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Steven Macdessi
Steven Macdessi - Project Manager
Steven Macdessi - Project Manager

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holidays coming up ? what are you plans ?

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Google's Project Oxygen

"In early 2009, statisticians inside the Googleplex here embarked on a plan code-named Project Oxygen . Their mission was to devise something far more important to the future of Google Inc. than its next search algorithm or app: they wanted to build better bosses ."

In order of importance the 8 top behaviours of managers are:
. Be a good coach
. Empower your team and don’t micromanage
. Express interest in team members’ success and personal well-being
. Don’t be a sissy: Be productive and results-oriented
. Be a good communicator and listen to your team
. Help your employees with career development
. Have a clear vision and strategy for the team
. Have key technical skills so you can help advise the team
In addition they identified 3 key manager pitfalls :
. Have trouble making a transition to the team
. Lack a consistent approach to performance management and career development
. Spend too little time managing and communicating

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Updated to include Project Management career track in addition to People Management and Technical Career tracks. Revised salary data based on recent research.

Tags: #leadership #management #technology

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If you're a #timemanagement or #projectmanagement freak (like me..), then you'll find this interesting. #tech #startup

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Project Managers: Get inspired by the dark force

This is a very compelling list by +Brandon Koeller on why Darth Vader is a great project manager. And no, you do not need to be star wars fan for this, having watched the movies does help though. ;))

From a certain perspective his mass murder, brutal oppression, and frequent deception to serve his own ends makes him seem like a pretty bad guy. But if you look past all that to his action, you will find a very capable and effective project manager.In the name of finding silver linings in dark clouds, I’d like to present the top 10 reasons why Darth Vader was an amazing project manager.

Added a great link from Florian Dömges via Facebook:
Don’t Come to the Dark Side
Acquisition Lessons from a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Lt. Col. Dan Ward, USAF

#management #projectmanagement #starwars #darthvader

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my favorite shot from my trip to penang.

from the docks of the Chew Clan Jetty (
a fresh water boat being tied to the dock...
beside a sunken one... not worth the expense to retrieve...
during monsoon season... a short break in the downpour.

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Opposite Statues

Statues pose in the lobby of the awesome Opposite House hotel... The whole place is a giant piece of art with rich colors and strange designs. It was great during the daytime, but I figured that it would look even more interesting with the lights were controlled. I don't know much about interior lighting design, but I do appreciate it very much when it is done well...


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+Amanda Large and I are also very excited as we just launched our new architecture and interior design website
#architecture #interior #design

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