10 things I’ve learned in the last 10 years…(related to Project Management)


  1. Be gracious with people, but be ruthless with your time.
  2. There is no greater waste of time then spending extra effort on that which does not need to be done at all.
  3. It is not about working longer, or harder, it is about working smarter and more strategically that counts.
  4. Ask yourself, why am I doing what I’m doing right now?
  5. 1 minute of planning saves (at least!) 10 minutes of reworking (and even hours, days or weeks).
  6. It is sometimes smarter to ask for forgiveness then to ask for permission – BUT not always!
  7. Seek first to understand the other point of view before you explain your side (active listening).
  8. With tempestuous clients, ground rules for meetings should be made together up front and agreed upon by all parties; and last don’t be shy to exercise these agreements.
  9. Be clear on delegation and what authority that has been granted to you; use it or lose it.
  10. Goals in your head are but daydreams; if you want them to become real one day write them down. Now!
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One response to “10 things I’ve learned in the last 10 years…(related to Project Management)

  1. Ah, yes, one of my favorite life truisms: “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” And a big “amen!” to #1. Nothing kills success like losing control of your time.

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