HBR: A 4-Step Plan to Make Your Q&A More Audience-Friendly

Here is an interesting article from the Harvard Business Review with a helpful framework for presentations. The title of the article is targeted at Q&A sessions but I found the content to have a wider application than that.

Despite how effective interviews can be in theory, however, they are often difficult to execute in practice. As a result, audience members are often left feeling disengaged and unsatisfied while guests struggle to inform and engage in a way that resonates.

A good Q&A invites the audience into the experience.  Two effective ways to do this are by (1) using inclusive language and (2) polling the audience.

link: https://hbr.org/2018/09/a-4-step-plan-to-make-your-qa-more-audience-friendly

The City that banned cars

Updated: How-to create a reverse schedule in MS project

Every wanted to build a schedule in reverse so you know how when you need to start? Here’s my quick how-to post that I recently updated to include some screen captures to make the whole process more clear. Let me know if this was helpful!

Link: https://www.petervk.com/2014/07/23/how-to-create-a-reverse-schedule-in-ms-project/

How Bosses Waste their employees time

This is a interesting article from the WSJ that has several examples of wasteful activities / programs started just because a CEO or president says something. Have you seen anything like this at your company?

The concluding bit about embracing complaints, and then who they should consider for a promotion is also very interesting:

“Research on psychological safety led by Amy Edmondson at the Harvard Business School shows that the best employees for promoting organizational learning are often those who never leave well enough alone, pointing out mistakes and flawed practices. But those who management rates as top performers are often those who silently do what they’re told and what has always been done—and don’t annoy their superiors with complaints and questions about flawed practices.”

Source link: https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-bosses-waste-their-employees-time-1534126140

Let me know what you think!

Typewriter Habits – Why do we still do this?

Here is an interesting list of things that are holdovers from typewriters. I’ve been trying to update my documents to match these recommendations as I can and I feel they look way more professional and are much easier to read (which is kind of the whole point of writing something down, isn’t it?)



Great template for one-on-one meetings

This is a very comprehensive post on having one-on-one meetings with a lot of links to other resources.

Do you have regular one-on-one meetings with your manager or your employees? Is there anything from this post that you will be implementing going forward?

The One on One Meeting Template Great Leaders Use

Decision Matrix: What should you delegate?

This post explains a method of categorizing your decisions so you can determine what to delegate and what you need to do yourself.

Have you used a tool like this before? How did it work out for you?

The Decision Matrix: How to Prioritize What Matters

Idling vs. Stopping & Starting: Fuel Usage

I stumbled across this video the other day and I was amazed that it only takes 7 seconds for your engine to consume as much fuel as it takes to start the car. In city traffic, these start/stop systems save at least 4% of your fuel and up to 8%, which is a huge amount for such a simple change.

Learn Anything Faster

Did you know you can learn how to be better at learning?

Here is a great system for learning anything like a master.

One of the ways to set yourself apart as a Project Manager is to have a deep understanding of everything, and that requires a lot of learning. Whenever I have used this technique it has accelerated my learning.

Let me know how this works for you!


Speed of Precast

img_1497-2I am always amazed how fast precast goes up. They can erect the panels for a 100,000 sq ft warehouse in a little over a week with favorable weather conditions. There is still a lot of finishing work, including caulking between the panels but it’s a pretty dramatic change from the steel structure to a mostly enclosed building.

This picture is of my Agrocrop Exports Ltd. project in Bolton ON and was taken on 2016-09-29.