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The People and Projects Podcast, where we bring interviews and insights to help you deliver projects and lead teams.

The People and Projects Podcast, where we bring interviews and insights to help you deliver projects and lead teams.


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The People and Projects Podcast, where we bring interviews and insights to help you deliver projects and lead teams.






PPP 316 | Why Humor Is a Secret Weapon in Business and Life--And How Anyone Can Harness It. Even You.

The Power of Levity for Project Teams We’re talking about humor today and I'm joined by Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas. They’re the authors of a new book entitled Humor, Seriously. It’s a great read and in today’s discussion, you’re going to learn how bringing more levity to your team pays back in a big way. Learn more about Jennifer and Naomi at Accelerate Your Ability to Lead We've opened up applications for this year's Leadership Fast Track Program. Join other...


PPP 315 | The Voice in Your Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It, with author Ethan Kross

Evidence-based Ways to Stop Ruminating and Worrying After working with hundreds of coaching clients from around the world through our Leadership Fast Track Program, I can confidently say that I probably know who your worst critic is. Yep, it’s probably you. People leading teams and projects typically have plenty to worry about. We ruminate about the past and can stay awake at night about risks that are lurking. Those voices in our head--that chatter, so to speak, can start to weigh heavy...


PPP 314 | How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace, with authors David Smith and Brad Johnson

Being Allies for Women in Project Management Project management is a fantastic career path for us all, and especially women. As much progress as women have made in the workplace, there remain many barriers that, quite frankly, many men are blind to. In this episode, we’re going to focus on this in a way that I hope you will find empowering, encouraging, and actionable. It’s not a discussion that is blaming or shaming men. It’s about helping us see that there’s work to do, and I think both...


PPP 313 | How to Prepare for the Future Like a Project Manager, with futurist Brian David Johnson

Project Managers Are Futurists My guest in this episode is the former Chief Futurist of Intel: Brian David Johnson. Brian joins us to talk about his book The Future You: Break Through the Fear and Build the Life You Want. Brian is going to help you see that project managers are perfectly positioned to benefit from thinking like a futurist. Learn more about Brian at Have Andy Speak at Your Company Whether live in-person or virtually, contact us about having Andy...


PPP 312 | Keep a Relentless Focus On This

Lessons About Delays In this brief episode, I share a lesson from a recent assignment for my project management MBA students. Episodes that I refer to are: Episode 249, with Aaron DignanBrave New WorkEpisode 306, with Gary HamelHumanocracy I strongly recommend you add those episodes and books to your learning plan for the new year! Have Andy Speak at Your Company Whether live in-person or virtually, I'd love to speak at an upcoming event at your organization! Our project management...


PPP 311 | My 5 Favorite Episodes of This Year

Picking my favorite episodes from this last year was not easy, but if you're looking for the top 5, check out this episode! Episodes that I refer to are: Episode 284, with Peter BoghossianHow to Have Impossible ConversationsEpisode 294, with Frances FreiUnleashedEpisode 301, with Peter KozodoyHonest to GreatnessEpisode 302, with Thomas Wedell-WedellsborgWhat's Your Problem?Episode 306, with Gary HamelHumanocracy I strongly recommend you add those episodes and books to your learning plan...


PPP 310 | How to Let Your Next Job Find You, with author Jeff Gothelf

What If Your Next Job Could Find You? My guest in this episode is Jeff Gothelf. He woke up on his 35th birthday in a cold sweat about his career. He hadn't been laid off (yet), but he realized that the future wasn't as bright as it might seem. Jeff joins us to talk about his book Forever Employable: How to Stop Looking for Work and Let Your Next Job Find You. Whether you're currently looking for a job or want to future-prep your career, this is an episode you'll want to catch. Learn more...


PPP 309 | Reclaiming Time From Your Crazy Schedule, with behavioral scientist Ashley Whillans

Help for Busy Leaders A common theme I hear from listeners is how overwhelmed many of us feel. Between the demands of your projects and stakeholders, demands at home, the stress of all that’s going on in culture, it’s just an overwhelming time for so many people. That's why I invited Harvard professor Ashley Whillans to join us in episode 309 to talk about her new book Time Smart: How to Reclaim Your Time and Live a Happier Life. She shares some perspectives and tips that will help you...


PPP 308 | You Need This More Than Ever—And Why You Feel Like You Don’t Have Time for It, with Harvard professor Joe Badaracco

Stepping Back to Reflect Perhaps more than ever, we need to find ways to reflect. Yet how do we do that in the hectic pace we're living? Harvard professor Joe Badaracco joins us in episode 308 to talk about his insightful book Step Back: How to Bring the Art of Reflection into Your Busy Life. Joe shares practical insights that make reflection possible (and you don't have to book a meditation retreat!). Have Andy Speak at Your Company Whether live in-person or virtually, contact us...


PPP 307 | Want to Take On More Responsibility? Listen to This First

Rising to Power The good news? You're getting opportunities for more responsibility. The bad news? It might just be more painful than you think. Ron Carucci joins us for episode 307 to talk about his insightful book Rising to Power: The Journey of Exceptional Executives. Ron shares insights to help you prepare for increasing levels of responsibility that will both inspire and challenge you. And he shares some insights about his upcoming book about honesty. I can't wait to share this...


PPP 306 | Sick of Bureaucracy? Here’s What To Do, with Thinkers50 author Gary Hamel

Fighting Back Against Bureaucracy So, what does it take to get ahead at work? If you’ve ever worked for a corporation of almost any size, you’ve had a front-row seat to the life-sucking waste that happens because of bureaucracy. It’s certainly an issue as organizations get larger, but I’ve seen it bog down small companies as well. Gary Hamel joins us for episode 306 to talk about his new book Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them. Gary doesn't just talk...


PPP 305 | (Video) Do You Consider Yourself a Handy Person?

We Too Often Self-Limit It's been a jam-packed speaking season, but in this short video, I share a quick lesson we need to hear. Let's Stay In Touch! I hear from listeners almost every day and I love it! How about you and I connect on LinkedIn? Go to and Follow me (I've maxed out the connections but if you Follow me, I'll Follow you back!) Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Talent Triangle:...


PPP 304 | Preparing Your Career For the Future, with author Michael Solomon

Future-Prepping Your Career Something we all need to wrestle with is this: how are we preparing ourselves for the future? With the continuing advancements in AI and automation, how can you continue to set yourself up to be relevant in the future of disruptions? Michael Solomon joins us to talk about his new book Game Changer: How to be 10x in the Talent Economy. Michael shares his perspectives on what it means to be a 10xer--someone who provides out-sized results--and how that prepares...


PPP 303 | Project Management Career Advice for Women--and Men--with Elise Stevens

Advocate for Women in Project Management I'm excited to share this conversation with my friend Elise Stevens. Her work advocating for women in project management is an inspiration to me personally, and the insights she shares today are helpful to both men and women. Learn more about Elise at Join Us for our Virtual Project Management Training Program! Learn how to improve your ability to lead and deliver! Join us this fall for the same project management program we...


PPP 302 | Accelerate Your Career By Being a Better Problem-Finder, with author Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg

Becoming an Expert Problem-Finder Chances are, you have a reputation as a good problem-solver. That reputation very well could be one of the factors that has led to your success thus far. But here’s the problem--and perhaps you’re already seeing it. The higher you get up in an organization, the larger the scale of your projects and responsibilities, the more difficult the problems you face. I'm joined today by Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg, author of a new book entitled What's Your Problem?:...


PPP 301 | What Brutal Honesty Is--And Isn’t--and Why It’s More Important Than Ever, with Peter Kozodoy

The Truth Will Set You Free We often think about honesty as "don’t tell lies", and that’s certainly part of it. But in today's episode, Peter Kozodoy helps us see that a big part of brutal honesty is seeing things honestly. Peter has just released an intriguing book released just this month. It’s entitled Honest to Greatness: How Today’s Greatest Leaders Use Brutal Honesty to Achieve Massive Success. Learn more about Peter and his book at Click here to see the Quicken...


PPP 300 | Five Things I Want You To Know From The First 300 Episodes

Thank You! There are so many reasons why I want to say thanks to you. This is a special month for me and my team. We’re celebrating 19 years in business, for which we’re immensely thankful. And, with this, we’re celebrating episode 300 today! That's not something that could happen without your support! In this episode, I share five things I've learned from the first 300 episodes. Help Make The Next 300 Episodes Even Better We’ve created a short survey--it will take just a few...


PPP 299 | How to Give Your Employees Their Brains Back Through Outrageous Empowerment, with author Ron Lovett

Learning to Scale as a Leader If you lead teams and projects, one of the challenges we eventually face is scale. Inevitably, we’re faced with bigger challenges, larger teams, more complexity, and--as we do that--we start to get in our own way. We become the bottlenecks ourselves, or we allow an insidious swamp of policies and procedures to grow to the point that everything takes longer. And in the process, we start to suck the life out of our people. In this episode, we're joined by Ron...


PPP 298 | The Art of Being Indispensable at Work, with author Bruce Tulgan

Becoming The Go-To Person Being the go-to person has a lot of career value, and in times of uncertainty, being the go-to person can seem like it brings a lot of job security. But as our guest Bruce Tulgan says in the opening clip, the problem with becoming a go-to person is that you become the go-to person! It can turn into becoming a Yes person, which can lead to over-commitment, stress, and eventually dropping enough balls, so to speak, that we’re no longer the go-to person! Bruce makes...


PPP 297 | Want to Grow As a Leader? How to Build a Peer Coaching Community, with author Glain Roberts-McCabe

Glain Roberts-McCabe joins us for episode 297 to talk about her new book The Grassroots Leadership Revolution: Build a Peer Coaching Community and Own Your Career. Learn more about Glain and her book at Join me for our Virtual Project Management Training Program! Learn how to improve your ability to lead and deliver! Join us for the same project management program we deliver in-house at organizations around the world! Learn more at...