Life After Death (of a Project)

Life After Death (of a Project)

After my team spent a significant amount of time working on a project, it got halted. Ouch.

It kinda sucked, but it also gave us an opportunity to start anew. We could put the baggage of our old project behind us and start our new project with a clean slate. As a leader, you must recognize that emotions (including your own) must be considered before the team can effectively move on to their next project. We’re only human.

Here’s a plan for handling a mothballed project with your team:

  1. Communicate: what happened and what’s next.
  2. Recognize and recover from burnout.
  3. Do a project retrospective to learn from past project mistakes.
  4. Share the retrospective findings.
  5. Start the next project with a clean slate.

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Workplace lessons from my personal trainer: Part 3

Workplace lessons from my personal trainer: Part 3

Cartoon personal trainerThis is the final part in a series of 3 posts. Here are Part 1 and Part 2.

Often, lessons we learn in one area of our life have relevance in other areas as well. This has proven to be the case for me with some lessons I’ve learned in the gym from my personal trainer. In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, I wrote about the first five workplace lessons I’ve learned from my personal trainer:

  1. Be productive, not just busy.
  2. Learn to tell when something doesn’t feel right.
  3. Work smart: push yourself but respect a healthy balance.
  4. Don’t rest on your laurels.
  5. You have to push yourself to grow. Sometimes you need somebody to push you.

Here are the two remaining workplace lessons in this series that I’ve learned from my personal trainer at the gym. Read more

Workplace lessons from my personal trainer: Part 2

Workplace lessons from my personal trainer: Part 2

Personal TrainerThis is part 2 of a series of 3 posts. Here’s Part 1. After you read this, check out Part 3 (the last part in the series.)

Lessons sometimes get taught in unexpected places. You just have to be aware and willing to learn them. In Part 1 of this series, I wrote about the first three workplace lessons I’ve learned from my personal trainer:

  1. Be productive, not just busy.
  2. Learn to tell when something doesn’t feel right.
  3. Work smart: push yourself but respect a healthy balance.

Here are two more workplace lessons I’ve learned from my personal trainer at the gym. Read more

Workplace lessons from my personal trainer: Part 1

Workplace lessons from my personal trainer: Part 1

This is part 1 of a series of 3 posts. After you read this, check out Part 2.

Personal trainer with megaphoneSeveral years ago, I decided to start lifting weights as part of my workout routine. After muddling my way through it at home (and seeing minimal results), I decided to work with a professional and hired a personal trainer. I was amazed at how quickly I saw results. Years later, I still see him every few months to tweak my workout routine and push me further.

Dave, my personal trainer, used to compete in bodybuilding competitions. He knows how to get results. He also understands how much psychology is responsible for being able to push yourself. Over time, I’ve observed that much of Dave’s advice doesn’t just apply to fitness and weightlifting. The psychology and coaching he uses to push me to achieve more than I could alone can also apply to being successful in the workplace.

Here are some workplace lessons I’ve learned from my personal trainer. Read more