Conversations with Leaders-2

December 10, 2020 2 comments

(An interview with Margaret Meloni, Meloni Coaching Solutions Inc.)

My ebook ‘Leadership in times of Crisis’ is a synthesis of conversations with practitioners, authors and leaders in the field of Project Management and Leadership. Here is a conversation that I had with Margaret Meloni.

Margaret Meloni is President of Meloni Coaching Solutions, Inc., a company devoted to helping you successfully navigate the human side of the project world. Margaret has supported project managers at organizations such as Occidental Petroleum, Northrop Grumman, Toyota Motor Credit, Southern California Edison, CalStart and arc.

Her background in IT Project Management and PMO Leadership enables Margaret to understand that managing projects can be difficult. Her special emphasis is on soft skills training for project managers.

Margaret is a contributing author to the book 101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career in which she writes about conflict resolution. She has also been invited to contribute to articles in PM Network®, the monthly magazine covering trends, tools, and best practices in project management. She is a top blogger at Toolbox.

Margaret holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from California State University, Long Beach. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). A recipient of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Distinguished Instructor award, Margaret is a dynamic speaker who combines inspiration, common sense, and a dash of humor and works with her audiences to understand the importance of soft skills at work.

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December 9, 2020 2 comments
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Conversations with Leaders – 1

December 9, 2020 Leave a comment

(An interview with Thomas Walenta)

My ebook ‘Leadership in times of Crisis’ is a synthesis of conversations with practitioners, authors and leaders in the field of Project Management and Leadership. Here is a conversation that I had with Thomas Walenta.

Thomas Walenta PMP, PgMP and PMI fellow worked for IBM from 1983 to 2014 in a variety of client projects.  He worked in his first project in 1974 and build his first PMO from 1995. He is a member of PMI since 1992 and of GPM/IPMA since 1995.  As a PMI volunteer from 1998, he led the PMI Frankfurt Chapter for 8 years was elected to the PMI Board for 2 terms of 3 years each and was a  member of the PMI Ethics Review Committee for 6 years. Today he is coaching, teaching and mentoring.  He considers himself a Global Project Economy expert, covering all aspects of a new project management paradigm for people from 5 – 75 across all value delivery frameworks and helping the global society to improve.

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December 8, 2020 Leave a comment
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December 5, 2020 Leave a comment

I would rather trust my intuition
And commit a folly
Then trust someone who has
not even given it a try 

I would rather be quirky and whimsical
Then live in studious discipline
For life is not just rocket science
And one does need a breather

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Ally or Foe?

December 4, 2020 2 comments
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December 3, 2020 1 comment

The ubiquitous lust for power
Constant strife and discord
War, discontent,  terror and arson
The constant rhetoric and finger pointing
Arms race and nuclear buildup
Bloodshed and broken rubble
Shuffle like images in a kaleidoscope

The fleeting dove has lost its way
In this illusory maze
Deluded in anger , lust and envy
Its vision is blurred
Seeking the rainbow -utopian and ephemeral
The naive man rushes outward
Hidden in his own bosom
Is the lasting peace he seeks

©copyright 9th Dec 2010, skm

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December 2, 2020 1 comment
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What has 2020 taught you?

December 1, 2020 Leave a comment

  1. For me 2020 has helped me to gain a great deal of perspective
  2. It has helped me to be prepared for the unthinkable
  3. It has shown me that leaders who have a clear vision can help us to chart a course for the future even when things are uncertain
  4. 2020 has shown that Organizations that embrace change as a constant and embed it into their culture can thrive amidst disruptions
  5. We have to plan and be on the lookout for new challenges. It is better to plan now rather than when a crisis strikes us
  6. This year I have been able to speak to 23 leaders from around the world on leadership. I have synthesized their personal anecdotes and actionable insights into a book ‘Leadership in times of Crisis
  7. Many employees had to get used to ‘work from home’. This also affected children who had to attend online classes.
  8. Most children and adults became adept at using video conferencing tools like Zoom, skype, Google meet, Microsoft teams and Goto Meeting to attend online classes or work from home
  9. Some organizations went the extra mile to take good care of their employees during this tough transition. Other organizations were not empathetic enough and even fired employees.
  10. Many people made the best use of this time to exercise, cook, and try out different skills as they had more time on their hands.

#2020 #lessonslearned

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November 29, 2020 Leave a comment

I let go –
My fears
My anxieties
My greed
My judgements
My limitations
My anger
My feelings
My thoughts
My ego
I feel incredibly light

This is in response to the Daily Word Prompt #Levitate

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