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Top 5 Products Affected by Trump’s New Tariffs That Will Disrupt Big Business

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This week President Donald Trump announced $200 billion worth of tariffs that will be effective in August, as part of an escalating trade war with China. The administration unveiled the products affected in a 200-page list that begins with “Edible offal of bovine animals, fresh or chilled” and ends with “Antiques of an age exceeding one hundred years.”

While the overwhelming majority may seem like mundane, retail products that affect the common consumer more than big business, there are many major items to take note of. We’re here to sift through this gargantuan, often incomprehensible list to give you the products most relevant to big business. (more…)

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Seven Habits of True Project Leaders: Habit #7

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This series covers highlights the seven habits that are highly ingrained in project leaders who are capable of consistently delivering project success.  Our last post discussed the importance of being a stark realist.

Habit #7: Scope Changes Are Second Nature

As the old saying goes: How does a project fall a year behind schedule? One day at a time! If you ran a post-mortem for all of the projects that have failed in your organization, the most common cause of death would likely be scope creep. (more…)

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Seven Habits of True Project Leaders: Habit #6

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This series covers highlights the seven habits that are highly ingrained in project leaders who are capable of consistently delivering project success.  Our last post discussed the importance of airtight communication.

Habit #6: Stubbornly Sticks to Reality

The ideal project manager would make for a lousy politician. The project manager’s job isn’t to inspire optimism, but to tell you why a project might fail and to inform you when it’s failing. (more…)

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Seven Habits of True Project Leaders: Habit #5

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This series covers highlights the seven habits that are highly ingrained in project leaders who are capable of consistently delivering project success.  Our last post discussed the importance of administrivia.

Habit #5: Enables Airtight Communication

Every hiring manager knows to emphasize “communication skills,” but this generally refers to someone’s individual ability to speak well. Equally important is the insistence to put the plan and infrastructure in place that enables communicating in the first place. (more…)

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Seven Habits of True Project Leaders: Habit #4

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This series covers highlights the seven habits that are highly ingrained in project leaders who are capable of consistently delivering project success.  Our last post discussed risk management.

Habit #4: Strong Attention to Detail

When people think of a leader, they don’t generally think of someone who dots the Is and crosses the Ts. When managing projects, especially the control activities during execution, the ability to flawlessly execute on the minutia is crucial. (more…)

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Seven Habits of True Project Leaders: Habit #3

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This series covers highlights the seven habits that are highly ingrained in project leaders who are capable of consistently delivering project success.  Our last post discussed the importance of the architect.

Habit #3: Doesn’t Gamble with Other People’s Money

Leadership is often associated with bravery and fortitude, but you don’t want to trust the helm to someone who exposes your organization to unnecessary risks. (more…)

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Seven Habits of True Project Leaders: Habit #2

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This series covers highlights the seven habits that are highly ingrained in project leaders who are capable of consistently delivering project success.  Our last post introduced the topic and discussed the project charter.

Habit #2: Demands a Strong Architect

A strong leader relies on the support of their team members, especially in areas where the project manager is either weak or not expected to have a certain skill in the first place. (more…)

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Seven Habits of True Project Leaders: Intro and First Habit

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Our last posts discussed how failure is not an option for projects, and the way to avoid failure is through perfect planning and flawless execution. This series will cover the habits that need to be ingrained in a project leader for them to instill the discipline necessary to make project failure obsolete.

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Make Project Failure Obsolete

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In our last post, we discussed how failure is not an option in today’s business environment. This post will cover how to do the seemingly impossible of getting projects right every time.

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Failure Is Not an Option: Why IT Leaders Are Sick of Being Told Otherwise

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IT executives have been told to accept project failures as a reality of their portfolio—some reports even estimate failure rates for IT projects at 68%—but in today’s fast-paced world, the stakes for projects are higher than ever. The operative word in IT security, for example, is “breach”; that is, the weakest link can break the chain, so a single failure is enough to undo all other efforts. In this environment, “good enough” doesn’t get it done.

And while the margin of error is razor thin, the consequences for failing to keep data secure are utter disaster. The mere thought of something like what Equifax is experiencing happening in anyone’s own organization is enough to keep IT leaders up at night. (more…)

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