PPP 351 | How To Deal With the Predictable and Avoidable Pitfalls Every Project Faces, with Kimberly Wiefling

 

Total Duration 44:34

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Scrappy Project Management

Too much project management education--including what you find on bookshelves at stores--is dry. Seemingly impractical and irrelevant. I'm constantly on the lookout for people who are practical and inspiring voices on helping us get better at leading teams and delivering projects.

In this episode, I'm excited to introduce you to Kimberly Wiefling, author of a number of Scrappy Project Management.

In today's discussion, Kimberly will help us understand what it means to be scrappy--and why it's important. We'll talk about some of the predictable and avoidable pitfalls that plague our projects. You'll learn what her Project Success Scorecard is and how it can help you and your team. Kimberly will share insights on dealing with risks and assumptions AND why she recommends you never say No, even to the most ridiculous demands.

Kimberly is as fun as she is brilliant. Learn more about her work at Wiefling.com.

For more content related to today's episodes, check out:

  • Episode 274 with J. Scott about his book The Irreverent Guide to Project Management
  • Episode 336 with Clint Padgett about his book How Teams Triumph

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PPP 350 | How to Hire for the Anniversary Date, Not the Start Date, with Lou Adler

Total Duration 47:36

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Hiring: Your Most Important Responsibility

It could be argued that there is nothing more important than hiring outstanding people. But the sad fact is we generally stink at hiring people. For a host of reasons, we often end up hiring what our guest in this episode calls the 90-Day Wonder—someone who, after 90 days, makes us wonder, “Why in the world did we hire this person?”

How do we avoid that? Well, today I’m excited to introduce you to Lou Adler. Lou is the author of a book entitled Hire With Your Head: Using Performance-Based Hiring To Build Outstanding Diverse Teams. The 4th edition of this classic book has recently been published and it’s filled with ideas that have been perfected over the years.

In this episode, Lou will share some of the biggest myths and mistakes that we make in the hiring process. He’ll explain what Win-Win Hiring is and why it’s critical to the hiring process. Lou will explain the difference between a great candidate and a great hire—they’re not the same. And he’ll explain what a performance profile is and why you need to have that before you write out a job description to fill. And beyond all the advice about hiring, Lou will share some insights to help you if YOU are looking for a job. It’s a conversation I’m looking forward to sharing with you.

Learn more about Lou and his book at LouAdlerGroup.com. Also, if you're in the job market, consider checking out Lou's book The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired. His course Win-Win Hiring™ for Job Seekers – Getting Ready to Be Interviewed is available for $5 USD--highly recommended!

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PPP 349 | How To Communicate With Manipulators, Naysayers, and Other Difficult Personalities

 

Total Duration 38:48

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Communicating With Difficult Personalities

One of the biggest complaints people have when working on projects is related to communication. Often people feel out of the loop or they just don’t understand what is being written or said. It’s been suggested that up to 90% of what we do when we’re leading projects is communicating. And I think it’s fair to say, we all would benefit from leveling up our ability to clearly, effectively communicate with our teams, colleagues, and management.

In this episode, I’m excited to introduce you to Tina Kuhn. Tina is the author of a book entitled The Manager’s Communication Toolkit: Tools and Techniques for Leading Difficult Personalities.

In today’s discussion, Tina will share why those of us who lead teams and projects are tempted to default to email or other less-rich mediums—and why that causes problems. Tina will share some insights on how to communicate more effectively in your next Zoom or Teams meeting. She’ll help us see that effective communication is not just adjusting to the personality, but also to the situation and relationship. Tina will introduce a few of the difficult behavior types we face and share some advice on how to communicate with them. And we’ll wrap up with some thoughts about dealing with conflict. It’s a conversation I’m looking forward to sharing with you.

Learn more about Tina and her book at TinaKuhnCommunication.

For more episodes on communication, check out these two episodes with Dr. Nick Morgan:

  • Episode 237 regarding his book Can You Hear Me?, which offers helpful insights on communicating in virtual settings
  • Episode 112 regarding his book Power Cues, which provides intriguing insights on how body language and voice impacts communication

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PPP 348 | How to Work Less Hours and Get More Done, with author Joe Sanok

 

Total Duration 40:29

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Thursday Is The New Friday

If you ask someone about how things are going at work, what’s a typical response? What I most often hear is “Busy. Man, oh, man we are busy!” Ask someone how they’re feeling, many people will say, “Fine.” But if they get more transparent, what they’ll often say is, “I’m tired.” Busy and exhausted. Can you relate to that?

In this episode, I’m excited to introduce you to Joe Sanok. Joe is the author of a book entitled Thursday is the New Friday: How to Work Fewer Hours, Make More Money, and Spend Time Doing What You Want. Does that subtitle sound like overselling? Or at least something that sounds nice but isn’t practical? Well, Joe is here today to challenge that suspicion.

Learn more about Joe and his book at JoeSanok.com.

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PPP 347 | How to Influence Your Boss, Stakeholders, and Team, with Zoe Chance

Total Duration 41:00

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Improving Your Ability To Influence

One of the common concerns I hear from clients and podcast listeners is related to influence. How can I convince a boss or colleague or stakeholder or loved one to agree to something, especially when I don’t have authority in the situation?

I can confidently tell you that my new favorite book on the topic of influence has just hit the shelves and I can’t wait to introduce you to it. Zoe Chance is the author of Influence Is Your Superpower: The Science of Winning Hearts, Sparking Change, and Making Good Things Happen.

If you love behavioral economics, you’re going to love Zoe’s approach. But what causes this book to stand out is how she makes the science so practical and engaging. By the time we’re done listening to this episode, you’ll be using terms like the Gator and the Judge—and you’ll know what the mother of all misunderstandings is. Zoe shares the bedrock principle of behavior and how you can use that to be more influential. You’ll be more motivated than ever to just ask—but not just make an ask—she’ll share some nuance that’s often missed when we talk about asking. You’ll learn about how to deal with resistance and so much more—it’s a conversation that I’ve been looking forward to for weeks.

Learn more about Zoe and her book at ZoeChance.com.

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  199. PPP 148 | Negotiating the Conflicts That Suck the Life Out of You, with Harvard's Daniel Shapiro
  200. PPP 147 | Why Your Technical Project Management Skills Aren't Enough, with guest Dave Wakeman
  201. PPP 146 | How to Tell Someone They Have Body Odor (and Other Tricky Culture Situations), with Dr. Tom Verghese
  202. PPP 145 | Career Success Hacks for Project Managers, with Bruce Harpham
  203. PPP 144 | 4 Rules to Help Project Managers Focus in a Distracted World, with Cal Newport
  204. PPP 143 | How to Deal With the Irrational and Impossible People on Your Projects, with Mark Goulston
  205. PPP 142 | How to Confidently Rise to the Most Daunting Challenges, with Amy Cuddy
  206. PPP 141 | How Project Managers Can Make Better Decisions: Year-End Episode
  207. PPP 140 | Tom Rath Goes to the Movies (and Why You Should Too!)
  208. PPP 139 | The Real Reason Why Project Managers and Their Teams Win, with author Fred Kiel
  209. PPP 138 | Eating Frogs and Throwing Skunks on the Table: The People Side of Project Management
  210. PPP 137 | How Project Managers Can Invest Their Time Like Money, with Elizabeth Grace Saunders
  211. PPP 136 | What Science Says About the Happy Project Manager, with Michelle Gielen
  212. PPP 135 | Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, with Gretchen Rubin
  213. PPP 134 | How Project Managers Can Motivate by Creating Meaning, with author Scott Mautz
  214. PPP 133 | The Most Important Four Seconds for Project Managers, with author Peter Bregman
  215. PPP 132 | Energizing the Burned Out Project Manager, with author Tom Rath
  216. PPP 131 | Honoring a Project Management Legacy, with Max Wideman
  217. PPP 130 | Why Leadership Training Isn't Preparing You to Lead (and What To Do About It), with author Herminia Ibarra
  218. PPP 129 | Less Panic and More Productivity for Project Managers, with author Kory Kogon
  219. PPP 128 | How Project Managers Become Project Leaders, with author Susanne Madsen
  220. PPP 127 | How to Stop Talking About Vision and Actually Create One, with author Rob-Jan de Jong
  221. PPP 126 | The Most Important Lesson You Learned Last Year
  222. PPP 125 | Why Project Managers Who Learn Faster Beat Those Who Know More, with guest Liz Wiseman
  223. PPP 124 | How Adam Smith Can Make You a Better Project Manager, with guest Russ Roberts
  224. PPP 123 | How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done, with Procrastination Expert Piers Steel
  225. PPP 122 | Smart Ways to Accelerate Your Success as a Project Manager, with author Shane Snow
  226. PPP 121 | We're Not Family. But Free Agency Doesn't Work. How to Have Career Discussions with Your Team, with Ben Casnocha
  227. PPP 120 | Mentoring for Project Managers, with Mark Goulston
  228. PPP 119 | How to Be a More Influential Project Manager, with Alfonso Bucero, MSc, PMP, PMI-RMP, and PMI Fellow
  229. PPP 118 | The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights, With Dr. Gary Klein
  230. PPP 117 | People and Projects Podcast Webinar Replay: Coach Cast and Jim Johnson Interview
  231. PPP 116 | Why Projects Fail (and How We Can Fix That), with Jim Johnson from The Standish Group
  232. PPP 115 | Hire the Younger or Older Project Manager? Does Age Matter?
  233. PPP 114 | People and Projects Podcast Webinar Replay: Power Cues and Invisibles
  234. PPP 113 | The Invisible Project Manager (Who Loves Their Job), with author David Zweig
  235. PPP 112 | How to Read Your Stakeholder's Mind, with Dr. Nick Morgan
  236. PPP 111 | When Consultants are the Problem, Not the Solution
  237. PPP 110 | How to Get Your Ideas to Catch On, with author Jonah Berger
  238. PPP 109 | The Funny Thing About Project Management
  239. PPP 108 | How Project Managers Can Deal With Stupid Feedback
  240. PPP 107 | Negotiating Skills for Project Managers
  241. PPP 106 | How to Fuel the Effective Project Manager
  242. PPP 105 | Influencing the Impossible Stakeholder, with author Donny Ebenstein
  243. PPP 104 | The Thankful Project Manager
  244. PPP 103 | What Does the Future of Work Look Like? Our interview with Scott Berkun, author of The Year Without Pants
  245. PPP 102 | How to Promote Yourself Without Being a Jerk, with author Dan Schawbel
  246. PPP 101 | In the Trenches, with Mike Durbin, PMP
  247. PPP 100 | Are You a Successful Project Manager?
  248. PPP 099 | How Project Managers Make Better Decisions, with Michael Roberto
  249. PPP 098 | How to Make More Persuasive Presentations, with author Nancy Duarte
  250. PPP 097 | Why Managing Sucks, with author Jody Thompson

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