MJ Schaefer

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How smart people handle difficult people

Difficult people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive …

How To Be An Optimist In 2017

In 2017, many people are feeling a little less than optimistic about the state of the world. Between rising house prices, the fear of terrorism, …

How to Hold Millennials Accountable in 7 Steps

(When this post was first published, it came out blank. My apologies for the inconvenience.) For as long as I can remember, the older generation has …

What Does It Mean To Scale Agile?

When I began learning about Agile software development teams around 2008, the hot topic was whether Agile and Scrum really worked, even at the team level. Today, I don’t hear that question seriously discussed in software dilevelopment circles at all any more. Although there is still obviously a lot …

Project Management

Learning Charisma

Jana stands at the podium, palms sweaty, looking out at hundreds of colleagues who are waiting to hear about her new initiative. Bill walks into a meeting after a failed product launch to greet an exhausted and demotivated team that desperately needs his direction. Robin gets ready to confront a …

Culture Shock in Qatar

Through its former monarch, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Qatar has become renowned for liberal policies that include women’s suffrage, …