PPP 182 | Project Management Expert Interview with Dr. Mike Clayton

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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 this episode, Mike and I talk about subjects including:

  • Stakeholder management, including how to keep stakeholders engaged.
  • Influencing challenging stakeholders and team members.
  • How organizational politics impact how we lead projects.
  • How to manage risks on projects (and what aspect of risk management gets too little attention).

Learn more about Mike and his online PM courses at http://www.onlinepmcourses.com/about/.

It's All About Relationships

As Mike and I talk in this episode, a lot of success leading projects comes down to building relationships. Learn how to more effectively build relationships by signing up for our Dirty Little Secret of Business e-learning course. Earn 1.5 PDUs while learning how to more effectively develop relationships.

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PPP 181 | (Video) On Ending Well and Self-Deception. What I Learned This Week

What I Learned This Week

We continue our series of short videos talking about an idea or observation that was learned this week. This week I share lessons from a son moving out of the home and a book I'm reading for a future episode.

Get a head start on the book Leadership and Self-Deception by clicking here.

Let Me Hear From You!

What lessons have you learned about ending well? How have you seen self-deception hold a leader back? Please e-mail me () or leave a message on our Listener Feedback Line (847-550-3747). What have you been learning? I look forward to hearing from you!

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Total Duration 6:56

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PPP 180 | The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything Project Managers Know About Success is (Mostly) Wrong

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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 Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong. It's an enjoyable, evidence-based look at success that will have some surprising findings of any leader.

Learn more about Eric at http://www.bakadesuyo.com/about/.

Practical Project Management Training

Take the next step in developing your ability to lead and deliver by going through our Advanced Project Management e-learning course. 20 PDUs for a great price! Check it out!

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PPP 179 | Tough Conversations, Uncomfortable Challenges, Delivering Bad News: How Successful Leaders Reach Outside Their Comfort Zones



Total Duration 55:56

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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 things are on the other side of our comfort zone. But just telling someone to "take the leap" seems to be insufficient, right?

Andy Molinsky has studied why we hesitate to go beyond our comfort zones, and he's written a practical, evidence-based book on how to make the leap. In this episode, Andy and I talk about his new book Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge and Build Confidence.

Learn more about Andy at https://www.andymolinsky.com/.

Practical Project Management Training

Take the next step in developing your ability to lead and deliver by going through our Advanced Project Management e-learning course. 20 PDUs for a great price! Check it out!

Comfort Zone Example

At the very end of the outtakes in this episode, I share the story of my son Barrett Kaufman going way beyond his comfort zone. He runs a company that does video production and was hired for an adventure shoot. Listen to the episode for the story, but here's the picture of him way atop of his comfort zone!

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PPP 178 | How to Find and Work With a Mentor, with Ken Blanchard



Total Duration 42:16

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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 a Mentor--And Why You'll Benefit from Being One, co-authored with Claire Diaz-Ortiz. In classic One Minute Manager style, this easy-to-read book provides a helpful guide for how you can develop a meangingful mentoring relationship.

Learn more about Ken and his organization at http://www.kenblanchard.com/.

Learn How to Lead Projects!

Regardless of your title, you lead projects. Learn practical insights in our Essentials of Project Management e-learning course. Thanks!

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