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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:...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


How to Find and Work With a Mentor, with Ken Blanchard

Total Duration 42:16 Download episode 178 Have a Mentor--Common Wisdom Right? Talk to enough highly successful leaders and project managers and eventually you'll hear them mention the value that one or more mentors have provided over their career. It's obvious, right? Common wisdom, for sure. But why isn't it common practice? Ken Blanchard is one of my all-time leadership heroes and he joins us in this episode to talk about his new book One Minute Mentoring: How to Find and Work With...


Why We Can't Look Away From Our Devices, with author Adam Alter

Total Duration 45:20 Download episode 177 Do You Know Where Your Phone Is? Most leaders these days know the answer to that question. Of course we know where our mobile devices are! And if we didn't, we might be at risk of nomophobia! But the reason this question is easy is that too often, the device is in front of our face! And our addiction to tech is having a real impact on our ability to lead and connect with others. Adam Alter joins us to talk about his new book Irresistible: The...


5 Strategies for Staying Productive and Happy in an Age of Shiny Objects, with author Amy Blankson

Total Duration 49:26 Download episode 174 Is Tech Making Life Better or Worse? Tech is ruining our life. Or at least that's what plenty of people are suggesting. There's evidence showing that culturally we're more depressed and distracted than ever, and tech has at least some responsibility for that. Yet at the same time tech is providing rich opportunities to grow and learn. So which is it? Is tech making it more difficult to thrive? Or is it helping us thrive? According to Amy...


Why Playing It Safe is Holding You Back, with Extreme You author Sarah Robb O'Hagan

Total Duration 43:20 Download episode 173 What Could the Extreme Version of You Do? What if you didn't play it so safe? What could a more extreme version of you acccomplish? In this episode, Sarah Robb O'Hagan joins us to talk about her new book Extreme You: Step Up. Stand Out. Kick Ass. Repeat. The provocative title gives you a sense of Sarah's style, and I trust this interview will spur you on to stop playing it so safe. Learn more about Sarah at Invest In...


But What If They're Bingeing on NetFlix? How to Lead a Virtual Team, with Emily Luijbregts

Total Duration 1:00:30 Download episode 169 Leading a Remote Team Increasingly project managers tell me they are responsible for a team that is not completely co-located. Whether it's just a few people who are remote or the entire team, thriving in a virtual environment is critical for you and me as we seek to lead and deliver in the years ahead. To help us further develop our ability to lead virtually, we're joined today by one of my favorite voices on the topic: Emily Luijbregts....


What Project Managers Can Learn from Adele and Beyoncé

Total Duration 56:02 Download episode 166 What Makes A Hit Song? Or Idea? Why does one artist pull down a Grammy and another go without notice? Why do some products skyrocket in popularity when better ones never make it to production? Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine and a weekly news analyst for NPR's "Here and Now." Derek chases down these questions in his new book Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction. Read more of Derek's work at...


Why MacGyver Would Be a Great (and Happy) Project Manager

Total Duration 46:13 Download episode 165 Constraints are.... Good? Timeframes. Budgets. Staffing. Project managers constantly face confounding constraints on their journey to deliver a project. Constraints limit our options. They seem to make it more difficult to deliver. And they might be exactly what we need, according to author Scott Sonenshein. Scott is the author of the new book Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less--and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined. Scott relates why being...


What Leaders Need to Know About Reducing Stress, with authors of Nick Petrie and Derek Roger

Total Duration 54:52 Download episode 164 Work...Without Stress? There are many satisfying aspects of jobs that require us to lead teams and deliver projects. Yet they are careers that often include elevated amounts of stress. Or is it pressure? Our guests today will talk about the difference! Nick Petrie and Derek Roger are authors of the new book Work Without Stress: Building a Resilient Mindset for Lasting Success. You can learn more about Nick at


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