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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/.

    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 to learn more about how we can help you and your teams learn how to lead and deliver.

    Conflict Management e-learning

    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.
    • Record your lesson and then send the audio file to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    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

  • 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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  • 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
    • Call me directly at 847-579-9174
    • Contact me by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    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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  • 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!

     

  • 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!

    It's Time to Get Your PMP Certification!

    If you are aiming for certification or need PDU's, check out our PMP and CAPM Exam Prep e-learning. 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 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/.

    Grow Your Leadership Skills

    If you're interested in developing your leadership skills, I have an idea for you. Our Leadership Fast Track Program fires up again in June. You are cordially invited to join me and others from around the world in this program that combines assessments, learning sessions, and one-on-one coaching. I facilitate each of the learning sessions live, over the web, which means you can participate regardless of where you live. In our one-on-one coaching sessions, I'll work directly with you to help you take the next step in your ability to lead and deliver. Plus, the program earns you 20 PDU's if you're a PMP.

    To learn more and take advantage of the early-bird discount, visit LeadershipFastTrackProgram.com.

    Tell Your Friends!

    As our college intern says in the opening of this episode, we'd love to let more people know about The People and Projects Podcast. How about you tell some friends and colleagues about us? If nothing else, it will make Zach look like he's 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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  • How Project Managers Can Deal With Stupid Feedback

    Total Duration 40:07

    Download episode 108

    "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.

    I Want to Hear From You!

    Speaking of feedback, I'd love to hear from you! I'm inviting you to call our podcast listener feedback line and leave a message!

    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.
    • Or you can call me on Skype and leave a message. My Skype ID is andy.kaufman.i-lead.

    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

    20 PDU's for a Great Price!

    Listeners to the podcast can save on a license of our Advanced Project Management e-learning. Go to http://www.nanacast.com/advanced-project-management to learn more. Get 20 PDUs for only $199 by using a coupon code of PMP-199.

    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 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/.

    Join My Periscopes This Month!

    Join me for our series of Project Management Periscopes during the month of October 2015. Each Friday I'm broadcasting a periscope from 12:15pm Central in the US (GMT-5). Just download the mobile app at https://www.Periscope.tv. Then go to my Periscope home page at https://www.Periscope.tv/andy_kaufman. Join me for these 15-minute Periscopes this month!

    Let Me Hear From You!

    I love hearing from listeners! Please leave 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
    • Call me directly at 847-579-9174
    • Contact me by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    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 Make Better Decisions: Year-End Episode

    Total Duration 1:00:05

    Download episode 141

    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 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.

    Let's Learn Together

    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.

    Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to save $100 USD on our Essentials of Project Management e-learning program. 15 PDU's for a great price! Contact me for details!

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

    For a funny parody of power posing, check out Vooza's video here.

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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/.

    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 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/.

    Let's Learn Together

    We have just launched our project management e-learning on a new platform, and to celebrate, we're making the first 25% of the learning free! Learn more at http://courses.i-leadonline.com.

    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.

    20 PDU's for a Great Price!

    Arif, our listener from Pakistan, introduces this episode and mentions our Advanced Project Management e-learning. Go to http://www.nanacast.com/advanced-project-management to learn more. Get 20 PDUs for only $199 by using a coupon code of PMP-199.

    Free Coaching Offer

    Hey, here's a New Year's gift for the first 5 people who take me up on it! I am offering a free 30 minute coaching session for five listeners, and here's all you have to do: Go to our podcast Facebook page. Just Likethe page and post a message that you'd like the free coaching session. I'll get back to the first 5 responders and we'll set up a time to talk! I'd love to help you prepare for the year ahead and to talk through challenges and opportunities you're facing. It would be a real privilege to work with you so head over to our facebook page now and grab one of those slots. Thanks!

    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

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    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/.

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

    Total Duration 37:57

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    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

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    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

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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.

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    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!

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  • 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.

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    Total Duration 24:13

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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

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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

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    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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  • Influencing the Impossible Stakeholder, with author Donny Ebenstein

    Total Duration 35:28

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    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.

     

    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!

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

    Episode Duration 34:39

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    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. :)

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

    Total Duration 41:37

    Download episode 135

    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

    Check out our Advanced Project Management e-learning workshop! Use a coupon code of PMP-199 to save USD $100. Go to http://www.nanacast.com/advanced-project-management to learn more.

    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

    Download episode 120

    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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    I'd Love to Listen To You!

    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!

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

    Help Getting Your PMP Certification

    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 38:58

    Download episode 88

     

    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

    Download episode 122

    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.

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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!

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

    Total Duration 53:49

    Download episode 113

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

    Total Duration 34:43

    Download episode 139

    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/.

    Join Our Year-End Podcast Listener Hangout!

    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!

    Let Me Hear From You!

    I love hearing from listeners! Please leave 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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  • The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights, With Dr. Gary Klein

     

     

    Total Duration 45:09

     

    Download episode 118

     

    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

    Download episode 104

    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.

    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 Thanksgiving Day (whether you're in the US or not)!

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  • Tom Rath Goes to the Movies (and Why You Should Too!)

     

    Total Duration 27:31

    Download episode 140

    Business Book at the Movies

    You may recall our previous discussions with Tom Rath about his book Eat Move Sleep (episode 106) and Are You Fully Charged (episode 132). In this episode, we talk with Tom about the new movie he's produced that takes Are You Fully Charged and turns it into a documentary.

    You can find the movie at:

    Or, you can watch the trailer here (and even rent it):

    One idea: rent a copy of the movie and stream it during a staff meeting!

    To learn more about Tom and the movie, visit http://www.tomrath.org/fully-charged/

    Join Our Year-End Podcast Listener Hangout!

    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!

    Let Me Hear From You!

    I love hearing from listeners! Please leave 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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  • We're Not Family. But Free Agency Doesn't Work. How to Have Career Discussions with Your Team, with Ben Casnocha

    Total Duration 36:57

    Download episode 121

    We are Family?

    Most companies no longer feel like 'family'. But the 'free agent' approach has limitations as well.

    My guest today is Ben Casnocha. He is the co-author of a new book entitled The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age. Ben and his co-author Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn) discuss a new model for managing talent in this new age. Learn more about Ben by checking out his blog at http://casnocha.com/blog.

    Helping Your Organization Deliver

    We help organizations around the world improve their ability to deliver projects and lead teams. Who in your organization is responsible for planning out next year's training? Have them contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We have training classes designed for helping every role in your organization to get better at successfully delivering their work. 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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  • What I Learned About Stress This Week

    What I Learned This Week

    This episode kicks off our experiment of short videos talking about an idea or observation that was learned this week. In this episode I talk about what I learned prepping for a discussion with Derek Roger and Nick Petrie regarding their book on stress. My interview with Nick and Derek will be published in the coming weeks.

    After a couple of these "What I Learned" videos get released, I'd love your feedback on their value. Thanks!

    What Did You Learn This Week?

    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 have you been learning? I look forward to hearing from you!

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

    Total Duration 6:24

    Download episode 160

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  • What I Learned This Week About Influencing Through Questions

    What I Learned This Week

    We continue our experiment of short videos talking about an idea or observation that was learned this week. In this episode I talk about influencing by asking instead of telling.

    What Did You Learn This Week?

    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 have you been learning? 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!

    Total Duration 6:24

    Download episode 161

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  • What Project Managers Need to Know About Office Politics, with Dan Rust, author of Workplace Poker

    Total Duration 59:03

    Download episode 154

    Playing the Game or Just Getting Played?

    In this episode, I welcome Dan Rust, author of Workplace Poker: Are You Playing the Game or Just Getting Played? If you get sick of office politics, join the crowd. But the reality for project managers is we need to be effective with a wide range of stakeholders, and there are complex human dynamics that must be navigated. This is one of the best books I've read on the topic in a while.

    Learn more about Dan and his book at WorkplacePoker.com.

    Special thanks to TeenPact Leadership Schools for sponsoring this episode. Learn more about TeenPact at http://TeenPact.com

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

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  • What Science Says About the Happy Project Manager, with Michelle Gielen

    Total Duration 41:34

    Download episode 136

    The Happy Project Manager

    Most people who know me would say I'm generally a happy guy--rather optimistic by nature. By I've always been a bit skeptical about books on the subject of happiness. My concern is that they would be filled with shallow platitudes, assuming that the ultimate goal for ourselves is self-focused pleasure.

    Thankfully, that bias didn't keep me from agreeing to read Michelle Gielan's new book Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change.

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

    Join My Periscopes This Month!

    As part of our ongoing experimentation here at the People and Projects Podcast, we're going to be conducting some Periscopes during the month of October 2015. Each Friday, starting October 9, 2015, for 4 Friday's, I'll be broadcasting a periscope from 12:15pm Central in the US (GMT-5). If you haven't downloaded the app, please do so and then join me for these brief, 15-minute discussions. You can find my Periscope home page at https://www.Periscope.tv/andy_kaufman. I would love to have the opportunity to connect with you in this way so join me in October!

    15 PDU's for Podcast Listeners

    Check out our Essentials of Project Management e-learning workshop! Use a coupon code of ESSENTIALS-50 to save USD $150. Go to http://www.nanacast.com/essentials-of-project-management-single to learn more.

    Let Me Hear From You!

    I love hearing from listeners! Please leave 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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    Clips from The LEGO Movie

    Honestly, this movie cracks me up. I couldn't help but put Unikitty in this episode. Who's your favorite character in the movie?

  • What You Need to Know to Manage Millennials, with author Lee Caraher

    Total Duration 55:18

    Download episode 158

    Gotta Love Millennials

    When the topic of millennials comes up in my workshops, it's sure to evoke strong opinions, from older leaders who complain millennials are entitled, to the millennials who resent being stereotyped.

    In this episode, Lee Caraher joins us to talk about both sides of the issue. Lee is the author of the book entitled Millennials & Management: The Essential Guide to Making it Work at Work. You can learn more about Lee at her website http://LeeCaraher.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/keynotes to learn more about how we can help you and your teams learn how to lead and deliver.

    Also, learn more about our conflict management e-learning by visiting http://courses.i-leadonline.com.

    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Merry Christmas!

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  • When Consultants are the Problem, Not the Solution

    Total Duration 39:10

    Download episode 111

    Pulling Back the Curtain on Management Consultants

    Our guest in this episode is Karen Phelan, author of an entertaining book entitled I'm Sorry I Broke Your Company: When Management Consultants Are the Problem, Not the Solution. Karen pulls back the curtain on an industry from the perspective of an insider. This book is a fun read that, in truth, goes beyond just management consultants. It looks at the ridiculousness of what we call best practices in organizational leadership and management. I look forward to your feedback after you listen to this discussion with Karen.

    Learn more about Karen and her book by visiting http://imsorryibrokeyourcompany.com/.

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

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  • Why Leadership Training Isn't Preparing You to Lead (and What To Do About It), with author Herminia Ibarra

     

    Total Duration 28:40

    Download episode 130

    Act First, Not Think First

    In this episode we speak with Herminia Ibarra, author of Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader. Herminia chairs a department at the world-renowned INSEAD business school and is recognized by Thinkers 50 as one of the top business thinkers around the globe. In this episode, Herminia shares why standard leadership training just doesn't work.

    Learn more about Herminia and her book (and download the first chapter) at http://herminiaibarra.com/books/.

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

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  • Why Managing Sucks, with author Jody Thompson

    Download episode 97

    Total Duration 25:59

     

    Does Your Work Suck?

    So how would you describe your excitement level about your job? Would you say, "It's awesome Andy! I love my job!" Or would you be more on the side of...

    "Work Sucks."

    Insights from Jody Thompson

    In this episode you'll hear from Jody Thompson, co-author of Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It: The Results-Only Revolution and Why Managing Sucks and How to Fix It: A Results-Only Guide to Taking Control of Work, Not People. Looking for fresh insights on how to look and work and leading teams? You'll get it in this episode!

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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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  • Why Project Managers Need to Say Less and Ask More To Be Better Leaders, with Michael Bungay Stanier

    Total Duration 45:35

    Download episode 150

    Ask More, Talk Less

    In this episode, I welcome Michael Bungay Stanier, founder and Senior Partner of Box of Crayons. Michael is the author of a new book that details how project managers can be more effective coaches. In The Coaching Habit, Michael proposes that coaching is not a formal event, such as a one-on-one meeting. Rather, it's something we can do regularly, informally, in 10 minutes or less.

    Improve Your Ability to Deal with Conflict

    Conflict comes with the role of leading people and projects. Our e-learning program entitled Beyond the Rock and the Hard Place is designed to help you learn how to negotiate conflicts in more productive ways. Learn more at http://courses.i-leadonline.com/courses/beyond-the-rock-and-the-hard-place.

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

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  • Why Project Managers Who Learn Faster Beat Those Who Know More, with guest Liz Wiseman

    Total Duration 44:58

    Download episode 125

    Expert Judgment

    In the Project Management Body of Knowledge--the PMBOK® Guide--there's a recurring tool and technique entitled Expert Judgment. How can you develop a more effective project charter? Come up with more accurate cost and time estimates? Identify risks? Project Management Institute (PMI) says we should use expert judgment.

    Their point is that you can develop better plans and estimates if you tap into the wisdom of those with established expertise. Makes sense, right?

    Put Your Rookie On

    My guest today is Liz Wiseman, author of Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work. Liz suggests there are times when having a rookie mindset trumps expert judgment.

    Give Me a Call!

    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 Liz. What questions do you have? I look forward to hearing from you!

    It's Time to Get Your PMP Certification!

    If you are aiming for certification or need PDU's, check out our PMP and CAPM Exam Prep e-learning. 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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  • Why Projects Fail (and How We Can Fix That), with Jim Johnson from The Standish Group

    Total Duration 27:05

    Download episode 116

    Never Had a Failed Project?

    Have you ever had a project that failed? Be careful--this is a truth test! If someone tells you they always deliver on time, on budget, with all the specified scope, be wary! Delivering projects successfully every time sounds great in an interview but a challenge in the real world.

    My guest today is Jim Johnson, Founder and Chairman of The Standish Group. Jim has a passion to understand why things break and how to fix them. In this discussion we talk about why projects break, and some ideas on how to improve the likelihood of successfully delivering.

    You can learn more about Jim and The Standish Group at http://www.StandishGroup.com.

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