Wayne Turk

Wayne Turk

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Wayne Turk is a management and project management consultant with over 35years of experience in the public and private sectors. He has provided projectmanagement expertise for IT, business process reengineering, strategic planning,and training projects for numerous Government agencies, non-profit organizationsand businesses.

Learning from mistakes

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Touching a hot stove, ignoring a Wet Paint sign, replying to an e-mail offering to share millions of dollars, or believing a slick used car salesman has your best interests at heart - all of these are mistakes; maybe painful or expensive mistakes, but mistakes that one can learn from.

Everyone makes mistakes.

We just have to view them as a learning experience and take away what we can from the occurrence.

This module will cover the types of mistakes people make, some famous examples, how to recover from a mistake, lessons learned, and more.

Telling people what to do not how to do it

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A great idea for getting a task completed in the best manner possible is to tell the employee the results that you want and get out of their way.

If you have hired good employees, and empowered them to get the job done, then let them have their head.

Don't squelch them, their ideas, or their initiative.

Many times they will have better ideas about how to accomplish a task than you would have.

Their way might not have been how you would have done it, but so what?

Learning from mistakes

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Touching a hot stove, ignoring a Wet Paint sign, replying to an e-mail offering to share millions of dollars, or believing a slick used car salesman has your best interests at heart - all of these are mistakes; maybe painful or expensive mistakes, but mistakes that one can learn from.

Everyone makes mistakes.

We just have to view them as a learning experience and take away what we can from the occurrence.

This module will cover the types of mistakes people make, some famous examples, how to recover from a mistake, lessons learned, and more.

Reinventing The Wheel?

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In project management, we hear that phrase in some form all of the time.

“Don't reinvent the wheel.”
“Let's not reinvent the wheel.”
“We're not reinventing the wheel here, are we?”

Those are just a few examples of things said.

It is usually spoken with a cynical, derisive, exasperated or condescending tone.

It is commonly accepted that reinventing the wheel is a bad idea, but is it?

Or maybe we should ask is it always a bad idea?

Maybe you need to do some reinvention sometimes if the wheel isn't perfect.