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Archive for 'Disasters'

Similarities Between Parenting a Newborn and Project Management by Kimberly Wiefling (Wiefling Consulting)

 (This article was originally published on www.svprojectmanagement.com) (Posted anonymously on behalf of a program engineering manager at a fine, upstanding organization where it would  be  best if his name was not used.) Things are going well on the home front. I am beginning to draw a lot of correlations between parenting a newborn  and  succeeding […]

Japan Tragedy – Rapid Change by Kimberly Wiefling (Wiefling Consulting)

(This article was originally published on www.svprojectmanagement.com) This is the final post in my series exploring post-quake Japan. by

Japan Tragedy – Impossible Becomes Possible by Kimberly Wiefling (Wiefling Consulting)

(This article was originally published on www.svprojectmanagement.com) Here’s another article in this series where I squeeze meaning out of seemingly purposeless tragedy. by

Which Dog Will You Feed? Choosing Our “Reality”

(Originally posted on ProjectConnections.com) In 1995 I decided to embrace optimism as a strategy for creating possibilities. It wasn’t a rational choice, it was an intuitive leap of faith. My many years of education as a physicist had taught me to ignore my intuition, but logic was insufficient to overcome my exuberance. You see I’d just […]

Leadership Lessons from a Heart-wrenching Tragedy

Originally published on ProjectConnections.com April 2011. Pardon me if I’m not my normally humorous self. I’m obsessing on disaster these days after the recent quake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant tragedies in Japan. While there have been plenty of tragedies in the past that could have consumed my emotional bandwidth (see the complete list on Wikipedia […]

“Hopelessly” Stuck? Get Unstuck in 6 Easy Steps

It’s easy to get stuck.  From time to time it happens to everyone.  One foot nailed to the floor, we go ’round and ’round – full speed ahead, but with no progress.  Eventually we wonder why the scenery looks hauntingly familiar.  If we’re lucky someone will throw a bucket of cold water in our face […]

7 Deadly Sins of Global Biz Leadership Development

Originally published in collaboration with Yuko Shibata, executive at ALC’s Global Leadership and Talent Development Group, in a series of articles in KIGYOU TO JINZAI 企業と人材  Magazine. Thomas Friedman said The World is Flat, and I certainly feel that the business world is getting smaller.  Many companies today are looking overseas for new markets and […]

Onboard a Flying Swine Flu Screening Clinic

I’m healthy and I have proof!  Yes, indeedy, I have a cheerful yellow A4 size piece of paper from the Japanese government that testifies to the fact that I survived and passed a quarantine inspection.  That’s no small matter, to be sure, but it pales in comparison to surviving: 1) the hellish drive from my […]

Welcome to the Worldwide Economic Mood Disorder!

The current global crisis, which I’m calling the “worldwide economic mood disorder” (WEMD for short), hit right about the time I was feeling that I’d finally recovered from the dot-com bubble bust of 2001. Although that period of business convulsions did reach beyond the Silicon Valley, my neighborhood was definitely “ground zero”. My cushy job […]

Scrappy Pitfalls – Synopsis of Scrappy PM

If you are genetically gifted with the ability to get results that other people claim are highly unlikely or darn near impossible, you don’t need to read this. But if you are faced with an insurmountable “To Do” list, here are twelve predictable (and avoidable) pitfalls that could stand between you and your goals. 1. […]