Junction 32 Blog

9 Steps to Breaking Down Projects from a Project & Resource Manager

Joanna Easley January 17, 2018

I’m a huge fan of word searches. There’s just something about finding words hidden within all the letters that makes me feel accomplished. After scanning the page of letters intently, it’s as though the words literally jump off the page. I quickly highlight them and move to the next word hoping to complete the entire puzzle in under 90 seconds.

Project management is basically a giant word search.

There is a method to the madness; it’s all about identifying the key parts of the process to bring order to the chaos. Since I love doing that, I’m here to give you all the hints to the puzzle! After 4+ years of experience in project and resource management, these are nine steps I follow when helping my organization choose and complete projects. Whether you’re a PM by trade, a small business owner managing all your own projects, a volunteer project lead for a nonprofit or just researching the industry, these tips are for you.

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6 Articles on Personal Brand You Need to Read in 2018

Joanna Easley January 8, 2018

If you could write down the best version of yourself and insert it into others’ minds, would you?

Would you believe me if I told you it’s possible?

Crafting a strong personal brand can push your influence to new heights and set a lasting impression with those around you. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, intrapreneur, volunteer or homemaker, a strategic personal brand will set you apart. It isn’t a question of whether your personal brand exists—it already does—but, does it say what you want it to say?

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The Words We Use Matter (And Other Lessons From INBOUND 2017)

Joanna Easley December 11, 2017

In September, Jules and I had the pleasure of representing Junction 32 at Hubspot’s Inbound Conference. As customers, content consumers, and raving fans of Hubspot... our expectations were high.  

As soon as we stepped into the conference center, I realized I had done Hubspot an injustice. My bar for them wasn’t high enough! From signs welcoming me to Boston in the airport to my first entrance into Club Inbound, my expectations were immediately overshadowed by the presentation of this beautifully orchestrated and organized event.

A company can put on an aesthetically captivating event, but does the content match? Environment, perks, and attractions are great, but what will I walk away with to use tomorrow? The answer: inspiring content. When Brené Brown hit the stage, I became a true disciple. Boy, did Brené deliver to kick off Inbound in an impactful way. Since you weren’t able to join me to see the lights, the sets, the energy that is Inbound Conference, let me give you 3 takeaways from Brené Brown that will truly change the way you work, live, and connect with others in America today.

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Cat Herding: A Personal Perspective on Working with Visionaries & Creatives

Joanna Easley December 8, 2017

Have you ever heard the phrase “herding cats”?

Normally it’s delivered with sarcasm, an eye roll, and a knowing laugh from those listening.

I play the role of cat herder for Junction 32; but, I say that with affection and you’ll read why.

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