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  • (Video) Project Management is a Performance (And Why That Idea Matters), with author Cathy Salit

    Total Duration 59:13

    Download episode 149

    All the World's a Stage

    Could it be that everything we do is a performance? Every interaction, at work and at home? That's the premise of Cathy Salit's new book Performance Breakthrough: A Radical Approach to Success at Work. In this episode, we'll talk with Cathy why this performance idea can make all the difference in your ability to learn and grow.

    To learn more about Cathy, please visit her website at: http://PerformanceOfALifetime.com/.

    Thank you for joining me for this video episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

     

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  • 4 Rules to Help Project Managers Focus in a Distracted World, with Cal Newport

    Total Duration 32:32

    Download episode 144

    Out of the Shallows

    Project managers are constantly tasked with juggling priorities and managing interruptions. We live in the shallows, so to speak, not the deep. Getting time for focused work seems increasingly difficult. In his new book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, Cal Newport offers 4 rules to help us out of the distraction:

    • Work Deeply. There are strategies to get more concentrated work time.
    • Embrace Boredom. Don't try to cram in something to every spare moment.
    • Quit Social Media. Give Cal a chance to make his case before writing this one off!
    • Drain the Shallows. There's some low-hanging fruit we can get rid of to gain more focused time.

    To learn more about Cal and his book, please visit his website at: http://calnewport.com/books/deep-work/. Make sure to check out his popular blog.

    Celebration Special Discount

    We're celebrating the launch of our e-learning on a new platform! You can now find our courses at http://courses.i-leadonline.com. The first 25 people who purchase our Essentials of Project Management or Advanced Project Management e-learning offerings using the coupon code FEBRUARY-16 will get $200 USD off the price. This offer is good until the end of February 2016, or when 25 people have enrolled. Celebrate with us while getting PDUs/contact hours for a great price!

    Join us in this year's Leadership Fast Track Program! There's an early bird discount available for listeners to the podcast. To learn more, go to http://LeadershipFastTrackProgram.com.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    P.S. For a follow-up article on Cal's book, check out my LinkedIn post by clicking here. Thanks!

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  • A Revolutionary Way for Project Managers to Influence and Persuade, with Dr. Robert Cialdini

    Total Duration 53:17

    Download episode 157

    Project Managers Influencing Without Authority

    Increasingly, project managers need to influence, but do so without authority. Often, without much if any positional power, we need to get a sponsor or team member or other stakeholder to say "Yes". There's no shortage of books on influence, but there's a new one I have been so excited to tell you about. If you've participated in any of our project management or leadership keynotes, workshops, or e-learning, you've heard me talk about Dr. Robert Cialdini, the acclaimed influence expert and author of Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion.

    In this episode, Dr. Cialdini joins us to talk about his newest book entitled Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade. You can learn more about Bob and his company at http://www.influenceatwork.com/.

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    Project managers face conflict on a daily basis. Learn practical skills while earning PDU's. Learn more at http://courses.i-leadonline.com/courses/beyond-the-rock-and-the-hard-place.

    Add Your Voice to Our Upcoming New Year's Episode!

    What's something you've learned in the last year? I'd love to have you share it in our upcoming New Year's episode. There are two ways to add your voice to the episode:

    • Leave your lesson in a voicemail on our Listener Feedback Line at 847-550-3747.
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    Please include your name, your location, and a 3-minute or less summary of something you've learned in the last year. It could be something from one of our podcasts. Or it could be from a book or experience. Share it with our project leadership community around the world! I look forward to hearing from you!

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • Accountability That Works! An interview with author and speaker John G. Miller

    Accountability.

    It's an easy word to say, but when it comes to practicing it, whether on a personal level or across an organization, it's often not practiced (or practiced well). A recurring theme I hear from project managers and leaders is that their organization struggles with accountability.

    John G. Miller is my "go to" person when it comes to the topic of personal accountability. John's book QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life has sold nearly a million copies since it hit the streets some years back. 

    Total Duration 21:36


    Download episode 20

  • Be a Better Leader: Do Nothing! An interview with Keith Murnighan

    Total Duration 20:51

    Download episode 75

     

    Is it possible that we make difficult situations worse by overmanaging them? Keith Murnighan responds with a resounding "Absolutely!" In the next two episodes I talk with Keith about his new book Do Nothing!: How to Stop Overmanaging and Become a Great Leader, which hits the shelves this week. Keith will tell us how we can, perhaps surprisingly so, be more successful when we Do Nothing!

    Make Sure to Listen to The Rest of the Interview

    Join us in the next episode when Keith will talk about such heresy as ignoring performance goals and de-emphasizing profits. I trust you'll find it helpful in your quest to more effectively lead and deliver.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • Become a More Effective Leader Using the Latest Brain Science

    Total Duration 35:48

    Download episode 32

    It's so easy to get into a rut. Whether it's on a personal basis, a project team, or even an organization, it's easy to keep doing things the way we've always done them.

    Actually, the brain kind of likes it when we go on auto-pilot. This allows the brain to focus on the more important matters before us, like the stare your boss is giving you when you're trying to reply to a message on your Blackberry during her staff meeting!

    Each year we learn more about how the brain works and how we can use that knowledge to better meet the challenges we face. In this episode I interview Madeleine Van Hecke and Brad Kolar, co-authors of the book The Brain Advantage: Become a More Effective Business Leader Using the Latest Brain Research. Make sure to check out the website for their book at www.TheBrainAdvantage.com.

    You can get your copy of Madeleine's book Blind Spots: Why Smart People Do Dumb Things on Amazon. It's a great read!

    One way to snap out of the old way of doing things is to bring new thinking into your organization. Do you have an upcoming company meeting or retreat? We have keynote presentations that can inspire and motivate your teams to successfully deliver the projects and lead their teams. Give us a call at (866) 884-5323 to learn more.

    I invite you to join me next time when I talk with Harvard Professor Dr. Richard Hackman. Richard is world renowned expert on how teams work, and we'll discuss his excellent book entitled Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances. Thanks for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • Being a Student of PM, with Josh Nankivel

    Episode Duration 28:27

    Download episode 45

    So, let me ask you.... Are you a student of your profession? Conferences are a great way to invest in your learning--it's one way to remain a student. But how else do you make sure you continue to learn? Listening to this podcast is a clear way to keep growing, and each month we have more premium subscribers who get additional content that supplements these episodes with more personalized coaching.

    For this episode I wanted to focus on those who are in project management roles or who aspire to be there someday. There are many great resources for being a student of project management. And one of my favorite resources is pmStudent.

    Josh also mentioned the following sites:

    Thank you for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • Career Success Hacks for Project Managers, with Bruce Harpham

    Total Duration 27:58

    Download episode 145

    Introducing Bruce Harpham

    In this episode I welcome Bruce Harpham from ProjectManagementHacks.com. Bruce is a regular blogger on topics related to career advancement for project managers. Check out his website and sign-up for a free copy of his Career Advancement Workbook.

    Give the Gift of Learning to Your Administrative Assistant!

    On April 27, 2016, administrative assistants around the world will be celebrated as part of Administrative Professionals' Day. Here's a bit of advice: take your assistant out to lunch! Treat them extra special! And how about this--give them the gift of learning!

    Our Effective Administrative Assistant Webinar Series starts up on April 14. I'll be leading a series of two-hour webinars designed especially to help your admin improve their ability to get things done. Learn more at http://courses.i-leadonline.com/courses/the-effective-administrative-assistant-webinar-series. Use a coupon code of admin-gift-16 to save $59 USD off the price. Thanks for spreading the word about this!

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • Change Anything, with best-selling author Kerry Patterson

    Total Duration 27:07

    Download episode 55

    This episode is sponsored by The Dirty Little Secret of Business e-learning program. What is the dirty little secret of business? It all comes down to relationships. This e-learning program gives you practical insights on how to improve your ability to lead and deliver by developing relationships. Go to http://www.nanacast.com/dirty-little-secret and use the coupon code JULY-11-SECRET to save 50% during the month of July.

    So let me ask you a question: How strong is your willpower? When you want to make a change, how successful are you at not only making it but also sustaining it?

    Whether at work or outside, whether personally or with a group of people, learning how to effectively change is critical. And it needs to start with us individually.

    One of my favorite books of the year just came out. It's entitled Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success and it is from the authors of Crucial Conversations, Crucial Confrontations, and Influencer: The Power to Change Anything. I had the real pleasure of talking with author Kerry Patterson earlier this month and look forward to sharing that interview with you in this episode.

    You can learn more about Kerry's organization by visiting http://www.vitalsmarts.com.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential

    Another Day in the Salt Mine!

    One of the many things I love about my job is that I get to intersect with hundreds of organizations. As I walked into the office of one my large financial services customers recently, I took a moment to watch the body language of the people as they walked through the doors to start their day. I've learned you can tell a lot about a company by watching the employees.

    Do you want to know what I saw? In words it might sound like this: "Well, it's another day. I'm going to be working on another project. Hopefully it will be successful so I can get another promotion (which sounds a lot better than looking for another job!)."

    Engaging Our Teams

    For those who lead teams or departments or even companies, you know there are people who walk into your organization each day that just aren't as engaged as they could be. What can we do as leaders of people and projects to more effectively engage our teams?

    In this episode I interview author and Harvard Business professor Robert Steven Kaplan. Rob is the author of What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential. I've learned that getting better results doesn't always come down to knowing answers. Rather, it can come from asking better questions. In this interview you'll hear from Rob what questions can help us be more effective leaders.

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    Please take a minute to stop by our podcast Facebook page! I invite you to Like it and the join the discussion.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    Total Duration 27:33

    Download episode 71

  • Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential

    Another Day in the Salt Mine!

    One of the many things I love about my job is that I get to intersect with hundreds of organizations. As I walked into the office of one my large financial services customers recently, I took a moment to watch the body language of the people as they walked through the doors to start their day. I've learned you can tell a lot about a company by watching the employees.

    Do you want to know what I saw? In words it might sound like this: "Well, it's another day. I'm going to be working on another project. Hopefully it will be successful so I can get another promotion (which sounds a lot better than looking for another job!)."

    Engaging Our Teams

    For those who lead teams or departments or even companies, you know there are people who walk into your organization each day that just aren't as engaged as they could be. What can we do as leaders of people and projects to more effectively engage our teams?

    In this episode I interview author and Harvard Business professor Robert Steven Kaplan. Rob is the author of What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential. I've learned that getting better results doesn't always come down to knowing answers. Rather, it can come from asking better questions. In this interview you'll hear from Rob what questions can help us be more effective leaders.

     

    Join our Facebook Page

     

    Please take a minute to stop by our podcast Facebook page! I invite you to Like it and the join the discussion.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    Total Duration 27:33

     

    Download episode 71

  • Delivering Projects Through People, with author Dave Po-Chedley, PMP

    Total Duration 32:12

    Download episode 35

    If you've followed this podcast or attended one of my keynotes on project management or leadership, you've likely caught onto my bias that the biggest successes, the biggest joys, the biggest failures, and the biggest stresses often come down to the same thing: people. Project management is ultimately people management.

    Success with people management--and thus project management--can significantly depend on our effectiveness in areas such as communication, influence, and building relationships. One of the freshest voices on the people side of project management is consultant Dave Po-Chedley, PMP, author of Client Relationship Management: How to Turn Client Relationships into a Competitive Advantage. I had the opportunity to catch up with Dave recently and look forward to sharing that interview with you in this episode.

    I invite you to learn more about Dave and the work of Cambridge Consulting (http://www.cambridgeconsult.com and http://www.pminsight.us).

    I want to let you know that Dave has graciously made two copies of his book Client Relationship Management available to our listeners. If you are a Premium Subscriber you are automatically entered into the drawing. If you're not a Premium Subscriber, send me an e-mail with “Book Drawing” as the subject. Two of our listeners will get Dave's book sent to them for free.

    One last thing: I received a message from a listener that I wanted to share with you:

    Hi Andy,

    I attended your 1-day tutorial at Better Software in June. That session was worth the price of the whole trip. Great, transformative stuff! I have since changed my listening habits in the car: I listen to management podcasts now. I decided to propose the Outlaw Team idea to my boss who leads an entire division in my company. He liked the idea and had me present it to his weekly leadership meeting. All the VPs liked the idea, with some suggestions. I then suggested action items to move it forward. My boss volunteered me to carry the ball. Yikes! Now I have to try and be the Andy Kaufman of our company. Nah. I'll just be me and see where we get. Never thought I'd go from eager student to mentoring others in leadership skills.

    Thanks for your great work! Charlie

    Well, congratulations to Charlie for taking action on the learning! Charlie also became a Premium Subscriber to this podcast.

    Are you a Charlie-kind-of-person, one who has a passion for developing themselves and those around them? If so, I recommend you join Charlie as a Premium Subscriber to The People and Projects Podcast! It's a great deal and provides you with additional tools for self and team development. Visit our website for details, including a discount available on the Annual Subscription.

    Thanks for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • Do Nothing! Part 2 of interview with Keith Murnighan

    Total Duration 19:00

    Download episode 76

    Beware: Management Heresy Ahead!

    In this episode I continue my discussion with Keith Murnighan about his new book entitled Do Nothing!: How to Stop Overmanaging and Become a Great Leader. In this episode Keith talks about why some long accepted management practices might just get in the way of our team successfully delivering. And you’ll find that he offers some intriguing alternatives to help you become a more effective leader. You can find the first part of the interview with Keith here.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • Eating Frogs and Throwing Skunks on the Table: The People Side of Project Management

    Total Duration 56:19

    Download episode 138

    The People Side of Project Management

    In this video episode, I share a discussion with three colleagues who are experts in the people side of project management. To learn more about my guests, please visit their websites at:

    What Do You Think?

    Please leave a message to let me know what you think about this video episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Here's how you can contact us:

    • Leave a message on our Listener Feedback Line at 847-550-3747
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    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • Energizing the Burned Out Project Manager, with author Tom Rath

    Total Duration 35:56

    Download episode 132

    Far From Fully Charged

    Would you say you typically roll out of bed, refreshed, well rested, ready to attack the challenges of the day? Or are your first waking moments more likely, "Seriously? It's time to get up already?"

    In this episode, we welcome back Tom Rath to discuss his new book Are You Fully Charged?: The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life. If you enjoy books with practical, evidence-based insights, you're in for a treat, and it will start making a difference on the day you crack the book open.

    To learn more about Tom and the book, visit his website at TomRath.org/book/are-you-fully-charged.

    You can catch my earlier discussion with Tom by visiting http://www.PeopleAndProjectsPodcast.com/106

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    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • Engaging Your Employees, with author Brad Federman

    Episode Duration 32:24

    Download episode 36

    Research would indicate that they may be less engaged than you think, which is why we're spending time in this episode with Brad Federman. Brad is the President of Performancepoint, a leading performance improvement company. Brad recently authored Employee Engagement: A Roadmap for Creating Profits, Optimizing Performance, and Increasing Loyalty. I had the opportunity to talk with Brad recently and look forward to sharing that interview with you in this episode.

    Thanks for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • Fierce Leadership, an interview with author Susan Scott

    Total Duration 29:04

    Download episode 11

    Being an effective leader of people and projects can often come down to having a good nose...Being able to sense that something just doesn't smell quite right!

    Learning to develop your ability to "sniff out problems" or "spot the tells"--those indications there are issues needing attention--is a key leadership skill developed through years of experience.

    It's also a theme of Susan Scott's new book released just this week entitled Fierce Leadership: A Bold Alternative to the Worst "Best" Practices of Business Today. I'm an enthusiastic admirer of Susan's book Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time and had the opportunity to catch up with Susan during this busy week of launching her new best seller.

    Do you have a friend or colleague who would benefit from interviews such as this one with Susan Scott? I invite you to send them a link to our podcast home page or to subscribe on iTunes.

    Special thanks to Susan Scott for joining us today! You can learn more about Susan and her company at http://www.fierceinc.com/. And thank you for joining us for this edition of The People and Projects Podcast!

  • Find Your Focus and Master Distraction with Peter Bregman, author of 18 Minutes

    Total Duration 27:37

    Download episode 64


    One of my favorite writers and voices on the topic of productivity is Peter Bregman. Peter recently released his newest book entitled 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done. I had the opportunity to spend some time with Peter recently and look forward to sharing that discussion with you in this episode.

    You can learn more about Peter at his website http://www.PeterBregman.com.

    Quick note: I'm always encouraged to hear from listeners and received this recently from Cheryl, who said,

    "I've been listening to your informative and inspiring podcasts and have found value in each one. I like your passion and sincerity. I benefit from the coaching delivered through your discussions with your engaging guests regarding leadership attitudes, skills and practices. I love that you call it the People and Projects podcast. My personal #1 rule is to take care of the people, and your podcasts cover the many dimensions of pursuing that objective. Thank you again for your great podcasts. I look forward to hearing more of them!"

    I certainly appreciate Cheryl's kind words. Her personal #1 rule is a good one, and is the heart of this podcast. If you get find these discussions valuable I invite you to take a moment and let some friends and colleagues know about The People and Projects Podcast. You can find us on the web, iTunes, and on Facebook.

    Speaking of Facebook, please take a minute to stop by our podcast Facebook page! I invite you to Like it and the join the discussion.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

     

  • Get Free PDUs for Listening to the People and Projects Podcast

    Episode Duration 2:12

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    If you're a PMP, you know that getting your 60 PDU's every three years is a requirement.
    Now it's actually not that difficult to get your 60, especially if you don't wait until the last month to get them!

    Did you know that you can rack up free PDU's just listening to The People and Projects Podcast? And the great news is that PMI has made it even easier to get those by learning through podcasts.

    Make your life easier and save some money. Earn free PDU's while you listen to each episode of The People and Projects Podcast. Follow this link to find out exactly how to claim your PDUs for this podcast:

    http://www.peopleandprojectspodcast.com/FreePDUs

    NOTE: The PDU rules have changed since this episode was first released. Make sure to get all the updated information you need at http://www.peopleandprojectspodcast.com/FreePDUs

    There are countless ways to get your required PDU's. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

    Thank you for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • Getting More Done with Less Stress, with guest Jason Womack

    Total Duration 26:12

    Download episode 6


    When I'm looking for insights on managing my time, I head to my friend and colleague Jason Womack.
    Jason is a great source of inspiration and fresh ideas for me when it comes to personal productivity.

    To learn more about Jason, I invite you to visit his website at http://www.jasonwomack.com/. Or just Google Jason's name and you'll find helpful articles and videos online.

    Thanks for listening to the People and Projects podcast!Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or toll-free at 866-884-5323 for ideas on how to help you and your team get more done with less stress.

  • Givers, Takers, and Matchers, A Discussion About Success with Dr. Adam Grant

    Can I Ask You a Favor?

    So let's say someone asks you for help. For a favor, let's say. What's your first reaction? Is it, "Sure! No problem! I'd love to help!"

    Perhaps most of us would like to think that's how we respond. Could your response vary, based on the situation?

    Let's modify the scenario. Let's say this person who is asking for help seems, in your mind, to have very little potential to help you in any meaningful way--now or in the future. Regardless of how you made that assessment, in economic terms, this favor would appear to have very little perceived return on investment.

    So, would you still help? Or would you scramble for an excuse to step away?

    Welcoming back Dr. Adam Grant

    My guest in this episode is Dr. Adam Grant. We talk about his new book released just this week entitled Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success. In this episode you'll hear Adam talk about givers, takers, and matchers, three reciprocity styles that form the basis of the book.

    I invite you to visit the book's website at at http://www.giveandtake.com. You can take his self-assessment on that site to learn your preferred style. Also, Adam mentions work done by Alison Fragale at University of North Carolina. Here's a link to an article summarizing her work regarding powerless communication: http://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/news/2010/07/the-power-of-powerless-speech

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    Total Duration 44:25

    Download episode 93

     

    Adam Grant on Success

    Here's a 5 minute clip of Adam summarizing the reciprocity styles.

    How can you avoid being a doormat?

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  • Great on the Job, with author and Harvard blogger Jodi Glickman

    Total Duration 30:48

    Download episode 51

    Last week I facilitated a tutorial and delivered a new keynote to over 800 people at the STAREAST conference in Orlando. It had been a while since our family had visited Florida so I had the opportunity to bring my wife and three children along, which was great! Between speaking engagements we had the opportunity to spend time at Disney and if you've spent any time at a Disney park, chances are customer service and quality come to mind. People at Disney know how to be great on the job. They are patient with demanding customers and seemingly cool under the heat of the Florida sun.
    What does it take to be great on the job?As it turns out, there's a book by that name out this week by Jodi Glickman. I had the opportunity to catch up with Jodi recently and look forward to sharing that interview about her book with you this week.

    Learn more about Jodi's organization at http://greatonthejob.com. You can also find her HBR posts at http://blogs.hbr.org/glickman.

    Thank you for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • Hire the Younger or Older Project Manager? Does Age Matter?

    Total Duration 7:10

    Download episode 115

    Introducing Our Coach Cast Episodes

    With this episode we introduce a new type of episode that we're calling Coach Casts. Instead of a 30-45 minute episode centered around a book or author, I'll be sharing a 5-10 snapshot of something that I've been learning and what to share with you.

    In this first Coach Cast, we start with what can be a controversial subject. We're not really supposed to talk about age when it comes to hiring. Or promoting. Or delegating responsibility. But biases can exist. Whether it's a bias that someone seems too old or too young, it's easy for that bias to keep us from making the best decision.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • Honoring a Project Management Legacy, with Max Wideman

    Total Duration 36:07

    Download episode 131

    A Lifetime of Commitment to Project Management

    In this episode, we speak with Max Wideman, one of the original authors of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (in fact, he coined the term "PMBOK Guide"). Today Max continues to share his insights on project management on his information-packed website MaxWideman.com.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • How Adam Smith Can Make You a Better Project Manager, with guest Russ Roberts

    Total Duration 49:15

    Download episode 124

    Adam Smith, Project Manager

    If you studied economics at some point you most likely learned about Adam Smith. He's often revered as the Father of Modern Economics, but could it be that project managers could learn more than economics from Adam Smith? Is it possible that his lesser known book The Theory of Moral Sentiments, published in 1759, could help us become better project managers and leaders?

    My guest today is Russ Roberts, author of How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness. I'm a big fan of Russ' EconTalk podcast, and I think you're going to find his new book about Adam Smith very intriguing!

    Please e-mail me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a message on our Listener Feedback Line (847-550-3747), letting me know what you think about this conversation with Russ. How do you implement these ideas? What questions do you have? I look forward to hearing from you!

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  • How Agile Are You? An interview with author Andy Crowe, PMP, PgMP, PMI-ACP

    Agile is getting plenty of attention these days and for good reasons. When done well on aligned projects, great customer value can be delivered.

    Many people who listen to this podcast are certified PMP’s or are at least considering certification in the future. You may be aware that Project Management Institute has a relatively new agile certification: the PMI-ACP℠. One of the best new books available to help people pass the ACP exam is from Andy Crowe. You likely know Andy as the author of the popular book entitled The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try. Andy recently released The PMI-ACP Exam: How To Pass On Your First Try.

    In this episode, I talk with Andy about agile, about the certification, and about project management overall.

    Links to Resources

    To learn more from Andy, check out his blog at http://www.velociteach.com/blog/. I invite you to check out his books on Amazon, including

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    Total Duration 23:54

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  • How Engaged Are Your Teams? Got Conflict? A conversation with Kenneth W. Thomas, author of "Intrinsic Motivation at Work"

    Episode Duration 32:42

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    So take a look around you. How engaged would you say the people are in your organization?

    Each workplace is unique but here's a dose of reality: Some research shows only 29% of North American employees are fully engaged. That's a lot of productivity being left on the table.

    Particularly during challenging economic times, it's essential for our teams to be fully engaged and committed to project and organizational success. But how are they going to go the extra mile if they aren't engaged?

    One of my heroes in business over the years is Kenneth W. Thomas. If you've sat through any of my leadership or conflict management sessions, you've likely heard me refer to Ken. His research and writing on managing conflict has significantly impacted me. Ken is a co-author of the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI).

    Ken is also the author of the new book Intrinsic Motivation at Work: What Really Drives Employee Engagement, published by Berrett-Koehler and ASTD. This book is an easy read: informal yet packed with great insights to help you engage your teams.

    Whether it's Ken's work on conflict or engaging the workforce, Ken is a clear and strong voice that offers not only words of wisdom but also practical tools to help us lead through conflict with engaged teams.

    I had the opportunity to catch up with Ken recently to get his insights on all this, including the new Work Engagement Profile. This easy-to-use profile provides excellent insights to understand how engaged you and your team are to help put together a plan to re-engage.

    Most organizations could benefit from practical learning about how to manage conflict. Contact me today to learn about the TKI assessment. We can help you and your organization better understand how to productively navigate conflict. Learn more at http://www.i-leadonline.com/tki.asp. For hospitals who need to comply with the Joint Commission standard LD.2.40, I invite you to visit http://www.healthcare-conflict-management.com/tki-assessments.html to learn more how we can help you.

    Another way to take a next step from this podcast: contact me about Ken's new Work Engagement Profile. I can walk you and your team through the profile, and facilitate a plan to re-engage your workforce during these challenging times.

    Finally, don't forget the special offer in the podcast. It can be tempting to think "Andy's other listeners have already picked up those free books or assessments. I won't get in touch with him."

    Send me an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call toll-free at 866-88 I-LEAD. You just might pick up a freebie!

    Thanks for listening to The People and Projects Podcast! Enjoy the interview!

  • How Project Managers Become Project Leaders, with author Susanne Madsen


    Total Duration 37:00

    Download episode 128

    Not Just Managing But Leading

    I'm happy to welcome Susanne Madsen to the podcast. Susanne recently published The Power of Project Leadership: 7 Keys to Help You Transform from Project Manager to Project Leader.

    Learn more about Susanne and her book at http://www.powerofprojectleadership.com/.

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    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • How Project Managers Can Deal With Stupid Feedback

    Total Duration 40:07

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    "Feedback is a Gift?"

    Is that true? Would you agree that feedback is a gift?

    It can be difficult to consider feedback a gift when we're busy thinking things such as

    • "How could they say that? They have no clue how difficult this is!"
    • Or, "Easy for them to say that! They don't have to deal with my stakeholders everyday!"
    • Or, "How dare they tell me that when they've got so many problems of their own!"

    We all know intellectually that feedback is critical to our growth and development, but it can be so hard to swallow when it's delivered so poorly.

    Thanks for the Feedback!

    Our guest for this episode is Doug Stone. Doug and his co-author Sheila Heen teach negotiation and conflict negotiation at Harvard Law School and they've written a terrific new book entitled Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well. They were also co-authors of a previous best-seller entitled Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most

    Learn more about Doug and Sheila and their company by visiting http://triadconsultinggroup.com.

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    Why do you listen to this podcast? What have you found helpful? And how about this question, straight from the Thanks for the Feedback book: "What do you hear me doing, or failing to do, that is getting in my own way of producing a podcast that best helps you?"

    There are two ways to leave me a message:

    • First, you can call our Podcast Listener Feedback Line at (847) 550-3747.
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    Make sure to leave your name and where you're calling from. And if you leave your e-mail address, I'll send you a coupon code for 90% off a premium subscription to our podcast!

    So give me a call and leave your feedback! I can't wait to hear it! Thanks!

    Project management keynote speaker Andy Kaufman on feedback

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  • How Project Managers Can Invest Their Time Like Money, with Elizabeth Grace Saunders

    Total Duration 42:11

    Download episode 137

    Aspire to be Time Wealthy

    Can you relate to the feeling of being overwhelmed, with more commitments at work and home than you have time to handle? Many project managers tell me that's a rather normal existence for them. Elizabeth Grace Saunders calls that being time impoverished. We are spending more than we've earned. It's part of her analogy in her new book How to Invest Your Time Like Money

    To learn more about Elizabeth and the work of her organization, visit http://reallifee.com/.

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  • How Project Managers Can Make Better Decisions: Year-End Episode

    Total Duration 1:00:05

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    Looking Back

    In this video episode, I share a recent Google Hangout on Air that was held with listeners of The People and Projects Podcast. I review a challenge from Tom Peters about trying new stuff. Then I share some content from a new workshop on the topic of decision-making.

    Have a Great Start to the New Year!

    Thank you for being a regular listener to The People and Projects Podcast! I look forward to learning with you in the year ahead! If you celebrate the holiday, I wish you a very Merry Christmas! Have a great start to the New Year!

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  • How Project Managers Can Motivate by Creating Meaning, with author Scott Mautz

    Total Duration 39:04

    Download episode 134

    Make it Matter

    In this episode we welcome Scott Mautz to discuss his new book Make It Matter: How Managers Can Motivate by Creating Meaning.

    To learn more about Scott and the book, visit his website at http://scottmautz.com/make-it-matter/.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • How to Be a More Influential Project Manager, with Alfonso Bucero, MSc, PMP, PMI-RMP, and PMI Fellow

    Total Duration 34:17

    Download episode 119

    Do You Feel Influential?

    Project managers are influencers, though we often think of other sides of the business as the ones who influence the most: senior executives, lawyers, salespeople, etc.

    Our guest today is Alfonso Bucero, MSc, PMP, PMI-RMP, and PMI Fellow. He is the author of a new book entitled The Influential Project Manager: Winning Over Team Members and Stakeholders (Best Practices and Advances in Program Management Series). Alfonso shares insights to help you improve your ability to influence your boss, sponsor, team, and other stakeholders.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • How to Become the Leader Your Team is Waiting For, with Jonathan Raymond

     

    Total Duration 51:00

    Download episode 162

    Our View of Authority

    How you and I think about authority matters. It impacts how we go about our roles as leaders. And understanding the impact we have on others is critical. In this episode, Jonathan Raymond joins us to talk about his new book entitled Good Authority: How To Become The Leader Your Team Is Waiting For. You can learn more about Jonathan and his work at http://refound.com/.

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  • How to Confidently Rise to the Most Daunting Challenges, with Amy Cuddy

     

    Total Duration 38:39

    Download episode 142

    Super Hero Poise

    Project managers regularly face daunting situations. In Amy Cuddy's new book Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, you'll find evidence-based strategies to help you rise to your challenging situations.

    To learn more about Amy, please visit her website at: http://AmyCuddy.com. You can also watch her TED Talk (and a parody of it) below.

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    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • How to Deal With Bullies on Project Teams, with Paul Pelletier, LL.B., PMP

    Total Duration 52:36

    Download episode 151

    Tough Boss or Bully?

    In this episode, I welcome workplace bullying expert Paul Pelletier. He's a lawyer, a PMP, and author of Workplace Bullying: It's Just Bad for Business: Prevention, Management, & Elimination Strategies for Organizations & Everyone Else. Paul shares helpful insights about what bullying is and isn't, and strategies to help you deal with the bullies on your project team. Learn more about Paul and his organization at http://www.paulpelletierconsulting.com/.

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  • How to Deal With the Irrational and Impossible People on Your Projects, with Mark Goulston

    Total Duration 53:00

    Download episode 143

    Talking To Crazy

    Spend enough time in the workplace and eventually you have to deal with the stakeholder who drives you crazy. Whether full-time or just under certain circumstances, their irrational behavior becomes a thorn in your side. How do you deal with these people? Though there are no simple answers, Mark Goulston shares his insights in his new book entitled Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life.

    To learn more about Mark, please visit his website at: http://goulstongroup.com/.

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    Thank you for joining me for this video episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • How to Fuel the Effective Project Manager

    Total Duration 37:35

    Download episode 106

    Happy New Year!

    I love new things! I love the start of a new project. Working with a new team or new client. Trying out a new tool or a new gadget.

    I love new.... It's a chance to start over, to learn from the past and apply it to the future.

    As we fire up another year, it's a great time to look for a fresh start. To consider what we'll do differently. And my advice for you this year? Well, you'll have to listen to the episode to get the answer!

    Our New Year's Guest: Tom Rath

    You've likely heard of Tom and his books. He's a senior scientist and advisor to Gallup, where he led their research and consulting on employee engagement, strengths, and well being. If you read How Full Is Your Bucket?, Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements, StrengthsFinder 2.0 or took the StrengthFinders assessment, you're among the millions of people who have been impacted by his work.

    Tom's most recent book is Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes. As we head into a new year, your ability to lead and deliver starts with you! How can you sustain the energy needed for all the stress and demands you'll face this year? How can you not only survive the year but set yourself up for perhaps even decades of better health?

    How about this? What if we forgot about coming up with big, hairy, audacious New Year's resolutions this year? What if your New Year's resolutions were actually attainable this time around--you know, still relevant two months from now.... Or two days from now!

    What if we did that by identifying small changes to make? Small changes about how you Eat. Move. And Sleep.

    In this episode, Tom Rath will tell you how to do that.

    Resources from Tom

    Learn more about Tom and Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes by visiting the book's website at http://www.eatmovesleep.org.

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    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • How to Get Your Ideas to Catch On, with author Jonah Berger

    Total Duration 34:23

    Download episode 110

    Why Do We Share What We Share?

    We are constantly sharing. It could be social media status update. An uploaded picture. A recommendation about a restaurant. A praise or criticism about an organization.

    This applies in the workplace as well. We relate how a meeting went. How a leader handled a situation (or not). We spread some buzz about a new project release (or fall victim to the growing resistance).

    We are sharing all the time. But why do we share? More to the point for this episode for us as leaders of projects and people, how can we understand how ideas spread across groups of people?

    Get Contagious

    Our guest in this episode is Jonah Berger, author of an intriguing book entitled Contagious: Why Things Catch On. Though this would appear to be a book for your friends in Marketing, you'll find in this episode there ideas for those of us who lead projects and teams.

    Learn more about Jonah and his book by visiting http://jonahberger.com/books/contagious/.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • How to Influence Without Authority, an interview with author Dr. Allan Cohen

    Episode Duration 29:53

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    One of my leadership heroes is Ken Blanchard, who is on record of saying, "The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.

    I wholeheartedly agree with Ken, that developing your influence skills is critical to success in today’s business environment, especially when a growing number of project managers and other leaders have an increasing amount of responsibility but not necessarily a corresponding amount of authority to go with it.

    Many listening to this cast are in positions where they have to influence without authority and to help us improve our skills in that area I got in touch with the author of one my favorite books on the topic, Dr Allan Cohen, who wrote Influence Without Authority.

    In this cast we walk through the influence model that Allan developed with Stanford professor Dr. David Bradford. In the follow-up cast I have Allan walk through a couple specific scenarios relevant to our audience, to apply the model in practical ways.

    You'll notice part way through the cast that our recording system introduced some background interference due to a technical issue that occurred during my discussion with Dr. Cohen. I apologize for the annoyance, trusting you'll glean many lessons from the interview despite the distraction.

    I recommend you check out the accompanying website for Dr. Cohen's book, which you can find at www.influencewithoutauthority.com. Please join me in the next episode when Dr. Cohen applies his influence model to two specific scenarios that I’m confident you’ll find relevant to your role.

    And, one last thing! Would you take a moment to let a friend or colleague know about The People and Projects Podcast? I’d love to pour into them as well, to help them lead people and deliver projects.

    Thanks for joining us for this episode! Have a great week!

  • How to Know What You Don't Know, an interview with author Michael Roberto

    Total Duration 21:35

    Download episode 14

    I hear it all the time when people describe themselves in a work setting: "I'm a good problem-solver!" Are you a good problem-solver? I'm guessing you would say "Yes!"

    Well, guess what? According to Michael Roberto, author of Know What You Don't Know, maybe we're all focusing on the wrong thing. According to Michael, it's not about becoming better problem-solvers. We need to be better problem finders!

    I had the opportunity to catch up with Michael by phone recently and look forward to sharing that discussion with you in this cast.

    To learn more about Michael, I invite you to check out his blog at http://michael-roberto.blogspot.com/. Also, don't miss Michael's other highly recommended book, Why Great Leaders Don't Take Yes for an Answer: Managing for Conflict and Consensus.

    Before we wrap-up, may I ask you a favor? I invite you to tell a friend or colleague about The People and Projects Podcast. I continue to be amazed at how many people still haven't started using podcasts as part of the professional development strategy. Send them a link or tell them how to find us on iTunes. Thank you very much!

    Thanks for joining us for this episode. Enjoy the cast!

  • How to Lead Better Project Meetings

    Free Premium Episode

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    To give you a sense of the extra coaching they get each month, I'm including this premium episode into our standard free podcast feed. You can learn more about Premium Subscrptions at bit.ly/PremiumSubscribe. 

    Meetings!

    Oh, how we love to hate meetings! In this premium video episode I share 10 keys to lead more effective project meetings. At the end you're invited to join the conversation! What are the most important lessons you've learned? Leave your response in a comment here or on our Facebook page.

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  • How to Lead Your Boss, with author John Baldoni

    Total Duration 24:21

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    So let me ask you... How well did your schooling prepare you for the real world when it comes to work? I can certainly find plenty of examples where mine did, and yet there are so many lessons that I didn't really start to learn until I spent extended time in the real world.

    One of the lessons that eventually becomes clear is that managing is not just managing down: leading those people who report to us. In fact, the higher I got in organizations, the more I found I needed to manage up: in many ways, to lead my boss. That's a lesson I don't remember being taught in a textbook.

    Whether you're a project manager, team member, or senior leader, we all have a boss and learning to lead that boss is a key skill that must be developed. Earlier this year I had a conversation with leadership expert John Baldoni. John is the author of many books, including Leading Up: How to Lead Your Boss So You Both Win. In this episode you'll see what John has to say about how you can more effectively lead your boss.

    You can learn more about John by visiting http://www.johnbaldoni.com/. John recommended you check out his previous book Lead by Example: 50 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Results. Also, I recommend you check out the other book John mentioned in the interview: Lead Your Boss: The Subtle Art of Managing Up.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • How to Manage Your Boss, an interview with author and speaker Bruce Tulgan

    Total Duration 29:10

    Download episode 38

    I have the true privilege of helping professionals from hundreds of companies develop their ability to lead people and deliver projects. A common question I hear from leaders as they progress higher in their organizations has to do with their boss.

    In effect, they're asking, "How do I manage the person who is supposed to be managing me?"

    A clear lesson as you grow in responsibility is that managing is not just something you do with your subordinates--what a terrible word that is! Rather, to be effective you also have to lead and serve peers, stakeholders, and yes, bosses. Managing up is an important part of your ability to successfully deliver. But how do you go about doing that?

    For this episode I'm bringing back Bruce Tulgan who was a guest on our show last year (click here to listen to that episode). Bruce recently published Its Okay to Manage Your Boss: The Step-by-Step Program for Making the Best of Your Most Important Relationship at Work. I had the opportunity to speak with Bruce recently and look forward to sharing that interview in this episode.

    Learn more about Bruce and his organization at http://www.rainmakerthinking.com. I also recommend you get a copy of his book Its Okay to Manage Your Boss: The Step-by-Step Program for Making the Best of Your Most Important Relationship at Work. While you're at it, check out another one of Bruce's books It's Okay to Be the Boss: The Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming the Manager Your Employees Need. You'll find both helpful in the development of your management skills.

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    Thanks for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • How to Motivate Your Project Team, with Heidi Grant Halvorson and Tory Higgins

    Total Duration 42:54

    Download episode 94

    What Does It Take To Motivate Your Team?

    One of the common concerns I hear from those who lead projects and teams has to do with motivation. What does it take? An inspirational speech (see the video below!)? Money? Time? All the above, depending on the person?

    Motivating Project Teams

    In this episode I talk with Heidi Grant Halvorson and E. Tory Higgins.. They are the authors of a book just released this week entitled Focus: Use Different Ways of Seeing the World for Success and Influence. The underlying research behind the book finds we each tend to have a primary motivational focus or mindset: either promotion or prevention. You'll learn more about what these mean in this episode.

    I invite you to visit Heidi's website at at http://www.heidigranthalvorson.com/. You can take an assessment to learn your motivational style by visiting http://www.yourfocusdiagnostic.com.

    Need Some Motivation

    Hey, you promotion-minded listener! Need a little pick-me-up that will speak right to your promotion-minded heart? Check it out!

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  • How to Read Your Stakeholder's Mind, with Dr. Nick Morgan

    Total Duration 37:57

    Download episode 112

    What They're Really Thinking

    In this episode, Dr. Nick Morgan shares how we often get in the way of our own communication. There are two conversations: the content and the non-verbals. Want to improve your ability to lead and deliver? Learn to harness the power of the non-verbals, when getting your message out and when listening to others.

    Nick Morgan returns to our podcast to talk about his new book Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact

    What if we could get better at getting our message across? What if we could improve our ability to read other people, to make sure we understand their message? That's what Nick Morgan says is available, if we apply the lessons in Power Cues. I look forward to your feedback after you listen to today’s discussion with Nick.

    Learn more about Nick and his book by visiting http://publicwords.com/.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done, with Procrastination Expert Piers Steel

     

    Total Duration 48:05

    Download episode 123

    Stop Procrastinating!

    I have so looked forward to sharing this episode with you! It's just that.... I kept finding other things to do! But the wait is over!

    My guest today is Piers Steel, author of The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done. Learn more about Piers by checking out his blog at http://procrastinus.com/.

    PDU's for a Great Price

    If you are aiming for certification or need PDU's, check out our Advanced Project Management e-learning. Use a coupon code of APM-197 to save over USD $100. Our full exam prep e-learning offering can be found at http://www.nanacast.com/pmp-exam-prep. Use a coupon code of PMP-100 to save USD $100.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • How to Tell Someone They Have Body Odor (and Other Tricky Culture Situations), with Dr. Tom Verghese

    Total Duration 42:12

    Download episode 146

    How Culturally Intelligent Are You?

    In this episode I welcome Dr. Tom Verghese from Cultural Synergies to talk about the importance of raising our cultural intelligence (what he calls CQ). Check out his website for videos and other resources to improve your ability to interact productively with people from other cultures.

    Give the Gift of Learning to Your Administrative Assistant!

    On April 27, 2016, administrative assistants around the world will be celebrated as part of Administrative Professionals' Day. Here's an idea for your admin! Give them the gift of learning!

    Our Effective Administrative Assistant Webinar Series starts up on April 14, 2016. I'll be leading a series of two-hour webinars designed especially to help your admin improve their ability to get things done. Learn more at http://courses.i-leadonline.com/courses/the-effective-administrative-assistant-webinar-series. Use a coupon code of admin-gift-16 to save $59 USD off the price. Thanks for spreading the word about this!

    15 PDUs for a Great Price!

    You're invited to try out our Essentials of Project Management e-learning workshop! Use a coupon code of PMP-100 to save $100 USD while earning 15 PDUs!

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • Improving Your Success through Little Bets, with author Peter Sims

    Total Duration 25:33

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    One of the great challenges of business is how to go from idea to delivery. It's easy to talk about ideas but turning those into a finished product requires much more than talk. It can be daunting to deliver. There's the risk of failure. There's the fear of unknowns--of surprises that can create obstacles to success. Going from idea to delivery is truly challenging!

    Ultimately project management is about how to deliver results but leaders of projects and teams need more than just work breakdown structures and Gantt charts. One of my favorite books of this year provides great insights for all of us who seek to lead and deliver. I recently had the real privilege of spending some time with Peter Sims, author of a great new book entitled Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries, and look forward to sharing that discussion with you in this episode.

    You can learn more about Peter by visiting http://petersims.com.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • In the Trenches with Ryan Endres

    In The Trenches.... Like You

    A month or so ago I was talking with listener Mike Settlemire. Mike was participating in our Advanced Project Management e-learning program and we were talking about the podcast. Mike had a suggestion: what about interviewing practitioners? People who are leading and delivering in the real world?

    Insights from Your Peers, Not Authors

    Hey, I love bringing you discussions with people like John Kotter, Dan Pink, Kerry Patterson, Adam Grant, and the many other guests we have had thus far. And we will continue to deliver interviews from authors of books that can stretch and inform us to better lead and deliver.

    But I think Mike is exactly right! Some times it can be just as effective to hear from a peer. What does he or she do to help them lead and deliver? What has led to their success and what would they do over?

    Introducing Ryan Endres

    Our first installment of our In the Trenches series is with Ryan Endres, PMP. In the interview Ryan shares insights and lessons that have helped him successfully lead and deliver.

    During the discussion, Ryan mentions the following resources:

    In the interview, Ryan mentions a status report that he loves to use. Ryan was gracious enough to share it with us. Click the icon below to download the Microsoft Word file:

    20 PDUs for a Great Price!

    Whether you need contact hours for PMP certification or PDUs, we can help! Our e-learning is engaging, informative, and even fun. Go to http://courses.i-leadonline.com/courses/advanced-project-management to get 20 PDU's for a great price. If you need contact hours to prepare for your PMP, check our PMP Prep e-learning at http://www.nanacast.com/pmp-exam-prep.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    Total Duration 24:13

    Download episode 89

     

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  • In the Trenches, with Kiron Bondale, PMP

    Introducing Kiron Bondale, PMP

    We continue our In the Trenches series of episodes, with this interview with Kiron Bondale, PMP. Kiron runs the Project Management Office at Agricorp. Make sure to check out Kiron's insightful blog at http://kbondale.wordpress.com.

    Kiron has graciously offered to share a risk register template with listeners of The People and Projects Podcast. Click the icon below to download the Microsoft Excel file:

    20 PDUs for a Great Price!

    Whether you need contact hours for PMP certification or PDUs, we can help! Our e-learning is engaging, informative, and even fun. Go to http://courses.i-leadonline.com/courses/advanced-project-management to get 20 PDU's for a great price. If you need contact hours to prepare for your PMP, check our PMP Prep e-learning at http://www.nanacast.com/pmp-exam-prep.

    Join our Facebook Page

    I invite you to stop by our podcast Facebook page! "Like" it and the join the discussion.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    Total Duration 15:54

    Download episode 92

     

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  • In the Trenches, with Mike Durbin, PMP

    Episode Duration 20:29

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    Introducing Mike Durbin, PMP

    We continue our In the Trenches series with this discussion with Mike Durbin, PMP.Mike shares insights and lessons he's learned in his years of leading teams and delivering projects.

    Get PDUs or Contact Hours For Less!

    Want to get 35 PDUs or contact hours for a great price? Check out our PMP Exam Prep e-learning at http://www.nanacast.com/pmp-exam-prep. Use a coupon code of PMP-299to reduce the price from $499 USD to $299 USD. This is a great option, whether you're preparing for the exam or want to refresh your knowledge for PDU's.

    Add Your Voice to Our Podcast!

    Are you a regular listener to The People and Projects Podcast? I'd love to have your voice added to the beginning or end of the cast. Just send me an e-mail saying "I'd love to help!" I would love to have the opportunity to talk with you directly so contact me today and we'll set up a time to record your piece.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

     

    Drive by Management

    Some Zig Quotes

    Mike mentions a Zig Ziglar quote during the interview. Here's a sampling of the wisdom of the late Zig Ziglar.

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  • In the Trenches, with Paul Weber, PMP

    Introducing Paul Weber, PMP


    We continue our In the Trenches series with this discussion with Paul Weber, PMP.
    Paul shares insights and lessons he's learned in his years of leading teams and delivering projects.

    To learn more about Paul and to contact him about the free EVM and PERT calculators mentioned in this episode, go to http://www.pmpguy44.com.

     

    Join our Facebook Page

    I invite you to stop by our podcast Facebook page! "Like" it and the join the discussion.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    Total Duration 21:50

    Download episode 96

     

    Bob Sutton on Power Poisoning

    Paul warned us to make sure we don't think of leadership as being the boss, or being bossy. Here's one of my favorite authors talking about power poisoning, the effect that happens when someone gets power.

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  • Increasing Your Charisma, with guest Dr. Nick Morgan, author of "Trust Me: Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma"

    Total Duration: 32:52

    Download episode 4

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  • Influence Without Authority Scenarios, Part 2

    It's one thing to know there's a model for influencing without authority. But how do we implement that model, as leaders and project managers? That's what we tackle in this second part of my interview with Dr. Allan Cohen, author of Influence Without Authority.

    I recommend you check out the accompanying website for Dr. Cohen's book, which you can find at www.influencewithoutauthority.com.

    Are you interested in learning how to develop your influence skills? How about your team's ability to influence? Give us a call to learn how we can help you become more influential, even in situations you don't have authority.

    Please join me in the next episode when I’m joined by Clint Padgett, President and CEO of Project Success Inc, and author of The Project Success Method: A Proven Approach for Achieving Superior Project Performance in as Little as 5 Days.

    Thanks for joining us for this episode! Have a great week!

    Duration 19:37

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  • Influencing the Impossible Stakeholder, with author Donny Ebenstein

    Total Duration 35:28

    Download episode 105

     

    I Hear You!

    In this cast I talk with Donny Ebenstein, who just published I Hear You: Repair Communication Breakdowns, Negotiate Successfully, and Build Consensus . . . in Three Simple Steps. This is a must-read book for anyone leading projects and teams. We inevitably get stuck with the impossible team member, boss, or stakeholder. Progress on the project requires us to get past stuck.

    Learn more about Donny athttp://www.ebensteinconsulting.com.

     

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    I invite you to stop by our podcast Facebook page! "Like" it and the join the discussion.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • Is Failure an Option? An interview with Ralph Heath, author of Celebrating Failure

    Total Duration 28:27

    Download episode 15

    OK, here's the situation....You're the security guard at a data center, giving a new security guard a tour of the facility. Near the end of the tour you point to a button on the wall. The button is labeled "Do Not Push". While looking back at the new guard you remark, "See this button? Make sure you never pu...."

    Oops. You accidentally push the button.

    What happens? I'll tell you what happens. Lights out. Systems go dead—immediately. No nice shutdown. You turn pale—you know this isn't good.

    There's more to the story. The systems people can't get the servers restarted right away. When they do, there are problems with the network. Your company is unable to process transactions.... not for 1 hour. Not for 2 hours. It's not until 15 hours later that transactions are flowing through the system.

    Sound scary? This isn't a made up story. It actually happened. Thankfully, you're not in it. But let's say you were... When you get called into the bosses' office, what do you expect them to say?

    What are the odds you'd hear them say, "Kelly, get in here. I want to thank you for helping us see how incomplete our disaster recovery plans were. If it wasn't for you, we would have gone on, maybe for years, falsely thinking we had everything buttoned up. You also helped us learn that our shutdown button is too accessible. We'll put together plans to fix that. Kelly, from all of us in senior management, thank you very much!"

    Not likely? You're right. In fact, in the real world version of this story, the accidental button-pushing security guard got fired. Enough money was lost that management decided "Someone must die! We need flesh!"

    Was this the best way to respond? Though normal, does it fix the problem by firing the guard? My guess is the new guy never pressed the button! But did it really fix things? Or did it just assign blame.

    Ralph Heath is the author of Celebrating Failure: The Power of Taking Risks, Making Mistakes and Thinking Big. Just the name of the book made me want to interview Ralph! How often do you hear Celebrate and Failure in the same sentence?

    When things go wrong--even in a big way--what's a leader to do? Can we really celebrate failure without creating a culture of complacence? Could the way we react--such as firing someone in the name of accountability--actually create additional dysfunction?

    These are issues that Ralph wrestles with in his book. I look forward to your feedback on the interview with Ralph in this episode.  Have a great week!

  • Lead Better Meetings, with Steven G. Rogelberg

    There's some newly published, compelling research that has now found that--are you ready--many meetings are a waste of time!

    Oh, I know you might find that shocking! More likely, you might be shocked that research time had to be invested to figure that out. But in today's episode, you're going to hear from Dr. Steven G. Rogelberg who not only researches things like meetings, he's a great voice to help us make them better.

    Links to Resources

    For Steven's contact information, check out his website at http://belkcollege.uncc.edu/directory/steven-g-rogelberg. Here are some links to additional resources mentioned in the interview:

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    Total Duration 29:31

    Download episode 72

  • Leading and Delivering with Virtual Teams, with guest Dr. Karen Sobel Lojeski

    Total Duration 46:07

    Download episode 7

    Let's face it: it's challenging enough to lead and deliver when your team is all together in one location!The problems compound when team members are distributed across multiple locations and perhaps even time zones.

    When is the best time to meet? How often? How can we help this team truly work together and feel like a team? It's a real challenge for those who desire to excel at delivering projects and leading teams in today's virtual workplace.

    I've had to learn many lessons the hard way while managing distributed teams that include offshore development. What I've learned over the years is this: great teams, whether located together or spread out across the globe, don't just happen. We have to absolutely be intentional about forming, developing, and maintaining them. If we don't we always leave much needed productivity on the table.

    These days when I'm looking for fresh insights on virtual teams and leadership I turn to my colleague Dr. Karen Sobel Lojeski, author of Uniting the Virtual Workforce: Transforming Leadership and Innovation in the Globally Integrated Enterprise. Her views on leadership and team development in a virtual world are always timely and insightful. I look forward to your feedback on my interview with her in this episode.

    You can learn more about Karen and her company at http://www.virtualdistance.com/.

    A major part of team effectiveness comes down to relationships. In fact, just about everything in business and life comes down to relationships, which is the main point of our keynote presentation entitled The Dirty Little Secret of Business. Though the title sounds provocative, the message is clear: whether we're talking about your individual success or that of your company, chances are it is heavily dependent on the strength of relationships.

    Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or toll-free at 866-884-5323 to learn more about how this keynote can put an exclamation point on your upcoming company or department gathering, offsite retreat, or association meeting.

    And here's a big thank you to you! Baseline magazine rated the People and Projects Podcast one of the Ten Must-Listen To podcasts regarding project management. If you're getting value from these episodes, take a moment to tell your friends and colleagues!

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  • Leading Change, an interview with John Kotter

    Total Duration 26:35

    Download episode 52

    When was the last time you wanted to make a change at work? Maybe it was an approach on a project or something bigger, like wanting to introduce a new way of doing projects, such as using principles from agile project management. Chances are you faced some resistance to your proposed changes.

    Yet one of our key responsibilities is to lead change, even when our ideas are getting shot down. Well, to give us insight on this topic, you could argue one of the best people in the world to talk to is Professor John Kotter. John's most recent book is entitled Buy-In: Saving Your Good Idea from Getting Shot Down and is a great follow-on to his classic books on change.

    I had the opportunity to spend some extended time talking with John earlier this year and look forward to sharing that discussion with you over the course of two episodes.

    For our premium subscribers, your extra coaching podcast episode will come out with the second cast. In this first cast, John and I focus on the topic of change. Enjoy the interview!

    To learn more about John's organization, check out http://www.kotterinternational.com/. You can follow John's Harvard Business Review blog at http://blogs.hbr.org/kotter/.

    By the way, my two favorite (and highly recommended) John Kotter books on change include:

    Join me in our next cast when John tells us more about how to avoid letting our ideas get shot down. Thank you for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • Leading Teams with Meaning, with Dr. Adam Grant

    Total Duration: 29:30

    Download episode 31

    I'm in Las Vegas this week, speaking to leaders from hundreds of companies from around the world. Las Vegas is certainly an intriguing place on many levels. It's an economy that thrives on tourism and in order to keep those tourists happy and coming back, organizations out here need reliable, skilled, engaged workers.

    The truth is, the need for engaged, motivated employees isn't just a Las Vegas issue.

    I've long felt that the most dangerous employee was not the one who has left the company. It's the one who has left the company but they haven't left the company! It's the people who are just checking in and checking out, day after day, taking up space and leaving a huge amount of productivity on the table. Whether you lead a team of software developers, salespeople, accountants, or doctors, much of our organizational success comes down to how engaged and motivated our front line employees truly are.

    I'm staying at a very nice, well-known hotel in Vegas. To be honest, I'm not impressed with the front line service. And you know what? I intersect with enough companies to recognize this isn't just an issue at Caesar's Palace. Chances are your organization could use some insights on how to further engage your employees as well.

    In recent years I've enjoyed following the employee engagement research and writings of Dr. Adam Grant from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. I had the opportunity to catch up with Adam recently and look forward to sharing that interview with you in this episode.

    Project management podcastIn the interview, Adam recommends the following books for follow-up:

    I strongly recommend each of them as well.

    A proven way to help engage your team members is to invest in their development.Budgets don't always allow for you to send them away for training but that doesn't mean training has to be put off for a year.

    Clearly you already know the benefits of podcasts. Some of the best free learning available these days comes from what you're doing right now—listening to casts such as The People and Projects Podcast.

    Well, starting in July of this year we are launching Premium Subscriptions for our podcast. You and your teams will still have access to our free episodes. But we are going even further with the Premium Subscriptions to help you develop and engage your teams.

    Project management podcastHere's an example of how you can use our Premium Subscription: Have members of your team listen to an episode of The People and Projects Podcast before a team meeting. Prior to that meeting, you download the premium content for the episode. This will typically be questions you can use to facilitate a discussion on the topic. In addition, there are usually links to additional resources such as recommended books or articles for follow-up learning. All this makes it easy for you to develop practical project management and leadership skills on your team without breaking your budget.

    Beyond that, Premium Subscribers are automatically entered into drawings for books and other resources throughout the year. And, as a special bonus, you get free admission to webinars that I lead throughout the year. Visit here to learn more about how to develop your team with a Premium Subscription.

    One last thing! Would you take a moment to let a friend or colleague know about The People and Projects Podcast? I'd love to pour into them as well, to help them lead people and deliver projects.

    Thanks for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • Leading Teams, with Harvard Professor Dr. J. Richard Hackman

    Episode Duration 34:39

    Download episode 33

    I can easily recall the days before I became a manager.

    I started my career as a software developer, which by nature of how software gets created, usually meant work being done in teams. When my team leader or manager would mess up in some way, I would occasionally think, when I finally get to lead a team, I'm going to do things differently! How hard can this be?

    Then I became a manager! It was then that I truly realized that it's one thing to talk about leading teams--it's a whole different deal when you have to be the leader and your team members aren't necessarily as motivated as you want them to be, or priorities change, or your senior management seems dim-witted, and you feel overwhelmed.

    The truth is that leading teams well is difficult work, often under-estimated by those who haven't had to hold the reins. One of my favorite experts on this topic is Harvard professor J. Richard Hackman. In this cast I look forward to sharing a recent discussion I had with Dr. Hackman based on his book Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances. In addition, check out Dr. Hackman's book Senior Leadership Teams: What It Takes to Make Them Great.

    Thank you for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • Leading Under Pressure, with Justin Menkes author of Better Under Pressure


    In this episode, I talk with Justin Menkes
    , author of Better Under Pressure: How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Themselves and Others. Let's learn together from Justin as we talk about leading under pressure. You can learn more about Justin and his book at http://www.BetterUnderPressure.com.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    Total Duration 33:08

    Download episode 65

    P.S. Here's an entertaining and informative video on how stress impacts how the brain works, from Dr. John Medina. Enjoy!

  • Less Panic and More Productivity for Project Managers, with author Kory Kogon

    Total Duration 48:29

    Download episode 129

    The Urgent and the Important

    In this episode we speak with Kory Kogon from the FranklinCovey organization. Kory recently published The 5 Choices: The Path to Extraordinary Productivity. It's a very, very helpful resource for helping us sort out the urgent and the important.

    Learn more about Kory and her book at http://www.the5choices.com/.

    Tell Your Friends!

    If you enjoy The People and Projects Podcast, tell your friends and colleagues! Our college intern Zach is responsible for getting the word out but needs your help! Help make Zach look like he's really, really good at his job. :)

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • Life Lessons for Leaders, with author Karl Pillemer

    When it comes to the stuff of life, there is no shortage of people and resources who offer insights on how to be successful, get a job, have meaningful relationships, and more. The experts range from celebrities to academics to anyone with a blog.

    Our guest in this episode is Karl Pillemer, author of 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans. There are all kinds of reasons why Justin Bieber or other celebrities aren't the best sources for life lessons!

    But what if we talked to people who have lived much of their life and had a bit of a retrospective or lessons learned with them? That's the idea behind Karl's book, which we discuss in this episode.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    Total Duration 40:24

    Download episode 90

     

    30 Lessons Trailer

    For more about Karl and his book, check out this trailer:

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  • Making New Year's Resolutions StickK! An interview with Jordan Goldberg, CEO of stickK.com

    Total Duration 14:11

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    Happy New Year!Thank you for joining us for this special New Year's episode of The People and Projects Podcast!

    Deliver the podcast by e-mail for free!Quick note: You can now receive notices of new podcast episodes via e-mail, allowing you to listen to them more conveniently and in a timely manner. Sign up here!

    How many times have you set a new years resolution only to have it hit head-on into the wall of reality of daily living? My experience? New Year's resolutions often don't last the day, much less the end of January!

    There are all kinds of resolutions you might consider, personally and professionally. On a professional level, for project managers that have not yet gotten certified, why not make this the year that you get that done? It's so easy to put it off. For others, there might be some habits you want to improve such as getting more sleep or going out on a date with a loved one more often.

    If you are a project manager and haven't yet pursued certification, click here to learn more about PMP certification.

    There are countless ideas for resolutions but how do you make them stick? Well, on this special New Year's episode of The People and Projects Podcast, you'll hear from Jordan Goldberg, CEO of Stickk.com. Make sure to check their service out!

    Here's to this being your best year ever! Happy New Year!

  • Management: It's Not What You Think! An interview with Henry Mintzberg

    Total Duration 18:23

    Download episode 47

    If you've ever sat through one of my workshops or keynotes on leadership or project management, you've likely clued into the fact that I have a rather low tolerance for the purely academic. By that I mean ideas, models, and theories that sound great on a white board but are seemingly impossible to be practically applied in the real world.

    When it comes to management, it's easy to find books that pontificate theory. But every once in a while you come across one that is a breath of fresh air, where the author says it how it is instead of how it should be.

    An example of one of those books is the latest from Professor Henry Mintzberg, entitled Management? It's Not What You Think! It's a thought-provoking, at times irreverent look at this craft we call management.

    To give you a taste of what you'll find in this new book, I'm excited to share a recent discussion I had with Henry in this episode.

    Learn more about Henry at http://www.mintzberg.com and http://www.coachingourselves.com.

    Thank you for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • Managing Generation Y, an interview with author and speaker Bruce Tulgan

    Total Duration 34:01

    Download episode 10

    You've heard the terms Generation X and Generation Y. There are plenty of stereotypes associated with each term. Yet when you're responsible for leading a team that spans generations, it's easy to struggle with challenges that vary from attention spans to how to best motivate and recognize accomplishment.

    Or maybe you are working for a younger boss. He or she is the age of one of your adult kids! What are some ideas to keep in mind to help you manage your younger boss?

    When I'm looking for insights into leading across generations, I turn to one of the foremost experts on young people in the workplace: Bruce Tulgan. Bruce is the author of Not Everyone Gets a Trophy: How to Manage Generation Y. You'll find my interview with Bruce in this cast helpful as you seek to lead today's workforce.

    Click here to order Not Everyone Gets a Trophy on Amazon.com. Also, I invite you to check out Bruce's organization: Rainmaker Thinking. I enjoy getting Bruce's video newsletter each week and recommend it to you and your team.

    In our last cast I announced a drawing for two copies of Phil Simon's book Why New Systems Fail. The two winners are Renee Klivickis and Bob Sims! Congratulations to you both!

    Enjoy the cast!

  • Managing Politics and Conflict in Projects, with author Brian Irwin, PMP

    Total Duration 28:20

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    Hello! Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast.

    I'm over in Europe this week facilitating a project management workshop for a great international company. Though I'm thousands of miles from home in a culture and language that is notably different from my own, I find a couple things remain the same:if you want to deliver projects and lead teams anywhere in this world, you're going to have to deal with conflict and organizational politics.

    It's just a reality of working with people.

    When I think of politics with projects, I think of my colleague Brian Irwin, PMP. Brian is the author of Managing Politics and Conflict in Projects, published by Management Concepts and is a contributing author to the book The 77 Deadly Sins of Project Management (Management Concepts, 2009). I had the opportunity to talk with Brian recently and look forward to sharing that interview with you in this episode.


    How about letting your friends and colleagues know about The People and Projects Podcast! Send them a link to our web page here, or have them look us up on iTunes! It would be a privilege for me to help develop their ability to lead and deliver as well.

    Thank you for joining me today! Have a great week! We'll see you next time on The People and Projects Podcast!

  • Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, with Gretchen Rubin

    Total Duration 41:37

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    Habits for Project Managers

    Could it be that the habits you develop today determine the life you live tomorrow? As project managers, we make endless choices throughout the day--how to use our time, how to interact with stakeholders, how to solve a problem. Our guest for this episode is Gretchen Rubin, who suggests that developing effective habits is a key responsibility for those who want to build a successful tomorrow.

    Gretchen is the author of a new book entitled Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives.

    To learn more about Gretchen and her book, visit http://www.GretchenRubin.com.

    Let Andy Help You Get 20 PDU's

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    Let Me Hear From You!

    I love hearing from listeners! Please leave me a message to let me know what you think about The People and Projects Podcast! Here's how you can contact us:

    • Leave a message on our Listener Feedback Line at 847-550-3747
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    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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    Margaret Thatcher on Habits

    Here's a clip from The Iron Lady, giving Margaret Thatcher's take on habits:

    In this episode, Gretchen mentions a Public Service Announcement from Yul Brynner about not smoking. Here it is:

  • Mentoring for Project Managers, with Mark Goulston

    Total Duration 34:17

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    Who is an example of someone that has significantly impacted who you are today? Whether they were a formal mentor or not, who is someone that has notably contributed to the person you are and the success you enjoy today?

    My guest today is Dr. Mark Goulston. You may recognize Mark as the author of a very special book entitled Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone. With the recent death of one of his mentors, the concept of mentoring is top of mind so we spent some time together discussing the topic. Make sure to check out Mark's website at http://www.MarkGoulston.com

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    Who has impacted you as a past mentor? What feedback do you have about the podcast? I want to hear from you! So call me! You can leave a message on our Podcast Listener Feedback line by phone or Skype. You can leave a message by phone at 847-550-3747 or by Skype at andy.kaufman.i-lead. Thanks!

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • Negotiating Skills for Project Managers

    Total Duration 49:52

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    Introducing Steven P. Cohen

    In this episode you'll hear from Steven P. Cohen. Steve’s latest book is entitled The Practical Negotiator: How to Argue Your Point, Plead Your Case, and Prevail in Any Situation. It’s not your typical business book, actually. It’s more of a Q&A format, covering a wide range of topics, related to work and to home, from a guy who knows his stuff about negotiation.

    You’ll hear Steve talk about some important negotiation principles and then get his coaching on some situations that are quite close to home for many project managers.

    Learn more about Steve and The Practical Negotiator: How to Argue Your Point, Plead Your Case, and Prevail in Any Situation by visiting the book's website at http://www.practicalnegotiator.com/.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • Negotiating the Conflicts That Suck the Life Out of You, with Harvard's Daniel Shapiro

    Total Duration 50:02

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    Negotiating Emotionally Charged Conflicts

    In this episode, I welcome Harvard's Daniel Shapiro to talk about his new book Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How to Resolve Your Most Emotionally Charged Conflicts. If you lead projects and teams, conflict is inevitable and can make negotiating for resources and changes a real challenge. Dan gets past the typical teaching on conflict, focusing on the most challenging conflict and negotiation situations we face: where emotions and identity are at stake.

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    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • People and Projects Podcast Webinar Replay: Power Cues and Invisibles

    On a regular basis, we invite listeners of The People and Projects Podcast to gather for a follow-up webinar. These webinars allow us to go into more detail on the content from one or more previous episodes.

    This video episode is a replay of our follow-up webinar on Power Cues and Invisibles. Please join us for future webinars!

    Total Duration 55:19

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  • Premium Follow-up to the Paul Weber Interview

    Finger Tapping and Cookie Crumbs

    In this premium episode, I follow-up on some points from my interview with Paul Weber. You'll learn about:

    • Elizabeth Newton's finger tapping experiment
    • How cookies flushed out some bossy characteristics

    Click here to watch an interview with Bob Sutton that goes into the bossy issue more. Also, here's the HBR article with Bob.

    Thank you for joining me for this premium episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    Total Duration 5:57

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  • Premium: Discussion Questions for Leading Teams, with Harvard Professor Dr. J. Richard Hackman

    We previously had a Premium Podcast stream only available to subscribers. We've now removed that restriction. Over time we are releasing those former episodes, including this one.

    Attached you will find a file you can use to facilitate a discussion about the interview with Dr. J. Richard Hackman. I recommend you have your team listen to the podcast episode ahead of time for maximum benefit. Please don't hesitate to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. Thank you for being a premium subscriber!

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  • Project Sponsorship, with guest Alfonso Bucero, PMP

    How important is executive support to your ability to deliver? The answer is: probably even more important than you realize!

    Effective project sponsorship is often rare in most organizations, which is why I'm looking forward to you learning from this episode's guest: Alfonso Bucero.

    Total Duration: 21:21


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  • Rescuing the Problem Project, with author Todd C. Williams, PMP

    Total Duration 33:53

    Download episode 57

    Lead projects long enough and eventually you'll have to deal with the problem project. Whether you were involved with the project from the beginning or inheriting problems from someone else, the reality is we need to be able to rescue the problem project.

    That's not only true--it's also the name of a new book from Todd C. Williams, PMP. In this episode I talk with Todd about ideas and recommendations from his book Rescue the Problem Project: A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure.

    You can learn more about Todd by visiting http://ecaminc.com/. His blog Back From Red can be found at http://ecaminc.com/index.php/blog.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • Saving Your Good Ideas From Getting Shot Down, with John Kotter

    Total Duration 23:55

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    In this episode I continue my conversation with Professor John Kotter. If you haven't listened to the first part of this interview, make sure to check that episode out! Our focus in this cast is on John's most recent book entitled Buy-In: Saving Your Good Idea from Getting Shot Down.

    To learn more about John's organization, check out http://www.kotterinternational.com/. You can follow John's Harvard Business Review blog at http://blogs.hbr.org/kotter/.

    You know, if you were a premium subscriber to the People and Projects Podcast, you could now listen to some special coaching advice that I share after each interview with my guests. Each premium episode is designed to help you improve your ability to lead and deliver by taking the next step in applying the learning from our standard podcast episodes.

    Thank you for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • Selling Skills for Project Managers, with author Dan Pink

    You're a Salesperson. Seriously.

    So, when you think of a salesperson, who comes to mind? For many people, it's someone closer to Kenny the Sales Weasel from Dilbert (see the video below).

    Good thing you and I aren't salespeople! We're project managers. Team leads. Department heads. Scrum Masters. But salespeople? No way!

    Or are we? Though we may not be salespeople by title, we spend concerted time on a weekly basis trying to move people--influence people--getting them to take action or agree to something or sign off on a document or hire you or show up for a meeting, or finish a task on time.

    To Sell is Human

    Our guest in this episode is Daniel Pink, author of the new book entitled To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others. Dan's new book can help us all be much more successful at helping move people without resorting to sleazy tricks.

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    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    Total Duration 38:58

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    A Little Fun

    In Dan's book he refers to the Dilbert character Kenny the Sales Weasel. Here's a video version of the cartoon!

    In the book, Dan talks about the benefits but also limitations of psyching yourself up. Interrogative talk is more powerful. The discussion on positive affirmations reminded me of my favorite Stuart Smalley skit on Saturday Night Live. Enjoy!

    Finally, here's Dan with one of my favorite past podcast guests, Dr. Adam Grant. Adam and Dan provide a great 20 minute summary of To Sell is Human.

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  • Smart Ways to Accelerate Your Success as a Project Manager, with author Shane Snow

    Total Duration 42:05

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    Smartcuts, Not Shortcuts

    We go to 'work', not 'play'. Success typically takes work, not sitting back and visualizing wonderful things. But what if there were ways to hack the 'pay your dues' route? What if there were recurring themes from those who accelerated their success?

    My guest today is Shane Snow, author of Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success. Learn more about Shane by checking out his Contently blog at https://shanesnow.contently.com/.

    20 PDU's for a Great Price

    If you are aiming for certification or need PDU's, check out our Advanced Project Management e-learning. Use a coupon code of APM-197to save over USD $100.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • Steve Martin and Andy Kaufman on Influence

    Total Duration: 44:34

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    We all can benefit from developing our influence skills. One of my favorite influence books in the last couple years is entitled Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive. I had the opportunity recently to speak with the co-author of Yes!, Steve Martin, and look forward to your feedback on the interview in this cast. By the way, you'll hear Steve share his thoughts on how to deal with that boss with unrealistic timeframes!

    A practical next step to develop your influence skills is to get a copy of the book that Steve authored with Robert Cialdini and Noah Goldstein: Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive

    Steve puts out a very helpful newsletter entitled the Inside Influence Report. I encourage you to sign-up for it.

    Thanks for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • Take Back Your Life! An interview with author John Wittry

    My middle son Zachary celebrates his 13th birthday later this month. Just this last week I was talking to a friend of his about the upcoming milestone. This friend, who is a couple years younger than Z, remarked, "Man, it seems like we just celebrated his birthday! Has another year gone by so quickly?"

    Ever get that feeling, especially as we get close to the end of another year? How did this year go by so fast?

    I had the opportunity to catch up with a close friend over a cup of coffee recently. He remarked that when he looked at the vice president level above him at his company, all he saw was more work, more stress, and less time with his family. Interestingly, he related "Most people at our company look up one level and say, 'You couldn't pay me enough to take that job! Life is too short!'"

    Maybe you can relate. Either you're already experiencing that frantic pace or you look at the next level and agree that the price on your life isn't worth pursuing a promotion.

    Certainly this reality hurts companies. They are losing leadership potential because they are losing perspective on what it means to allow people to live more balanced lives.

    But my concern with this episode isn't your company. It's you. It's my friend, and it's me. How can we take back our life when it seems that the pace of life is taking it from us?

    I was discussing this with my friend and colleague Kymme Lightfoot who is a consultant with McGhee Productivity Solutions. McGhee specializes in helping organizations with these very challenges and she hooked me up with partner John Witty. John is the author of Take Back Your Life! (Microsoft Press) and if you are looking for perspective to get a better handle on the demands of work and life, this episode's interview is especially designed for you.

    You can learn more about McGhee Productivity Solutions at http://www.mcgheeproductivity.com/.

    If you are interested in more information on this topic, here are some potential next steps:

    • First, make sure to get a copy of John's book Take Back Your Life!. Here's a link to buy it on Amazon.com.
    • Second, we have an audio CD entitled Beyond Time Management. The program is filled with practical lessons to help you get rid of piles at work and home, how to remember important things about people, how to stop forgetting things that need to be done, and much more. Listeners of this podcast can get 20% off by using a coupon code of "TAKETIME20" when ordering by 12/31/2009. Learn more at http://www.i-leadonline.com/BeyondTimeProduct.asp.

    I invite you to join us in 2 weeks when you'll hear my interview with Bill Duncan. If his name isn't familiar, chances are his work is if you are a project manager. Bill was the primary author of the original PMBOK(R) Guide, and we'll talk about certification beyond just what the Project Management Institute offers.

    Thank you for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Enjoy the discussion with John!

    Duration 27:10



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  • Team Turnarounds, Part 1, with author Joe Frontiera

    Time to Reflect

    As we near the end of the year, it's a great time to reflect. What's going well with your teams? What's not so stellar? As you consider the year ahead, what changes do you want to see? What needs to be turned around?

    Time for a Turnaround?

    Joe Frontiera and Daniel Leidl released a book this year entitled Team Turnarounds. It's a helpful playbook for taking an underperforming team to a new level. I had the opportunity to talk with Joe and look forward to sharing that interview over the course of two episodes.

    What Do These Have in Common?

    In this episode we talk about the power of denial and how that holds us back from team turnarounds. We also talk about the value of tough goals. But we start the conversation with this: What do Domino's Pizza, Indianopolis Colts, State of Michigan, and the Broadway Musical Spiderman have in common?

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    Total Duration 18:36

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  • Team Turnarounds, Part 2, with author Joe Frontiera

    Team Turnarounds, Part 2

    In the last episode I started the conversation with Joe Frontiera, co-author of Team Turnarounds: A Playbook for Transforming Underperforming Teams. If you haven't already listened to Part 1 of the interview, I invite you to do that first.

    In this episode we talk about how Domino's Pizza went from admitting their pizza tasted like cardboard and did a team turnaround. We also talk about team culture and how you can increase your odds of turning it around. And we start out with an important conversation about threats and opportunities.

    You can learn more about Joe and his organization at menoconsulting.com.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    Total Duration 17:46

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  • The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Project Leader, with Best-Selling Author Jim Kouzes

    Total Duration 49:43

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    How to Become a Better Leader

    In this episode, I welcome back leadership researcher and author Jim Kouzes. Jim joined us back in episode 62 to talk about the book Credibility. Jim and his writing partner Barry Posner have published a new book entitled Learning Leadership: The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader. If you truly want to accelerate your ability to lead, I highly recommend you get a copy.

    Helping You Lead

    In this episode I mention the Leadership Practices Inventory® (LPI®). It's a powerful tool for receiving the feedback you and your leaders need to raise the bar in your effectiveness. Learn more about our LPI 360 at http://PeopleAndProjectsPodcast.com/LPI.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • The Funny Thing About Project Management

    Total Duration 45:13

    Download episode 109

    Laugh While Learning

    I love to laugh.

    Whether it's a podcast episode, a keynote presentation, or an e-learning workshop, I like to keep it light-hearted. I've just found that it's easier to learn when we're enjoying the experience.

    Yet though I share the name of the famous, albeit dead, comedian Andy Kaufman, I'm not really that funny! I have to work at it. And because of that, there are times when a joke not only isn't particularly funny--it's counter-productive. Perhaps someone is the butt of the joke, so to speak, and they don't like it. Or it was making light at a time or subject that wasn't appropriate.

    The Humor Code

    Our guests in this episode are Pete McGraw and Joel Warner. They are the authors of a clever new book entitled The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny.

    Why is it that some things are funnier than others? When can humor help us and when can it get in the way? Pete and Joel traveled the world to dissect humor across cultures to learn what makes us laugh.

    Learning about humor is not just for stand-up comics and class clowns. Since we are in the business of delivering projects and leading teams, we would all benefit from learning how to use this important tool for mutual benefit, while avoiding the landmines of inappropriate use.

    Learn more about their book by visiting http://humorcode.com/.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • The Introvert's Guide to Success in Business and Leadership

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    Total Duration 27:48

    People Don't Listen To Me

    Some years back I was sitting across the table from a coaching client. We were talking about what she thought was her inability to influence as effectively as she wished. In her soft-spoken manner she said, "I just feel like people don't listen to me."

    I have to admit that the mischievous side of me wanted to say, "Um, what was that you said?"

    Now, of course, I didn't say that, but let me ask you this.... Since she is quiet it's rather obvious she's an introvert, right? And it's probably fair to say that introversion is likely to hold her back from climbing the ladder, wouldn't you say?

    Well how about this? The coaching client was a C-level executive in a highly successful organization. Though she very well may be an introvert, making that assessment so quickly without learning more is any easy mistake to make.

    Can Introverts Be Effective Project Managers?

    Can introverts be effective project managers and leaders? In this episode we talk about that with Lisa Petrilli, author of The Introvert's Guide to Success in Business and Leadership. To learn more about Lisa, please visit her website at LisaPetrilli.com.

    P.S. BTW, if you haven't listened to my interview with Devora Zack, author of Networking for People Who Hate Networking, make sure to check it out!

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • The Invisible Project Manager (Who Loves Their Job), with author David Zweig

    Total Duration 53:49

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    The 'Me Monster'

    We live in an age of relentless self-promotion. Some people in the workplace remind me of comedian Brian Regan’s sketch entitled I Walked On The Moon (see below).

    Ever worked with the 'Me Monster?' Whether we realize it or not, we might actually be on the way to becoming one of those 'Me Monsters' as we struggle to stand out in the noise of those who are trying to out do each other.

    The Invisibles

    Yet not everyone is trying to out do others. In this episode author David Zweig shares his research into those he calls Invisibles. They love their job. Their satisfaction is in the work itself, not the volume of praise the comes with it.

    Have you ever felt invisible? That the work you do goes unnoticed? Or at least that there's a lack of appreciation for all that it takes for you to successfully deliver a project?

    One of the joys of hosting this podcast is finding resources to help you that might not otherwise have come up on your radar screen. I've found David Zweig to be one of those up-and-comers that will inspire us to do our craft better. Enjoy today's discussion with Dave about his book Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion.

    Learn more about Dave, his book, and his music by visiting http://davidzweig.com/.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • The Messy Project Manager, with author Tim Harford

    Total Duration 48:30

    Download episode 156

    What Good is a Mess?

    As a profession, project managers have a tendency toward the tidy. Would you agree? I'm not talking about tidy in terms of cleanliness. I'm talking about tidy in terms of organized. Buttoned up. In control.

    In this episode, Tim Harford joins us to argue for the value of messiness. Tim is the author of the new book entitled Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives. You can learn more about Tim at his website http://timharford.com/.

    Have Andy Speak at Your Company!

    I spend most of my weekdays delivering project management and leadership workshops and keynotes at companies and conferences. Visit http://www.i-leadonline.com/workshops or http://www.i-leadonline.com/keynotes to learn more about how we can help you and your teams learn how to lead and deliver.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

    Here's Tim's TED Talk on the subject:

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  • The Most Important Four Seconds for Project Managers, with author Peter Bregman

    Total Duration 29:45

    Download episode 133

    A Deep Breath

    In this episode we welcome back Peter Bregman to discuss his new book Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Stop Counter-Productive Habits and Get the Results You Want. Peter is one of my favorite voices in leadership and productivity. I look forward to your feedback after listening to this episode.

    To learn more about Peter and the book, visit his website at http://peterbregman.com/four-seconds/.

    You can catch my earlier discussion with Peter by visiting http://www.PeopleAndProjectsPodcast.com/64

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • The Most Important Lesson You Learned Last Year

    Total Duration 31:53

    Download episode 126

    What Did You Learn Last Year?

    What's something specific you've learned in the last 12 months that you either didn't know before then or you had to re-learn it? That's a question I asked some of my favorite continual learners--friends and colleagues who are committed to developing their abilities.

    In this episode you'll hear from:

    Share Your Lesson!

    Please e-mail me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or leave a message on our Listener Feedback Line (847-550-3747). What did you learn last year? I look forward to hearing from you!

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    Check out our Advanced Project Management e-learning to earn 20 PDU's for a great price. Use a coupon code of PMP-199 to save USD $100.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Here's to a great 2015!

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  • The Most Important Lesson You Learned Last Year

    Total Duration 39:48

    Download episode 159

    What Did You Learn Last Year?

    What's something specific you've learned in the last 12 months that you either didn't know before then or you had to re-learn it? That's a question I asked some of my favorite continual learners--friends and colleagues who are committed to developing their abilities.

    In this episode you'll hear from:

    Share Your Lesson!

    Please e-mail me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or leave a message on our Listener Feedback Line (847-550-3747). What did you learn last year? I look forward to hearing from you!

    Low-Price PDU's

    Check out our Advanced Project Management e-learning to earn 20 PDU's for a great price. Use a coupon code of PMP-199 to save USD $100.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Here's to a great 2017!

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  • The Myth of Multitasking, with guest author Dave Crenshaw

    Total Duration: 23:52


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    Dave Crenshaw author of The Myth of Multitasking, is our guest on this cast and shares insights on why multitasking actually hurts our productivity. During the interview Dave encourages you to take a free multitasking test on his website at:
    http://www.davecrenshaw.com/andykaufman

    Here's to a very focused day for you! 

  • The New Year Money Episode, with author and speaker Matt Bell

    Total Duration 20:49

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    As you start this new year, let me ask you a personal question: How satisfied are you with your financial situation?

    Though it doesn't seem like a question for a podcast on leadership and project management, here's what I've found: there are seemingly endless resources available on the internet to learn more about managing your finances. Yet I find that many of my coaching clients--once I get to know them well enough--confess that financial stress is something they deal with, particularly in this economy.

    Since work/life balance is an important objective for all who desire to lead people and projects, I wanted to invest a cast on the topic of our personal finances. The start of a year is often a great time to reboot old habits to start fresh with new ones.

    When it comes to financial advice I turn to my friend, author, and personal finance expert Matt Bell. I had the opportunity to talk with Matt recently and look forward to sharing the interview with you in this cast.

    To learn more about Matt, check out his website at http://www.mattaboutmoney.com/. Also, don't miss the sites Matt mentions in this cast, including Mint.com, Fidelity's MyPlan Snapshot , Ask.com/deals, and ebates.com.

    Hey, quick question: How are YOU doing on your new year's resolutions? We're far enough into the new year that, at least statistically, many of them will have fallen off the radar screen. But they don't have to.

    If you haven't yet heard my interview with Jordan Goldberg, CEO of StickK.com, make sure to check it out. Jordan's site has helped me reach my new year's weight loss goal in far less time than I planned. You might just find a way to use their site to achieve some financial related goals this year as well!

    Please join me in our next podcast when I interview Keith Ferrazzi, author of the bestseller Never Eat Alone and his new book Who's Got Your Back. Relationships are a key ingredient to your success at work, with projects, and in life, and Keith is the foremost authority on the topic.

    Deliver the podcast by e-mail for free!Quick note: You can now receive notices of new podcast episodes via e-mail, allowing you to listen to them more conveniently and in a timely manner. Sign up here!

    And, one last thing! Would you take a moment to let a friend or colleague know about The People and Projects Podcast? I'd love to pour into them as well, to help them lead people and deliver projects.

    Thanks for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • The Project Success Method, with author Clint Padgett

    Total Duration 22:04

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    Click here to get your copySo when it comes right down to it... what can you do to better ensure that you successfully deliver the projects you're managing? 

    It's a question I love working with our clients on, and it's a question that is directly addressed in Clint Padgett's book The Project Success Method: A Proven Approach for Achieving Superior Project Performance in as Little as 5 Days. I had the opportunity to talk with Clint recently and look forward to sharing that interview with you in this episode.

    To learn more about Clint and his organization, I invite you to check them out at projectsuccess.com.

    Do you have an upcoming company meeting or retreat? We have keynote presentations that can inspire and motivate your teams to successfully deliver the projects and lead their teamsContact us at 866-884-5323 to learn more.

    Thanks for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

  • The Real Reason Why Project Managers and Their Teams Win, with author Fred Kiel

    Total Duration 34:43

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    Do The Good Guys Win?

    There’s something inside us that wants to believe that the good guys win in the end, right? We want to believe that if you treat people well, keep your promises, and work hard, that it all pays off with increased opportunity and reward.

    Fred Kiel has data to support that you don't have to be Gordon Gecko from the movie Wall Street to win. In this episode, we talk with Fred about his new book Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win

    To learn more about Fred and take the Character Predictor Quiz, visit http://www.krw-intl.com/characterquiz/.

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    Join other listeners for a Google Hangout session on Thursday, 17 December at 11:30am Central Standard Time (GMT-6). You'll earn a free PDU while we talk about issues related to leading and delivering. Go to http://PeopleAndProjectsPodcast.com/hangout to learn more!

    Leadership Fast Track Program

    In this episode, I mention our Leadership Fast Track Program. I encourage you to check out http://LeadershipFastTrackProgram.com to see if it's a good fit for your development plan in 2016. If so, talk to your boss about getting it in the budget for next year. Let me know if you have any questions about the program. It would be a privilege to work with you directly!

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    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights, With Dr. Gary Klein

     

     

    Total Duration 45:09

     

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    Seeing What Others Don't

    How is it that we can so easily not see things? When making decisions, we can be blind to better options. When planning a project, we can be blind to risks that are lurking. When listening to a problem from a team member, we can be blind to the fact there's actually a problem!

    My guest today is Dr. Gary Klein, author of Seeing What Others Don't: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights. Gary has written a wonderful book that we explore in this discussion.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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  • The Thankful Project Manager

    Total Duration 20:25

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    A Disposition of Gratitude

    One of my favorite holidays in the United States is Thanksgiving. Many other countries have a similar sort of day, but whether or not your country celebrates the holiday is not the main point here today.

    The bigger deal is the idea. Being thankful. Having a disposition of gratitude. That's what we're talking about in today's cast.

    Are You a Thankful Project Manager?

    In some of our leadership workshops we'll ask a team to answer this question: "Who is the best among the team at giving out honest and sincere appreciation?"

    Team members usually find it rather easy to answer this question. Would your name be the one that gets the most hits?

    In this episode we talk about some research behind expressing appreciation. You'll find it's not just your team that benefits.

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    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great Thanksgiving Day (whether you're in the US or not)!

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  • The Way We're Working Isn't Working, Part 1

    Episode Duration 20:30

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    Let me take a guess... You don't have time to listen to this podcast episode. Oh, you're listening to it, but perhaps you're driving or trying to do e-mail--hopefully not both--while you do it!

    We're so busy, and the overall toll on us and our productivity can be overwhelming, which made me think of Tony Schwartz's book The Way We're Working Isn't Working. Tony is a gifted writer and speaker and an expert on helping us perform at our best. I had the opportunity to spend some time talking with Tony and have divided the interview into two podcast episodes.

    Thank you for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast!

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