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May 4, 2017 In this edition:
Do you ever feel like a glorified go-fer? We've all had those days. But Carl Pritchard suggests that might be down to us, not just the people around us. Do you treat your profession like a profession? In addition to Carl's thought-provoking piece, this newsletter includes several resources designed to help you see your role and your career path in a new light, and hopefully master some new skills along the way.
» Featured Article
» Establishing Your Professional Goals
» Corporate Subscriptions

Featured Article
I'm a Project Manager and a Professional… REALLY!
by Carl Pritchard

Carl Prithcard Most people don't go through life saying I want to be a wishy-washy, something-in-between go-fer and administrative aide. Most want a life goal. They want a target. They want respect. As children, many opt for firefighter, police officer, doctor, scientist, or military officer as their target of choice. Why? People respect those individuals. A 2015 Harris survey put those people at the top of the list of respected professions.

These are individuals with responsibility. These people make serious decisions. They work hard to garner the respect of others and take professional risks to maintain their roles. They also represent some of the best aspects of project managers in any aspect of the profession (traditional, Agile, adaptive) by virtue of how they treat their own profession.

How we see ourselves and our profession matters »

Establishing Your Professional Goals
Project management doesn't have to be "just a job." These resources will help you consider your professional goals, and plan a course to career growth that excites you.

What Everybody Ought to Know About Switching Careers to Project Management
Not sure how to break in and be considered a true PM? Advice for getting started in project management without any formal training.

Career Management as Personal Marketing and Business Development – MEMBER
This paper provides a comprehensive picture of valuable skills to develop as you move through your career, with the very important context of why you need them from the "customer's" viewpoint. It also explains how presentation skills, technical expertise, meeting management skills, networking, business understanding, and the like can provide incredible career leverage, and how you can develop and market those skills.

Ways to Gain Career-Enhancing PM Skills and Experience – SPECIAL
This Premium resource is free to registered Members until April 20, 2017
These suggestions can help you accelerate the development of skills and experience you need to expand your project management career options, including better assignments and more trust from execs.

The Business-Savvy Project Manager's Leadership Role and Key Project Responsibilities – MEMBER
Are you a a "business-savvy" project manager? This paper explains the business-savvy mindset and responsibilities of PMs who lead their teams relentlessly toward the business results a project is meant to achieve. This is a critical type of value you can bring to projects.

A Few Lessons in Blatant Self-Promotion?
Once you've started making progress and had a little success, follow Carl Pritchard's suggestions to get credit when credit is due.

Project Manager Coaching Guidelines – PREMIUM
Everyone has areas they can work on, no matter how long they've been in the field. These ideas can help you set up and carry out a coaching arrangement, with a more experienced project manager, whether it's to smooth the edges on a rough soft skill, or to help you tackle a challenging new project.

Corporate Subscriptions and Licensing
Want your team members to have their own access to templates and how-to resources for their project work? Need to share documents and deliverables beyond your project team? We make it easier with affordable corporate subscriptions and licensing. Detailed information regarding corporate options is available online. Give your whole team, or even the entire organization, cost-effective access to our comprehensive online library of resources. You already know how helpful it's been for you. Now it's time to share with everyone else. Find out more »

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