standard, which helped you get that coveted project manager role. Deep down, you suspect that other people probably can’t do those tasks ...

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Managing Information Overload as a Project Manager

How many times have you been interrupted today? I’ve had Skype messages, urgent emails, people stopping by my desk, phone calls, and then I’ve been interrupting myself as well as I’ve been procrastinating on a task and went to get a cup of tea. OK, so that last interruption wasn’t a source of information overload, but it is certainly a symptom. When we feel overwhelmed, it’s easy to feel paralysed. ...

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How to Prepare Yourself for a Career Move in Project Management

Many people come to me for coaching because they need support in preparing for a new role. In recent weeks, three of my coachees have discussed some form of career transition with me. The first person –we’ll call him Chris – is a contractor who works as a business analyst and project manager. Although his contract isn’t coming to an end just yet, he is beginning to position himself for ...

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What Project Managers and Leaders Can Learn from Larry King

Yes, that’s right! Larry King – the American talk-show host! Working in broadcasting as a radio and television host is undoubtedly different to the kind of job that most project managers get to perform. But a recent interview with Larry King revealed exactly how good he is at building trust and making people open up. This is something that many project managers can learn from. Larry King has performed over ...

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How to Coach Your Manager

You may think that coaching has a limited use and that it’s a tool only for professional coaches and for managers when guiding their teams. But have you ever considered that as a project manager you can also coach upwards and use it with your own manager? As a tool coaching is used to create awareness and growth for someone else. In doing so we pick up on the attitudes ...

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How to be a Great Project Management Mentor

What is great mentoring? I often think about what each project manager can do to learn and grow and to eventually become the best project manager they can be. Formal education and being given the right opportunities play a large part. But mentoring has a part to play too. Imagine, for instance, how your career would have looked if you had had the greatest mentor from when you first started ...

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