Friday, 4 May 2012

Rules of Project Management and Making "Big Girl" Decisions

Happy Friday everyone!  I wanted to share a couple of photos with you before we get down to business.  I am really feeling the bright colors this season, especially the hot pink/orange.  No idea what it's actually called, but I'm into it!

Loving my new gym bag (TNAction, here)

Abstract art in my office tower lobby.
Love that it matches my bag!

I am a professional engineer and work as a project manager on large industrial projects.  It's a far cry from fitness and fashion but it satisfies my need for control and, well, for lack of a more eloquent description, I like bossing people around.  In a nice way, of course.  

As in all areas of my life, I am constantly striving to improve.  I like formulaic rules of thumb that I can apply when I need to tackle complex problems or make firm decisions.  When it comes to things like real estate, career moves and investments, it's better to rely on facts and numbers than on emotions. 

A colleague of mine shared these 3 rules a while ago and they have helped me not only in my job, but I have also applied them in many "grown-up" life situations.  They have helped me gain the trust and respect of others.  Turns out people are more willing to listen to (and believe) you when you give off the impression that you know your shit.

  1. Make informed decisions

  2. Cover your ass

  3. Always have a 'Plan B'

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