To truly achieve our life purpose, we must start with self-evaluation. We evaluate where we are in depth, and also our deep passion and purpose.
A pangram is a sentence that contains all the letters in the alphabet. Try being a word geek: Making pangrams - and variations - can be a lot of fun!
We want to grow professionally, but we just aren't making any headway. What are we missing: Learn about blind spots, bias, and how to overcome them.
To improve, we need to know what we are doing well, and what we are doing poorly. When can we evaluate ourselves, and when must we rely on others?
Thrill to these historically accurate WW II movies as they teach us real lessons of courage and leadership with gripping stories.
Win-win success teams are rare. Here's an easier goal: We create our own success, then add win-win moments without counting on win-win always working. Here's how.
Win-win sounds good. Everybody talks about it, and we say we want it. But real win-win is very rare. Find out why, and learn to make it happen!
Women fulfill many leadership roles. Just like men, women can be visionary, be peacemakers, be steady guides through difficult times, or be problem-solvers.
Groundhog Day is a holiday that is thousands of years old. What is its ancient meaning? Groundhog Day, the movie, delivers another spiritual message as well.
It's never too late to renew a New Year's resolution. If you still want the results, make a fresh start and go for it. Here are seven tips to help motivate you to get unstuck and refresh your resolutions.
When hurt, it's hard to forgive. In marriage we build walls of silence. To renew intimacy, we must be able to apologize and forgive. Let's learn how . . .
Five Love Languages is a book and web site that shows you how to renew, or even save, your marriage. Simple & effective: Get started in less than 2 hours.
Enrich your Christmas spirit by celebrating Advent, four weeks leading up to Christmas: a time of penitence and hope. Calendars, colors, and candles enrich the season.
Is the Green Movement authentic? Even if it is, how do we separate the truly good Green from scams, bad science, and cheap technology? Read on to find out more.
Real Green solutions come from deep thinking about the causes of problems we created over centuries. Natural crises have deep roots in human actions.
Many people accept Go Green at face value. Let's get some perspective on 150 years of conservation, preservation, ecology & green action & learn.
Environmental crises get bigger. Climate change caused 400,000 deaths last year & reduced the world economy by 1.6%. But we can turn things around in time!
The big picture of Go Green includes reversing global warming and eliminating the toxins that are poisoning us and creating cancer epidemics and other diseases.
Many project managers don't know the difference between a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and an Activity List. On small projects, it doesn't matter much. But on larger ones, it's crucial to understand the difference, and to do a good job on each one.
People fear creating a good project plan because they think it takes too long. Progressive elaboration—doing good design step by step—is the solution.
As project managers, we need to identify our customers & stakeholders. Missing a stakeholder is a recipe for disaster. But how do we find them all?
Six Sigma tools save a lot of time & money by preventing errors. . We do this with Root Cause Analysis, and the easiest technique is the Five Whys.
DMAIC means Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, & Control. It can create breakthrough improvements in operations. But does DMAIC really work? Maybe . . .
Six Sigma is, for most, a buzzword. What is it really? And can it help improve 0perations management at your company? Can 6 Sigma improve quality and cut costs?
The Capability Maturity Model (CMM) has a fascinating history. Understanding it helps every executive and manager improve his or her own organization.
By nature and under pressure, we make bad estimates. Pressure pushes us to bias, and we are always too rushed. Here's how to make a great estimate, fast!
How much will it cost to complete a project? How long will it take? Senior executives want an answer early. Create a realistic time and cost estimate.
Synergy - getting more done and feeling by working together - is a rare experience. And it is hard to make it happen and sustain it. Let's learn how to do it!
"Think win-win" is a simple idea. Many people claim to do it. Few make the real changes in their hearts and truly live win-win. Let's look deeper.
The idea "seek first to understand, then be understood" is simple. But it takes iron self-control to listen first. I know, I've been trying for 17 years!
Sow an action, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap your destiny. Learn how to recreate your life with 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.
The Jitterbug idea, a cell phone that's just a phone, is great. Added health support features are fine. But customer service problems are too common.
Most projects fail, and the most common reason is that the goal is not clearly defined. When the goal, or scope of the project, is clearly defined, success becomes possible. Learn how to define project scope and goals clearly, and communicate it to the project team and the customers, so you can get...
How do we create cohesive teams that get great work done? How do we manage different levels of skill? How do we increase motivation in our team members? And how do we do all of this while being fair, which is essential to employee retention? The answer is in flexible, emotionally intelligent...
Six Sigma Quality Management is often touted as a solution for operations management and cost problems. But, if your company is not ready, Six Sigma can make things worse. Learn why, and how to determine whether your company is ready for Six Sigma.
It's easy for the small business owner - the one-man or one-woman business owner - to get stressed out. Let's learn how to stay at peak performance, instead!
Different situations call for different types of leadership. Does your company need a visionary, a peacemaker, a motivator, or an architect? Probably all four. Can you be all types of leader, and know which type to be when? Or can you build a leadership team with all these qualities?
Running our own business is hard. We have to lead and manage a team of one. Most employees don't like their bosses. How can we be our own boss and actually like ourselves, get great work done, and succeed?
As more businesses fail in this challenging economy, understanding the key factors in business success is crucial to the survivors, to entrepreneurs, and to new start up companies. Know these factors, re-design your business, and succeed.
Operations Management tools, when properly implemented, reduce cost, waste, and risk. They are essential to business success and profitability. Here's how to use them!
Successful completion of a project requires managing much more than scope, time, and money. We must also address quality, risk, communications, and other factors. This article focuses on practical success and introduces the nine areas of project management as defined by the Project Management...
A Zen garden appears barren and sterile until you learn to open your inner eye to its subtle beauty. When you do, your heart blossoms like a cactus flower in warm desert air.
PERT, the Project Evaluation and Review Technique, is a way of knowing if your project is on time and on budget. If it is running behind or over budget, you'll know how much extra time or money it will take to deliver. Here's how to do it!
A project without a plan is like a vacation without an itinerary. You'll get lost, miss your flight, and have a miserable time. And you'll probably get fired, too! Make a clear project plan, and deliver great results on time and under budget - every time! Here's how!
A career plan will take you from where you are today to where you want to be in your business life. Choose your career and goals, start where you are, and get rolling!
I reached a Hubber Score of 99 in 2 weeks of work on HubPages, and 100 in 3 weeks, and I share how I did it, so you can boost your score, too.