SEVEN STRATEGIES TO ADVANCE YOUR CAREER WITH PROJECT MANAGEMENT / “THE CHEETAH KNOW HOW” SERIES

Guest Writers:

Michelle LaBrosse, PMP®, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning,

and Kristen Medina, CAPM®, Co-Author

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REMOVING THE BARRIERS FOR SPEED

 

By Michelle LaBrosse, PMP®, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning, and Kristen LaBrosse, CAPM® , Co-Author

As we cruise through our career path, it can be tempting to fall into comfortable patterns and turn autopilot on as we coast from project to project. But as the world changes and projects become more complex, it is imperative to remain in the drivers seat to ensure that we are constantly removing road blocks that make our project teams falter and pause. Follow the below tips to ensure that you and your project team are moving along at Cheetah Speed.

Create Limits with Your Space and Time. Have you ever sat at your desk thinking about what you needed to do, but kept putting off the tasks at hand in favor of procrastinating? Sometimes when we are sitting in our work area we trick ourselves into thinking that we are being productive. This is because we are so close to actually being productive in our work space – we have the desk prepared, the computer is powered on, and the pen is readied. But we are fooling ourselves; productivity is not an area, it is an action.

To help rid yourself and your team of this habit, make sure that you set limits on your workspace and time. If you are sitting in your workspace and not working, it means you need to take an actual break, as you are not making yourself more productive by staring at the computer screen. Set a time limit to take a break to do whatever it is that is distracting you from work, whether that is getting lost in the world of Facebook status updates or scrolling through your Pinterest account. Then come back to your workspace with a goal in mind, and don’t take any breaks until your goal is completed. Most people find their groove when they are working towards a goal, so don’t be surprised if you don’t need a break after you have accomplished your task. By creating more boundaries for yourself within your work, you’re remove the barrier of distraction and are able to accomplish more.

Healthy Team Dynamics. While team members’ hard skills are an important aspect of any project team, it is important for the team to not lose sight of the soft skills that make working together possible. Conflict within a project team can be one of the biggest barriers to speed and can not only be frustrating but a waste of time and resources.

Growing up, we’ve all learned the Golden Rule: Treat others the way that you want to be treated. But to ensure that your project team is harmonious and successful, make sure that you are all following the Platinum Rule: Treat others how they want to be treated. The more you pay attention to how others prefer to communicate and the style of work that they prefer, the better you will be able to work in a way that maximizes their capabilities.

Take a “Funk-buster” Break. It’s three p.m. You are on your third cup of coffee and staring at your computer, but for some reason your brain won’t work, and you still have to finish your quarterly report! This condition is commonly referred to as a “funk” and happens when your body thinks it is sleeping because it hasn’t exerted any energy for a significant period of time. When you find yourself in a funk, instead of trying to push your way through it, take a break. Get up out of your chair and do some jumping jacks. Take a walk around the block. Have a small dance party for one. Stop the funk as soon as you can by getting some motion into your body to remind your brain that it needs to be on alert and ready for action.

Achieve Flow. You now have a productive project team that sets time and space boundaries, has great team dynamics, and is funk-proof. The next thing to do is to ensure that your team has the skills and motivation required to get the tasks done. For your project team to be the most efficient, each member of your team should be able to consistently achieve a state of flow while performing project tasks. Flow is a mental state where an individual is completely immersed and focused on the tasks at hand. Flow happens when there is a balance between ability level and challenge, and when there is a very clear goal.

The three biggest barriers to achieving flow are inadequate skills and/or preparation, confusion as to what the end goal is, and a lack of personal meaning in the task at hand. Make sure that your project team has the skill sets they require for their project deliverables, are able to keep their eye on the prize with clear goals, and has a personal vested interest in what it is they are doing.

Keep these tips in mind when you are safely steering your project team around barriers to speed and towards project success!

About MICHELLE LABROSSE

Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, is an entrepreneurial powerhouse with a penchant for making success easy, fun, and fast. She is the founder of Cheetah Learning, the author of the Cheetah Success Series, and a prolific blogger whose mission is to bring Project Management to the masses. Cheetah Learning is a virtual company with 100 employees, contractors, and licensees worldwide. To date, more than 30,000 people have become “Cheetahs” using Cheetah Learning’s innovative Project Management and accelerated learning techniques.

Recently honored by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), Cheetah Learning was named Professional Development Provider of the Year at the 2008 PMI® Global Congress. A dynamic keynote speaker and industry thought leader, Michelle was previously recognized by PMI as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Project Management in the world.

Michelle’s articles have appeared in more than 100 publications and web sites around the world. Her monthly column, the Know How Network is carried by over 400 publications, and her monthly newsletter goes out to more than 50,000 people.

She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner President Manager’s (OPM) program and also holds engineering degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Dayton.

Check out Cheetah PHAST – a great new quarterly magazine

http://www.cheetahphast.com/?page_id=17

ACCELERATED LEARNING: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?

By Michelle LaBrosse, PMP®, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning, and Kristen LaBrosse, CAPM® , Co-Author

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words, “Accelerated Learning”? Perhaps you imagine a person zipping through a book at a rapid pace, soaking up every fact and concept at lightning speed. Or perhaps you think of a child genius that graduated from college at the ripe age of 12.

The fact is, the techniques of Accelerated Learning are not only for the rare few that are gifted with a special genius at birth. Accelerated Learning techniques are concepts that anyone can learn with some practice and dedication. The basic idea of Accelerated Learning is to gain the ability to make it faster, easier, and perhaps most importantly, more FUN, to learn and master new skills. There are four basic components to Accelerated Learning.

1. Awareness – Before you are aware that you don’t know something, you are unconsciously incompetent. When you gain awareness of this incompetence, you move up on the learning scale to conscious incompetence. Awareness is the first, and perhaps the most important step, to learning, because when awareness combines with purpose, the drive to learn is then established in your mind.

2. Knowledge – This is where people accumulate facts about a specific topic. Knowledge of a subject is exhibited by the ability to recall facts and to synthesize the information in the area well enough to answer test questions on the subject, and to communicate about the subject.

3. Skill – This is where people can use what they know to accomplish a specific task.

4. Mastery – This is where people can achieve consistent results with their skills. For example, think about the mastery you have achieved in driving a car. You most likely consistently produce successful results (getting to your destination) each time you drive. In his book, Outliers , Malcolm Gladwell describes the”10,000-Hour Rule” which states that the key to success and mastery in any field is to practice for approximately 10,000 hours.

While many people know that learning requires time and attention to the subject matter at hand, many people tend to forget that it is not just about how hard you study and how many terms you memorize. The key principle to Accelerated Learning is that it is a whole-mind, whole-body, and whole PERSON experience. Below are some important tips to remember to be a successful Accelerated Learner.

Feed Your Mind. It’s not always intuitive that what you put in your mouth will eventually affect your brain, but if you keep in mind the “whole-body” approach to learning, you will soon see how it is absurd to think that these two things wouldn’t be related.

The good guys in this whole body story are proteins and complex carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates supply the brain with a steady flow of glucose, the energy that your brain needs to function optimally. Proteins digest more slowly than carbohydrates, and improve the entry of important amino acids into the brain, which are used to synthesize neurotransmitters that are critical for clear thinking.

Refined sugar and caffeine, on the other hand, are the antagonists in the whole-body story. Your brain needs an even supply of glucose to function optimally. Both of these items make your blood sugar balance go haywire, which can affect your ability to concentrate, and can ultimately affect your mood.

Stay Curious! While you’re feeding your mind, don’t forget to feed your curiosity! One of the worst things we can do as Project Managers is to call ourselves experts. As soon as we grant ourselves “expert” status, we immediately lose the spark that keeps us learning and keeps us looking for new ways to succeed. Make an effort to look at the world with beginner’s eyes.

Move to Groove. Numerous studies are showing that even mild depression can accelerate mental decline, while excessive stress over time can lead to depression. When you exercise at least 30 minutes everyday you can keep the blues at bay. If you find yourself getting down, get up and move. The more you move, the more you’ll be in your groove.

Take a Purple Break. Just as your muscles need time to recuperate after a strenuous workout, your brain also needs rest periodically to function optimally. I learned a technique called “purple breaks” from a woman whose dad started an accelerated reading company almost 50 years ago. A purple break is a 10 to 20 minute break that you take lying down with an eye mask covering your eyes. When your eyes are in total darkness, the optic nerve has a chance to relax, which in turn relaxes the whole body. During a purple break your main job is to let go of all of the worries and stress of the day and relax.

Now when you see the words, “Accelerated Learning” what comes to mind? Hopefully the image of a healthy diet, exercise, periods of pure relaxation, all interwoven within moments of intense focus on the learning objectives of the skill that you are working to master.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, is an entrepreneurial powerhouse with a penchant for making success easy, fun, and fast. She is the founder of Cheetah Learning, the author of the Cheetah Success Series, and a prolific blogger whose mission is to bring Project Management to the masses.

Cheetah Learning is a virtual company with 100 employees, contractors, and licensees worldwide. To date, more than 30,000 people have become “Cheetahs” using Cheetah Learning’s innovative Project Management and accelerated learning techniques.

Recently honored by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), Cheetah Learning was named Professional Development Provider of the Year at the 2008 PMI® Global Congress. A dynamic keynote speaker and industry thought leader, Michelle was previously recognized by PMI as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Project Management in the world.

Michelle’s articles have appeared in more than 100 publications and web sites around the world. Her monthly column, the Know How Network is carried by over 400 publications, and her monthly newsletter goes out to more than 50,000 people.

She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner President Manager’s (OPM) program and also holds engineering degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Dayton.

Check out Cheetah FAST MAGAZINE a great new quarterly magazine

MY NAME IS A BRAND: STUDENTS PLAY WITH MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES LOGOS

 

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Brands, trademarks and logos surround us. They besiege us. They became part of our lives. Often we identify a brand with our character and our style. And it’s really funny what the Holy Family Institute’s students in Comonte di Seriate  (Italy) did. They enjoyed to play with their names drawing  internationally known brands graphs. Leaded by their  Professor mrs. Falconi, the students have proposed multinational companies whose trademarks are around us (Pizza Hut, Coke, Sprite, Vodafone, McDonald’s, Apple, Google, Telecom Italy, Moncler, Corona, Kung Fu Panda and others). It was an irresistible game that has become a  good exercise in observation too.

 

IL MIO NOME E’ UN MARCHIO

 I marchi ci circondano. Ci assediano. Son entrati a far parte della nostra vita. Spesso, in un marchio ci riconosciamo, con il nostro carattere e con il nostro stile. Ed è simpatico quello che hanno fatto gli studenti dell’Istituto Sacra Famiglia di Comonte di Seriate (Bergamo) che si sono divertiti a rivestire i propri nomi con i tratti grafici di noti marchi di prodotti. Sotto la guida della docente prof.ssa Falconi, gli studenti hanno proposto i loghi di società multinazionali i cui, marchi, sono sotto gli occhi di tutti (Pizza Hut, Coke, Sprite, Vodafone, Mc Donald’s, Apple, Google, Telecom Italia, Moncler, Corona, Kung Fu Panda e altri). Un irresistibile gioco che si è trasformato anche in un bell’esercizio di osservazione.  

THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT OF PROSPERITY

 

 

By Michelle LaBrosse, PMP®, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning, and Kristen LaBrosse, CAPM® , Co-Author

How do you know when you are truly wealthy? Your perception of prosperity will most likely change throughout your life. At the age of 5, being prosperous is having your favorite toys within reach, being able to eat ice cream after dinner, and being allowed to stay up an extra hour later than usual. At 16, it’s the ability to drive your family’s old beat up car, by yourself! In your early 20s, you most likely felt wealthy if you could successfully pay off your student loan payments, while still having the reserves to keep a small apartment and money to hang out with friends. In your 30s, it usually means getting a nicer home for your changing needs, being able to afford a couple of nice vacations a year, and a nicer car. Your 40s is marked by how you can provide for your family’s education and your own retirement. In your 50s, it may become more about how much time you can take off and still live the lifestyle to which you’ve become accustomed. In your 60s, it’s about how far you can stretch your dollar and scale back on the need to work to support yourself while helping your children launch their own families. Prosperity viewpoints are age dependent.

As we become more established in life, the concept of wealth and prosperity morph into the next phase that we wish to achieve, so that we are ever chasing a more prosperous life. This mentality can serve us well if we take smart action to reach our next goals. Here at Cheetah we call this path to prosperity GROW – Goals, Run, Organize, and Wow.

Goals – If you are like most people, you made goals for yourself for the new year. Of these goals, how many are measurable? What is the date by which you wish to accomplish this goal? What is your specific plan to reach this goal? If you haven’t answered these questions, then your chances of accomplishing the goals you’ve set are slim. When setting goals, either new years resolutions or other, make them measurable, and make yourself accountable, in order to ensure success.

Run – Once you have made a goal, do not sit back and wait for the “perfect time” to begin your journey to that goal. The truth is, there will NEVER be a perfect time! Go ahead and dive in right away to begin making your goal a reality.

If the hesitation of running toward your goal comes from your perceived lack of skills, make getting those skills your first goal. You owe it to yourself to make sure you are equipped to tackle any goals you set.

Organize – One of the biggest reasons that people don’t reach their goals is because they lose sight of the goal due to the clutter in their lives. When you can’t clearly see the steps to take next to ultimately attain success, you can quickly get lost in the white noise of life and let your goal fall to the wayside.

Start small. Organize your office, your paperwork, your bills, and your calendar. Then go big and organize the milestones that have been accomplished to reach your goal, as well as the steps that you still need to take.

Wow – When is the last time you did something to impress no one else but yourself? Perhaps you made a very fancy meal for one, or ran a mile further than you’ve ever run before just so you knew you could do it.

Make sure the goals you are setting will be sure to WOW you. This means that you are reaching for something that is challenging for you and that by accomplishing it you are bettering yourself. If you set goals to WOW others, you may find that your stamina and dedication wane before you’ve reached your destination.

To get started on the right foot, take a look at last year, and ask yourself what accomplishments you made that really impressed you. What was the path you took to reach these goals? Once you’ve figured it out, give yourself a pat on the back, and develop a plan to enhance your goal-completing machine this coming year.

Lastly, remember that becoming prosperous is a project, just like any project you have ever undertaken. The path to prosperity requires commitment, competency, and a well-developed plan.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, is an entrepreneurial powerhouse with a penchant for making success easy, fun, and fast. She is the founder of Cheetah Learning, the author of the Cheetah Success Series, and a prolific blogger whose mission is to bring Project Management to the masses.

 Cheetah Learning is a virtual company with 100 employees, contractors, and licensees worldwide. To date, more than 30,000 people have become “Cheetahs” using Cheetah Learning’s innovative Project Management and accelerated learning techniques.

Recently honored by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), Cheetah Learning was named Professional Development Provider of the Year at the 2008 PMI® Global Congress. A dynamic keynote speaker and industry thought leader, Michelle was

previously recognized by PMI as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Project Management in the world.

Michelle’s articles have appeared in more than 100 publications and web sites around the world. Her monthly column, the Know How Network is carried by over 400 publications, and her monthly newsletter goes out to more than 50,000 people.

She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner President Manager’s (OPM) program and also holds engineering degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Dayton.

 Check out Cheetah PHAST – a great new quarterly magazine

http://www.cheetahphast.com/?page_id=17

 

MILAN, THE 2nd MASTER IN MENSWEAR: TRAINING THE TALENTS OF THE FUTURE

 Istituto Marangoni and Ermenegildo Zegna together again to form the menswear talents of tomorrow.

 

 Istituto Marangoni, the prestigious fashion school founded in 1935, and Ermenegildo Zegna Group, the luxury menswear brand founded in 1910, two among the most reputed players in the world of Italian fashion, have renewed their commitment to training emerging fashion designers and inaugurated the second edition of the Master in Menswear at the Milan campus. From the common didactic purpose of two Italian fashion leaders comes the desire to offer a high level specialisation course, delivering the best educational and practical preparation in response to the constant evolution of contemporary menswear style.

The course includes a thorough analysis of the menswear industry, focusing on the various stages of production process until acquiring a clear overview of: the concept of suits, outerwear and shirts, the structure of the collection and the packaging of the product through to its distribution. An important asset for the Master will be the participation of top managers and creative directors from Ermenegildo Zegna group. In this second edition, they will once again share with students their precious professional experience in product management, style and retail. I am honoured and proud that the Ermenegildo Zegna Group has agreed to join us in this important project, for the second year in a row – said Roberto Riccio, Group Managing Director of Istituto Marangoni – Our school has always been committed to training the talents of the future, and is the only Italian school able to provide a concrete response, with expertise and timeliness, to the specific requirements of the menswear industry, by training future professionals who are capable of understanding and interpreting with personality the menswear universe and its trends. I am sure that the involvement of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group will help us strengthen the excellence of our training and will provide students with know-how of the highest level of professionalism within the menswear industry.”

The Master will deal with all aspects of menswear collections, from formal and upper casual with Ermenegildo Zegna and fashion with Z Zegna to urban with Zegna Sport. It will give students the opportunity to explore freehand and digital drawing techniques, modelling and learn how clothing is made, from the simplest to the most structured garments. It will also cover all the topics concerning product management and production flow administration.

Once again in this second edition, students will be confronted with stimulating creative projects, inspired by the Group’s different brands, and they will have the possibility to visit the company’s production sites for fabrics, knitwear and ready-to-wear garments, the headquarters and the Zegna showroom in Milan. The special guest present in the jury which will identify the best student comes from the media: Michele Lupi, Editor in Chief of “Rolling Stone” magazine, who will bring a fresh, cross-cutting perspective on the style and creativity of the students. The Menswear Award will be delivered to the best course participant, selected according to Zegna and Istituto Marangoni criteria, who will be offered a 3-month internship within one of the brands and, as in the previous edition, will have the opportunity to participate in the organisation of Zegna fashion show in June 2012 in Milan.

Benedetta Zegna, Ermenegildo Zegna’s Talent Management Director, who attended the opening ceremony for the course at Istituto Marangoni, stated: “The decision to continue to support this wonderful initiative is motivated by the quality of the educational offer of Istituto Marangoni and especially of the projects undertaken by the students. The selected talents are bringing ideas and a fresh look to the company’s creative teams.

An important aspect, which we continue to explore in the Master’s program, involves visits to our Group’s production sites, which allow students to feel the extreme quality of the fabrics and products first hand, and to understand the centrality of detail as a key factor for that perfect blend of craftsmanship and technological innovation that is typically Italian.

The idea of inviting Michele Lupi to serve on the jury comes from the desire to give voice to an outside perspective, through the eyes of a man engaged in different environments, always characterised by attention to emerging trends and emerging signs of style.”

The Master began on October 3rd, 2011 at the Milan campus, will last 8 months and includes 7 classes of 2h30 a week. The lessons will be taught in Italian with a simultaneous English translation.

 

MASTER IN MENSWEAR

Limited number (20 places available)

Beginning

October 3rd , 2011

Study Program

  • Menswear Design

  • Fashion Graphics

  • Fashion Panorama

  • Fashion Industry Analysis

  • Research Method

  • Product Management

Attendance

7 lessons per week – 2h30 each

Duration

8 months

Admission Requirements

– A portfolio that demonstrates the candidate’s creative and drawing abilities

– A detailed professional and educational CV that includes: degree or diploma certificate with the final mark awarded

– 100 word cover letter describing professional aims and aspirations and clearly putting forward the reasons and motivation for wanting to participate in the Master’s program

– At least one references letter from an employer or teacher

– Knowledge of Italian or English language

To be admitted to the master, candidates must attend an orientation interview and submit the application form, provided during the interview or downloadable from www.istitutomarangoni.com duly completed.

 

ABOUT ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA

Ermenegildo Zegna Group is a leading maker of luxury menswear and one of the most highly renowned enterprises in Italy. It was founded in 1910 in Trivero, in the Alpi Biellesi, by the young entrepreneur Ermenegildo Zegna, who started to produce some of the finest and most highly prized fabrics in the world. The Company is now led by the 4th generation of the Zegna family. By the end of the ’90s the Group had completed its verticalization strategy and created a global luxury brand that makes fabrics, clothing and accessories and is focused on retail business (mostly through directly operated stores). The Group is a pioneering force in opening up emerging markets. In 2010, it celebrated its first centennial, marking 100 years of industrial excellence. Today it has 570 single-brand stores, of which 300 proprietary, in 80 countries, with consolidated sales of euro 963 million in 2010.

 ABOUT ISTITUTO MARANGONI:

Istituto Marangoni was founded in 1935. It now has three generations of students to its credit and has launched over 35,000 professionals, including some of the most important names in international fashion, such as Domenico Dolce, Franco Moschino, Rodolfo Paglialunga, Umit Benan, Alessandro Sartori, Francesco Russo and many others. Istituto Marangoni’s mission has remained the same: to create professionals for the fashion and design industry, people with solid knowledge and know-how, creativity and an understanding of the needs of business. Istituto Marangoni now has 2,400 students from 92 countries. It has three campuses in the capitals of international fashion, design and creativity (Milan, Paris and London) providing 3-year courses, Master’s courses and 1-year courses at all levels.

 

 MASTER IN MENSWEAR: LA MODA FORMA I TALENTI DI DOMANI

 Istituto Marangoni ed Ermenegildo Zegna nuovamente insieme per formare i creativi della moda maschile di domani. Partita la seconda edizione del prestigioso Master in Menswear nel campus di Milano

 L’Istituto Marangoni, scuola di moda nata nel 1935, e il Gruppo Ermenegildo Zegna, brand del lusso maschile fondato nel 1910, due importanti realtà del mondo della moda italiana, hanno rinnovato il proprio impegno nella formazione dei creativi emergenti inaugurando la seconda edizione del Master in Menswear nel campus di Milano.

Dalla comunione di intenti di due eccellenze della moda italiana è nata la volontà di proporre un corso di specializzazione di alto livello, in grado di offrire agli studenti la migliore preparazione didattica e pratica per rispondere alla costante evoluzione dello stile maschile contemporaneo.

Il Corso prevede un’approfondita analisi del settore dell’abbigliamento uomo, declinata nello studio delle differenti fasi del processo produttivo fino all’acquisizione di una chiara visione di insieme: dal concetto di abito, capo spalla e camicia, alla struttura della collezione, dal confezionamento del prodotto alla sua distribuzione. Importante atout del Master sarà l’intervento di manager e direttori creativi del gruppo Ermenegildo Zegna che – anche per questa seconda edizione – testimonieranno agli studenti la propria esperienza professionale nell’ambito del prodotto, dello stile e del retail, trasferendo loro contenuti essenziali, che solo il mondo del lavoro è pienamente in grado di mettere in campo.

Sono onorato e orgoglioso che il Gruppo Ermenegildo Zegna abbia accettato di unirsi a noi in questo importante progetto, per il secondo anno consecutivo – ha dichiarato Roberto Riccio, Group Managing Director di Istituto Marangoni – La nostra scuola, da sempre impegnata a formare i talenti del futuro, è la sola italiana in grado di rispondere concretamente, con competenza e tempestività, alle esigenze e specificità del settore, formando futuri professionisti in grado di comprendere e interpretare con personalità l’universo della moda maschile, tipicamente italiano, e il divenire delle sue tendenze. Sono certo che il coinvolgimento del Gruppo Ermenegildo Zegna ci aiuterà a consolidare l’eccellenza della nostra offerta formativa e assicurerà agli studenti il know-how delle professionalità più alte della moda maschile”.

 

Il Master affronterà tutti gli aspetti delle collezioni uomo nelle declinazioni formale e upper casual con Ermenegildo Zegna, fashion con Z Zegna, e urban con Zegna Sport; darà agli studenti la possibilità di approfondire le tecniche d’illustrazione a mano libera e a computer, la modellistica e le tecniche di costruzione dei capi, dai più semplici ai più strutturati; approfondirà inoltre tutti gli aspetti legati al product management e alla gestione della produzione.

 

Anche in questa seconda edizione gli studenti potranno cimentarsi in stimolanti progetti creativi ispirati ai diversi brand del Gruppo, e visitare le sedi produttive di tessuto, maglieria e ready to wear, il quartier generale e la show room milanese Zegna. Special guest presente in giuria, un ospite proveniente dal mondo dei Media: Michele Lupi, Direttore del Magazine “Rolling Stone”, che apporterà una prospettiva nuova e trasversale sullo stile e la creatività dei ragazzi. Il Menswear Award verrà assegnato al migliore diplomato, selezionato in base a criteri Zegna e Istituto Marangoni, cui sarà offerto uno stage di 3 mesi all’interno di uno dei brand e, come nella precedente edizione, avrà l’opportunità di partecipare all’organizzazione della sfilata di giugno 2012 a Milano.

 

Ha dichiarato Benedetta Zegna, Responsabile Talenti Ermenegildo Zegna, presente alla cerimonia di apertura dei Corsi presso l’Istituto: “La decisione di continuare a sostenere questa bellissima iniziativa è motivata dalla qualità del supporto didattico offerto dall’Istituto Marangoni e soprattutto dei progetti realizzati dai ragazzi. I talenti selezionati stanno apportando idee e freschezza ai team creativi in azienda.

Un aspetto importante, che continuiamo ad arricchire all’interno del programma del master, riguarda le visite alle realtà produttive del nostro Gruppo, che permettono agli studenti di “toccare con mano” la qualità estrema dei tessuti e dei prodotti, e di comprendere la centralità del dettaglio come fattore chiave di quella perfetta integrazione tra artigianalità e innovazione tecnologica, tipicamente italiana.

L’idea di invitare Michele Lupi a far parte della giuria nasce dal desiderio di dare voce a una prospettiva esterna, attraverso lo sguardo di un uomo impegnato in ambienti diversi, sempre caratterizzati dall’attenzione alle tendenze emergenti e ai segnali di stile emergenti.”

Il Master è iniziato il 3 Ottobre 2011 nel campus di Milano, durerà 8 mesi e prevederà 7 lezioni settimanali da 2h30. Le lezioni si terranno in lingua italiana, con traduzione simultanea in inglese.

 

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CORSO MASTER in MENSWEAR

Numero chiuso (20 posti disponibili)

Inizio

3 ottobre 2011

Piano di studi

  • Menswear Design

  • Fashion Graphics

  • Panorama della Moda

  • Analisi dell’industria della moda

  • Metodologia della ricerca

  • Product Management

Frequenza

7 lezioni settimanali – 2h30 ognuna

Durata

8 mesi

Requisiti per l’Ammissione

– un Portfolio che mostri chiaramente la capacità creativa e di illustrazione del candidato

– un CV professionale e di studi dettagliato che includa: certificato di laurea o di diploma con la votazione conseguita

– una lettera di motivazione di 100 parole nella quale descrivere gli obiettivi professionali e di crescita e comunicare con chiarezza le ragioni e le motivazioni che spingono a volere partecipare al Master

– almeno una lettera di referenze dal datore di lavoro o dal docente

– conoscenza della lingua italiana o della lingua inglese.

Per accedere ai corsi master è obbligatorio sostenere un colloquio di orientamento e presentare la domanda di ammissione, consegnata durante il colloquio o scaricabile dal sito debitamente compilata.

 A proposito di Ermenegildo Zegna:

Il Gruppo Ermenegildo Zegna è leader nell’abbigliamento maschile di lusso e una delle realtà imprenditoriali più rinomate in Italia. Fondato nel 1910 a Trivero, sulle Alpi Biellesi, dal giovane imprenditore Ermenegildo Zegna che iniziò con una produzione di tessuti tra i più fini e pregiati al mondo, l’Azienda è oggi guidata dalla quarta generazione della Famiglia Zegna.

Con la fine degli anni ’90 il Gruppo ha completato la sua strategia di verticalizzazione e dato vita a un brand del lusso globale che produce tessuti, capi di abbigliamento e accessori, focalizzato sul retail – per lo più a gestione diretta – e pioniere nel penetrare i mercati emergenti.

Nel 2010 sono stati celebrati 100 anni di eccellenza. Oggi i negozi monomarca, presenti in 80 paesi, sono 570, di cui 300 di proprietà, Listencon un fatturato consolidato nel 2010 pari a 963 milioni di Euro.

 A proposito di Istituto Marangoni:

Istituto Marangoni nasce nel 1935. Da allora ha al suo attivo un bilancio formativo di tre generazioni di studenti ed è stato il trampolino di lancio per oltre 35.000 professionisti, tra i quali nomi importanti della moda internazionale come Domenico Dolce, Franco Moschino, Rodolfo Paglialunga, Umit Benan, Alessandro Sartori, Francesco Russo, e molti altri. La missione dell’Istituto Marangoni è sempre la stessa: creare professionisti per il sistema moda e design che abbiano una predisposizione al sapere e al saper fare e un’attitudine consolidata alla creatività, applicata alle necessità aziendali. Istituto Marangoni conta oggi 2.400 studenti provenienti da 92 differenti nazioni, che si dividono nei tre campus situati nelle tre capitali internazionali della moda, del design e della creatività: a Milano, a Parigi, e a Londra. L’offerta formativa propone corsi triennali, master e annuali a tutti i livelli.

 

 

PLANNING FOR THE BIG DAY

 

By Michelle LaBrosse, PMP®, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning, and Kristen LaBrosse, Co-Author, CAPM®

 

When a wedding invitation comes in the mail, my gut instinct is to leave it in the mailbox and have the mailman take it away to someone else who might actually want to attend. This is my thought for about two seconds, before logic sets in and I realize that wedding guests are not so replaceable, that I must reply to this RSVP either way, and that I better have a pretty good reason if I plan to reply with “not attending.” Now don’t misunderstand me, I love my family and friends, and wish nothing more than to spend time with them and celebrate their biggest moments in life. But going on my 30th year of attending weddings, quite regularly mind you, I have had quite enough of the chicken dance, bad cake, sloppy best man speeches, and most of all, the poorly planned wedding that causes frustration and boredom for all involved. That was my view on weddings, up until this last summer. A co-workers daughter invited me to her wedding and I prepared myself for the usual wedding scene, bringing along with me my iphone (for unexpected delays), some mints to share with the other guests as the night and the drinks wore on, and my sense of humor. To my surprise and relief, the wedding was the most smoothly run event I had been to in years! And the biggest shocker

of it all is that it went off without a hitch…in the middle of a hurricane! It was so much fun I completely lost track of time and danced the night away.

While I attributed my evening of surprising fun to great companions, a fantastic band, and amazing food, I also think the success of the event relied solely on the expert planning by all involved. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that any big experience that I had that was fun, adventurous, and successful sprouted from detailed and accurate planning. The concept of “planning fun” can sometimes be hard for those of us out there who like to “live in the moment” and who generally get nervous if too much planning takes place (you know who you are!). But the moment that you invite others to “live in your moment”, as you do while planning any sort of event, is when you need to make sure that good planning takes place to produce an event that is fun for all. Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning your big day, whether that be a wedding, job interview, holiday party, work retreat… or whatever!

Develop a scope statement. There is one thing worse than not planning at all, and that is planning for planning’s sake, without an end result or goal in mind. To keep this from happening, at the very beginning of planning your big day, develop a scope statement that focuses your planning efforts on one main goal. For example, let’s say you’re planning a work retreat for your company to improve communication and morale. Your scope statement could read: “Gather all current employees for a one day retreat to be held before the end of the year. Also, create a detailed 8 hour schedule of team building activities with the end goal of increased communication among employees, as measured by project success rates, and improved morale, as measured by employee satisfaction surveys.”

Select the planning team, and deliverables for each person. One of the best things about wearing a project manager hat is that once you define your project tasks, you don’t have to go at it alone. Master the art of delegating through your PM powers of influence and negotiation, and define a team that will help you with your planning. Develop a Schedule. Decide when your big day will take place, and work backwards from there to see what you will need to make your big day a success. Remember, you are not a machine, so make it easier for yourself to remember due dates of deliverables by creating a calendar and setting reminder alarms to go off on your phone. Also, ensure that everyone on your project team is accountable for their deliverables as well by publicly displaying the schedule (Google calendars, or a company’s shared workspace) so that there is no confusion over who is responsible for what.

Develop a Budget. Nothing sucks the fun out of planning (yes, planning can be fun!) like running out of money when half the deliverables are accomplished. Develop a budget that prioritizes the activities that “must be done” first, leaving secondary items for money left over. For example, when you are preparing for a job interview, it might be “nice” to get your hair cut and colored before you go to your interview, but it is a “must have” to have

appropriate clothing and your resume printed. Save the nice-to-have’s for last to make sure you are planning for success.

Risk Planning. The last thing that you want when planning for a big day is what could potentially go wrong. But that is exactly what needs to happen before your big day. To do this, use your imagination, your team members, friends, and coworkers to get a good idea of what could happen if things don’t go as planned, and then come up with ways to mitigate these risks. For the wedding I attended that took place during a hurricane, the risk plan included getting umbrellas that complimented the wedding party’s dresses and to make sure the wedding facilities had back up plans if the electricity went down.

Have Fun! All that planning can be stressful and time consuming, but the payoff for your big day makes it all worth it. Do your big day the right way, with good project management planning. Before you know it, even the most klutzy of guests (like me) will be dancing the night away!

 

About the Author:

Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, is an entrepreneurial powerhouse with a penchant for making success easy, fun, and fast. She is the founder of Cheetah Learning, the author of the Cheetah Success Series, and a prolific blogger whose mission is to bring Project Management to the masses.

Cheetah Learning is a virtual company with 100 employees, contractors, and licensees worldwide. To date, more than 30,000 people have become “Cheetahs” using Cheetah Learning’s innovative Project Management and accelerated learning techniques.

Recently honored by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), Cheetah Learning was named Professional Development Provider of the Year at the 2008 PMI® Global Congress. A dynamic keynote speaker and industry thought leader, Michelle was previously recognized by PMI as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Project Management in the world. Michelle’s articles have appeared in more than 100 publications and Web sites around the world. Her monthly column, the Know How Network is carried by more than 400 publications, and her monthly newsletter goes out to more than 50,000 people. She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner President Manager’s (OPM) program and also holds engineering degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Dayton.

 

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