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Motivation vs. Inspiration, Written by, Phil Ventresca, M.B.A.

In the past, the word motivate was so overused it simply became a cliché.   I have always found that the…

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An Holistic Approach to Training, Written By Barbara Cornell

The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines holistic as “…relating to or concerned with complete systems rather than with individual parts.” Traditionally…

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Project Quick Starts

FAST OR RIGHT?  This is NOT a choice that progressive organizations like to entertain.  Why not have both?  Projects are…

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Project Management Firefighting: A Few Distinctions

Project Management Firefighting: A Few Distinctions – Over the years and certainly in the PM business, Fire Fighting has certainly…

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Feedback Session Best Practices; written by Phil Ventresca, MBA with contributions by Frank Ferrante

Overview The feedback session is often a misunderstood descriptor, and is unfortunately quite often leveraged as an “event” rather than…

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Technology – Transforming the DNA of the Workplace, Written by David Wallis

New Technology is transforming the business world. This is changing the DNA of the workplace by driving continuous improvement and…

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Your Co-Worker Really is a Jerk, Written by Phil Ventresca, M.B.A.

Not a “PC” approach to the issue of interpersonal conflict, yet a real-life scenario that can plague many team players…

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Founders Message

The foundation of AMS is built on an unconditional commitment to; service, expertise and client satisfaction. These core values underpin…

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Business Analyst (BA): The Strategic Implications, Written by Phil Ventresca, M.B.A.

The new role of the BA is far more strategic in both the organizational sense as well as at the…

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Technology – Transforming the DNA of the Workplace, Written by David Wallis

New Technology is transforming the business world. This is changing the DNA of the workplace by driving continuous improvement and…

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Robots as Co-Workers

In today’s ever changing business environment, the reality of artificial intelligence, automation and robotic process is a growing reality. Unlike…

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Future Focused Learning Organization

Future Focused Learning Organizations (FFLOs), are progressive, talent focused, and market driven.   AMS works with clients to design, build and…

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Collaboration Redefined by Phil Ventresca, MBA

After reading, “Smart Collaboration” by Heidi K. Gardner (and being challenged to think about the concepts she discussed by a…

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Project Management as One Meta-Practice: Creativity Codified

As an engineer, project manager, and consultant (for a few decades), I truly have never seen a project (especially sizeable…

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Chusen Dori 中線抜く – Protect/Control the Center Line by Tom Flynn, P.E., PMP

Chusen (choo-sehn) Dori (dō-ree) is a common term or concept in the Japanese martial arts which basically means to protect…

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Take Care of the Back Office; Written by: David Wallis

Take Care of the Back Office Every now and again I get a timely reminder that the external image of…

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Key Stakeholders and Two-Way Expectations; Written by: Tom Flynn, P.E., PMP

We recently had a bit of a tense project meeting with a “high energy” client resource (let’s call him Mike)….

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Connecting processes, systems, data and your car! Written by Gregory Shumaker

In my thirty plus years in management and system integration consulting, I’ve found the use of car analogies can aid…

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Project Manager and Technical Resource; by Tom Flynn, P.E., PMP

Lately, I have been working on assignments where resources are difficult to secure and as a result, many project managers…

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Minimally Invasive Process Improvement; written by: Phil Ventresca, M.B.A.

Process, according to Webster, is defined as a natural phenomenon marked by gradual changes that lead toward a particular result:…

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Why Meditate? Written by Barbara Schwartz Cornell

We hear about benefit to meditate all the time. Actor Richard Gere is a famous meditator. Oprah went to visit…

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Developing Emotional Intelligence (EQ); Written by: Colleen Franca

How does one develop EQ? The good news is that unlike some of the hard-wired personality traits and IQ scores…

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Being of Service Written by Tom Flynn, P.E., PMP

There are not many organizations today that don’t espouse service to be a key element of their culture. Although there…

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Programs to Projects: A Logical Hierarchy; Written by: Tom Flynn, P.E., PMP

Currently assisting a governmental agency with a mid-sized technology project at a mid-western military base. Our project is part of…

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Creating a Future Focused Organization: Being in Community: Written by Tom Flynn, P.E., PMP

“Community: a group of people living together as a smaller social unit within a larger one, and having interests, work,…

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Expanding the Scope of a Future Focused Organization; Written by Tom Flynn, P.E., PMP

In 1995, I first read Terence Burton and John Moran’s book, “The Future Focused Organization: Complete Organizational Alignment for Breakthrough…

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Do Women and Men Lead Differently? Written by Colleen Franca

Let’s start focusing on what really matters: putting the right people, regardless of their gender into leadership positions so they can do what they are able to do successfully- Lead.

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No Gain Without Pain; Written by: David Wallis

I was fortunate to listen to a number of the Webcasts from the Credit Suisse Industrials Conference this week and…

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Creating Engaging Programs is not Enough; by: Sherwin Chen

I recently attended a session on how to increase learner engagement. It was a lively discussion where many good ideas…

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Leading vs. Managing Time; by: Frank Ferrante

Time – the most objective reality there is (a minute is a minute), yet the most subjectively perceived; it flies…

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Project Execution Planning, written by: Tom Flynn, P.E., PMP

The most successful project and program managers realize that one of the most misunderstood elements of a successful project is…

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What If, Written by Barbara Schwartz Cornell

The word ‘if’ has become a four letter word. It is misused and unfairly discriminated against. It is a word…

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The Career Stagnation Trap, Written by Frank Ferrante

I know people who have been with a company twenty-five years and I also know people who have been with…

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8 Tips for New Hires – Navigating New Terrain; by: Melissa Kitchen

When starting a new position with a new company it is easy to focus only on job tasks and project…

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How Learning is Like Surgery, Written by Sherwin Chen

As a learning professional, when do you say mission accomplished? Is it when the class ends and the learners turn…

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Where in the World is the Communication? By: Angie Sokol

Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to travel extensively to do training at client sites. I…

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Being Happy at Work, Written by Frank Ferrante

Sounds a little counter-intuitive. Usually, when you ask someone where he or she is most happy you won’t hear “at…

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Project or Program: Having our Wits About Us, By: Tom Flynn, P.E., PMP

“If you can keep your wits about you while all others are losing theirs…” Rudyard Kipling During the initiation of…

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What is Learning Worth? Written by, Sherwin Chen

In a previous article I presented the idea that measuring the monetary return on training, i.e., Learning ROI, did not…

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Success at Work – Mind Your Q’s, by: Frank Ferrante

What are the factors that increase the odds of becoming a successful businessperson? Having observed scores of successful people over…

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Beyond Learning ROI, by: Sherwin Chen

For learning professionals return on investment is often considered the pinnacle of learning measurement. But is there more we should…

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The Value of Strategic Thinking, by: Frank Ferrante

“The best CEO’s I know are teachers, and at the core of what they teach is strategy.”                                                                                                                              Michael Porter…

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What’s Right About Being Wrong, Written by Frank Ferrante

Two recent coaching surveys* reveal similar trends – more senior managers want coaching and more of them want the coaching…

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Live from Detroit, It’s Saturday Night! By: Angie Sokol

“It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation and only one bad one to lose it.”                     – Benjamin Franklin…

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Strategic Thinking: A Practical Way of Being, by: Phil Ventresca, M.B.A

Often the phrase, “strategic thinking” is confused with a moment in one’s day, a planned period of time or an…

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The Future of Training Materials, Written by Phil Ventresca, M.B.A

The reality is that the future is now! Training materials have been changing rapidly to accommodate new learning styles for…

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Project or Program…does it matter? Successful Approaches

In my last post regarding project or program, I elaborated on the most critical specific maladies that are consistent with…

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Project or Program…does it matter? The specific maladies…

In my last post regarding project or program, I mentioned specific maladies that are consistent with the lack of project-program…

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DNA of a Global Organization, by: Phil Ventresca

Businesses today are struggling with establishing a true identity in an ever-changing global market.  Whether they have revenue generating businesses…

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The Coaching Equation: A Formula for Change, by: Frank Ferrante

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one…

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I See Coaches Everywhere! by: Frank Ferrante

In my last blog I looked at coaching through the lens of literature by examining Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and…

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A New Year for Coaching, by: Frank Ferrante

It’s January, a new year, a time of renewal, of resolutions, of looking back to leap forward (January, named after…

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