The Bridge on The River Kwai (1957)

9 09 2010

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The film deals with the situation of British prisoners of war during World War II who are ordered to build a bridge to accommodate the Burma-Siam railway. Their instinct is to sabotage the bridge but, under the leadership of Colonel Nicholson, they are persuaded that the bridge should be constructed as a symbol of British morale, spirit and dignity in adverse circumstances. At first, the prisoners admire Nicholson when he bravely endures torture rather than compromise his principles for the benefit of the Japanese commandant Saito. He is an honorable but arrogant man, who is slowly revealed to be a deluded obsessive. He convinces himself that the bridge is a monument to British character, but actually is a monument to himself, and his insistence on its construction becomes a subtle form of collaboration with the enemy. Unknown to him, the Allies have sent a mission into the jungle, led by Warden and an American, Shears, to blow up the bridge.

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Remember the Titans (2000)

9 09 2010


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Suburban Virginia schools have been segregated for generations, in sight of the Washington Monument over the river in the nation’s capital. One Black and one White high school are closed and the students sent to T.C. Williams High School under federal mandate to integrate. The year is seen through the eyes of the football team where the man hired to coach the Black school is made head coach over the highly successful white coach. Based on the actual events of 1971, the team becomes the unifying symbol for the community as the boys and the adults learn to depend on and trust each other.

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Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

9 09 2010

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Insurance investigator Maindrian Pace and his team lead double-lives as unstoppable car thieves. When a South American drug lord pays Pace to steal 48 cars for him, all but one, a 1973 Ford Mustang, are in the bag. As Pace prepares to rip-off the fastback, codenamed “Eleanor”, in Long Beach, he is unaware that his boss has tipped off the police after a business dispute. Detectives are waiting and pursue Pace through five cities as he desperately tries to get away.

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12 Angry Men (1957)

9 09 2010

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The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case of murder soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors’ prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other. Based on the play, all of the action takes place on the stage of the jury room. 

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All The King’s Men (1949)

9 09 2010

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All The King’s Men is the story of the rise of politician Willie Stark from a rural county seat to the spotlight. Along the way, he loses his initial innocence, and becomes just as corrupt as those who he assaulted before for this characteristic. Also included is the romance between one of his “right hand women” and the up-and-coming journalist who brings Stark to prominence.

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Communicating 360 Degrees

27 08 2010


The Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK) states that a project manager communicates at least 90% of the time through written and oral correspondence.  The project manager delivers information to the project sponsors, the client, functional managers, stakeholders and project team.  This equates to 360 degrees.

Three hundred and sixty degrees of communication specifically means communicating information at different levels based on the participant’s positions and need to know. The following is a simple example: 

o       Executive level  –  Sponsor / Client 

o       Mid-level  –  Functional Managers / Stakeholders 

o       Subordinates  –  Team Members 

For maximum effectiveness, different modes of communication are needed for each group.    


Sponsor / Client – Executive, Top-level Communication 

Executives generally want concise and straight to the point communication.  Executives want answers not questions.  The project manager needs to provide factual information with accurate cost analysis.  A positive, “can do” attitude combined with excellent problem-solving skills is essential for gaining the confidence of the sponsor / client.  One golden rule:  Never surprise a sponsor or client!  Always keep them well-informed. 

These suggestions are applicable for written correspondence.  Oral correspondence requires other tactics based on the individual’s behavior style as these styles drive how a person wants to receive information. 

People respond more favorably if information is provided to them in ways that correspond to their behavior styles.  Some people want: 

1        A high level overview with little details (bullets) 

2        A high level overview with many facts and statistical analysis 

3        The reporting style:  who, what, where, when, why, and how  

4        To know how this information relates to the people involved  

 Example:  The head of the hospital calls a meeting.  His goal is to increase revenue.  His presentation consists of facts and statistics to back-up his plan.  

The participants in the audience who appreciate a high level overview which includes facts and statistical analysis would be comfortable with this presentation.   Conversely, ”big picture” attendants would become glossy eyed after the first five minutes; they are not detail-oriented.  However, one-dimensional communication is rarely inclusive enough.  If there are mixed behaviors in the audience present the information using all four dimensions.    Know your audience and deliver the message in the dimension(s) that best fits. 


Functional Managers / Stakeholders, Mid-level Communication 

 When communicating with peers, put yourself in their place and turn the dial to the radio station – WIIFM (what is in it for me).  Functional managers and stakeholders will be more likely to support a project if they understand how it benefits them or the organization.  Demonstrate how the project will solve a problem, improve productivity, save time / money then relate how this directly benefits them. 


Project Team, Subordinate level of communication 

The project team is actively involved in the project.  It is their responsibility to define, execute and control the tasks identified for the project.  It is important to follow the “Communication Matrix” and provide information as it relates to their specific responsibilities.  Do not over-whelm the team members with too much or unnecessary information.   



About Us

27 08 2010


Executive Summary

Corporate-Copia, LLC is a female owned small business with a “cornucopia” of talent and expertise.  Our team has developed and delivered project management, and leadership curricula to hundreds of clients since 1998.   Participants ranged from engineers, IT professionals, architects and administrators.  Our philosophy echo’s Adler (1982) “All genuine learning is active, not passive.  It is a process of discovery in which the student is the main agent, not the teacher”.  The participants learn from each other by interacting in the workshop and by sharing relevant work experiences and their “best practices”.


Core Team

Jan Smid, MPM

Jan Smid, President of Corporate-Copia, LLC, is both a business and academic professional with a wide range of project management and leadership curriculum development, assessment and training experience.  For more than 15 years in Norway and England, Jan contracted with Oxford and Cambridge to deliver certification programs. 

Jan has a Master’s degree in Project Management  (MPM) and a Bachelors of Science in Education.  Jan is an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and has held various offices prior to starting Corporate-Copia, LLC .  She held he offices of Public Relations (PR) Chair for the Sales and Marketing SIG and is on the Member Advisory Board for PMI National.  Jan presented a paper “What?  Project Management for Sales and Marketing?” at the PMI national symposium in October, 1999 and was most recently presented as a PMI Global Congress 2010 Speaker.

 Leza Brown, PMP

Leza Brown, Partner and Trainer for Corporate-Copia, LLC. is highly regarded for her excellent customer service delivery and winning training strategies. Leza has a Bachelors of Business Administration and is a veteran of the US Army drawing on over 19 years of corporate and government experience and an entrepreneurial spirit. She possesses a distinct ability to connect with her audiences, employing a win-win methodology to every endeavor. As a  certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2006, Leza is also trained in Six Sigma methodology and is a results oriented Project Management educator and Mentor.


Areas of expertise


01 Aerospace & Defense
02 Automation Systems
03 Automotive
04 Communications
05 Configuration Mgmt
06 Consulting
07 Design-Procurement-Construction
08 Diversity
09 E-Business
10 Education & Training
11 Environmental Mgmt
12 Financial Services
13 Government
14 Healthcare
15 Hospitality Mgmt
16 Human Resources
17 Information Systems
18 International Development
19  Manufacturing
20 Marketing & Sales
21 Metrics
22 New Product Development
23 Oil, Gas, Petrochemical
24 Performance Management
25 Pharmaceutical
26 PMO
27 Quality in Project Mgmt
28 Retail
29 Risk Mgmt
30 Scheduling
31 Service & Outsourcing
32 Students of PM
33 Troubled Projects
34 Utility Industry
35 Women In Project Mgmt




Fall Classes for PDUs

23 08 2010

Corporate-Copia is announcing

Fall Classes for PDUs

Three Saturdays starting October, 2010


October 9 – Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a powerful tool that demonstrates through interactive activities why we and others act the way we do.  This basic understanding helps us interact more effectively with others.  Knowing ourselves and how we interact with other types empowers us to respond positively in any given situation as a team leader, team member or project manager

November 13 – Motivating Your Team – Change is inevitable!   The problems and challenges that occur because of change are addressed in this workshop.  Learn how to plan for change.  Become a proactive change agent.

 This workshop provides a template on how to plan for change.  The participants, working in teams, complete case study based assignments.  A template is provided for practical use in the workplace.

December 11 – Negotiation Skills enhances project managers negotiating proficiency.  This workshop strategies for preparing for negotiations, as well as, emphasizing  processes and methods of conflict resolution.  Participants are given the opportunity to employ negotiation skills using a class scenario.

Where:  Keller Graduate School of Business, Gwinnett, Koger Center.

Cost:  Each class is $199 all three $499.  7 PDUs for each day – 21 total

Contact us: 

Jan Smid, 678-417-9993 or 404-660-5393,

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Classic Movies for PDUs Registration

6 08 2010
Course # Title and Movie
 V1947  Power and Leadership Based on All the Kings Men Main Topics:  Ethics, Power and Leadership Styles
 V1948  Leadership and Team Building with Denzel – Remember the Titans Main Topics:  Team Building, Leadership Skills and Conflict
 V1949  Losing Site of the Goal – Bridge on the River Kwai Main Topics:  Vision, Leadership, Power, Motivation, Conflict
 V1950  Learning the Influence through 12 Angry Men Main Topics:  Influence, Power and Leadership Styles
 V1951  Gone in 60 Seconds – Prove It!Main Topics:  Schedule Development and Risks

Classic Movies for PDUs

6 08 2010


 Act now! Is time running out for you to earn PDUs to maintain your PMP Certification? Corporate-Copia now offers a fast and cost-effective way to help… Watch Classic Movies for PDUs. It’s that simple.

Earn reasonably priced PDUs from the comfort of your own home – learn by example!Each movie depicts interpersonal skills necessary for a successful project manager. Certain competencies are targeted for each video. Exercises, readings and assessments based on these competencies are completed before viewing the video. Questions pertaining to these competencies are answered and submitted electronically to one of our instructors. A certificate of completion for 6 PDUs is provided upon review of the answers.

Movies approved by PMI:

How do I sign up?

  1. Sign-up by calling 404-660-5393 or email us at
  2. Choose and watch the movie – don’t forget the popcorn (No worries, movies can be viewed online or from the library for free)
  3. Receive assessments, exercises and questions based on competencies seen in the movie
  4. Complete assignments and Email to designated instructors

Voila! 6 PDUs

More movies to come!