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Sarah is a PMP-certified global project manager, strategist, and blogger with 10 years of experience leading projects, conducting strategic and tactical planning, and spearheading change initiatives for federal and international clients. Throughout her career, Sarah has been (sometimes stealthily) helping organizations incorporate project management techniques to improve their existing business processes.

Sarah is a PMP-certified global project manager, strategist, and blogger with 10 years of experience leading projects, conducting strategic and tactical planning, and spearheading change initiatives for federal and international clients. Throughout her career, Sarah has been (sometimes stealthily) helping organizations incorporate project management techniques to improve their existing business processes.
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Sarah is a PMP-certified global project manager, strategist, and blogger with 10 years of experience leading projects, conducting strategic and tactical planning, and spearheading change initiatives for federal and international clients. Throughout her career, Sarah has been (sometimes stealthily) helping organizations incorporate project management techniques to improve their existing business processes.

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Episodes

Basic Tips for Considering Accessibility on Your Projects

9/19/2019
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I’ve supported projects focused on promoting programmatic and physical accessibility and have learned a tremendous amount in a short time about the unique needs of this population. I need to get smarter on this topic, but here are a few tips I’ve picked up that I try to incorporate on the projects I manage.

Duration:00:04:13

Project Management Tools Tell All

9/17/2019
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By popular request, this post describes some of the tools that I use to manage my personal projects. I could happily exist on a desert island as long as I had Internet and the following apps.

Duration:00:05:56

They Can be Taught: How to Cultivate Confidence

9/12/2019
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One of the most frustrating things for a manager is working with employees who can’t quite seem to live up to their potential. When staff are not performing as you expect, it usually has to do with confidence. Here are some guidelines for how to get your staff to open up to you, themselves, and others.

Duration:00:05:50

How to be Productive without Meditation

9/10/2019
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You can’t go a week these days without finding an article extolling the benefits of meditation. You know it’s supposed to be good for you, but that 21-day meditation challenge appeared to leave zero impact on your daily mindfulness. What gives? Here are some other ways to unlock the benefits of meditation.

Duration:00:04:50

How to Onboard New Managers

9/5/2019
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At some point, you’ll be asked not only to manage your own staff—but also staff that will be managers themselves. How do you ensure that you set up new managers for success? Here are some things to consider when onboarding new project managers.

Duration:00:04:33

How to Delegate Effectively

7/11/2019
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Delegation is a critical skill to cultivate no matter where you are in your career. Once you start to delegate, how do you continue to delegate in a way that is effective? Here are five steps to take to delegate effectively.

Duration:00:06:29

Emotions and Project Management

7/1/2019
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While we know caring about our jobs is a positive sign, it can be hard to remember this in the moment when a teammate’s behavior makes us want to pull out our hair. Here are some strategies to help you manage your emotions as a project manager:

Duration:00:05:47

Channeling the Power of a Project Management Outsider

5/22/2019
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I traveled to another office this week to meet with colleagues on their project management best practices. We had several “a-ha” moments as we brainstormed how to improve inefficient processes, better prepare for upcoming projects, and enhance team collaboration. How can project managers channel the power of a project management outsider to improve their existing practices?

Duration:00:05:32

The Power of Community Goal Setting

5/16/2019
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How can teams work together effectively if they don’t understand what each of their colleagues is trying to do? Here are some of the reasons that teams should adopt community goal setting.

Duration:00:04:31

How to Network Effectively as a Project Manager

5/9/2019
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I decided to write a post on how to network effectively as a project manager. I thought about why I find networking relatively straightforward, whereas others have described it as awkward, scary, or ambiguous. Here are some common complaints about networking and how to solve them.

Duration:00:05:19

How to Brand Your Projects

4/18/2019
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Operating on schedule and under budget are hallmarks of successful project management. If you’re doing your job well, no news is good news—but not if you’re trying to shine a spotlight on your fabulous team, cause, and/or yourself. Here are some ideas for how to brand your projects within and outside of your organization.

Duration:00:06:11

10 Tips for Project Managers to Communicate with Executives

4/12/2019
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It’s common knowledge that being able to communicate effectively is a critical skill in today’s job market, particularly for project managers. The more you advance in your career, the more important it becomes to be able to communicate effectively with a particular audience: executives. Here are ten tips for project managers to communicate effectively with executives.

Duration:00:06:42

Stealthy Agile Project Management

4/5/2019
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Even if your organization isn’t ready to be 100% agile, it doesn’t mean that you can’t (stealthily) introduce your clients to agile project management. Here are some ways to introduce agile concepts to your stakeholders without them knowing it.

Duration:00:04:54

Spring Cleaning for Project Managers

3/29/2019
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I previously wrote about how to maintain momentum on your projects to ensure that you continue to make progress against your goals. If you are not where you want to be, the warming weather may offer the inspiration you need for a bout of project spring cleaning. How can project managers spruce up their projects for spring?

The Project Manager Formerly Known as the Subject Matter Expert

3/22/2019
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In a previous post, I published my failure resume showcasing professional setbacks. One of the items listed was sticking too long with a gig I knew too well. When I made the decision to try something different, a colleague asked me to write a post about what project managers should consider when undertaking a new role.

Duration:00:06:20

The Art and Science of Meeting Facilitation

3/15/2019
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Meeting facilitation is an integral part of a project manager’s job. What does it mean to facilitate a meeting? How do you facilitate a meeting well? And, how can you improve your facilitation skills?

Duration:00:07:12

Failure Resume

3/8/2019
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In the next several months, I’m scheduled to speak on ways that project managers can improve efficiency and boost productivity. Past reactions to this talk are usually something like, “Wow, that’s great! But I’ll never be that organized.” My presentation was not resonating with my audience because I had failed to explain why I have adopted these productivity-boosting techniques. Developing a failure resume could be a great tool to demonstrate this point.

Duration:00:04:53

Back to the Future: Goal Setting by Personality Type

2/28/2019
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I’ve gotten a few requests for a post on how to set goals based on your personality type. It’s all well and good to read about how I set goals as a Type A extrovert—but what strategies can introverted and/or more laidback people pursue to help them accomplish their objectives?

Duration:00:08:13

How to Innovate in a Bureaucracy

2/22/2019
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When you’re operating in any environment larger than a startup, the company will inevitably have some processes in place that ensure things don’t run amok. The question becomes: how do you successfully navigate such an environment to get results? How do you innovate in a bureaucracy?

Duration:00:06:13

Project Management Reading Roundup

1/11/2019
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Starting the new year and realizing that you are woefully behind on your PDUs? Here is a list of project management blogs that I read regularly and recommend you check out.

Duration:00:02:58