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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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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
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. --Ambrose Bierce Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at Taking Your Stage
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The title says it all - here are five things NOT to say in a conflict situation. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at Taking Your Stage
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What skills does it take to be a great NFL coach and how do those align with the skills needed to be a good business leader? Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at Taking Your Stage
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Have you seen the Slideshare on the HR practices that Netflix put in place a while back (you may have since it received 6 million views!)? If you have not, or have forgotten, here is the link and a summary of the key points below. We are especially interested in the importance of managers and colleagues communicating clear expectations while being honest, candid, and communicating with both their words and behaviors. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at Taking Your Stage
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What is a great way to influence others? By telling stories! Storytelling activates the entire brain and is much more likely to be remembered. In this post, we share four tips to "activate" storytelling. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at Taking Your Stage
Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken. --Orson Rega Card Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at Taking Your Stage