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  • How to Write Status Reports that are Worth Reading

    How to Write Status Reports that are Worth Reading

    Status reports are a critical part of project management. We all write them, but hardly anyone reads them. Here's how to change that. The post How to Write Status Reports that are Worth Reading...

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  • How to Get Executive Buy-In for Project Management Software

    How to Get Executive Buy-In for Project Management Software

    You’ve found the perfect project management tool. Now you just need the boss to say yes. Learn how to build a compelling business case that leaves them with one question: Where do I sign?

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  • 6 Essential Skills for Project Managers

    6 Essential Skills for Project Managers

    Years ago I was in Brazil managing the installation of a monitoring system for a large construction project. As I told the chief electrician how a piece of equipment was to be mounted, he raised...

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  • 11 Ways to Build the Strengths of Your Team Members

    11 Ways to Build the Strengths of Your Team Members

    In order to lead a top-performing team, you need to do more than direct and delegate work. Truly effective managers are able to recognize the unique strengths of each team member and optimize all...

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  • Ask a Project Manager: How Can I Be More Productive?

    Ask a Project Manager: How Can I Be More Productive?

    “Dear Elizabeth: It feels like I’m spending so much time just staying on top of things. I have systems, but I don’t think they are the best. Otherwise, I wouldn’t feel like I’m never getting...

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  • 6 Things You Can Do to Keep Challenging Personalities in Check

    6 Things You Can Do to Keep Challenging Personalities in Check

    It doesn’t matter what field you operate in, as soon as you bring in creative experts the potential for both personality and technical conflict increases. The why is understandable: truly creative...

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  • Lessons from My Winding Path to Project Management

    Lessons from My Winding Path to Project Management

    When you query a group of second graders about what they want to be when they grow up, they’ll say an astronaut, doctor, firefighter, scientist or some other cool job. By the time they’ve...

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  • Ask a Project Manager: Should I Go Freelance?

    Ask a Project Manager: Should I Go Freelance?

    “Dear Elizabeth: I’m unhappy in my current job. I think it’s time I made the leap into another company. The main reason behind my unhappiness is the lack of flexibility in my current role. I’m...

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  • 4 Ways a Mentor Helps Move Your Career Forward

    4 Ways a Mentor Helps Move Your Career Forward

    When you look at your resume, it’s easy to think of your experience in terms of years, title changes, pay increases―the substantial evidence of your career growth. But your growth as a...

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  • When You’re the Company’s First Project Manager

    When You’re the Company’s First Project Manager

    In the beginning, project management was formless and empty, and darkness was over the work breakdown structure. The Founders looked over the face of the startup and said all is good. And there...

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  • How to Manage Chaos: Advice on Project Management and Workplace Conundrums

    How to Manage Chaos: Advice on Project Management and Workplace Conundrums

    Project management expert Elizabeth Harrin answers readers’ questions the challenges, risks, and rewards of project work.

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  • What Project Managers Can Learn from the Outdoor Enthusiast

    What Project Managers Can Learn from the Outdoor Enthusiast

    Picture an avid outdoor enthusiast. It’s likely you’re thinking of flannel, heavy boots, backpacks stuffed to the brim, and an SUV with a giant roof rack. With their sense of adventure, they’re...

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  • Ask a Project Manager: School vs The Real World

    Ask a Project Manager: School vs The Real World

     “Dear Elizabeth: I am a new project manager in my first internship. I’m out of my depth and overwhelmed with the new jargon. In particular, what I’m finding is that my work environment isn’t...

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  • Advice for Project Managers: Good Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

    Advice for Project Managers: Good Questions to Ask in a Job Interview

     Dear Elizabeth: I have an interview coming up. It’s important to me that I find a company with a culture that fits my values and the way I like to work. What questions should I be asking as a...

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  • Is Your Team Wasting Everyone’s Time?

    Is Your Team Wasting Everyone’s Time?

    For projects with lots of uncertainty and complexity, it’s critical to understand which tasks are most important. Otherwise, your team will find much of their effort is wasted. Learn how to ensure...

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  • Advice for Project Managers: Finding Mentors and Collecting Project Feedback

    Advice for Project Managers: Finding Mentors and Collecting Project Feedback

    In her monthly advice column, PM expert Elizabeth Harrin shares her strategies for finding mentors in the project management space and gathering feedback at the end of a project. The post Advice...

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  • How to Run an Effective Meeting: Lessons from Pixar, Apple, and Amazon

    How to Run an Effective Meeting: Lessons from Pixar, Apple, and Amazon

    Meetings don’t have to be unproductive timesuckers. Learn how forward-thinking executives make their meetings more productive, cost-effective, and efficient. The post How to Run an Effective...

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  • Advice for Project Managers: Soft Skills Needed for Success

    Advice for Project Managers: Soft Skills Needed for Success

    Are you grappling with a stubborn project management work issue? Ask Elizabeth! Email your question to: marketingteam@liquidplanner.com. Anonymity included.   Dear Elizabeth: I’m currently a...

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  • 5 Ways to Use Time Tracking to Get Ahead in Your Career

    5 Ways to Use Time Tracking to Get Ahead in Your Career

    Time is a precious commodity. Many of us struggle to make the most of it—especially when work demands are fast-moving and ever-changing. But when you have a clear understanding of where and how...

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  • What’s the Most Important Job of a Project Manager?

    What’s the Most Important Job of a Project Manager?

    A lot of people think that the most important contribution of a project manager is building the plan. That’s what a project manager does—breaks work structures into tasks; identifies the...

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