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Note From the Editor:

The Value of Value

Feature Article:

It’s Not About Creating Value, It’s About Creating Maximum Value

Blog Posts:

Can You Really Be “Social” At Work?

Is There a Generation Gap on Your Project Team?

The Magic of the Darkroom

Don’t Worry, Be Happy?

Note From the Editor by Raechel Logan

When something has “value”, it is of measurable worth – something that can be traded or exchanged for another item that is considered of equal worth. This is an interesting thing to consider in the context of projects and project teams. We often hear project leaders talking about value and how to get more of it out of their team members and I wonder how many of them realize that in order to get something of value, they must be willing to make a fair exchange for it.

There are many things that project managers can do to get the maximum amount of value from their team members and/or their projects. Whether it be by providing the right kinds of incentives and compensation, leveraging technology as much as possible, learning how to speak to what motivates team members, or even knowing when and how to give praise and feedback – being willing and able to make the right kinds of exchanges for value is crucial. Included in this issue are discussions focused on helping managers and leaders learn the value of value by giving value for value.

Feature Article by Ty Kiisel

It’s Not About Creating Value, It’s About Creating Maximum Value

It goes without saying that there are a lot of really good projects that will never (or probably shouldn’t) get the green light. Not because they aren’t worthy, but because there just isn’t enough manpower or other resources needed to accomplish them. Over the last couple of years organizations have become very lean. And this includes project teams. Most organizations simply don’t…

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Blog Posts

Can You Really Be “Social” At Work?
Socializing At Work

For most project managers I know, social media has become a big topic of discussion. In fact, many project teams have been implementing social media components into the project management process for a while now. In fact, I think it's a very good idea to use a familiar metaphor to the workforce to encourage better communication and collaboration. With that in mind, I totally agree with Mr. Singh when he suggests, "Just as with many endeavors, the incorporation of social into business is an art not a science—a strategy we continue to refine…"

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Is There a Generation Gap on Your Project Team?
Generation Gap

If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know that I work with a team of mostly young people. Except for the fact that I am a 50-something guy who rides a Harley rather than a 20-something guy that rides a bullet bike, I don't think there's a real generation gap among my colleagues. Of course there are some age-related differences, but for the most part they are minor things less associated with work and more related to fashion and other personal preferences. On those occasions when my older colleagues and I talk about the younger people on the team, we talk about how their passion and energy is contagious…

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The Magic of the Darkroom

Breathtaking Vista in Southern Utah

Photography has been a passion of mine for over twenty years. I love shooting large-format sheet film and can still remember the first time I watched a print come to life in a tray of chemicals in the dark room. In the days before you could get a digital preview of your images on the back of your camera, you had to trust that your skills and experience would produce a beautiful image…

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy?
Dont worry, be happy

In an article she wrote for CNN Money, Linda Mignone suggests, "Aside from it sounding sensible, recent studies have demonstrated that the happier a worker is, the more productive they will be on the job. While an employee may appear engaged in their work, they may not be as effective as they could be if they were happy." Knowing this should help us better lead and engage the people we work with on project teams…

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