The Top 10 Project Management Books

Note: This article is updated at Program Management Books. “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra.” — H.E. Luccock Being an effective program manager at Microsoft means knowing how to make things happen.  While being a program manager requires a lot more than project management, project management is still at the…


Skilled for Life

Note: This article is updated at Skilled for Life. A while back, a colleague challenged me to find something simple and sticky for the big idea behind Sources of Insight.  After trying several phrases, here’s the one that stuck: Skilled for Life He liked it because it had punch.  It also had a play on…


Visionary Leadership: How To Be a Visionary Leader (Or at Least Look Like One)

Note: The updated page is at Visionary Leadership. “Remember this: Anticipation is the ultimate power. Losers react; leaders anticipate.” – Tony Robbins Have you ever noticed how some leaders have a knack for “the art of the possible” and for making it relevant to the current landscape? They are Visionary Leaders and they practice Visionary…


7 Habits of Highly Motivated People

Note:  The updated article is at 7 Habits of Highly Motivated People. Motivation is a powerful skill. It can lift you up from the worst of places, and inspire you to new heights. After all, nothing is worse than slogging your way through your days, or working your way through a bunch of mundane tasks….


How To Think Like a Microsoft Executive

Note: This article is updated at How To Think Like a Microsoft Executive. One of the things I do, as a patterns and practices kind of guy, is research and share success patterns. One of my more interesting bodies of work is my set of patterns and practices for successful executive thinking. A while back,…


Ten at Ten Meetings

Note: This article is updated at Ten at Ten Meetings. Ten at Ten are a very simple tool for helping teams stay focused, connected, and collaborate more effectively, the Agile way. I’ve been leading distributed teams and v-teams for years.   I needed a simple way to keep everybody on the same page, expose issues, and…


High-Performance Teams Happen When It All Hangs Together

Note: This article is updated at High-Performance Teams Happen When You Bring Out the Best in Everyone. “Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.” — Patrick Lencioni To create high-performance teams, you don’t need the best people in…


7 Habits of Highly Effective People at a Glance

Note:  The updated article is at 7 Habits of Highly Effective People at a Glance. Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, is one of the greatest books on personal development.  Why? Because it provides a firm foundation for personal effectiveness.   Even better, it provides habits and skills you can build to…


E-Shaped People, Not T-Shaped

Note: The updated page is located at E-Shaped for High-Performance. Are you I-shaped, T-shaped, or E-shaped? I is depth, T is breadth, and E executes (Of course there’s overlap, but you get the idea.) If you think of yourself as a mini-business, can you “execute” your ideas? (either yourself, with others, or through others, and…


How I Learned to Use Scenarios to Evaluate Things

Note: This article is updated at How I Learned to Use Scenarios to Evaluate Things. I first learned to use scenarios to evaluate things when I was working on security guidance for the Microsoft platform.   It was the most obvious way to really get hardcore:  Map out the most important scenarios that people perform, and…