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Mark K
Mark Kenny is an aviation enthusiast and project management practitioner. Mr. Kenny has spent more than 15 years working in project management. He received a Certificate in Project Management through the University of Washington, held project management roles in the manufacturing, high-tech, and healthcare industries, and is currently the President of Team Interactions, Inc., which develops the EnterPlicity Project Information System. He writes the Flying Into Project Management blog (www.flyingintoprojectmanagement.com) and the Project Tools Blog (blog.teaminteractions.com).
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When I am in a networking setting, or a meeting with new people, or a corporate function, I’d rather sit down and read a book then engage with people in the room. It's a skill that I have had to work hard on and change my focus. Here is a tool that I picked up recently that has taken it to another level. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Taking Your Stage
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It was time for the conference call that I had dreaded. How did being an agile communicator factor into my call, and how can we become more effective agile communicators? Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Taking Your Stage
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Mirroring describes a number of different processes in communication and can help create rapport and empathy between you and another person. How can we use it? Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Taking Your Stage
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One of the challenges of learning to land an airplane arises when the wind kicks up, especially when the wind is blowing across the runway. But there was one resource that guided me through this important skill...with an application for project managers. Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Flying Into Project Management
Swaminathan, so sorry you are really really disappointed. In some ways I agree with you, and in other ways I don't. The point of this particular article was not to provide detailed solutions. The point was simply to identify an attitude change that is required. Step 2 would be to start talking about solutions, but solutions don't do much good unless a problem is first identified. That being said, I agree that specific solutions are a logical next step to put it into practice. Thanks for adding to the dialogue!
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I was recently struck by an article written by John King in Flying magazine regarding risk management. Are there some lessons in the mindset that project managers need to adopt? Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Flying Into Project Management
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Pilots are an interesting bunch, sometimes with large egos. Sometimes we can be the same way as project managers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Flying Into Project Management
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Our staff meetings had become dull. Let’s face it – how many people LOVE going to a weekly staff meeting and talking about the priorities and agendas and news and policies and problems for the week? My staff did not enjoy this. I needed to change something. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Taking Your Stage
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I confess. I am an analytic. I love details, solving problems, and getting things done. For those of us who are more analytic, here are four tips to communicate with us more effectively. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Taking Your Stage
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As I was droning across the sky over Central Virginia my instructor next to me pulled back the power lever to idle. It was a good lesson in proactive risk management. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Flying Into Project Management
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Hippo's Motivating through Storytelling workshop is a fun, hands-on experience for you to develop solid business storytelling skills in order to be more influential and persuasive. You will learn in a small group setting by developing stories for your own toolbox with the help of a professional coach and a live actor. Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Taking Your Stage
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It was a sunny, clear morning when we finished our training flight and taxied our small two-seat Cessna to the ramp when something unexpected occurred. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Flying Into Project Management
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I recently read a story about an actor who was having a difficult time "getting into the scene" while practicing his scenes for an upcoming rehearsal. He felt disjointed, uncomfortable, and uninspired. He was in a rut. We often get into communication ruts on the job, whether leading a meeting, having a one-on-one conversation, or a phone call. How could your communication change by getting out of a rut? Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Taking Your Stage
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During my first check-ride, the examiner pointed out an annoying habit that I had developed which affected my "professionalism." What habits have you picked up as a project manager and leader, and how can you remove them? Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Flying Into Project Management
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Last year while coaching my daughter’s soccer team (she is seven), I realized that I was taking on the role of the overly-talkative leader. Have you taken on this role unawares? Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Taking Your Stage
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How do you know your airplane (or project) is flying straight and level? Through your crosscheck! Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Flying Into Project Management
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Last night I was a friend’s house telling someone a story about something I had heard on the radio. During a pause between two sentences, a third person started peppering me with questions. He obviously had not heard the beginning of the conversation. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Taking Your Stage
I was invited to participate in the #PMFlashBlog. Here is my post on project management around the world (in Nashville, TN). Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at Flying Into Project Management
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It was one of my worst landings ever. I had trouble lining up with the runway centerline, maintaining a smooth glideslope, and I ended up bounced the wheels onto the ground. The rest of the flight remains one of the highlights of my training time. Project management lessons? Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at Flying Into Project Management
It's been a little while, but I'm back to blogging about aviation and project management. Love it! I had to take a break but can't wait to get back into it. I hope you enjoy the new posts! Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at Flying Into Project Management
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How do you keep from making a communications mistake that dismantles months or years of goodwill? Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at Taking Your Stage
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While most of us want to become more persuasive, we have work to do on our delivery. Whether you are influencing a peer, a team, or an entire organization, these four actor techniques will help when the "curtain goes up" and all eyes are on you. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at Taking Your Stage
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After conducting a great actor-based training session on Motivating through Storytelling for Business last week, I learned something from an unexpected source. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Taking Your Stage
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I recently reviewed 5 things NOT to say in a conflict. Here are 5 things that you CAN say instead. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at Taking Your Stage