Podcast: G. Michael Campbell on Ensuring Project Success

G. Michael Campbell  joins the AMA Edgewise team to talk about his new book Succeeding with Senior Management: Getting the Right Support at the Right Time for Your Project published by AMACOM. “One of the things that I think is very important for project managers to understand is that at the highest level of these organizations it really is all about politics. We probably wouldn’t want to think about it that way, but it really is…and the perception of strength and weakness at that level carry a great deal of weight. So if there is perception, that your sponsor does not appear to be in control of the project, or there is a negative attitude out there surrounding the project, there is a political price to be paid by the sponsor. ”

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Succeeding with Senior Management: Getting the Right Support at the Right Time for Your Project identifies and solves an ongoing problem for project managers how best to communicate with upper management in a way that gains their support.  Among the hundreds of books on how to run a project, none focus on this essential component of successful projects—and common source of struggle and setbacks. This is the first book to explain how to communicate and engage with senior management using a strategic perspective that resonates with them.

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G. Michael Campbell, PMP is a frequent presenter to sold-out project management audiences who has managed global projects for Fortune 500 executives. He is also the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Project Management and Communication Skills For Project Managers (AMACOM Books)

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Sample Chapter of DON’T PAY FOR YOUR MBA Now Available

This week we take a sneak peek at Laurie Pickard’s Don’t Pay For Your MBA. In her new book, Pickard shows self – starters, career changers, and budding entrepreneurs how to navigate the expanding universe of online education. Building on her popular No – Pay MBA blog.

Don’t Pay For Your MBA: The Faster Cheaper, Better Way to Get the Business Education You Need by Laurie Pickard DontPayMBA

Like many eager to pursue their MBA, Laurie could not shoulder the steep price of most MBA programs such as NYU’s Stern School of Business, MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and other top business schools whose average debt exceeds $100,000.

However, through her own research she found some of the top business schools offer MOOCs (massive online open courses) which  acquired her to gain all the skills she needed without all the debt. By picking the right courses, she tailored a curriculum to best fit her needs – and in Don’t Pay For Your MBA she explains how you too can do the same.

Click here or on the cover image for your free sample chapter.

Laurie Pickard founded the No-Pay MBA website, which has been featured in Fortune, Entrepreneur, The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, Financial Times, and Bloomberg Business. She also works as a business and entrepreneurship development consultant, most recently at the U.S. Agency for International Development in Rwanda.

Random Quotes from New Books this October

Find the Fire: Ignite Your Inspiration–and Make Work Exciting Again by Scott Mautz 

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When inspiration isn’t evoked after a sustained period, your belief that it will ever show up rapidly wanes. You begin to mentally write off your job as hopeless and may even miss signals of inspiration trying to break through along the way – a double whammy. You deserve an occasional window of evoked inspiration to go along with the doors of inspirational opportunities you’re about to open elsewhere.  To enable this, proactivity, not passivity is the way forward. Hunting for external stimulus likely to spur inspirational opportunities you’re about to open elsewhere. (p. 17)

High-Impact Interview Questions: 701 Behavior-Based Questions to Find the Right Person for Every Job 2nd edition by Victoria A. Hoevemeyer, Foreword by Paul Falcone 

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Culture fit matters. When an employee’s values are aligned with the company’s, the organization’s brand comes to life in the behavior and actions of the employee.  And this is exactly what customers look for. It’s what hooks them and makes them customers for life. Just look at Starbucks. It hires people who deliver a perfect cup of coffee and provide an experience that, regardless of which store you are in, is perfectly aligned with its culture and brand (p. 44)

Raise Your Team’s Employee Engagement Score: A Manager’s Guide by Richard P. Finnegan 

RaiseYrEmpEngmtScore-NEW-2.inddAre all work – related questions okay? Yes. Should I ask if little Johnny’s knee is okay since hurting it in Little League? Yes. How should I respond if an employee tells me his marriage is ending? With empathy and care, but without asking detailed questions that are not your business. The important message is that each one of your employees wants to know that you care about their happiness, in all corners of their lives. Even the employees who seem most distant or who perform least well.  (p. 9)

The Real Estate Investor’s Pocket Calculator: Simple Ways to Compute Cash Flow, Value, Return, and Other Key Financial 2nd edition by Michael C. Thomsett

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The range of financial topics that are involved in finding, buying, and managing real estate investments is significant. This book breaks down the daunting range into a series of focused chapters, explains how the important measurements of value and feasibility are made, and explains how you then apply the information to smart decision making. (Introduction)

 

 

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Podcast: Rosanne A. Thomas on How To Navigate the Business World With Poise and Tact

Rosanne A. Thomas, author of Excuse Me: The Survival Guide to Modern Business Etiquette joins the AMA Edgewise team to discuss workplace culture. Rosanne shares the importance of social interactions and social skills people need to be paying attention to, as well as why companies should support civil interaction between people in the workplace.

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In the world of social media we need a modern Emily Post more than ever. Enter Rosanne Thomas with her book Excuse Me on how to navigate the business world with poise and tact. She joins us  with some of her tips from her new book, published by AMACOM, and make sure to sign up for her American Management Association webcast with even more ideas on manners in the 21st century.

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Rosanne J. Thomas is founder and president of Protocol Advisors, Inc., providing business etiquette and international protocol training to professionals at some of the most respected organizations in the world. She also helps prepare students at top colleges and universities to achieve the highest degree of workplace success. She is author of Excuse Me: The Survival Guide to Modern Business Etiquette.

 

 

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Random Quotes from New Books this September

Profitable Podcasting: Grow Your Business, Expand Your Platform, And Build A Nation Of True Fans by Stephen Woessner 

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“Rest assured, you have not missed the podcasting wave.The sun has not set on your opportunity. This is the perfect time for you to get started. In fact, this may be the perfect time to get started because the trailblazers have gone before you. A path had been marked, and you can learn from their success and failures. Your learning curve will be shorter so that growing your business, will be the most efficient it has been for any business owner up to this point.” (pages 8 and 9)

 

Retire On Real Estate: Building Rental Income for a Safe and Secure Retirement  by K. Kai Anderson 

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“You can’t change the fact that you don’t have a workplace pension, or that you have a very small pension, or whatever the case may be for you. Yet, you do have the ability to create a pension-like plan for yourself, through real estate. It’s up to you to understand this difference and take action.” (page 11)

 

 

The Sales Survival Handbook: Cold Calls, Commissions, and Caffeine Addiction – The Real Truth About Life in Sales by Ken Kupchik 

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“Sales is stressful, demanding, frustrating, and also incredibly fun and rewarding. There is no other profession with as many ups, and downs, where you can go from crying in the bathroom one minute to popping a bottle of champagne the next and then back to crying in your car all in the same day. This book is for anyone who is brave enough to wake up in the morning, drink an unnatural amount of caffeine, and live the life of a salesperson. It’s rarely easy, but oftentimes it’s worth it” (page 1)

 

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