PPP 144 | 4 Rules to Help Project Managers Focus in a Distracted World, with Cal Newport

Total Duration 32:32

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Out of the Shallows

Project managers are constantly tasked with juggling priorities and managing interruptions. We live in the shallows, so to speak, not the deep. Getting time for focused work seems increasingly difficult. In his new book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, Cal Newport offers 4 rules to help us out of the distraction:

  • Work Deeply. There are strategies to get more concentrated work time.
  • Embrace Boredom. Don't try to cram in something to every spare moment.
  • Quit Social Media. Give Cal a chance to make his case before writing this one off!
  • Drain the Shallows. There's some low-hanging fruit we can get rid of to gain more focused time.

To learn more about Cal and his book, please visit his website at: http://calnewport.com/books/deep-work/. Make sure to check out his popular blog.


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P.S. For a follow-up article on Cal's book, check out my LinkedIn post by clicking here. Thanks!

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PPP 143 | How to Deal With the Irrational and Impossible People on Your Projects, with Mark Goulston

Total Duration 53:00

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Talking To Crazy

Spend enough time in the workplace and eventually you have to deal with the stakeholder who drives you crazy. Whether full-time or just under certain circumstances, their irrational behavior becomes a thorn in your side. How do you deal with these people? Though there are no simple answers, Mark Goulston shares his insights in his new book entitled Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life.

To learn more about Mark, please visit his website at: http://goulstongroup.com/.

Let's Learn Together

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PPP 142 | How to Confidently Rise to the Most Daunting Challenges, with Amy Cuddy


Total Duration 38:39

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Super Hero Poise

Project managers regularly face daunting situations. In Amy Cuddy's new book Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, you'll find evidence-based strategies to help you rise to your challenging situations.

To learn more about Amy, please visit her website at: http://AmyCuddy.com. You can also watch her TED Talk (and a parody of it) below.

Let's Learn Together

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Contact me at to save $100 USD on our Essentials of Project Management e-learning program. 15 PDU's for a great price! Contact me for details!

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PPP 141 | How Project Managers Can Make Better Decisions: Year-End Episode

Total Duration 1:00:05

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Looking Back

In this video episode, I share a recent Google Hangout on Air that was held with listeners of The People and Projects Podcast. I review a challenge from Tom Peters about trying new stuff. Then I share some content from a new workshop on the topic of decision-making.

Have a Great Start to the New Year!

Thank you for being a regular listener to The People and Projects Podcast! I look forward to learning with you in the year ahead! If you celebrate the holiday, I wish you a very Merry Christmas! Have a great start to the New Year!

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PPP 140 | Tom Rath Goes to the Movies (and Why You Should Too!)


Total Duration 27:31

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Business Book at the Movies

You may recall our previous discussions with Tom Rath about his book Eat Move Sleep (episode 106) and Are You Fully Charged (episode 132). In this episode, we talk with Tom about the new movie he's produced that takes Are You Fully Charged and turns it into a documentary.

You can find the movie at:

Or, you can watch the trailer here (and even rent it):

One idea: rent a copy of the movie and stream it during a staff meeting!

To learn more about Tom and the movie, visit http://www.tomrath.org/fully-charged/

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