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Lindsay Curtis

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Lindsay Curtis writes about communications, education, healthcare research, and parenting. She has extensive experience as a Project Manager, primarily in the healthcare and higher education sectors. A writer by day and a reader by night, she currently works as a Communications Officer for the University of Toronto. She also provides freelance copywriting and social media strategy services for businesses of all sizes. Learn more about Lindsay at www.curtiscommunications.org.

Seven Strategies to Improve Project Productivity

As we live and work through a global pandemic with all of its uncertainties and stresses, it’s all too easy to get stressed over our to-do lists. From team members to project managers, the general the...

How to Build Trust and Effectively Lead Virtual Teams

Working virtually certainly has its perks. There’s no commute! Your lunch is just the short walk to the refrigerator away! You don’t have to wear pants! That said, working remotely can have its pitfal...

How to Maintain a Positive Attitude About Work (When the World Feels Like it’s Falling Apart)

Are you feeling a sense of exhaustion, low-grade anxiety, and burnout? You’re not alone. We’re living through tough times right now with the coronavirus pandemic—our lives and work projects have been ...

Project Management and Working Remotely with Kids at Home

Many of us have dreamt of working from home. Cutting out a long commute coupled with wearing comfy clothes from your cozy home office sounds great, right? Under normal circumstances, this might be an ...

Project Resource Management Tools and Techniques

“Time is the most precious resource there is — you have to protect it.” – Jesse Itzler Most project managers are aware that time is our most precious resource, particularly as the clock of deadl...

Six Ways to Keep Your Team Motivated When the Going Gets Tough

Life comes with its challenges, setbacks, and failures. We all expect that, and we know that the same goes for projects, as well. Even with the most qualified team members, the most supportive and und...

Managing Team Clashes: Tips and Strategies for Conflict Resolution

I remember the day clearly: I slipped into the office 15 minutes late thanks to a transit delay, feeling slightly frazzled. As I sat down at my work station, I noticed that the office — despite most o...

Five Ethical Tips for Project Managers

Let’s consider the role ethics plays in the world of project management. Everything from day-to-day interactions and activities to overall project goals are touched by ethical guidelines in some manne...

How to Succeed As a Project Management Professional in the Gig Economy

My grandpa worked at the same company from the time he graduated high school to the time he retired. His loyalty was rewarded with promotions, raises, and respect from his colleagues and the higher-up...

Crisis Management 101: How to Lead during a Project Crisis

“A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.” – English proverb Missed deadlines. Project over budget. Irate, disappointed stakeholders. Team members home sick at “crunch time.” Sweating yet? If ...

MS Project Exam Changes?! Oh My!

If you’re a Project Manager, it’s likely you’ve heard it through the grapevine: Microsoft has officially retired their MS Project certification exam 74-343 Managing Projects. Though the exam has been ...

Five Tips to Help Project Managers Make Better Decisions

Decision-making. For some of us, the very words cause cold sweats and anxiety. After all, when you’re making decisions that can have an impact on your entire project, it comes with its fair share of s...

Time Management Tips to help PMs Beat the Clock

“What’s your afternoon look like?” my coworker asked through Slack. “Spending hours feeling overwhelmed with my to-do list and not getting much else done!” I responded, only half-joking. As project ma...

How to Make the Most Out of A Project Initiation Meeting

Remember the butterflies you’d get before the first day of school? That’s exactly how I feel at the onset of a new project as a Project Manager. Akin to opening up a new, clean notebook, the whole “fr...

The Best Ways to Document and Share Best Practices among Colleagues

“Of course, we’re going to follow best practices,” our Project Manager (PM) said, for the fourth time in an hour at our weekly team meeting. Upon hearing this, I looked across the table at my colleagu...

Attention PMs! How to Create a Healthy Project Environment

My very first job out of university was that of “Project Coordinator” (PC). I was the PC for a government-run project that aimed to create a new tool hospitals and mental health organizations could us...

The 7 Best Practices for Change Management

“Change is the only constant in life” is a popular saying first uttered by Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus. We know in both our personal and professional lives that change is certain. Perhaps ...

What to Expect When You’re a New Project Manager

You’ve worked hard for months – maybe years – to become a project manager. You’ve landed your first job, and are ready to assume a leadership role and see a project through from start to f...

Five Must Have Core Competencies for Project Managers

No matter the industry or size of the project, every project manager is tasked with juggling multiple day-to-day operations. Even small-scale projects can be complex, comprised of hundreds of cross-fu...

Six Critical Path Best Practices

It’s the start of your project, and you have hundreds of tasks that need to be performed by dozens of team members in order to get the finish line. At the onset of any project, the job of prioritizing...

Five Common Project Manager Myths

When you’re hired as a project manager, you’re hired to be a leader and liaison. Project managers guide the structure, scope, quality, and budget of a project while also representing the interests of ...

How to Stay Focused in an Age of Distraction

Picture this: You started work an hour ago and decide to check emails on your phone. You don’t want to miss an important question from a stakeholder or a status update from your staff, after all. As i...

Six Tips for Managing a Remote Team

Working environments have undergone quite a transformation in recent history. One of the most prevalent illustrations of this is the remote or virtual team. Your project sponsor could be in New York C...

How Exactly Does One Become a Project Manager?

In our rapidly changing world, organizations must have the agility and ability to respond swiftly to client needs. This comes in the form of working with updated technologies, offering new products, a...

Do’s and Don’ts of Project Management Communication

The cornerstone of every successful project is effective communication. As a project manager, everything you do is a communicative process. Clear communication about goals, responsibility and expectat...