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The Value of Speaking Softly In Leading a Team

By Craig Covello, PMP: Perhaps you have heard the phrase, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Let’s explore how leaders and project managers can use this axiom to effectively lead their teams. There’s some dispute regarding…
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Reality Check, the Unspoken Role of the Project Manager

By Craig Covello, PMP: I’m sure it’s been quite a while since many of us who have earned PMP certification actually studied the PMBOK in preparation for the exam.  It is not surprising, then, that we move forward in our careers as…
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The Long, Straight Line Ahead of You:
Project Orientation in Life

by Craig Covello, PMP: If you have taken the time to stop and read this article, then it’s probably safe to assume that you might be a project manager.  But to narrow the readership further proves difficult, because project managers…
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The Thrill is Gone:
Motivation on Projects

by Craig Covello, PMP: You may be too young to remember a blues song entitled, “The Thrill Is Gone.” It was written in 1951 by Rick Darnell and Roy Hawkins, and later popularized by blues guitarist legend B.B. King in 1970. Allow…
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Cross Footing and Run Rate Exhaustion, Part 2

By Craig Covello, PMP: In part one of this two-part series, we looked at cross footing to find spreadsheet errors. This month, we look at a possible early warning sign of overspending. Run Rate Exhaustion Every project has two primary…
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Cross Footing and Run Rate Exhaustion, Part 1

By Craig Covello, PMP: This is part one of a two-part article. At first glance, the title of this article might lead you to believe that the subject has something to do with the Boston Marathon or Churchill Downs.  Although I’m sure…