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Jim MillikenJim Milliken, PMP, is a consultant and coach who specializes in helping individuals and organizations become more productive and communicate more effectively. The goal always is higher quality of output with reduced quantity of input. For the organization, that means economy of resources and maximization of value. For the individual, it means reduction in waste and hassle, better results, greater satisfaction and more success.

He has shared his experiences and insights for years in newspaper columns and in presentations to organizations of all kinds. For several years now, Jim has blogged about the realities, challenges and solutions across the spectrum of management.

Jim Milliken opened his independent consultancy in Project Management, Communication Skills and related topics/services in late 1986, after a career as newspaper writer/editor/manager that had begun in 1959.

The knowledge and skills of his two careers have produced a set of services that cover:
    all kinds of communication –Writing, Grammar, Editing, Advertising . . . Public Speaking, Salesmanship, Negotiating, Conflict Management, Relationship-Building;

    a broad sector of management – Project Management, Delegating, Supervision, Essentials of Management.

To learn more, give Jim a call at 207-808-8878 or email him.

Besides developing and serving his own clients directly, he has worked in long-term or short-term relationships with institutions such as:

  • The University of Southern Maine
  • The University of New Hampshire
  • Boston University
  • Northeastern University
  • Central Maine Community College
  • Southern Maine Community College
  • New Hampshire Technical Institute
  • The New England Institute of Law Enforcement Management
  • Maine Medical Center
  • Central Maine Medical Center
  • Southern Maine Medical Center
  • Numerous hospitals in Maine and New Hampshire
  • Maine Marine Trades Assocation
  • Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association
  • Renaissance Executive Forum
  • Portland Regional Chamber
  • Maine Career Centers

Since the late 1990s, Jim Milliken has been active as:

   an officer, chair and participant in The Maine Chapter, Project Management Institute (Newsletter Editor, Project Manager for the Project of the Year competition, Board Member, holder of the Project Management Professional certification);

   former Marketing Committee chair of the Portland Regional Chamber;

   former Marketing Committee Chair of USM Corporate Partners.

The Delegator-Delegatee Assessment, an individualized tool developed by Jim Milliken, is available in booklet form through CRM Learning of Carlsbad, California (1-800-421-0833).
Delegating for Diehards, a video training tool, was produced by CRM Learning, using Jim Milliken's Delegating Skills designs and consultation services.

Jim Milliken works as an independent, occasionally participating in ad-hoc partnerships with other consultants and organizations. His base of operations is in Portland, Maine, and his current service area is New England, although he occasionally delivers services elsewhere in the United States and in Canada.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

EDITOR, New Hampshire Times
May-November 1986
Was brought on board on a project basis to take statewide weekly newspaper of 15,000 circulation into Total Market Coverage system of 306,000 circulation, adding staff, news sections and related elements. Accomplished in five months a project originally expected to take a year. The newspaper suspended publication a month after launch of the new design, for reasons unrelated to the news operation.

MANAGING EDITOR, The Nashua Telegraph
September 1982-May 1986
Reorganized newsroom procedures to overcome chronic deadline problems, managed large special edition projects, handled staff training and problem solving; performed staff management and desk functions, backed up the Editor.

VICE PRESIDENT/OPERATIONS, James Newspapers
September 1981-February 1982
Traveled among group of small weekly newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire, working on productivity/quality issues and handling duties of editor and general manager as necessary.

PREVIOUS NEWSPAPER POSITIONS
January 1959-May 1981
Was Managing Editor or City Editor, and held other professional positions at daily newspapers of 20,000 to 120,000 circulation in New York, Michigan, Ohio and Maine. Headed a project attempting to establish a statewide weekly newspaper in Maine.

CONCURRENT EXPERIENCE


Design and manage classroom and online courses in Communication, Project Management and related topics. Is a certrified Master Reviewer of online college courses for Quality Matters.

Since 1970, has held part-time college and night-school teaching positions in subjects such as newswriting and press release writing; advertising, salesmanship, communication and leadership/management.

Presented a full-credit undergraduate course in Advertising/Promotion at the University of New Hampshire for 15 years, and a similar course in Personal Selling there for five years. Presented a full-credit undergraduate course in Project Management at the University of Southern Maine for one semester. Presented a full-credit undergraduate course in Business Communication, in both online and classroom versions, at Saint Joseph's College of Maine for several years. Presented a graduate-level hybrid (online/classroom) course in Dispute Resolution for Northeastern University for one semester.

Consult with individuals and organizations on resume design, speechwriting and newsletter writing/editing as well as career management for beginners and career changers.

Write free-lance articles on various subjects for magazines, newspapers and other clients; blog regularly at JimMillikenProject.blogspot.com.

PROFESSIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL CREDENTIALS

Project Management Professional Certification, Project Management Institute

Former Master Reviewer for online college courses, Quality Matters Program
AB English Literature, College of the Holy Cross
Urban Journalism Program Certification, Northwestern University
Numerous professional workshops in leadership, management, project management, communication skills and journalism.

 

 


Organizations need frequent tune-ups to maintain effective workflow amid change. Jim has long experience – plus creative tools -- to help executives analyze their organizations, then design and implement better ways.
Project Management is the 21st-century model for managing complex, risky innovations to on-time outcomes within budget. Jim Milliken offers workplace-tested designs in customized formats for onsite implementation and classroom training.
Communication is the lifeblood of human organization, in small partnerships and large corporations – and the pipeline to their markets. Jim provides practical approaches to all the oral and written forms.
Personal Productivity is fundamental, and it consists of skills that can be examined, practiced and perfected. Likewise Leadership and Supervision. Jim has common-sense training designs for dozens of these essentials.

 

 

There is no obligation, financial or otherwise, arising from a preliminary discussion of consultation or training solutions.

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