Best Construction Project Management Skills to Look For

Best Construction Project Management Skills to Look For

Career Coaching, Project Management
Image Source Project management is a difficult task. In fact, it entails many tedious jobs such as project initiation, planning, execution, control, and closure. That project is even more difficult to assign to a team of your choice, with defined objectives to meet within a set timeline and budget. And you must succeed in completing all of this. The best project managers achieve this by utilizing effective project management tools to organize all parts of their projects. Technical, business, and managerial abilities and a variety of soft skills are all expected. Project managers are responsible for more than just systems and processes; they are also responsible for people. Effective team management is all about forming and maintaining strong bonds across the board when it comes down to it. However, that…
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Best Tips For Effective Employee Counseling

Best Tips For Effective Employee Counseling

Career Coaching
For a successful business, it is necessary to work like a machine. Employee counseling is the most challenging task, but it benefits you a lot when you work effectively and correctly with team members. The success of a business relies on the predictability and proficiency of work performed by employees. Monitoring processes increases the workers’ productivity. Employee counseling means finding and solving the problems that employees face. If you notice an issue and problem with any of your employees, counsel the employee. An employee passionate about their work will do anything it takes to get back on the right track. Situations for Employee Counseling Performance counseling: If you notice a problem in efficiency and performance, you need to know the reason behind this and solve this problem. Disciplinary counseling: Conduct…
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Masters in Engineering Management Can Help Grow Your Business

Masters in Engineering Management Can Help Grow Your Business

Career Coaching
How can a Masters's in Engineering Management help grow your small business and make you a successful entrepreneur? With the challenges facing humanity globally at the technical level, it has become necessary for companies and organizations to integrate tech skills with business capabilities to address these problematic issues. Engineering management integrates engineering concepts with management studies to develop a holistic approach towards the technical and business side of the process. If you feel comfortable managing different areas of engineering, engineering management would be a great choice. If your interest lies in solving complex problems in technology with a passion for creating solid business and decision-making skills, the MEM program is the best fit for you. It focuses on managing and improving the output of the engineering process using business management…
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Become a Certified Agile Project Manager

Become a Certified Agile Project Manager

Career Coaching, Project Management
Why should you really get certified as a project manager? By now, you have probably read about how certified project managers in either waterfall (PMP) methodology or Agile (PMI-ACP) have an advantage when looking for a job, earn 20%+ on average than non-certified individuals, and get promoted a lot faster than their non-certified colleagues. All these factors alone should be enough to want to become certified, yet many people avoid and/or put off doing so. For many, it is the lack of time and energy to study for the exam. For others, it may be because they are intimidated by the exam regardless of how much they study. And for others, it may be because they feel they are already doing a good job as project managers without certification. All…
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Which is better PMI ACP vs PMP Certification?

Which is better PMI ACP vs PMP Certification?

Career Coaching
PMI ACP vs PMP - As always, the question depends. Agile or Waterfall? Again, it depends. If you have a predictable outcome (SCOPE), then a predictive approach to project management like Waterfall makes sense. But if there is a high degree of uncertainty, then an Agile approach makes sense. Remembering that Agile is a mindset and not a methodology. If you decide on an Agile approach, then you would consider a methodology like Scrum or Kanban for your project. Often, I hear, "We are an Agile shop." This leaves me scratching my head. While there might elements of project management where Agile might make sense, I doubt the accounting department is adopting Agile. If there is a high degree of uncertainty in your financials, you've got bigger problems than Kanban…
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Great team building ideas for your next meeting!

Great team building ideas for your next meeting!

Career Coaching
Working in a team is not one of those most straightforward tasks to do, and that is why it is listed as a unique skill in most of our CVs. But are we a team player? Well, it entirely depends on the individual. People often work together towards a common goal of the team. However, every individual has a distinct perspective to look at things. There are different factors to consider while building an efficient team for a meeting. Whether it is the devices required like a projector under a considerable rate or space such as conference rooms or meeting rooms, there are certain things to take care of in a meeting. Meetings provide an ample amount of responsibilities and opportunities to work together as a team. Therefore, it is…
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Business Storytelling to Connect: 3 Steps

Business Storytelling to Connect: 3 Steps

Career Coaching
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. - Maya Angelou. Your story is how you can connect with your team and clients. Telling your story from your project management perspective is the best available technique for creating the corporate narrative and bringing your vision into action. Have you thought something along the lines of What business storytelling is in my current role? What are the purposes of my business stories? How can I further clarify the meaning(s)? How do I offer insight, knowledge, or service through my business storytelling practices? To connect with your colleagues, your listeners, your management group, your vendors, or your prospective clients, the adoption and practice of business storytelling often distinguish the mediocre professional from the pretty darn good one. Through connecting, we…
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Top 7 perks that help in retaining employees 

Top 7 perks that help in retaining employees 

Career Coaching
Great company culture is defined by its happy employees, who tend to enjoy work when their needs and values are consistent with those in the workplace. Often, the cream of the crop is naturally attracted to those who offer the most – how can your brand do so, while simultaneously optimizing resources? The answer lies in effective retention policies. Not only do they attract fresh talent, but they also maintain the loyalty of existing employees. It is no longer an attractive salary that pulls in job-hunters, but the perks and benefits it comes with. "Value Your Employees" should be your ultimate mantra, as retaining talent lies at the core of organizational equilibrium - a prerequisite of the survival of an organization. While increments and promotions might be expensive, here are…
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Job Search Strategies Over 40

Job Search Strategies Over 40

Career Coaching
Due to changes in the global economy, many executives are finding themselves back in the job market.  Is job-seeking a young person's game? My answers are from my personal experience in Abu Dhabi. Yes, predominantly under 45. Above 45, those who have and are still being coached by me are not necessarily searching for new ''jobs''. They seek to find what they ''love'' or like to do or have been wanting to do all their lives.  Therefore, resulting in ''creating'' their job. By choice? My clients - yes, however, according to many other coaches, not necessarily by choice. Many who have either lost their jobs above the age of 45 tend to search for a job until they realize that they are not undoubtedly respected as they were when they…
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Word of Mouth Opens Doors

Word of Mouth Opens Doors

Career Coaching
I have a two-year-old and fortunately, I have a killer babysitter - who we love, as does my daughter. A friend of mine was looking for a sitter and I referred our sitter. My friend met with the babysitter and hired her for the summer. She didn't interview anyone else, she went with my referral and was equally impressed with how quickly her daughter took to the sitter. My friend was at work and was mentioning the new sitter and how the summer arrangement was working out so well.  A co-worker overheard and asked if she could hire the sitter for the month of September.  "Don't you want to meet her? my friend asked.  "No - I know you and know you would only be happy with her if she…
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