PPP 082.1 | Premium Follow-up to the Interview with Bill Catlette

Contented Teams

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PPP 082 | Contented Teams Deliver Better Results, with author Bill Catlette

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Could You Use Some Extra Hands On Deck?

Could you use some extra staffing on your teams these days? I’m glad to say that I'm seeing more organizations hiring, which is a refreshing change from when our economy was at its worst a few years ago. But even those who are hiring typically aren’t planning on doubling their staff any time soon.

So what if you need more staffing but your company isn’t hiring? How can you keep up with the demands when the capacity of your team seems to be tapped out?

Contented Cows Give Better Milk

What about tapping into the discretionary effort reserve that most people have but leave untouched in the day-to-day grind of work? What is discretionary effort and how does that relate to the capacity of your team? In this episode I share a recent discussion with Bill Catlette. This last summer Bill and his co-author Richard Hadden released their new book entitled Contented Cows Still Give Better Milk, Revised and Expanded: The Plain Truth about Employee Engagement and Your Bottom Line, and there are some lessons for all of us about how we can better engage our teams.

 

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PPP 081.1 | Premium Follow-Up to the Interview with Ben Snyder

Everything's a Project

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PPP 081 | Everything's a Project, with author and CEO Ben Snyder

Everything's a Project

Everything's a Project.... That's not only a great name for a book--which it is--but it's also a great way to look at many things at work and in life. Looking for a job? It's a project. Need to create a report for your boss? It's likely a project. Looking for ways to develop your skills? You guessed it--your personal development is a project.

Now, of course, not everything is a project. But most leaders would benefit if we thought of our work as projects and applied lessons that we've learned from the world of project management.

Well, Everything's a Project: 70 Lessons From Successful Project-Driven Organizations is the title of a book published earlier this year by my friend and colleague Ben Snyder. In this episode I look forward to sharing with you a recent discussion I had with Ben about his new book. Don't miss the normal end of episode outtakes!

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PPP 080.1 | Free Premium Episode: Follow-up to the Tom DeMarco Interview

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Follow-Up to the Tom DeMarco Interview

I trust you had the opportunity to listen to both episodes of my interview with Tom DeMarco. He's a guy who has uniquely impacted the world of projects, and it was certainly a pleasure for me to talk with him. His books are insightful, practical, and even a bit a quirky (in a good way) at times. But I'm confident that if you're in the software development side of project management or leadership, you'll get value from his books.

In this premium episode, I follow-up on some issues that Tom and I touched on that are relevant whether or not your projects are related to software development. Tom's ideas truly span further than that domain. I cover topics such as:

  • The myth of "The more pressure, the better"
  • Why having only a 50%-70% likelihood of success could be a good thing
  • Why stressed brains do not learn the same way as non-stressed brains
  • Where the line crosses between stress being a good thing and it becoming a dangerous thing
  • One additional factor that impacts workplace stress and productivity (and it's none of your business!)
  • Why it can help to realize that all your team members are volunteer employees
  • Max DePree's secret for learning how effective of a leader you are
  • "It's not what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that just isn't so."
  • Are we changing people or just amusing them?

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