Future-Proof Your Career by Developing Project Management Skills

Eat Your Career

Did you know that the typical office professional spends about 80% of his or her time working on projects? Over the past few years, technology has probably already reduced the number of tasks on your plate; but projects are fundamentally different.

Project Manage like a pro

Practically Perfect PA

Project management is a key skill for PAs these days. So many organisations are recognising that PAs are natural project managers – we are organised, we structure our work in a way that lends itself well to project work and actually we’ve been managing projects for most of our working life! But as usual, most of us are not sent on project management training! Top five blogs for Project Management.

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Project Management: Not my circus

Practically Perfect PA

Core Skills Featured admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Key Skills Office manager PA Personal Assistant Project Management TasksNot my circus, not my monkey (Original Polish translation: Nie mój cyrk, nie moje malpy) In simple terms this means ‘Not my problem’ but let’s be honest, ‘not my circus, not my monkey’ is a whole lot more colourful to say and will get you noticed when you say it. This thought or attitude draws […].

5 Career Tips for Project Managers Post-Pandemic

Dumb Little Man

All across the globe, nations are facing economic uncertainties while businesses are finding it difficult to manage challenges due to the current world crisis. Being project managers or business leaders, we are not an exception either, we have also felt the shock equally.

Practical Project Management

Practically Perfect PA

After speaking at the Assist Conference Heather Dallas from Dallas Development has written a great follow up blog on her popular Project Management for Assistants session… Taking on a project is a great way of raising your visibility and getting you the recognition you deserve. These are the 3 tools that will help you plan your project that are practical and easy-to-use. As the project proceeds, the drivers may well change.

Project Management 101: Getting to grips with MS Project

Practically Perfect PA

At the recent Future Assistant conference we held a session on Project Management for beginners. It was a really popular session and it made me think that we could do a lot more blog posts on project management, particularly as so many of you are working on your own projects and in supporting project teams.

Team Productivity Low? 5 Tips For Every Aspiring Project Manager Out There

Small Business CEO

But here’s to people who run teams, the Project Managers. Several qualities of excellent project managers differentiate them from their other team members, and rightly so. It’s no big secret that being a Project Manager is not everybody’s cup of tea.

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Five personality traits to benefit any project manager

The Small Business Blog

Consider this: two projects are in trouble; one team bring their project to a successful conclusion; the other team fails. Leaving aside the variables, the difference may well be the personality traits of the project managers in charge. Here are five personal attributes that might make one project manager and team more successful than the other. Great communication skills. One of the early symptoms of project failure is poor communication.

Key Steps to Becoming a Better Project Manager

Productivity Bits

The skills that are required of you as a project manager are numerous and various. You are supposed to be able to manage time and schedules well, and only those with developed planning skills can do this successfully. Staying on budget is a crucial aspect of any project, which is why a good manager must know how to efficiently distribute money and other resources so that the project development runs smoothly.

Time Management, Project Management and Organizational Skills

Office Dynamics

I received many comments about Week #13 of our free webinar series for regarding more tips on time management, task management, project management, and getting organized. Time ManagementI have numerous tips I’ve taught over the years so I will write several short blogs on each topic. Please be sure to check them all out this month.

Time Management, Project Management and Organizational Skills

Office Dynamics

I received many comments about Week #13 of our free webinar series for regarding more tips on time management, task management, project management, and getting organized. Tags: Time Management I have numerous tips I’ve taught over the years so I will write several short blogs on each topic. Please be sure to check them all out this month.

A PMI-ACP Certification is an Excellent Tool for Project Managers – Here’s why

Small Business CEO

In Project Management Agile Scrum practices for cross-functional tools have become catch-lines today. Pros: Certification validates the point that you are industry ready and have both the conceptual and practical skills required. HR Managers and screening assessors of your resume treat certification as necessary validation for the job. It validates your skills and tells the world you have the practical skills of an ace in your field.

Key skills roundup for 2018

Practically Perfect PA

I hope you enjoy our key skills roundup for 2018. We focussed really heavily this year on increasing our content around the key skills Assistants need to develop in their role this year. We covered a lot of skills including minute taking, event management, organising business travel, project management and everything in between!

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Key skills round-up 2019

Practically Perfect PA

I hope you enjoy our key skills round-up 2019. We focused really heavily this year on increasing our content around the key skills Assistants need to develop in their role this year.

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Time Management – The Secret to Effective and Productive Project Management

Office Dynamics

24 hours is no longer enough”; another phrase some project managers may have said at one point in time in their career. The field of project management is quite a dynamic one; requiring the skillful management of financial, material and human resources. As a matter of fact, quite a number of project managers spend so much time micro-managing all facets of the project that they overlook the most important aspect of the project – their time.

How to help your Executive allocate resources on projects

Practically Perfect PA

Like most senior level Executives, your boss will be involved in lots of different projects, making the decisions and driving these initiatives forward. If the projects are not managed by a central project management office (and in smaller organisations, this is often the case), then you can add value by helping your Executive plan out […].

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C3: a new approach to Collaborative Project Management

BioTeams

Most approaches to project management concentrate on the tasks which need to be successfully completed to achieve the project goal. Important as this is, it is at most only half of the story of successful project management. The C3-CPM approach addresses the hidden side of project management - the people-collaboration-end-result perspective. Context : Why is this project important now?

C3: a new approach to Collaborative Project Management

BioTeams

Most approaches to project management concentrate on the tasks which need to be successfully completed to achieve the project goal. Important as this is, it is at most only half of the story of successful project management.

Project Managment Planning Time | Men With Pens

Men With Pens

And it’s sweet because now I get to discuss my ultimate, favorite topic: T, for Time-based, which has a great deal to do with project management. And project management is what I do best. I could throw the text book definition of project management at you… Project management is the discipline of planning, organizing, and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives. …

If You Do Any Project Management, You Need to Know This

45 Things

Great project managers often are described as good communicators, able to delegate tasks and be cool under pressure. But as competition heats up in various industries and the marketplace becomes more globally connected, such qualities won’t be enough to ensure a successful project management career. At this point in time, your technical savvy as a project manager is a threshold skill – it just gets you in the conversation.”

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Core Administrative Skills Always Need Improving

Office Dynamics

Now I am going to surprise you by telling you one of the most awesome administrative skills you can work on is being brilliant at the basics. Basics include: travel planning, appointment coordination, meeting preparation, all facets of communication, organizational skills, and time and project management. As your days are getting busier and you are taking on more projects and assignments, you need these skills more than ever. Designed by Freepik.

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How to Master The Art of Supporting Multiple Managers

Office Dynamics

The article, Juggling: The Art of Supporting Multiple Managers by Stacy Leitner was originally posted at AGreatDaysWork.com. If you are an assistant who works with multiple managers or executives, you know the work can be overwhelming at times. However, after a recent turn of events such as staffing vacancies and promotions, I have found myself providing administrative support to several other key managers while we recruit for vacant positions.

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How to Improve Your Problem Solving Skills

Ian's Messy Desk

Creative problem-solving skills are required for achieving exceptional performance in most tasks. What can a project manager learn from creativity training? Productivity advertising copy Brainstorming captions cognition creative problem solving creative solution creative thinking Creativity education educational psychology enhance improve neuropsychological assessment problem problem solving problem solving skills psychology skill solving problems thought

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EA to Project Support Manager

Practically Perfect PA

Back in April 2011 I started as a team assistant to an office of 25 people but as time went on I started to get involved in finance, human resources and marketing along with the office management. Since 2011 there have been several structural and management changes. Over the duration of my career here I have supported executive staff from the corporate controller, the managing director and the global head of sales aswell as ad-hoc support for both the CEO and COO.

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Multi-tasking is not what it’s all cracked up to be.

Office Dynamics

Here are some tips that can help: Focus on a single project. Don’t be tempted to jump back and forth to incoming e-mails when you should be finishing a project. Admin Assistant Training Admin Tips Motivators Productivity Self Development Workplace Tools administrative assistant skills focus multi-tasking productivity project management workplace productivityMust We Multi-task? Maybe It’s Better Not To.

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The Most Common Professions of Skilled Freelancers Working for Businesses

Small Business Labs

As the study chart below shows, the top three professions for these skilled independent workers are consulting, coaching, and research (17 percent), creative services (17 percent), and information technology (12 percent). Creative services, healthcare and sciences and project management have been fast growing fields for independent workers. Some workers in project management and creative services likely would have self-described as IT workers a decade ago.

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4 Useful Tips For Managing Millennials In The Workplace

Dumb Little Man

Millennials can be great assets to remote teams, but managing them can be a difficult task. You have to know how to manage them without stepping on their toes or their fresh perspectives. To help you out, here are some tips for managing millennials in the workplace. Keeping employees accountable is one of the number one remote management problems for all age groups, not just millennials. Many millennials and recent college grads are opting for remote working positions.

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What To Expect As A Consultant

Simple Productivity Blog

My job was to go into places and provide expert skills for the project at hand. The skills could range from design to requirements to process improvement to project management to programming. Hopefully you will have had an interview with the client, but your skills still have to be proven. Don’t expect them to treat you with the respect your skills deserve until you have proven you know what you are doing.

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Why You Should Plan To Burn Out

Productivity Bits

Projects. A hectic day now and then is manageable. It’s not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of good time management skills. Break It Up When you face a large project, it can seem overwhelming. Each complex project consists of several small components. GTD Hacks Personal Development burn out GTD Productivity project managementMeetings. Assignments. Deadlines. Email.

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Administrative Assistant Skills for the Future- 2010 and Beyond

Office Dynamics

The topics covered that day were: workplace trends, predicting the future, thriving on change, quality performance, administrator skills for success, and what will be required of administrative professionals in the future. The first question was, “What do you think you will need in terms of skills and behaviors in 9 – 12 months?” Broader presentation skills. Time management. Soft skills. Continually honing management and leadership skills.

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Administrative Assistant Skills for the Future- 2010 and Beyond

Office Dynamics

The topics covered that day were: workplace trends, predicting the future, thriving on change, quality performance, administrator skills for success, and what will be required of administrative professionals in the future. The first question was, “What do you think you will need in terms of skills and behaviors in 9 – 12 months?” Broader presentation skills. Time management. Soft skills. Continually honing management and leadership skills.

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Book Review: Bill’s Imperfect Time Management Adventure

Simple Productivity Blog

I am always on the lookout for new time management pieces to slot into my current system. When Francis Wade emailed me and asked me to read and review Bill’s Im-Perfect Time Management Adventure: A Business Fable , I thought why not? The thing that really piqued my curiosity is that this time management book was written as a novel. The premise of the book centers around Bill, a project manager who is not very good at time management.

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Tips for Managing Incoming Emails from Customers

Andrea Kalli

While ten years ago, managing email could have been a secondary consideration, today it is absolutely vital to keep customers and clients in the loop through rapid, prompt email support. Despite these differences, there are some important email management tips that can apply to any online business. Most people, especially the type that attract hundreds of emails per day, are incredibly busy, and devoting time to emails would mean that they could not manage the rest of their day.

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Personal And Professional Development With PRINCE2 Training

Small Business CEO

PRINCE2 is a process-based methodology that offers non-proprietorial best practice guidance on project management, encompassing the management, control and organisation of a project. In addition to being used as a widely-used standard for effective project management internationally, it also takes the form of an official certification for accredited project managers across a wide range of sectors.

Virtual Assistant Training – VAClassroom Summer Skill Camp 2010.

Andrea Kalli

Check out the great online training lineup for the VAClassroom Summer Skill Camp – and bring along your camp songs! VAClassroom has opened its registration doors to their “Summer Skill Camp 2010″, which will begin on July 6th. 10 in-demand skills over 10 weeks. Simple Blueprint for Building a Profitable In-Demand Facebook Page Service Social Network Management Bliss – Mastering a Proven System for Seamlessly Organizing Your Social Networking Activities.

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Virtual Assistant Training – VAClassroom Summer Skill Camp 2010

Andrea Kalli

Check out the great online training lineup for the VAClassroom Summer Skill Camp – and bring along your camp songs! VAClassroom has opened its registration doors to their “Summer Skill Camp 2010″, which will begin on July 6th. 10 in-demand skills over 10 weeks. Simple Blueprint for Building a Profitable In-Demand Facebook Page Service Social Network Management Bliss – Mastering a Proven System for Seamlessly Organizing Your Social Networking Activities.

2010 109

5 Reasons Why Office Admins are the New Power Job

Office Dynamics

Whether it’s finding the right caterer, meeting global counterparts from international office locations or brushing off your creative skills to whip up a spiffy PowerPoint presentation, you love tackling projects outside of your job scope (and even get excited at the opportunity!). Having the ability to work on things outside of my day to day duties, such as projects and initiatives that impact the company and outside of it. Author: OfficeNinjas.

2016 159

The Future of the Administrative Profession

Office Dynamics

It’s important to recognize the difference between surviving and thriving, because the key to success is available to those who successfully manage to cross the bandwidth between the two. Administrators handled many tasks, and had backups, cross training, and team-shared projects. Single support executive assistants now juggled multiple managers. Demonstrate your leadership skills. They can be project managers, ambassadors of their manager’s vision, and more.

2015 186

How is PMP Certification Important for your Growth?

Small Business CEO

It is still important to develop your skills and to improve yourself. While in many sectors it can be arbitrary, project managers possess a great resource to prove themselves as an expert in project management (PMP).

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Assistants Must Excel at the Fundamentals

Office Dynamics

I know many seasoned executive assistants who think they do not need to focus on or pay attention to their basic skills, what is also known as the fundamentals. They feel they have been managing calendars or planning meetings forever so why pay attention. For 28 years, I have been teaching assistants to pay attention to the fundamentals such as meeting planning, travel planning, calendar maintenance, organizational skills, follow-up systems, time management, and communications.

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The art of finding the perfect venue for your corporate event

Practically Perfect PA

In fact, you’ll be wondering how you ever managed without a venue finder. Omar Afyuni, Assistant Manager Dubai, Project Management Office). . Core Skills Events Management Featured Sponsored posts admin administrators assistants EA Events Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantOrganising a business event or corporate hospitality can be a tricky and time consuming task.

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12 Days of Christmas Webinar: The Organized Admin with Julie Perrine

Office Dynamics

To Do Lists – Task Management. Projects. That ability to produce it quickly instills confidence in your skills and abilities. Even finding an extra five minutes a day to work on your organization skills will add up over time. There are 5 core systems I encourage assistants to look at first: Time and Task Management. Project Management. Her system for email management is outstanding.

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15 social media and technology trends for 2015

Practically Perfect PA

For assistants who have managers that engage with social media it is important that they have a variety of great images that they can use when tweeting, updating LinkedIn and writing for the corporate blog. For those managing their organisation’s social media this is something you might be asked to research in 2015. Startup’s open culture is certainly having an impact on more traditional organisations but this transparency will have to be managed.