8 Common Errors in Change Management


“Change Management is hard.”
“It is error prone.”
“Difficult to predict outcome”.

If you say “Yes” to all above statement, then I recommend you to read “Leading Change” by John. P. Kotter at least once. It provides valuable input to do successful change management in your organization.

Here is his list of 8 common errors in change management.

8 Errors in Change Management

8 Errors in Change Management

PMBOK 6th Edition Interesting Facts


I have the habit of analyzing & collecting the interesting facts about Processes and ITTO items in PMBOK. I did this for past couple of editions. Here are some interesting facts related to ITTO in PMBOK 6th Edition:

3 Most Frequently Occurred ITTO item:

  1. Project Management Plan – 48 Times (47 times as Inputs, 1 time as Output). Fun Question: Find out the one process that is not having Project Management Plan as ITTO.
  2. Organizational Process Assets – 47 Times (47 times as Inputs)
  3. Project Documents – 43 Times (43 times as Inputs)

Total Number of Unique ITTO items: 147

Knowledge Areas with Highest Number of Processes:

  • Integration (7 Processes)
  • Risk (7 Processes)

Process Group with Highest Number of Processes: Planning (24 Processes)

EEF and OPA are used as acronyms for Enterprise Environmental Factors and Organizational Process Assets respectively. Though these acronyms appeared in 5th Edition Appendix, it is more prominently spelled out in 6th Edition.

Did you notice any interesting facts? Share it with us.

1 Powerful Technique to Get Max Out of Your Book Reading Habit


Book readers follow different technique to navigate a Self-Help books. Out of different techniques I followed in past 8 years, I found one easy and powerful technique to get  maximum benefit out of a book in shorter span of time. It is called – “SHIFT” technique. I came across this technique in “Leading with GRIT” by Laurie Sudbrink.

Here are the 5 SHIFT steps you need to remember when you read your next book:

  1. Scan the chapter
    • List the topics that resonated with you. I use Mind Maps to list down the topics.
  2. Hone in on one or two areas that will make the biggest impact for you
    • Extend the mind map with area name
  3. Imagine the impact. Why is this important? How will you feel when you’ve accomplished this?
    • Capture these information in the mind map branches
  4. Figure out your plan and how you will stay on track
    • Planning is needed to get the maximum benefit
  5. Take action
    • Start now. Schedule it now and include your follow-up

Try it. Adapt it.

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Perfect Self-statements for FAILURE


Failure.. Yeah. you heard it right. Failure creates a deep negative impact in our minds, but.. it is possible to change the way how we see a failure. Here are 20 self-statements challenge you to think in a different way about failure. Instead of using the old passive, complaining statements that portrays you as a victim, when you try these statements it will give empowerment to take control in life when facing hardship.

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17 Typical Cognitive Distortions – Mind Map


Cognitive distortions are “true like” thoughts that mind generates to support existing behaviors & actions which are actually otherwise bad. As these distortions affects decision making, judgment and creates worry, it is important to understand them and avoid them as much as possible.

Note: Click the Image to view details clearly.

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“Super” Productivity = Not To-Do List


Productivity = To-Do List
“Super” Productivity = Not To-Do List
Yes. It is important to have a clear, long “Not To-Do List” saves hell lot of time which you can use for productive tasks. Here is simple list inspired by Four Hour Work Week Blog by Tim Ferris.

Increase Your Productivity by Not To-Do List

Increase Your Productivity by Not To-Do List

Lot more great ideas by blog readers are available in comments section of this blog post – http://fourhourworkweek.com/2007/08/16/the-not-to-do-list-9-habits-to-stop-now/

5 Simple Tips to Time Management Mastery


Productivity is digital life’s new mantra! Productivity is measured by our ability to manage the time. Time management skills is a must to compete with others, even our own yesterday. Better time management leads

i) greater success ratio in career & personal life

ii) allows one to achieve more

iii) increase efficiency & effectiveness of an activity

Current researches relates every particle in the universe to ‘Time’ in one or the other way. Either approachability, rotation, size, etc are compared in terms of time. So humans are no exception for this.

Our mind build time sense by nature. Our mind sets time for each activity & keeps on calculating lapsed time, remaining time, over time, in different angles based on critical nature of the task. Sense of urgency, increases heart rate, makes us think faster than light, make us work faster than usual, requires more energy and resources.

There is a famous saying “World is like a race ground & all are running in that”. One who completes faster gets appreciation, praise, monetary benefits. The one runs slow gets blame, scold, no monetary benefits. Race is by nature & no one can avoid. You cannot stop it or take rest. You have to run or at least walk to beat someone who walks slower than you, otherwise it is not possible for you to survive. Life is counted as number of years, days, hours, minutes you lived. Unless you develop time sense in you, it is very difficult to cope up with expectations.

Practice makes a man perfect – this statement is 100% true for time management. Time management requires practice in every aspect. So, how do I practice? Start in small steps.

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1. Wake up early – Increase your daily active life at least 10 – 15 mins by waking up earlier than the time you wake up daily. This step should not be at the cost of your sleep quality, so go early to bed to adjust the overall sleep duration

2. Treat all days same way – Don’t be lenient on holidays. Wake up same time on Sunday too. This makes more room for your personal activities

3. Follow a routine – Set time goals, observe & take corrective actions for future. Planning ahead and following routine gives a more control over the activities & predictable outcome.

4. Prioritize acitivites – Yes! Prioritize as much as possible. Force your prioritizing to broader level. Don’t just categorize all of them using 3 scale (1,2,3). Have unique level for each of them. If you have 20 activities in hand, have 20 priority levels. This gives unambiguous execution order. But do remember #3, and modify the priority levels based on current situations.

5. Have good mental health – All boils down to our mind. Uncluttering mind allows proper execution of our plans. Do your best to keep up the mental health in good shape. Everyday perform activity that gives you happiness at least for 10 minutes like talking to your parents, spouse, watching comedy videos, reading books that you felt close to your heart, washing your car, cleaning home, playing with your kids or pets.