Proven methods influence how leaders choose to approach issues that are affecting the future of business. 

Here you can peruse a cross-section of our ideas and see where creativity meets capabilities.

Project Management Solutions for a Cutting-Edge Biotech Firm

Project Management Solutions for a Cutting-Edge Biotech Firm

While Ernest Hemingway’s maxim, ‘when people talk, listen completely’ is most applied as advice for writing naturalistic dialogue, we think it has equal merit for management consulting. When our client, a cutting-edge American biotech firm, reached out to us for support on their complex mission to produce both a therapeutic component and a new production facility simultaneously, we embraced the challenge with open ears.

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Finding the Right Goal-Setting Method for Your Team

Finding the Right Goal-Setting Method for Your Team

Goal setting is an essential exercise for teams and individuals. Besides just improving focus and motivation, goals lead to increased personal and professional development, a heightened sense of fulfillment, and increased productivity.  

One of the keys to getting the most out of this process, however, is ensuring that you have an effective method for creating, tracking, and adjusting goals. Many teams focus on creating SMART goals, which are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based.  

While this is an effective method to use, it’s important for leaders to appreciate that there are lots of other methods out there that could be a better fit for their teams. Exploring some of these methods can lead to pushing teams further and getting even more out of the process. Here are a few other goal-setting methods that leaders might consider using to help center, focus, and motivate their teams going into the new year.  

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Project Controls Solutions Update

Project Controls Solutions Update

think of effective leaders as being ‘front and center’ – so what would it mean to ‘lead from the side’? Find out on Tuesday, June 9 at 6:00 am EST (11am BST), as PCS Senior Trainer Paul Darling, PMP, delivers his talk at the PCS Virtual Expo on the topic of “Leading from the Side: Leadership Lessons from the Military.”

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April 2022 Newsletter

April 2022 Newsletter

Happy Spring! I’m excited to announce the formal launch of our Environmental and Construction Division.

As you can imagine, determining whether to launch a new division is tough – it requires reviewing the marketing, financial, technological and managerial requirements for business growth. After working through these questions, we decided to expand our offerings to pursue more technical opportunities, especially in the environmental space.  Although we have offered Construction Management Services for several years, we’re excited to expand the scope of this Division to now include Environmental services. We wanted to create the Environmental and Construction Division so that we could 1) provide additional capabilities to our current customers, but also 2) to pursue additional opportunities in the growing environmental sector.

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Introducing the Environmental and Construction Services Division

Introducing the Environmental and Construction Services Division

Building on our 20-year history of successfully providing value beyond expectations to our clients, MSLLC is now expanding our services into the Environmental Consulting Market. We continue to carry out our mission to bridge the gap between strategy and execution as trusted advisors to our clients. By simplifying complexity, we deliver measurable, positive impact for our clients at the intersection between contracting, consulting, and engineering.

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A Labor of Love: Working with KCDC on the Love Tower Renovation

A Labor of Love: Working with KCDC on the Love Tower Renovation

 

While there’s no fixed formula for quality of life, a comfortable home is a key component of the equation. Thanks in part to MSLLC’s owner’s representative services on behalf of the Knox County Development Corporation (KCDC), the elderly and disabled residents of the Guy B. Love Towers housing community are now seeing a vast improvement in their quality of life, including new appliances, flooring, lighting, and climate control. Residents are also able to enjoy relaxing encounters with nature in the newly landscaped courtyard, butterfly garden, and community garden. 

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Leading from the Side by Paul Darling, PMP

Leading from the Side by Paul Darling, PMP

Ever since Sun Tzu wrote The Art of War 2500 years ago, managers have sought lessons in strategy from military experience and metaphors inspired by battle.  As a project controller with decades of military experience as both a commander and staff officer, I have observed parallels between communication challenges that can arise between leadership and support staff in both the army and the professional sphere. The military has spent centuries honing both formal and informal techniques to reduce the inherent friction between those who execute projects and those who, while not responsible for the direct accomplishment, are responsible for tracking and reporting the progress of that execution.   

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Teamwork Lessons from Motorcycle Riding featuring Jami Villareal

Teamwork Lessons from Motorcycle Riding featuring Jami Villareal

Teams are united by a common goal, whether you are tapping away on your laptop as part of a complex project or feeling the breeze on your face on a weekend motorcycle ride. Jami Villareal, Senior Project Controls Specialist at Management Solutions LLC, has ‘in the saddle’ experience in both the project management and motorcycling worlds, and offered some wisdom on teamwork lessons gleaned from motorcycling in a group. Villareal sees the benefits of these lessons in her professional life as a Project Controls Specialist: “My experience as a biker has helped me on the job, especially with teamwork, planning ahead and watching out for pitfalls,” she says.

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Coaching vs. Mentoring

Coaching vs. Mentoring

teammates on the skills required for immediate success in our organizations. But what is the difference and how do you know which one you are — or are you both? 

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March 2022 Newsletter

March 2022 Newsletter

We finally made it; Spring is upon us. In the month of March, we celebrate Spring’s arrival, the shift to Daylight Savings time (Spring forward…Fall back,) and International Women’s Day.

As the world continues to evolve out of the COVID pandemic, we have been immediately hit with war in Europe (the largest military action since WWII.) Too easily we can fall into an endless trap of wondering is there any need for ‘hope.’ As I struggle to keep things in perspective for myself and my organization, I try to come back to a statement I share often,” if you wake up in a free country like the USA, and you have access to clean drinking water that 70 percent of the world does not have…it’s a good day.”

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Project Controls Solutions Update

Project Controls Solutions Update

f you’re looking for an engaging and enjoyable listen, check out PCS Principal Project Controls Trainer Michelle Banner on Project Chatter, a podcast that focuses on all facets of project management and project delivery. In Episode 109, Banner is featured alongside her former apprentice, Johnny Shepherd, where they discuss all things early careers in Project Controls. Banner emphasizes that apprenticeships in Project Controls “not only go a long way to reducing the skills gap but provide a clear career pathway for individuals.”  Some highlights of the interview include:

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Is There A ‘Best’ Way to Communicate?

Is There A ‘Best’ Way to Communicate?

Marked annually on March 8th for over a century, International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day of recognizing the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. International Women’s Day is not just a celebration – it’s a call to action to accelerate gender equity. 

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Marked annually on March 8th for over a century, International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day of recognizing the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. International Women’s Day is not just a celebration – it’s a call to action to accelerate gender equity. 

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