Project Manager – The DIRECT(or)

So I learned this cool acronym for the roles of a project manager:


The project manager directs the project (similar to a director who is the project manager of a movie).

Here is how the project manager DIRECTs the project:

Define – Identify the opportunity or issue that the project will address including, the vision, scope, resources, and measures of success. (i.e. the “Charter”).

Investigate – Explore options and pros/cons for each (i.e. an “Analysis of Alternatives”).

Resolve – Solve and resolve (i.e. commit to) the course of action that will be pursued (i.e. “Project Plan”).

Execute -Do the project and track/manage cost, schedule, scope, quality, risks, and actions items (i.e. “Scorecard”).

Change – Identify process and technology techniology changes, test these, fix outstanding items, and make the cutover (i.e. “User Acceptance Testing,” “Punch List,” and “Go Live Plan”).

Transition – Migrate people to the new solution, communicate the changes, overcome resistance, and conclude the project (i.e. “Communications Plan” and “Lessons Learned”).

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)


When People Fear You, You’re Not A Leader

As the fortune cookie I came across yesterday says:

“Leadership is action, not position.”

And actions demonstrate a good or evil heart.

When everyone hates a leader is that a “leader?”

– Fear is not leadership.

– Bullying is not leadership. 

– Corruption is not leadership. 

Leadership is:

– Showing others what is right and being a good influence. 

– Rolling up your sleeves and doing the hard work alongside everyone else. 

– Helping others to achieve their potential. 

– When others see you as a leader based on your integrity of purpose and actions. 

How we treat others is as true a test of leadership as of where we want to go and how we want to get there. 

G-d sees everything man (leader or not) does, and only He in Heaven is the Leader of Leaders and the King of Kings.  😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

1-2-3-4 Open Up The Government’s Doors

1-2-3-4 Open up the government’s doors

     5-6-7-8 Let our nation operate

1-2-3-4 Open up the government’s doors

     5-6-7-8 Fix our broken directorate

1-2-3-4 Open up the government’s Doors

    5-6-7-8 Better for us to negotiate

1-2-3-4 Open up the government’s doors

    5-6-7-8 Get things done for Goodness sake

1-2-3-4 Open up the government’s doors

    5-6-7-8 We have no more time to cogitate

1-2-3-4 Open up the government’s doors

    5-6-7-8 Get the employees back to progress the state

1-2-3-4 Open up the government’s doors

    5-6-7-8 Blaming each other only exasperate

1-2-3-4 Open up the government’s doors

    5-6-7-8 Democracy means we must work it out

1-2-3-4 Open up the government’s doors

    5-6-7-8 Polarized politics destroys our clout

1-2-3-4 Open up the government’s doors


    5-6-7-8 The people are sick and tired of this useless way

1-2-3-4 Open up the government’s doors

    5-6-7-8 Terms limits are needed to sway

1-2-3-4 Open up the government’s doors

    5-6-7-8 Dysfunctional government can’t continue unabate

1-2-3-4 Open up the government’s doors

   5-6-7-8 We’re sick and tired of ignoring realpolitik

1-2-3-4 Open up the government’s doors

   5-6-7-8 Grow up and show some unifying leadership

1-2-3-4 Open up the government’s doors

    5-6-7-8 Finally put people’s needs first

1-2-3-4 Open up the government’s doors

    5-6-7-8 Stop playing with our country’s fate

1-2-3-4 Open up the government’s doors

    5-6-7-8 National security and our economy depend on it

1-2-3-4 Open up the government’s doors

    5-6-7-8 It’s time to get things done and not wait

1-2-3-4 Open up the government’s doors

    5-6-7-8 Serve the people and cut out the hate

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The View From Upfront and Behind

Thought this was a smart saying from a colleague:

“If you ain’t the lead dog, the view doesn’t change.”

What the dogs upfront and those behind them see are quite a different view. 

It’s important for the lead dogs to guide the other dogs in a good direction and stay clear from obstacles. 

We may not all see the same thing, but whatever our viewpoints are, we all have to work together and pull our hardest towards progress. 

It’s a race to the finish–and finish strong and together we all must. 😉

(Source Photo: here with attribution to Natalia Kollegova)

Crumbs Are For The Birds, Not The Workers

Since the days of slavery, workers have had very little in terms of rights or protections. 

The rich and powerful capitalist employers hold all the cards.

Like this poster says:

“Which Shall It Be?
Duke: ‘If you demand your rights, no more crumbs from my table.’
Working Man: ‘Give me my rights and keep your crumbs.'”

The capitalist owners enjoy being able to give “trickle-down economics” to the average working man. 

Basically, it’s just crumbs from the rich man’s table. 

And if you don’t like it, and you want rights, protections, and more…tough luck, and no more crumbs for you!

But the little guy who breaks his back to earn his daily bread, wants his dignity and respect more than the crumbs from the “capitalist pig” taking advantage of him.

Trickle-down is bullshit!

Crumbs aren’t going to raise the standard of living for the working class. 

We need living wages, social and income equality, and workers rights and protections to keep the little guy from being bulldozed by the rich and powerful. 

Certainly, there are many rich and powerful people that are good and generous, but not everyone is that that way. 

And we can’t have mistreatment of people by those wielding a whip over them.

Yes, workers need to perform and conduct themselves professionally–that is their job.

But workers shouldn’t be taken advantage of with poor wages, little to no benefits, and miserable working conditions (including bullying, harassment, and hostile work environments). 

Remember that in life tables can get turned and the rich and powerful can become the poor and the weak.  

Therefore, pay and treat your workers as you would want to be paid and treated. 

No one is so big as to be untouchable by G-d. 

Money and power will not save anyone from illness, accidents, disasters, and misfortune.

The only thing that does save people is good deeds, kind words, compassion, faith, and prayer. 

Crumbs are for the birds, dignity and respect are for the people!

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

You Are The Working Class

So I like to speak with people about their lives.

Today at breakfast, there was a gentlemen working the egg bar making omelettes for people.

Recognizing him, I said “You’ve been here a number of years?”

He responds, “Yeah, but I want to leave here!”

I was sort of taken aback at his bluntness, and inquired further, “Why, is everything okay?”

He goes, “Not really. They’ll only give me work 6 to 7 hours a day, and I can’t make a living on 32 hours a week!”

I asked innocently, “Do you have a second job or something?”

He says, “No, this is it,” and proceeded to make the next person’s omelette.

Feeling sort of shitty bad for him…

Another lady who works the tables says to us: “I won’t be seeing you.”

I ask, “Why–are you off the next few days?”

She says, “No, I don’t come back until next Saturday–I only work the weekends here, and somewhere else on weekdays.”

Wondering about this, I say: “So you work 7 days a week?”

She answers, “Yes, year-round!”

After we said goodbye until next time, I looked at my wife grimacing that this women has to work 7 days a week, 365 days a year, just to earn a basic living.

I’ll tell you the system is broken.

Shareholders and corporate chieftains squeeze profits and earnings per share out of their companies while the workers can barely get by.

The workers are not part of the companies they labor for–they are merely hired hands who will be replaced in a moment by another minimum wage worker if they but open their mouths to protest one word.

Slavery did not end in building the Great Pyramids of Egypt or in the plantations of the South–the average worker is still just a slave.

Employee engagement and development and “Human Capital” are terms organizations use to make themselves and their workers believe that there is real caring and unity going on.

But we know the truth by how people are treated with harshness, disrespect, disdain, and even abuse–sexual and otherwise!

Yeah, are you really valued or are you a wage slave showered with empty platitudes of unity and caring.

Real leadership is genuine compassion, empathy, and helping people both inside and outside the organization–not just a guise, disguise, mask for making just another dollar cracking the whip on the backs of the underclass.

All people are important.

All people deserve a living wage.

All people are entitled to work with dignity and respect.

All people need to be apart of a system that is fair and equitable.

Care for your brothers and sisters for one day you will be called before them in the court of Heaven and they will speak the final truth to power. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Management Is A Privilege


So some people have this notion about management that is all wrong. 

– Management is not a right or entitlement.

– Management is a wonderful privilege!

The privilege comes with responsibility and is earned by knowing how to manage and treat your people right.

That means:

– Acting with integrity

– Treating people fairly, with dignity, and respect

– Showing you value them

– Helping to develop them

– And of course, achieving results together!

I heard it said well like this:

“If you don’t treat people well 

you won’t be a manager for long.”

Again, it’s a privilege, not a right, to manage and lead others. 

Those who abuse their privilege and people–it’s like the cycle of life. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)