PPP 368 | Where Good Leaders Go Wrong, with author Jim Wetrich

Total Duration 32:08

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Leadership Lessons

Over the years of hosting the People and Projects Podcast, we’ve heard from authors from all kinds of backgrounds. I enjoy bringing you insights from researchers and professors and authors from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. But I particularly enjoy talking with people who have been in the trenches--they’ve had to lead in daunting situations, and they have the stories--and the scars--that come from being in the arena.

In this episode, you’re going to hear from someone just like that. Jim Wetrich has led teams on three continents for more than 40 years. Jim, who also goes by the name Big Red, has put his top lessons about leading into a new book entitled Stifled: Where Good Leaders Go Wrong.

In this episode, Big Red talks about how failing fast is easy to say--and important--but can also be difficult emotionally. He talks about why self-awareness is critical for leaders--and why we probably struggle with it more than we realize. We talk about hypocritical leaders and what we can do to make sure we don’t come off that way to our teams. Big Red shares how he manages the tension between getting his hands dirty but not micromanaging. Before we’re done, we’ll talk about the importance of staying positive, office politics, and more. I can’t wait to share this discussion with you.

Learn more about Big Red and his book at JimWetrich.com/.

Do You Have a High School or College Age Student in Your Family?

If so, check out our e-learning program entitled Getting Stuff Done: Project Management for Students. It provides practical skills to reduce the stress of their school work and help jumpstart their career. Learn more and get access at https://i-leadonline.com/GettingStuffDone.

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

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PPP 367 | What If They Don't Follow Your Advice? How to Amplify Your Influence, with Rene Rodriguez


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Influencing Skills for Project Managers

One of the constant challenges for those of us who lead teams and projects is influencing people around us. Whether it’s a boss, our team, clients, or other stakeholders, we’re often in situations where we’re trying to influence an outcome, yet running into a brick wall while doing so.

In this episode, we continue a series of discussions we’ve had over the years on the topic of influence. We’re joined by Rene Rodriguez, author of a new book entitled Amplify Your Influence: Transform How You Communicate and Lead.

In this episode, Rene discusses what we often don’t get right about influence. He shares a simple way to learn more about influence just by paying attention to the people around us. You'll get an understanding of how the brain can help us be more effective at persuading or others--and how ignoring it can get in the way. And relates ideas from his AMPLIFII process to give us a taste of how we can communicate more effectively while persuading those around us. I’m looking forward to sharing this discussion with you!

Learn more about Rene and his book at MeetRene.com/.

For more insights related to this episode, check out:

  • Episode 157 for my conversation with Dr. Robert Cialdini about his books on influence
  • Episode 194 for my conversation with Tim David about his book on influence
  • Episode 347 for my conversation with Zoe Chance about her book Influence is Your Superpower

Do You Have a High School or College Age Student in Your Family?

If so, check out our e-learning program entitled Getting Stuff Done: Project Management for Students. It provides practical skills to reduce the stress of their school work and help jumpstart their career. Learn more and get access at https://i-leadonline.com/GettingStuffDone.

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PPP 366 | Want More Accountability With Your Teams? Here’s Where to Start, with author Michael Timms

Total Duration 44:43

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Accountability on Project Teams

In this episode, we’re taking on the subject of accountability. And though fostering accountability among our team members is something we’ll talk about, you’re going to see that developing a culture of personal accountability might have a lot more to do with us than we realize.

My guest today is Michael Timms. He’s the author of a fantastic leadership book entitled How Leaders Can Inspire Accountability: Three Habits That Make or Break Leaders and Elevate Organizational Performance.

In this episode, Michael helps us get a better understanding of what accountability is--and isn’t. He explains how looking at accountability through the lens of systems thinking can help us better understand why we’re getting the behaviors we’re experiencing. Michael shares his litmus test of whether or not someone is a leader. And he introduces us to some habits that, when done well and consistently, can develop transforming levels of impact on you, your team, and your organization’s results.

Learn more about Michael and his book at MichaelTimms.com.

For more insights related to this episode, check out:

  • Episode 213 for my conversation with Christopher Avery about his book The Accountability Process
  • Episode 20 for my conversation with John G. Miller, author of The QBQ

Do You Have a High School or College Age Student in Your Family?

If so, check out our e-learning program entitled Getting Stuff Done: Project Management for Students. It provides practical skills to reduce the stress of their school work and help jumpstart their career. Learn more and get access at https://i-leadonline.com/GettingStuffDone.

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

Talent Triangle: Power Skills


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PPP 365 | The Top Skill for Women (and Men) To Develop to Take Your Career to the Next Level


Total Duration 47:44

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Career Advice for Women (and Men)

Most days you can find me working with a group of leaders, helping them learn how to improve their ability to lead and deliver. This last Thursday I looked around the room that was filled with people in a project management exam prep program. Interestingly, all of the participants were women. That’s characteristic of a trend we see week in and week out--project management is a rewarding and accessible career path for women to pursue.

And though that is true, there are barriers that women encounter that can hinder their ability to maximize their career potential. I’m excited to introduce you to the work of Christie Hunter Arscott. Christie is the author of a new book entitled Begin Boldly: How Women Can Reimagine Risk, Embrace Uncertainty, and Launch a Brilliant Career.

In this episode, Christie talks about what she means when saying we should reimagine risk. She talks about her research-based, highly practical framework for navigating career risks in a balanced, even agile way. We discuss why the phrase “Good things come to those who wait” is a myth--and why a different way of looking at that phrase can make an enormous difference in your career. Christie talks about courage--being bold--including what it means to take micro-acts of courage. It’s an engaging discussion that I’ve been so looking forward to sharing with you for many weeks.

Learn more about Christie and her book at ChristieHunterArscott.com.

For more insights related to this episode, check out:

  • Episode 314 for my conversation with the authors of the book Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace
  • Episode 347 for my conversation with Zoe Chance about her book on influence, which includes content for women

Do You Have a High School or College Age Student in Your Family?

If so, check out our e-learning program entitled Getting Stuff Done: Project Management for Students. It provides practical skills to reduce the stress of their school work and help jumpstart their career. Learn more and get access at https://i-leadonline.com/GettingStuffDone.

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

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PPP 364 | Helping Students Prepare For Their Future (and Pass Their Chem Exam Next Week)

Total Duration 25:15

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Your Kids Are Project Managers

As I’ve often joked on this podcast, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of an 8-year-old child telling their parent, “Mommy, someday I want to be a project manager!” To the contrary, it’s something that they got into almost accidentally. They were good in their particular area of expertise, and they were given the opportunity to lead initiatives in that area.

But what if we learned about project management earlier? In fact, what if high school and college students developed expertise in leading and delivering projects? What difference could that make in their schooling and early careers?

That’s what we’re talking about in this episode. I’m joined by Grant Johnson, who also happens to be a team member at the company I run. Finding a way to help develop project management capabilities for high school and college-aged students is something he has been tasked with over the last year. And he’s learned a lot in the process.

In today’s discussion, Grant will talk about why students in this age group should even care. He’ll talk about examples of projects that students take on and how they can start those projects with momentum. Grant will share some tips he’s learned about project management as someone in his early 20s and how it has helped him personally. It’s a discussion I’m looking forward to sharing with you. And let me add that if you’re the parent of someone in this age group, you’re invited to have them listen along with you--or send them a link so they can benefit from this episode as well.

Learn more about Getting Stuff Done: Project Management for Students at PeopleAndProjectsPodcast.com/GettingStuffDone.

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  191. PPP 173 | Why Playing It Safe is Holding You Back, with Extreme You author Sarah Robb O'Hagan
  192. PPP 172 | (Video) What You Need to Know About Critical Path
  193. PPP 171 | (Video) All the Good Stuff For Leaders Is On The Other Side of Fear
  194. PPP 170 | (Video) Ideas for When You Sense Your Confidence Slipping
  195. PPP 169 | But What If They're Bingeing on NetFlix? How to Lead a Virtual Team, with Emily Luijbregts
  196. PPP 168 | (Video) Put Your Phone Down and Get Back to Your Life--An Idea For Managing Your Digital Diet
  197. PPP 167 | (Video) Why Project Managers Might Just Need to Call an Audible
  198. PPP 166 | What Project Managers Can Learn from Adele and Beyoncé
  199. PPP 165 | Why MacGyver Would Be a Great (and Happy) Project Manager
  200. PPP 164 | What Leaders Need to Know About Reducing Stress, with authors of Nick Petrie and Derek Roger
  201. PPP 163 | (Video) What I Learned This Week About What To Do Long Before You Lose Your Job
  202. PPP 162 | How to Become the Leader Your Team is Waiting For, with Jonathan Raymond
  203. PPP 161 | What I Learned This Week About Influencing Through Questions
  204. PPP 160 | What I Learned About Stress This Week
  205. PPP 159 | The Most Important Lesson You Learned Last Year
  206. PPP 158 | What You Need to Know to Manage Millennials, with author Lee Caraher
  207. PPP 157 | A Revolutionary Way for Project Managers to Influence and Persuade, with Dr. Robert Cialdini
  208. PPP 156 | The Messy Project Manager, with author Tim Harford
  209. PPP 155 | How to Keep Your Project Stakeholders Engaged, with Dr. Lynda Bourne
  210. PPP 154 | What Project Managers Need to Know About Office Politics, with Dan Rust, author of Workplace Poker
  211. PPP 153 | The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Project Leader, with Best-Selling Author Jim Kouzes
  212. PPP 152 | How Scrum Helps You Do Twice the Work in Half the Time, with Scrum inventor and co-creator Jeff Sutherland
  213. PPP 151 | How to Deal With Bullies on Project Teams, with Paul Pelletier, LL.B., PMP
  214. PPP 150 | Why Project Managers Need to Say Less and Ask More To Be Better Leaders, with Michael Bungay Stanier
  215. PPP 149 | (Video) Project Management is a Performance--And Why That Idea Matters, with author Cathy Salit
  216. PPP 148 | Negotiating the Conflicts That Suck the Life Out of You, with Harvard's Daniel Shapiro
  217. PPP 147 | Why Your Technical Project Management Skills Aren't Enough, with guest Dave Wakeman
  218. PPP 146 | How to Tell Someone They Have Body Odor (and Other Tricky Culture Situations), with Dr. Tom Verghese
  219. PPP 145 | Career Success Hacks for Project Managers, with Bruce Harpham
  220. PPP 144 | 4 Rules to Help Project Managers Focus in a Distracted World, with Cal Newport
  221. PPP 143 | How to Deal With the Irrational and Impossible People on Your Projects, with Mark Goulston
  222. PPP 142 | How to Confidently Rise to the Most Daunting Challenges, with Amy Cuddy
  223. PPP 141 | How Project Managers Can Make Better Decisions: Year-End Episode
  224. PPP 140 | Tom Rath Goes to the Movies (and Why You Should Too!)
  225. PPP 139 | The Real Reason Why Project Managers and Their Teams Win, with author Fred Kiel
  226. PPP 138 | Eating Frogs and Throwing Skunks on the Table: The People Side of Project Management
  227. PPP 137 | How Project Managers Can Invest Their Time Like Money, with Elizabeth Grace Saunders
  228. PPP 136 | What Science Says About the Happy Project Manager, with Michelle Gielen
  229. PPP 135 | Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, with Gretchen Rubin
  230. PPP 134 | How Project Managers Can Motivate by Creating Meaning, with author Scott Mautz
  231. PPP 133 | The Most Important Four Seconds for Project Managers, with author Peter Bregman
  232. PPP 132 | Energizing the Burned Out Project Manager, with author Tom Rath
  233. PPP 131 | Honoring a Project Management Legacy, with Max Wideman
  234. PPP 130 | Why Leadership Training Isn't Preparing You to Lead (and What To Do About It), with author Herminia Ibarra
  235. PPP 129 | Less Panic and More Productivity for Project Managers, with author Kory Kogon
  236. PPP 128 | How Project Managers Become Project Leaders, with author Susanne Madsen
  237. PPP 127 | How to Stop Talking About Vision and Actually Create One, with author Rob-Jan de Jong
  238. PPP 126 | The Most Important Lesson You Learned Last Year
  239. PPP 125 | Why Project Managers Who Learn Faster Beat Those Who Know More, with guest Liz Wiseman
  240. PPP 124 | How Adam Smith Can Make You a Better Project Manager, with guest Russ Roberts
  241. PPP 123 | How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done, with Procrastination Expert Piers Steel
  242. PPP 122 | Smart Ways to Accelerate Your Success as a Project Manager, with author Shane Snow
  243. PPP 121 | We're Not Family. But Free Agency Doesn't Work. How to Have Career Discussions with Your Team, with Ben Casnocha
  244. PPP 120 | Mentoring for Project Managers, with Mark Goulston
  245. PPP 119 | How to Be a More Influential Project Manager, with Alfonso Bucero, MSc, PMP, PMI-RMP, and PMI Fellow
  246. PPP 118 | The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights, With Dr. Gary Klein
  247. PPP 117 | People and Projects Podcast Webinar Replay: Coach Cast and Jim Johnson Interview
  248. PPP 116 | Why Projects Fail (and How We Can Fix That), with Jim Johnson from The Standish Group
  249. PPP 115 | Hire the Younger or Older Project Manager? Does Age Matter?
  250. PPP 114 | People and Projects Podcast Webinar Replay: Power Cues and Invisibles

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