PPP 110 | How to Get Your Ideas to Catch On, with author Jonah Berger

Total Duration 34:23

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Why Do We Share What We Share?

We are constantly sharing. It could be social media status update. An uploaded picture. A recommendation about a restaurant. A praise or criticism about an organization.

This applies in the workplace as well. We relate how a meeting went. How a leader handled a situation (or not). We spread some buzz about a new project release (or fall victim to the growing resistance).

We are sharing all the time. But why do we share? More to the point for this episode for us as leaders of projects and people, how can we understand how ideas spread across groups of people?

Get Contagious

Our guest in this episode is Jonah Berger, author of an intriguing book entitled Contagious: Why Things Catch On. Though this would appear to be a book for your friends in Marketing, you'll find in this episode there ideas for those of us who lead projects and teams.

Learn more about Jonah and his book by visiting http://jonahberger.com/books/contagious/.

Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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PPP 109 | The Funny Thing About Project Management

Total Duration 45:13

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Laugh While Learning

I love to laugh.

Whether it's a podcast episode, a keynote presentation, or an e-learning workshop, I like to keep it light-hearted. I've just found that it's easier to learn when we're enjoying the experience.

Yet though I share the name of the famous, albeit dead, comedian Andy Kaufman, I'm not really that funny! I have to work at it. And because of that, there are times when a joke not only isn't particularly funny--it's counter-productive. Perhaps someone is the butt of the joke, so to speak, and they don't like it. Or it was making light at a time or subject that wasn't appropriate.

The Humor Code

Our guests in this episode are Pete McGraw and Joel Warner. They are the authors of a clever new book entitled The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny.

Why is it that some things are funnier than others? When can humor help us and when can it get in the way? Pete and Joel traveled the world to dissect humor across cultures to learn what makes us laugh.

Learning about humor is not just for stand-up comics and class clowns. Since we are in the business of delivering projects and leading teams, we would all benefit from learning how to use this important tool for mutual benefit, while avoiding the landmines of inappropriate use.

Learn more about their book by visiting http://humorcode.com/.

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PPP 108 | How Project Managers Can Deal With Stupid Feedback

Total Duration 40:07

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"Feedback is a Gift?"

 

Our guest for this episode is Doug Stone. Doug and his co-author Sheila Heen teach negotiation and conflict negotiation at Harvard Law School and they've written a terrific new book entitled Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well. They were also co-authors of a previous best-seller entitled Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most

Learn more about Doug and Sheila and their company by visiting http://triadconsultinggroup.com.

I Want to Hear From You!

Speaking of feedback, I'd love to hear from you! I'm inviting you to call our podcast listener feedback line and leave a message!

Why do you listen to this podcast? What have you found helpful? And how about this question, straight from the Thanks for the Feedback book: "What do you hear me doing, or failing to do, that is getting in my own way of producing a podcast that best helps you?"

There are two ways to leave me a message:

  • First, you can call our Podcast Listener Feedback Line at (847) 550-3747.
  • Or you can call me on Skype and leave a message. My Skype ID is andy.kaufman.i-lead.

Make sure to leave your name and where you're calling from. 

So give me a call and leave your feedback! I can't wait to hear it! Thanks!

Project management keynote speaker Andy Kaufman on feedback

 

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PPP 107 | Negotiating Skills for Project Managers

Total Duration 49:52

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Introducing Steven P. Cohen

In this episode you'll hear from Steven P. Cohen. Steve’s latest book is entitled The Practical Negotiator: How to Argue Your Point, Plead Your Case, and Prevail in Any Situation. It’s not your typical business book, actually. It’s more of a Q&A format, covering a wide range of topics, related to work and to home, from a guy who knows his stuff about negotiation.

You’ll hear Steve talk about some important negotiation principles and then get his coaching on some situations that are quite close to home for many project managers.

Learn more about Steve and The Practical Negotiator: How to Argue Your Point, Plead Your Case, and Prevail in Any Situation by visiting the book's website at http://www.practicalnegotiator.com/.

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PPP 106 | How to Fuel the Effective Project Manager

Total Duration 37:35

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Happy New Year!

I love new things! I love the start of a new project. Working with a new team or new client. Trying out a new tool or a new gadget.

I love new.... It's a chance to start over, to learn from the past and apply it to the future.

As we fire up another year, it's a great time to look for a fresh start. To consider what we'll do differently. And my advice for you this year? Well, you'll have to listen to the episode to get the answer!

Our New Year's Guest: Tom Rath

You've likely heard of Tom and his books. He's a senior scientist and advisor to Gallup, where he led their research and consulting on employee engagement, strengths, and well being. If you read How Full Is Your Bucket?, Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements, StrengthsFinder 2.0 or took the StrengthFinders assessment, you're among the millions of people who have been impacted by his work.

Tom's most recent book is Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes. As we head into a new year, your ability to lead and deliver starts with you! How can you sustain the energy needed for all the stress and demands you'll face this year? How can you not only survive the year but set yourself up for perhaps even decades of better health?

How about this? What if we forgot about coming up with big, hairy, audacious New Year's resolutions this year? What if your New Year's resolutions were actually attainable this time around--you know, still relevant two months from now.... Or two days from now!

What if we did that by identifying small changes to make? Small changes about how you Eat. Move. And Sleep.

In this episode, Tom Rath will tell you how to do that.

Resources from Tom

Learn more about Tom and Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes by visiting the book's website at http://www.eatmovesleep.org.

 

Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

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