Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 33, 2023

Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 33, 2023
Weekly Pulse is content curation and highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, ramblings, and other interesting things I discovered during the week.

So, let's go with some discoveries from the week!

#1 - How Leaders Create and Use Networks
#2 - What Is The Project Management Triangle & How To Manage It
#3 - An Agile Approach to Budgeting for Uncertain Times
#4 - Project Management in the AI Era: 5 Essential Skills for Success
#5 - Book Notes #85: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
#6 - Never Forget a Book Again: Boost Your Reading Retention with Readwise
#7 - Mastering Information Overload with Reader by Readwise

How Leaders Create and Use Networks

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author:  Herminia Ibarra and Mark Lee Hunter
Year: 2007

Networking is an essential activity for ambitious managers, but it is also one of the most dreaded developmental challenges that aspiring leaders must address. 

In this article, the authors describe three distinct but interdependent forms of networking that played a vital role in the transitions of 30 managers they followed over the past two years. 

These forms include operational, personal, and strategic networking. The authors explain how a three-pronged networking strategy can become part and parcel of a new leader's development plan.

What Is The Project Management Triangle & How To Manage It

Source:  The Digital Project Manager
Author:  Mandy Schmitz
Year: 2023

The project management triangle consists of time, cost, and scope and governs all projects. 

Any change in one element affects the others, and the triangle helps managers understand these trade-offs. 

Project managers must balance the three constraints effectively to manage the triangle, and there are five strategies to do so: defining project goals, analysing and prioritizing activities, monitoring and controlling project progress, effective communication, and managing risk. 

An Agile Approach to Budgeting for Uncertain Times

Source:  Harvard Business Review
Author:  Darrell Rigby, Joost Spits, and Steve Berez
Year: 2020

The pandemic has made the budgeting and planning process challenging for companies. Instead of the conventional predict, command, and control approach, companies should focus on learning, adapting, and growing. 

Companies should change the purpose of planning and budgeting, shift the focus from financial precision to strategic success, and plan faster and more frequently.

Traditional planning and budgeting have a comfortable certainty built into them, but it's essential to give that up and focus on what truly creates value.

Project Management in the AI Era: 5 Essential Skills for Success

Source:  Article of the Week

In today's rapidly evolving landscape, where artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly integrated into businesses and industries, the role of a project manager has taken on new dimensions.

The success of projects now hinges not only on technical expertise but also on a unique set of skills that empower project managers to navigate the complexities of the AI era.

In this insightful blog post, we will delve into the crucial skills that project managers must master to excel in the age of AI.

Book Notes #85: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

Source:  Book Notes of the Week

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges conventional notions of advantage and disadvantage. Drawing from a rich tapestry of stories, Gladwell explores how individuals and groups can turn adversity into strength and use perceived disadvantages to their advantage. 

Through a blend of psychology, sociology, and personal narratives, the book dives into the dynamics of power, resilience, and the hidden strengths that often emerge in the face of adversity. 

By examining historical events and contemporary examples, Gladwell prompts readers to reconsider their perceptions of success and offers a fresh perspective on navigating life's challenges.

Never Forget a Book Again: Boost Your Reading Retention with Readwise

Source:  Video 1/2 of the Week

In this video, we dive deep into the fascinating world of reading retention and memory enhancement. 

Have you ever felt frustrated by forgetting important information from the books you read? Discover how Readwise helps you combat the forgetting curve and retain more from every book you conquer. 

We break down the science behind memory and provide practical tips to apply this knowledge to your reading journey.

Mastering Information Overload with Reader by Readwise

Source:  Video 2/2 of the Week

We're constantly bombarded with information from all sides, and it can be hard to focus on anything for more than a few minutes. But reading is essential for personal productivity. 

However, reading will always play a crucial role in expanding knowledge, staying informed about industry trends, and enhancing critical thinking skills.  

To overcome these obstacles, I have been using Reader by Readwise as a comprehensive reading app designed to streamline content consumption and enhance reading comprehension. 

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