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Where to Begin?

I recently began managing a project for an Atlanta-based charity, 21st Century Leaders. Actually, the team is made up of very smart, very talented volunteers, so “coordinating” would be more accurate than “managing” in this case. Most of us have experienced that moment when a group of people looks to the project manager and asks […]

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Velociteach Wins Business Community Service Award

This week, Velociteach was honored with Georgia Trend’s and the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s Business Community Service Award. The award is given each year to one large business and one small business for service to the non-profit community. This year’s large business winner was IBM, and Velociteach and Glory Haus were co-awarded the small business […]

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The Ghost of Frederick Taylor

Frederick Taylor gets a bad rap these days. As you’ll remember, he started the whole Scientific Management movement. Unfortunately, his conclusions are also credited with the onset of sweatshops and inhumane working conditions. Recently I was in a meeting where one person conjectured that it was Fredrick Taylor who was responsible for Foxconn, which has received […]

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PMI Honors Velociteach

Velociteach was named Provider of the Year within the project-management industry, taking home the coveted 2012 PMI Continuing Professional Education Provider of the Year Award – Individual/Business Category. The award was presented Saturday night, October 20, 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia by the Project Management Institute at this year’s global conference. Competing with over 1,700 […]

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Happy 10th Birthday, Velociteach!

This week (technically September 30) marks Velociteach’s 10th birthday. It was on a Monday morning ten years ago that I began working on a business model and pro forma for a new kind management training and services company. When I founded Velociteach, I sensed an opportunity to bring together things I loved (project management, writing, […]

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Collaboration Tools for PMs

I will admit something: I was a big fan of the ill-fated Google Wave. It was a great way for teams to collaborate on documents and deliverables. It kept track of the evolving conversation right alongside of the deliverable. If someone came into the project after it had already started, you could send him back […]

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The Good News About Bad News

During my last two years of college, I worked as a co-op with IBM. My boss, a straightforward and serious individual, cut straight out of a bolt of IBM-blue cloth, used to tell those of us in his department “bad news does not get better with age.” It took a while for that advice to […]

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Leading and Managing Volunteers

The more I manage and work with organizations, the more the subject of leadership becomes interesting to me. There is only so much an individual can accomplish, but leading a team or an organization multiplies that ability greatly. More than that, it fascinates me to watch strong leaders in action (particularly because they are few […]

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Velociteach Awarded with Small Business of the Year

This morning, Velociteach was recognized with the 2012 Small Business of the Year by the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce. We are truly humbled by this honor. This is our 10th year in business, and that makes it all the sweeter for us. Missing from this photo are our instructors, who are the real heroes […]

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Plans Are Nothing

Dwight D. Eisenhower once voiced one of my favorite quotes: “Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.” He went on to explain that when planning for an emergency, the very definition of “emergency” means that we weren’t expecting it. It is very likely that things won’t go according to plan. But planning keeps us focused on […]

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