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  • Brain Not Working as Well as It Used to? Here are Ten Things to Consider…

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT When there is something wrong with your brain, you may not be aware if it. Other people around you though may notice you’re not as sharp as you once were. Four years ago, my children noticed I was more forgetful than usual.  As did several of my friends.  One […]

  • Better Projects Better Business

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Find out how to quickly improve your business by improving how you select and do your projects.  Download Cheetah Learning’s White Paper – Better Projects Better Business. To discuss how to improve your business with project management, schedule an appointment with the author of this white paper.

  • Calibrating Your Worry-O-Meter with Passing the PMP Exam

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Do you have a vague sense of unease relating to the PMP exam? Or are you not even sure what there is to be concerned about? I remember when I first learned about the PMP exam back in 1999 and took a test to familiarize myself with what was […]

  • Learning how to best weather the weather can help you become a Project Management Professional (PMP)

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT I recently played in a golf scramble in one of these community events where you are paired with a total stranger. My golf buddy for the morning was an engineer from FEMA.  We were discussing the safest places to be and she said, “Alaska – as those folks are […]

  • How to Predict Your Success on the PMP Exam

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Cheetah Learning rolled out the first accelerated PMP Exam Prep program the week of 9/11 – just outside of Boston. We could have never predicted that would have happened the Monday we started class. But what we have learned how to predict over the past 16 years of helping […]

  • Project YOU – Ask an Expert

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Life has a way of forcing the most important projects to the forefront, often times without us even having to do a thing.  I’ve been doing an “undercover boss” exercise with Cheetah Learning and taking over people’s jobs for a day here and there.  I recently took over the […]

  • Meet Cheetah’s PMP Online Coach – Alyssa Hallstead

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    I’d like to introduce you to our wonderful Cheetah PMP Online Coach – Alyssa Hallstead. Alyssa became a PMP through Cheetah’s Accelerated PMP Exam Prep online program in 2007. As a PMP, Alyssa was able to increase the rate she charged on her PM contracts so she could afford to realize her dream of owning […]

  • The Limits of the Mind and the Four Minute Mile

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT The four minute mile was first done in 1954 by Roger Bannister and it’s now considered the norm for middle distance runners.  Before Bannister broke this barrier, it was considered impossible.   This is the way it is for most things in life. Before Cheetah Learning created the 0 […]

  • Cheetah Scholarship Student Doubles her Income in Five Years

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT I had the great fortune to talk with one of the Cheetah Scholarship students – Carola Walker on Friday.   She responded to a request to chat for our “undercover boss” event to hear from our Cheetah students what most inspired them about being Project Managers. Carola received the […]

  • The Four “Tells” That Someone is Entrepreneurial

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT   A friend’s son, in a project for college, sent me an email inquiring – What Makes Someone Entrepreneurial?   Based on being an entrepreneur the past 30 years, here are my four “tells” that someone is entrepreneurial. 1. Insatiable Drive – You have an insatiable drive to create a […]

  • Cheetah’s first PMP Exam Prep Course – September 10, 2001 – September 14, 2001

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Many of us know exactly where we were and what we were doing on September 11, 2001 when that second plane flew into the twin towers.  I remember it as clear as if it were yesterday.  We were out on a break from Cheetah’s first Accelerated PMP Exam Prep course […]

  • The Most Frequently Asked Question about Becoming PMP Certified

    The Most Frequently Asked Question about Becoming PMP Certified

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Project managers often call us concerned about what it takes to become a Project Management Professional (PMP).  The most frequently asked question is, “How do I document my experience so that PMI will approve my PMP eligibility application?” We review every PMI PMP eligibility application a Cheetah Learning student completes.  This review is part of […]

  • Ray’s Advice for Passing the PMP Exam After Just Four Days of Prep

    Ray’s Advice for Passing the PMP Exam After Just Four Days of Prep

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Ray sent me an email this AM commenting about my blog post on him yesterday.  He was a little embarassed by my glowing praise for him  and he reminded me – for him, it’s really all about the success of our Cheetah students.  (For me, I like to celebrate all our Cheetah’s – those on […]

  • Ray Strano, PMP – Cheetah PMP Coach – Been Associated with Cheetah Learning since 2001

    Ray Strano, PMP – Cheetah PMP Coach – Been Associated with Cheetah Learning since 2001

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Ray Strano is a Cheetah PMP Coach.  He’s been associated with Cheetah Learning since 2001 and has helped over 3000 people pass the PMP exam after only four days of prep – WOW.   I’m wondering if he has set any records with this?  I met Ray in 2001 in our second ever PMP exam […]

  • PMP vs. MBA or PMP & MBA

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    I recently saw an article that called the PMP the poor man’s MBA.  I see the MBA and PMP credentials far differently.  Lets look at how each credential can enhance your career: PMP – When you earn the PMP credential, you demonstrate you have five to seven years relevant project management experience (PMI does a […]

  • Passing the PMP Exam at Cheetah Speed Is The Reality for Smart Project Managers

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Download The FREE Cheetah Smart Start Guide for the PMP

  • The Key To Better Government is Better Project Management – It’s Now a Law

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    DOWNLOAD THE ONE PAGE PLAN TO DOING BETTER PROJECT MANAGEMENT According to the Project Management Institute, “only 64 percent of government strategic initiatives ever meet their goals and business intent — and that government entities waste $101 million for every $1 billion spent on project and programs. The research also shows that adopting best practices […]

  • Three Proven Test Taking Strategies for Success with the PMP Exam

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    You can find hundreds of books for becoming better at taking exams.  You can also find numerous books about what to study for taking the PMP exam.  And you can take weekend classes, join study groups, and do many sample practice exams. Many people think this is sufficient effort to pass the PMP exam, but […]

  • PMI Agile Certification or Scrum – What is the Difference?

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Jean Steinmetz (CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP), who wrote the Cheetah Agilebok, says she gets the “Agile vs. Scrum” question from almost everyone she speaks with about PMI’s Agile Certification (PMI-ACP). According to Jean – “This is a common question since the Jan 2012 launch of PMI’s Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) certification. PMI-ACP is about ALL agile […]

  • Welcome to The Year of Strength and Goodwill

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Chief Cheetah’s Insights  Hello from Haines, Alaska.  Yes I came to Alaska for the holidays. Now before you think I’m a little off, this is where I hang my hat as often as I can throughout the year.  I found my way here in 2002 on a vacation.  Like many of my neighbors, I immediately […]

  • High Performing Business – Learning – Changing My Seat

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT I had a good friend who routinely said – “If you don’t like your view, change your seat.”  For the past several months I’ve been reeducating myself on digital marketing, search engine optimization, everything “social” and have realized I need to “change my seat.” I’m visiting my daughter in […]

  • High Performing Business – Learning – Yoga

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Three ways yoga helps learning Yesterday we wrote about being wrong as a common feeling in learning (and marriage).  Feeling you are wrong produces anxiety that puts your brain into a state that makes learning difficult – if not impossible. (Could this be why those in the “being wrong” type of marriage feel their spouse stopped […]

  • High Performing Business – Learning – Being Wrong

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT I reached out to Cheetah’s PMP coaches on what they have learned most about coaching our students to become PMP certified.  Our Cheetah Exam Prep Coach, Ray Strano, PMP had this to say: Erma Bombeck was an American humorist who published 15 books from the mid-1960s until the late […]

  • High Performing Business – Learning – Making Bank

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Several years ago we studied the annual reports of Cheetah’s publically traded corporate clients. (Well actually we hired someone who likes to study these types of reports).  We found that after ten years of service to some of the biggest, most successful publicly traded companies in the US, 90% […]

  • High Performing Business – Learning – Believe in Yourself

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Several years ago a PhD candidate approached us for studying how preparing for PMI’s Project Management Professional exam improved people’s self – efficacy – that is their believe in their ability to achieve their goals.  What was intriguing about the study, almost as much as the results, she approached […]

  • High Performing Business – Learning – Affordability

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT If you think learning is expensive, try ignorance.  Learning, at any cost, is quite the bargain.  Yet the topic of today’s blog is on making learning affordable. Let’s say you want to become Project Management Professional (PMP) certified – you know first hand that it’s going to help you […]

  • High Performing Business – Learning – Rewards

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Learning is intrinsically rewarding. We have found that while people do not necessarily like being taught, most of us very much enjoy learning. Discovering new concepts and mastering new skills, increases confidence, and brings more fulfillment in life. But often times, learning does in fact create significant monetary rewards, especially […]

  • High Performing Business – Learning – Agile

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Being agile, resilient, adaptable all have one thing in common – they require people to learn, and to learn fast.  This is why I started Cheetah Learning and even named us Cheetah Learning in the first place in 1999.  As the faster people can learn, the quicker they can […]

  • High Performing Business – Learning – Collective

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Everyone does projects – each individual, every organization, and every company. When people share a collective understanding of common project management processes, tools, and techniques, they can more easily integrate their project management efforts.  Think electrical outlets here.  For anyone who has traveled, they know first hand the challenges […]

  • High Performing Business – Learning – Options

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT What I’ve discovered by being in the learning field for over 25 years now, everyone has their own unique mojo with how they best learn. Learning what this mojo is can significantly improve the effectiveness and efficiency of your learning efforts. I never find the need to label anyone […]

  • High Performing Business – Learning – Consistency

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Consistent experience creates consistent rewards. Creating increasing value for others creates even greater rewards. But this takes focused effort on improving how you can best be of value – especially as a Project Manager. The challenge is mastering new skills. When you can efficiently implement new skills and create more measurable […]

  • High Performing Business – Learning – Career Building

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT For this month, we’re helping people stimulate their learning.  Every day, we are highlighting some learning element of one of our many Cheetah courses, with a learning contemplation for you to consider.  Each day is a different course, with a special promotional price for that course for the first […]

  • High Performing Business – Discernment – Patience

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI – ACP, RYT Practicing patience helps reign in often destructive impulsive desires. Taking time to work through the details in both project planning and negotiation preparation templates, Cheetah Certified Project Management students master the skills that improve their abilities to discover the approach that will bring out the best in […]

  • High Performing Business – Discernment – Inspiration

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety nine percent perspiration.”  Thomas Edison I love this quote by Edison as it shows how much work it takes to get an idea off the ground. Project Management is the bridge between inspiration and the targeted perspiration required to achieve results.  The better […]

  • High Performing Business – Discernment – Change

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT It isn’t what happens in life that defines me, it is how I respond to it. Developing abilities to best respond to changing circumstances is crucial for any entrepreneur who wants to maintain a thriving business. I’ve written about change before – the last time it was about adapting […]

  • High Performing Business – Discernment – Negotiating

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT In my book Cheetah Negotiations, I created a process for negotiating every element of life.  If you think about it, we are negotiating day in and day out – in every relationship and in every situation.  It takes laser focus discernment to know the best way to negotiate in […]

  • High Performing Business – Discernment – Mama Bear

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT I’ve been contemplating lately how to develop empathy on the terror, hatred and disdain happening in our society right now stimulated from the very divisive election.  And it got me thinking about Mama Bears.  Many of us are much like Mama Bears – very attached to our “babies.”  Living […]

  • High Performing Business – Discernment – Signs

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT I’ve had interesting discussions with other business owners over the past several days about the results of increased bigotry in their companies.  Some have even gone as far to say as they won’t hire someone who voted for Donald Trump because it shows they are at worst a bigot […]

  • High Performing Business – Discernment – From Hatred to Peace

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT It is darn near impossible to make good decisions when hatred is triggered and your limbic ( “fight or flight”) brain is engaged.  The ancillary feelings of disdain, disgust, and disappointment also activate the limbiic brain. In the Happiness Project class, Cheetah students learn how to temper what triggers […]

  • High Performing Business – Discernment – Hope

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT In reflecting on the divisiveness of this current election cycle,  I realized the projects I work on give me hope.  Hope helps discern where the opportunities are in the challenging times. For the past eight years I’ve been on a path to develop the capabilities to  become energy and […]

  • High Performing Business – Discernment – Balance

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT When things feel out of balance, life seems to send you what you need to bring it back into balance. I learned this lesson in my early 20’s when I burned the candle at both ends working hard and playing hard. To make the time to rest, I’d be […]

  • High Performing Business – Discernment – Quality

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT While I’m a big believer in turning your ship around, second chances, and infinite redemption, I’ve found time and time again, most people show up consistently as who they truly are. The people who were A students, are generally A employees, and so on.  Another attribute, is  the best […]

  • High Performing Business – Discernment – Cultural Bias

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Culture by it’s very nature is the long standing norms of behavior that guide people’s interactions. I define cutural bias as the cultural attributes we prefer.  A couple days ago, I wrote a blog post on my guiding values – the leader of an organization sets the tone and […]

  • High Performing Business – Discernment – Senses

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Whether you’re running a business or leading a project, there are times when you can be shaken to your core. The challenge is to discern the relevant threats from imagined threats.  Usually the imagination of what could go wrong is far worse than what could actually happen. I developed […]

  • High Performing Business – Discernment – Guiding Values

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT   Living in Alaska I am lucky to observe whales as they travel north to their summer feeding grounds. They have an internal compass that guides them to the best locations to sustain their life. Reflecting on this. I created a mind map of my guiding values that calibrates my […]

  • High Performing Business – Strategy – Trick or Treat

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT When people engage with you or your business do they feel tricked or treated?  You can tell almost immediately the integrity of leadership by the strategies employed to inspire your patronage and grow the business. On the trick end of the spectrum, are you lured into engaging with captivating […]

  • High Performing Business – Strategy – Uncertainty

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Being a life long entrepreneur, I know certain things about uncertainty. What I know is that when nothing is certain, anything is possible.  What creates the possibilities though is taking action, seeing what happens and then modifying accordingly.  I get to practice this just about every day in my […]

  • High Performing Business – Strategy – Competitive Forces

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT I absolutely love competition as it makes me sharper, hones my attention, and helps me see new ways of delivering value.   When working on a new project, I use a technique we teach in our course Project Breakthrough to evaluate our competitive positioning.  I look at it through […]

  • High Performing Business – Strategy – Nurture

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT We have a bold vision with our new initiative – Cheetah Micro Greens.  This was a product line we created from our research efforts with Alaska Research Garden this summer.  Our goal with Alaska Research Garden is to research various ways to cost effectively create a year round food […]

  • High Performing Business – Strategy – Respect

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Muchelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP,  RYT High performing businesses create a culture of respect. The leader of every organization sets the tone for the level of respect in the organization by how they handle challenging issues – such as sexual harassment. I move quickly on any allegations of sexual harassment in my own business (and […]

  • High Performing Business – Strategy – Reframing Complaints

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Muchelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT   In 2003 I met a fascinating neighbor.  He had taken the summer leap from his main stream existence in the lower 48.  He was in Alaska being a river guide and was living with a friend on a lot across the road from my new place in Alaska.  We […]

  • High Performing Business – Strategy – Persistence

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT It took me fifteen years to become an overnight success.  That was fifteen years where I tried one idea after another, learned, built up a business infrastructure, developed the capability and the capacity to run a thriving business.  The skills I learned during those fifteen years helped keep my […]

  • High Performing Business – Strategy – Commitment

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT The psyche craves consistency which is why commitment is such a favorable construct.  Yet commitment to a strategy that is not adaptable to changing market realities requires a reread of the book “Who Moved my Cheese.” The question I routinely ask myself is – if I were making this […]

  • High Performing Business – Strategy – Turn Key

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI – ACP, RYT Somewhere along the line I learned an important strategy for business success called “turn key.”  It means to offer a complete solution.  It’s pretty easy to find opportunities to develop turn key solutions. All you have to do is to see where you are having the biggest […]

  • High Performing Business – Service – Ready, Willing, and Able

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT In designing learning experiences, we use a technique called the “emotional gradient t-up” as a way to engage our students. This way even if they do not come to class being “ready, willing and able” to learn,  through the t-up, they become so. I was thinking about this in […]

  • High Performing Business – Service – Tools and Talent

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Being of service, helping others, creating value – these are innate human drives.  For many, focusing on being in genuine service brings meaning and depth to life. I was discussing these deep philsophical ideas with the dirt working dude for our year round food production project in Alaska.  (He […]

  • High Performing Business – Service – Feedback

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Everyday I get to review five to ten course evaluations from Cheetah Learning students.  For me, this is my pay day. All student feedback is valued insight, however and whatever our students want to share about their experiences as they pursue their goals under our guidance. It always impresses […]

  • High Performing Business – Service – Leverage

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT In 2008, very concerned about the unraveling of our financial investment infrastructure, it occurred to me I was looking at just one element of our capital basis.  We in fact have five distinct sources of capital we can leverage to be in service and create value with and for […]

  • High Performing Business – Service – Moral Compass

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT I’m putting the finishing touches on a new course we call Project Micro Greens.  It’s been a whirlwind as we designed and use the system included in the course. But teaching how to build it is quite another task. Especially since I have been sufficiently traumatized from poorly documented […]

  • High Performing Business – Service – Create The Market

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT When I created Cheetah Learning’s four day accelerated exam prep for the PMP in 2001, there were roughly 40,000 people certified.  As a new comer to a saturated exam prep market, I estimated we could fill four classes per year with our accelerated approach.  When sharing my commitment to […]

  • High Performing Business – Service – Connect

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Several years before starting Cheetah, a colleague introduced me to George Land’s book called “Break Point and Beyond.”  This was where I first learned of the concept of autopiotic systems.  Autopiotic means self organizing.  An autopiotic system is self organizing around a core value.  When I formed Cheetah Learning, […]

  • High Performing Business – Service – Stepping Up to the Plate

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Being in service is a privlege of the capable  – think about it – who wants someone incompetent attempting to be of service?   Yet it is more than just an alignment of capabilities  to best serve others, it is also about taking on the responsibilities that are yours […]

  • High Performing Business – Service – Needed vs. Wanted

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Years ago a good friend told me people go where they are needed and stay where they are wanted.  I’ve realized while there are many places I’m needed, there are far fewer where I’m truly wanted.  I’ve found time and time again, I’m best able to serve those who […]

  • High Performing Business – Influence – Trust and Transparency

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT I was watching a TED talk on block chain technology (the engine behind Bitcoin) and am fascinated how we create systems to increase our ability to trust those processes we need to conduct our lives.  It seems trust is in short supply these days from our political candidates, to […]

  • High Performing Business – Influence – Information Diet

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT In the news lately there has been much complaint how little attention main stream media gave to the floods in Louisiana. This has spurred much conversation with my peers about how many of us have become numb to the “news,”  just curating only the information we wish to receive. […]

  • High Performing Business – Influence – Building Bridges

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, CCPM, PMI-ACP, RYT As I contemplate this topic of building bridges, I wonder if we are living in increasingly divisive, and polarized times or is that how I am perceiving the information coming at me from a variety of news sources?  The only reason you need to build a bridge is to […]

  • High Performing Business – Influence – Good Cheer

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

      Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Yesterday was cleaning service day out here at the Alaska Research Garden.  I had a couple cheetah staff visiting, so we went into town while the cleaning service was over.  I didn’t stick around to supervise (and really who wants to supervise the cleaning service anyhow?) While we […]

  • High Performing Business – Influence – Stories

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT “Those who tell the stories, rule society,” Plato. One of the many things I love about running Cheetah Learning are the success  stories we hear from our students.  What I love even more is how we are simply the conduit for our students to find their own way to […]

  • High Performing Business – Influence – Attention Intention

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT About a decade ago, I kicked off a conference for a group of 5000 project managers at a large telecommunications company.  Before the conference, as a way to prepare for the presentation, I had the project managers participate in a short survey on how effective they felt in their […]

  • High Performing Business – Quality – Fitness for Use

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT There are many reasons over the years I’ve spent more and more time in Alaska, but the main reason is just learning to live in a small remote Alaskan town helps me develop perspectve on what is really important.  And it’s most certainly not the luxury items often deemed […]

  • High Performing Business – Quality – Listen

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT   Creating a quality experience for another in any realm is all about listening to them.  When through your actions, people are able to meet their needs, they feel heard, seen and acknowledged.  This is the higher level of “listening.”  Sometimes, though people do not even know they have […]

  • High Performing Business – Quality – Keeping it Real

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT At Cheetah Learning we live by the core premise that learning is about creation, not consumption.  It is in this creative expression that happens through learning I find the most engaged experiences.  For me it is all about the quality of engagement.  I’d much rather live a life full […]

  • High Performing Business – Quality – Making the Grade

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT In the retail world, the big name brands commonly make lower grade products for the big box stores who demand the lowest prices for their customers and also for different levels of customers.  For example Black and Decker tools are made by the same company as Dewalt tools.  Black […]

  • High Performing Business – Quality – Good vs. Bad Project Managers

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Throughout the years I’ve run into some very good project managers and some very bad project managers.  Just recently I finished cleaning up the mess made by this project manager I had to let go a year ago after a huge mishap.  It got me thinking, how could I […]

  • High Performing Business – Freedom – Expanding Capabilities

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT I started my first company in 1987 at 25 years old after completing my tour as an Air Force Officer.  I had several quick successes which were very nice, but because of this beginners luck,  I did not develop the capabilities needed for enduring success.  Over the next ten […]

  • High Performing Business – Freedom – Goals

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Part of many courses we teach at Cheetah Learning, in the spirit of helping people efficiently accomplish their important projects, is the crucial aspect of setting the “right” goals FIRST before starting a project to achieve those goals.   Cheetah students learn how to set and evaluate their goals […]

  • High Performing Business – Freedom – Trust

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT The more robust your business processes, the more freedom you have to live your life the way you’d like to in the moment without having to micro manage the processes required to run your operation. I’ve lived by this axiom the past two decades and it’s served me very […]

  • High Performing Business – Freedom – Getting Along Better

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT This month’s theme is inspired by a new on the road lifestyle. (For those who follow this blog you may have noticed I’ve not been posting as frequently).  I took advantage of a seller’s market in Portland, Oregon this spring to flip a property for the company we were […]

  • High Performing Business – Technology – Change Process

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT The previous post on shifting from being super frustrated with the technology in my life to becoming delighted with it is all about change management (and learning).   I was thinking about how technology changed during my grandmother’s life.  She was born in 1900, at home.  The family did […]

  • High Performing Business – Technology – Delight

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT We’ve all seen (and maybe even had) those very ugly reactions to challenges with technology – where even the dog goes running for cover.  But I prefer to take responsibility for my reactions, so how I react to any type of technology challenge is 100% within my control.  Is […]

  • High Performing Business – Technology – Letting Go

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Every technical challenge I’ve faced in the past   40+ years of me being a techno wonk has been resolved within short order the quicker I let go of even needing to resolve it.   There is a host of alphabet soup after my name at the beginning of […]

  • High Performing Business – Technology – Infrastructure

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Infrastructure capital – we all have it as individuals, companies, and as a society.  It’s what helps us conduct the affairs of our lives.  As individuals, it’s our computers, smart phones, vehicles, homes, tools of our trade.  As companies it’s our buildings, our technology hubs, our machines, our processes […]

  • High Performing Business – Technology – Distraction Attraction

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Like anything, technology can help or hurt you.  Lately,  the attraction to stay in constant connection with others – via email, facebook, texting, snapchat, instagram, twitter, linked in, etc – while causing perpetual distractions, also becomes addictive.   (And it’s estimated to cost US businesses alone over $9 billion […]

  • High Performing Business – Technology – The Right Frustrations

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT We use a virtual live classroom to teach Cheetah Learning’s accelerated four day PMP class so people can take it wherever they are – real time.   To set this up, we researched ways to easily capture a wide angle view of the physical classroom space.  People remember in […]

  • High Performing Business – Negotiations – Exit Strategy

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Having an idea (or even several ideas) on how to exit a situation (any situation) is something that requires careful deliberation.  Yes I hear the commitmentohpiles or those who believe thought creates reality saying , “but doesn’t having an exit strategy presuppose you’ll need one and create the situations […]

  • High Performing Business – Negotiations – Enthusiasm

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT I noticed years ago the more enthusiastic I am about a plan, the better it seems I can enroll others in my ideas.  When I am working with Cheetah Learning’s certified teachers, every once in a while I’ll here the hardest students to work with are the ones who think […]

  • High Performing Business – Negotiations – Fairness

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP In the book  Sway, The Pull of Irrational Forces, the authors discuss how people want to have the decisions of others for which impact them be made fairly.  If there is a perception someone was not fair in an interaction,  there leaves a stain in the memory of the person […]

  • High Performing Business – Negotiations – Building Value

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Ever since I created Cheetah Negotiations, I often hear from others they perceive any encounter with me is a negotiation.  But,  for me, a negotiation is a very deliberate, well planned out exchange where there is a mutual exploration of how we can create more value together – beyond […]

  • High Performing Business – Planning – Requirements

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP I’m working on a really exciting project with Dylan Kasch, an Environmental Scientist and food security expert.  After graduating from UC Berkley and then riding his bike from California to New England he found his way to studying small-scale food production year round in cold climates – at an aquaponics […]

  • High Performing Business – Planning – Research

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT When I was an Air Force Officer, I was stationed at the Aeronautical Systems Division and worked in the office for Electronic Warfare and Countermeasures.  We were responsible for upgrading the electronic warfare systems on existing aircraft.   Part of our duties were to write Request for Proposals (RFP’s) […]

  • High Performing Business – Planning – Estimates

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Estimating is a crucial element of my project success.   It is the early assumptions made that set most projects in motion. I was thinking about this after the first weekend of my property in Portland being on the market. The first estimate that even started this was with observing […]

  • High Performing Business – Planning – Kindness

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Expediency in completing projects is my main goal.  I find I can move fastest with kindness as the foundation.  Projects are about people working together towards completing a significant goal.  The key words here are “people working together.”   Kindness and consideration in the planning phase goes a long […]

  • High Performing Business – Planning – Desire

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT It’s only March 3rd and the fruit tree’s are in full bloom all around me here in the Pacific Northwest.  The rain clouds have cleared for a moment and the sun is peaking through.  It’s days like today that fill me with vim and vigor to start planning my […]

  • High Performing Business – Planning – Mojo

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT I first heard the term “mojo” about ten years ago.  I was doing a live radio show and the interviewer asked me about the “mojo of accelerated learning.”   I managed to contrive a suitable answer, as I had never heard the term “mojo” before.  When the interview was […]

  • High Performing Business – Project Teams – Identity

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Working together over a period of time, a group of people will create a collective identity of who they are as a team.   At Cheetah Learning – we call our team – Team Cheetah.  This means something very specific to us.  Team identities foster a sense of “we” […]

  • High Performing Business – Project Teams – Productivity

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT I’m a big fan of using the Japanese technique of the 5 S’s to improve productivity with my project teams. The 5 S’s are a way to get your workspace organized.  Do these tasks in the following order: 1. Sort – this means go through and get rid of […]

  • High Performing Business – Project Teams – Meetings

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT I recently met a young engineer with an exciting job where he gets to travel to remote villages all over Alaska.  He was telling me about the challenge of being in the office – meetings.  I shared with him my standards for meetings – and thought it might be […]

  • High Performing Business – Project Teams – Asset or Liability

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT In Cheetah’s course “Effective Project Management,” we have students look at how they behave on projects and understand if that behavior is an asset or a liability to their project team.  It’s been my experience most people’s intentions are positive even if others see their behavior as negative. People generally […]

  • High Performing Business – Project Teams – Trust

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT “Trust me” may be the most manipulative phrase used on a project team.  Now before you think me a hardened curmudgeon, let me explain myself.  It’s been my experience, people who are worthy of my  trust, do not say this.  Furthermore,  they would not even consider saying this.  Integrity […]

  • High Performing Business – Project Teams – Completion

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT No one remembers what you start; they remember what you finish (and how well you finish it).   What I’ve seen on various project teams, some people have a different definition of what “complete” means.   Done means done in my book.  It means the task for which you […]

  • High Performing Business – Project Teams – Expectations

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT In the early 90’s I was working with an organizational psychologist developing curriculum for improving team performance.  She said something that stuck with me – “the principal source of conflicts is differing expectations.”   While I never verified or validated if this was true, when I dissect it, it […]

  • High Performing Business – Project Teams – Human Nature

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Creating great results with a project team involves using our inherent human nature for our best advantage rather than to become diminished. To better understand human nature I look to the sun and the ocean. With the sun, the same sun shines on all of us. But for some […]

  • High Performing Business – Project Teams – Communication

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT I’m on a sailing adventure this week with several project team members.   I’ve written this blog post in advance as I wanted to focus entirely on the task at hand with my project teammates rather than on staying connected to the office.  This adventure came up quickly like […]

  • High Performing Business – Project Teams – Shadows

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT On February 2 every year, Groundhog Pauxitawny Phil comes out of his hole. If he sees’s his shadow, he gets scared and goes back into his hole. Folklore has it there is then six more weeks of hard winter. It got me thinking about the fears of our shadow […]

  • High Performing Business – Project Initiation – Customer Delight

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT Creating delighted customers (of your project) happens BEFORE you start your project.  In Cheetah’s Communicating Through Conflict class, students learn the largest source of conflict is differing expectations.  Let’s say the goal of your project is to become Project Management Professional (PMP) certified.  And you take a course to […]

  • High Performing Business – Project Initiation – Sponsors

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT In the last post I talked about Project Stakeholders, today I’m going to talk about Project Sponsors.  The Project Sponsor is the person who sets the project in motion, often securing the funding and resources required and handling many issues outside the control of the project manager.  In many […]

  • High Performing Business – Project Initiation – Stakeholders

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT According to the Project Management Institute  “A Stakeholder is an individual, group, or organization who may affect, be affected by, or perceive itself to be affected by a decision, activity, or outcome of a project.” Most projects have a variety of stakeholders, many with competing interests. Sometimes these interests can derail your […]

  • High Performing Business – Project Initiation – Competitive Strategy

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT I was contemplating how Michael Porter’s work on Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors, relates to Project Management.  The first area is with the impact people experience in their careers when they earn the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential – as it tracks closely with what Porter describes […]

  • High Performing Business – Project Initiation – Scope

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT For me, projects that go on forever suck out my life force.   I’ve found the way to keep vital, vibrant, and enthusiastic about life is to succinctly define the scope of my projects and stick to it. That means I know what “finished” means, before I even start. […]

  • High Performing Business – Project Initiation – Alignment

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT I wrote about alignment several months ago after stumbling upon this concept called Ikigai – that is when you align your passion, mission, vocation and profession.  Lets look at Ikigai through the lens of aligning your passion, mission, vocation, and profession with the rate of change of technology. Technological […]

  • High Performing Business – Project Initiation – Priority

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT You can do anything you’d like but you cannot do everything you’d like. The key to achieving your most significant goals is to make them your priority. The first step is to decide how something becomes your priority.  When people complete the 60 hour online Cheetah Certified Project Management […]

  • High Performing Business – Project Initiation – Feasibility

    Posted by Michelle Labrosse

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT It’s exciting to create lots of ideas and see extensive possibilities.   In a world where anything is possible, it helps to also learn how probable it is for you (and others) to achieve your dreams. Being an entrepreneur, I have the inside scoop on this dreaming thing.   I am […]

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