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PPP 230 | Helping Your Team Survive The Messy Middle of Projects

Total Duration 47:31 Download episode 230 Surviving the Messy Middle We celebrate beginnings. We celebrate endings. But according to Adobe Chief Product Officer Scott Belsky, it's the middle of our boldest initiatives that can be the toughest to endure. In this episode, Scott joins us to talk about his new book The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture, and I'm excited to introduce you to some ideas in the book. Learn more about...


PPP 226 | Become a High Performer in Eight (Scientifically Proven) Steps, with author Marc Effron

Total Duration 50:37 Download episode 226 High Performing Project Managers What does it mean to be a high performer? In a world where everyone seems to think they're above average, what does it take to truly stand out? And what advice has multiple research studies backing it up, making it more reliable for you to focus on? In this episode, I'm joined by Marc Effron, author of 8 Steps to High Performance: Focus on What You Can Change (Ignore the Rest), and I'm excited to introduce you...


PPP 213 | How to Help You and Your Team Stop Blaming and Start Taking Responsibility, with author Christopher Avery

Total Duration 55:55 Download episode 213 Taking Responsibility Think back over the last week or so, when something went wrong. Maybe you had a team member or other stakeholder who dropped the ball. They were supposed to deliver and they didn’t and now it's impacting your project. Or something didn't go well in a meeting you were running--perhaps there was a problem with the A/V or the video conferencing system. Or something at home. Something went wrong--different from what you wanted...


PPP 207 | Accelerating Your Agile Journey, with author Johanna Rothman

Total Duration 53:40 Download episode 207 Your Agile Journey If you spend enough time leading projects, you can't miss the fact that agile approaches continue to gain in popularity. What seemed initially relevant to only software development projects is now increasingly being used outside of software. Whether you're a believer or a skeptic, agile is not a passing fad. It's also not a cure-all. There are plenty of skeletons and shipwrecks on some people’s journey to agile. In this...


PPP 204 | How to Build an A Team, with author Whitney Johnson

Total Duration 44:10 Download episode 204 How To Build an 'A' Team A continual challenge for those of us who lead teams and projects is this: how can we help our team perform at their best? Project demands are only growing and the only way to meet those demands is to have a high-performing team, yet how do you do that? How do you build an 'A' team? Whitney Johnson has some ideas about that and includes them in her new book Build an A Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the...


PPP 202 | How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More, with author Morten Hansen

Total Duration 48:22 Download episode 202 Work Smarter, Not Harder? Organizations are constantly trying to find ways to do more with less. How often have you heard someone say that we need to work smarter, not harder? It's a cliché that U.C. Berkeley Management Professor Morten Hansen decided to tackle with rigorous research--what does it mean to work smarter, not harder? The results are now available in Morten's book Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve...


PPP 200 | Why Too Many Project Managers Are Dying for a Paycheck--And What You Can Do About It, with Jeffrey Pfeffer

Total Duration 46:02 Download episode 200 Sustainable Pace There are so many ideas in agile project management that I appreciate, and one of my favorites is the principle of sustainable pace. The idea of sustainable pace is that whatever effort we’re putting into our projects, we should be able to sustain it for the long haul. This agile principle acknowledges that our ability to deliver value is harmed when we’re not maintaining a sustainable pace. Now we all would nod our heads that...


PPP 198 | How to Grow Leaders, from Chief Weed Puller (and author) Jeff McManus

Total Duration 32:48 Download episode 198 Leadership Lessons I'll bet you recently walked by a beautifully landscaped area—maybe it was someone's home, or on a college or corporate campus. You walked by that beautiful area and perhaps you told yourself, "Wow. That's stunning." But here's something I bet you didn't say to yourself: "Wow. That's stunning! This place must have an amazing program to develop outstanding leaders!" I bring this up because beautiful landscaping doesn't just...


PPP 197 | The Perfect Time for Meetings, Taking the Certification Exam, and Just About Everything Else, with author Daniel Pink

Total Duration 39:11 Download episode 197 'When To' Instead of Just 'How To' We are faced with all kinds of decisions that require us to figure out what to do. The world is filled with books that tell us How to do things, but here's a thought.... Could it be that When To is just as important--maybe even more important--than How to? That's the premise of a new book from my guest today, Daniel Pink. Dan joined us back in episode 88, and he's back to talk about his new book entitled When:...


PPP 196 | The Most Important Talent Project Managers Need to Succeed, with author Ulrich Boser

Total Duration 54:37 Download episode 196 Learn How to Learn Learning to learn is what experts call the ultimate survival tool, one of the most important talents of the modern era, the skill that precedes all other skills. The idea is that once you know how to learn, you can learn almost anything. And in today's world of constant disruption and automation, if you and I are not learning, it's only a matter of time before our current skills lose relevance. The best person I know to help...


PPP 195 | How to Have a Conversation With That Stakeholder Who Drives You Crazy (And Anyone Else), with NPR Host Celeste Headlee

Total Duration 43:45 Download episode 195 The Lost Art of Conversation George Bernard Shaw once said "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." As leaders of teams and projects, that's a serious problem since so much of our success depends on our ability to communicate effectively with those around us. For all the wonders of technology, one of the unintended consequences is we're getting worse at the art of conversation. There are plenty of...


PPP 194 | How to Get to Yes Without Manipulating, with author and influence expert Tim David

Total Duration 1:00:30 Download episode 194 Influencing Skills for Leaders For those of us responsible for leading teams and projects, there are a core set of skills we need to develop. We need to manage our time. Deal with conflict. Develop relationships across the organization. We need to think strategically and learn to deal with change. Oh yeah, and develop confidence as we do all of that! All of these are true. But one area that I see over and over that most of us need to develop...


PPP 193 | How To Improve Relationships in the Workplace, with Todd Davis, Chief People Officer at FranklinCovey

Total Duration 40:39 Download episode 193 Everything Comes Down to Relationships It's the dirty little secret of business. Your career will be boosted or restrained by how well you build and maintain relationships. In this episode, FranklinCovey's Chief People Officer Todd Davis joins us to talk about his new book Get Better: 15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work. It's packed with practical lessons that can help you in the year ahead. What questions do you have...


PPP 189 | How to Tame Your Nerves Before the Big Meeting, Presentation, or Exam, with Harvard Business Review Senior Editor Dan McGinn

Total Duration 49:46 Download episode 189 "Calm Down" Doesn't Work What is something in your near future that's causing you to feel nervous? For example: When you're faced with having to perform and the stakes are high, it's normal to start feeling nervous. But there's little evidence that just telling someone to "calm down" will provide any benefit. In fact, it might make it worse. So, what does work? HBR Senior Editor Dan McGinn has a new book that takes on this very topic. In...


PPP 188 | 10 Principles for Leaders of Any Age to Stay Vital, Happy, and Sharp, with Brain Rules author Dr. John Medina

Total Duration 52:40 Download episode 188 Hacking Your Brain Since the first Brain Rules book came out in 2009, I've been a big fan of Dr. John Medina. John is one of the clearest voices on how we can leverage our brain to achieve peak performance at work and beyond. John recently released the newest book in the Brain Rules franchise: Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp John's 10 principles that apply to all of us, regardless of age,...


PPP 185 | Leadership and Self-Deception, with Mitch Warner from The Arbinger Institute

Total Duration 59:44 Download episode 185 A Must-Read Book You know that boss that's driving you crazy? Or that stakeholder? We all have them--people who most charitably could be referred to as challenges. If only we could get them to change, then we could deliver our project, or make progress as a team. If only we could change them.... You might not say it that way, but when we face obstacles in the form of people, we're apt to consider them the problem. But what if I told you there's...


PPP 184 | How Leaders Can Get Their Head Above Water When Drowning in Email and Commitments, with Steve Kahle

Total Duration 38:05 Download episode 184 Overwhelm Does Not Have to Be Normal I'm regularly challenged by the Henry Cloud quote that "You get what you tolerate." Too often we tolerate overwhelm as normal. My guest in this episode is out to help you fix that. Steve Kahle is founder of Gray Wolf Workflow and he is on a mission to help you and your team get more done with less stress. Click here to learn more about Steve's Proactive Lane Boot Camp. You can participate anywhere in the...


PPP 182 | Project Management Expert Interview with Dr. Mike Clayton

Total Duration 49:03 Download episode 182 Expert Insights From a Brilliant Project Manager One of the true joys I have in my role is the opportunity to meet and interact with people from all over the world. And when I have the opportunity to spend some time talking with people who have a passion for leading teams and delivering projects, it's particularly fun! One of my new friends in the last year is a brilliant project management thought leader from the UK: Dr. Mike Clayton. In this...


PPP 180 | The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything Project Managers Know About Success is (Mostly) Wrong

Total Duration 1:01:47 Download episode 180 Do Nice Guys Finish Last? Common wisdom tells us that we will be successful if we work hard. Be nice. Show up. It all makes sense, right? The project manager who reliably shows up each day and delivers should be the one who gets promoted, right? Eric Barker took a deep dive into the research of success and found that it's not quite that simple. In this episode, we talk with Eric about his new book Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising...


PPP 179 | Tough Conversations, Uncomfortable Challenges, Delivering Bad News: How Successful Leaders Reach Outside Their Comfort Zones

Total Duration 55:56 Download episode 179 Just Take the Leap? It can be uncomfortable to confront a team member or a peer. We can face demanding challenges, wondering if we have what it takes, hesitating to go "all in" because of the risk of failure. Delivering bad news is something leaders have to do, but rarely do we look forward to it. These are just a few of the challenges we face as leaders--each requiring us to reach beyond our comfort zone. It's one thing to know that good...