PPP 026 | How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help. Part 2 of an Interview with Dr. Ed Schein

Total Duration: 21:17

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In our last episode, I started an interview with Dr. Ed Schein, Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus at MIT and author of fourteen business books, including The Corporate Culture Survival Guide. Make sure to listen to that episode if you happened to miss it.

In this second part of the interview, we turn our attention to Ed's seminal yet highly practical book entitled Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help. Ever wonder why some people find it difficult to ask for help, even when they are "spinning their wheels" with the project tasks? Or why some people just won't take you up on offers to help, even when it's desperately needed?

In this interview, Ed helps us understand the surprisingly complex dynamics around giving and receiving help. I strongly recommend you get a copy of Ed's books we discuss in these two episodes.

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PPP 025 | Corporate Culture Survival, with Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus, Dr. Ed Schein

Total Duration: 24:19

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It happens regularly... my phone rings, I pick it up, and on the other end I'm talking with someone who's inquiring about bringing us in to deliver a keynote for a company event or training for their organization.

My first response is not whether I'm available on the dates they're looking for. My first questions are designed to help me understand the problems they're trying to solve. Once I have a good sense of the issues they want to address, I inevitably ask a critical, open-ended question: "Tell me about the culture of your organization?"

How would you respond to that question? How would you describe your company's culture? Or the culture of your team? How about the project culture at your company--how things get done?

This is what I've found: understanding organizational culture is critical to being able to deliver projects and lead teams. If I don't have a decent idea of the culture I'm walking into for a keynote, workshop, or coaching session, I flat out won't be effective. It would be like walking in and finding that everyone speaks a foreign language.

Dr. Ed Schein is a world-renowned MIT professor and expert on organizational culture, and has authored fourteen business books, including The Corporate Culture Survival Guide. When it comes to knowing how to get things done in a company, Ed is one of my heroes, so I was very excited to have the opportunity to speak with him recently.

This episode contains the first part of my discussion with Dr. Schein, with the remaining to be included in the next cast.

See Part 2 of my interview with Dr. Schein will focus on his book Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help.

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

PPP 024 | PDUs for PMPs, with guest Cornelius Fichtner, PMP

Total Duration 23:57

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I love helping project managers get their PMP®certification. For those of you who have completed that journey, you know it's a lot of work! There are plenty of you listening who have been putting it off and would benefit from taking action on that this year.


But what about once you get the certification? You enthusiastically cross the finish line and are awarded with... the need to get PDU's to retain your certification!

If you have a plan, getting your required continuing education credits is not that big of a challenge. But waiting until the end of your three year term is not a good plan.

This cast is to help you put together a plan to get those PDU's, and you'll hear from the one and only Cornelius Fichtner, host of The Project Management Podcast. Cornelius will tell you about his favorite ways to get PDU's, including a new offering he's rolling out soon called The PDU Podcast.

Click here to learn more about The PDU Podcast (or go to http://nanacast.com/vp/107168/81275/).

And, hey, for those of you who have been putting off getting your certification, give me a call! If you're in the Chicago area I have a PMP®Prep workshop on some selected Saturdays over the next two months. As of the recording date, there are still 3 slots open. You can reach me toll-free at 866-884-5323.

If you can't attend the class, here's another idea! One of my favorite recommendations for helping aspiring project managers to get their certification is The PMP®PrepCast, also from our friend Cornelius. It's one of the best values for the dollar to help you pass the exam. You can find the PMP®PrepCast here.

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

PPP 023 | 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!

PPP 022 | Who's Got Your Back? An interview with bestselling author Keith Ferrazzi

Total Duration 25:26

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I got a call this morning from a former coaching client. Two years ago when I was working with Jerry he expressed interest in writing a book, which I enthusiastically encouraged him to pursue. Two years later he's made significant progress and now had questions about the publishing process. In roughly 20 minutes I happily downloaded lessons that were learned since I published my first book 8 years ago.

Why do I share this story? What if Jerry hadn't surrounded himself with someone who cared enough to help him out? I don't want to over-state the value of my advice for certainly there are plenty of websites and services that have information that could help him achieve his goal. Yet there's something even more powerful about having close access to a circle of people you trust, who you know care about your success, and are eager to help you achieve it.

Jerry has that in me. Who do you have in your inner circle or your "Go To Group" (a term I introduce in my keynote on relationships called The Dirty Little Secret of Business)?

Who we surround ourselves with is critical, and it's an important lesson in Keith Ferrazzi's new book Who's Got Your Back: The Breakthrough Program to Build Deep, Trusting Relationships That Create Success--and Won't Let You Fail. I first heard of Keith when he wrote the best seller Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time back in 2005.

I have to say this upfront: If you lead projects and teams, chances are your success depends far more than you realize on the relationships you build. If you haven't read Keith's books, get them today.

I look forward to sharing a recent discussion I had with Keith in this cast.

In addition to picking up a copy of Keith's books, I invite you to follow Keith's blog. You can find that, along with many additional resources, at KeithFerrazzi.com.

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

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  2. PPP 020 | Accountability That Works! An interview with author and speaker John G. Miller
  3. PPP 019 | Making New Year's Resolutions StickK! An interview with Jordan Goldberg, CEO of stickK.com
  4. PPP 018 | Project Management Beyond PMI, an interview with Bill Duncan, primary author of the original PMBOK(R) Guide
  5. PPP 017 | Take Back Your Life! An interview with author John Wittry
  6. PPP 016 | World of Thanks, a special Thanksgiving podcast episode
  7. PPP 015 | Is Failure an Option? An interview with Ralph Heath, author of Celebrating Failure
  8. PPP 014 | How to Know What You Don't Know, an interview with author Michael Roberto
  9. PPP 013 | Managing Politics and Conflict in Projects, with author Brian Irwin, PMP
  10. PPP 012 | Why Feedback Doesn't Work, with Charles Jacobs, author of Management Rewired
  11. PPP 011 | Fierce Leadership, an interview with author Susan Scott
  12. PPP 010 | Managing Generation Y, an interview with author and speaker Bruce Tulgan
  13. PPP 009 | Why New Systems Fail, an interview with author Phil Simon
  14. PPP 008 | Managing Extreme Projects, with author and consultant Doug DeCarlo
  15. PPP 007 | Leading and Delivering with Virtual Teams, with guest Dr. Karen Sobel Lojeski
  16. PPP 006 | Getting More Done with Less Stress, with guest Jason Womack
  17. PPP 005 | How Engaged Are Your Teams? Got Conflict? A conversation with Kenneth W. Thomas, author of "Intrinsic Motivation at Work"
  18. PPP 004 | Increasing Your Charisma, with guest Dr. Nick Morgan, author of "Trust Me: Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma"
  19. PPP 003 | The Myth of Multitasking, with guest author Dave Crenshaw
  20. PPP 002 | Project Sponsorship, with guest Alfonso Bucero, PMP
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