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Note From the Editor:

"Walk the Talk": Leading by Example

Feature Article:

Act as if the World were Watching

Events:

AtTask Work Management Tour – Atlanta

Blog Posts:

Hubba, Hubba, Hubba, Who Do You Trust?

In Order to be an Expert, You Must First be a Beginner

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Be the Change

Note From the Editor by Raechel Logan

You've probably heard the expression, "Don't just talk the talk, walk the walk." Sometimes as leaders we forget how closely we are being watched. I don't mean in a creepy, stalker-like way; what I mean is this: I recently had a conversation with a colleague about leadership. As an independent management consultant, his message was this: "In a management or leadership position, whether or not you think you're an example, you are."

It's true. It doesn't matter if you are trying to be an example – if you are in a leadership position (or have "Manager" attached to your title) you become one by default. Because of this simple fact, it's imperative that managers and leaders be extra aware of what they say and, even more importantly, what they do – and then take the opportunity to lead others through their example. An article on the Mind Tools blog put it this way: "When you lead by example, you create a picture of what's possible. People can look at you and say, 'Well, if he can do it, I can do it.' When you lead by example, you make it easy for others to follow you."

This week, our newsletter comes equipped with information on how to lead by example more effectively. You'll find articles about establishing trust on your teams, learning how to be teachable, being aware of what your actions are saying, and being the change your team or company might need. The hope is that, at the end of the day, we'll all be able to "walk the talk" a little better.

Feature Article by Ty Kiisel

Act as if the World were Watching

Thomas Jefferson said, "Whenever you do a thing, act as if the world were watching."
I've come to appreciate that this is good advice, because they are (watching that is). Over the years I've come to appreciate that successful people don't work in isolation…

Read the complete article here

Events

The AtTask Work Management Tour is Rolling Forward!

We're excited to bring the Work Management Tour to Atlanta, Georgia! Our next stop will be at the JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead on May 11, 2011 from 9:00am – 12:00pm.

Hear from an AtTask "power user" – Stephanie Stewart, Director of Project Management for Valpak, as she shares why Valpak chose AtTask to help increase visibility and improve collaboration and cooperation across their organization. Tour passes, including a continental breakfast for you and your team, are at no charge. Will you be there?

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Blog Posts

Hubba, Hubba, Hubba, Who Do You Trust? Joker Image

In the 1989 movie Batman, before the Joker is about to gas everyone in Gotham, he says, "And now folks, it's time for 'Who do you trust!' Hubba, hubba, hubba!" An article entitled Managing Talent in Troubled Times, cites a 2009 study that found "…the majority of people said they trust a stranger more than they trust their boss." If this is the case, is it any wonder why project teams are so reluctant to provide visibility into what they're doing? "The truth is that trust rules," they write. "Trust rules your personal credibility. Trust rules your ability to get things done. Trust rules your teams cohesiveness. Trust rules your organization's innovativeness and performance. Trust rules your brand image. Trust rules just about everything you do…"

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In Order to be an Expert, You Must First be a BeginnerBeginner

I've heard it said that we should "be willing to be a beginner every single morning." I believe one of the worst things we can do for our careers and ourselves is to come to work thinking we know everything about what we do. This approach will not only cut us off from many opportunities to learn and grow in our company and our craft, but will most certainly lead to us disliking our colleagues. Instead, if we come to work each morning willing to be "a beginner" – or looking for opportunities to learn from our coworkers…

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Actions Speak Louder Than WordsActions Louder than Words

Shakespeare said, "Talkers are not good doers." Early this morning I found the OpenView Labs newsletter in my in-box. Among a number of pretty interesting articles, I noticed one written by George Roberts titled As a CEO, How You Do Anything Means Everything. I'm a firm believer that any kind of leader should not only "Talk the Talk," but should also "Walk the Walk," so this caught my eye. Roberts writes, "…most managers, at some point, fail to continue working on themselves. As a result, as their professional development stagnates, so too will the development of their employees." He suggests that we ask ourselves the following questions…

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Be the ChangePMI Logo

 I was reading the Voices on Project Management blog earlier today written by Jim De Piante and he seems to lament, "I have a feeling the nature of project management—which has sustained my career for more than 20 years—is changing radically." Project management is changing. What we call projects is being redefined by the market, how we manage teams (people) is changing, what is expected of projects and project leaders is changing and if we don't change the way WE look at these things, we will become irrelevant. Ghandi said, "Be the change that you want to see in the world." If we want to survive with our profession in the future, we need to be the change—or someone else will…

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