PPP 116 | Why Projects Fail (and How We Can Fix That), with Jim Johnson from The Standish Group

Total Duration 27:05

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Never Had a Failed Project?

Have you ever had a project that failed? Be careful--this is a truth test! If someone tells you they always deliver on time, on budget, with all the specified scope, be wary! Delivering projects successfully every time sounds great in an interview but a challenge in the real world.

My guest today is Jim Johnson, Founder and Chairman of The Standish Group. Jim has a passion to understand why things break and how to fix them. In this discussion we talk about why projects break, and some ideas on how to improve the likelihood of successfully delivering.

You can learn more about Jim and The Standish Group at http://www.StandishGroup.com.

Call Me!

Why do you listen to The People and Projects Podcast? What has helped you? What questions do you have for me? I love hearing from listeners and I want to hear from you! So call me! You can leave a message on our Podcast Listener Feedback line by phone or Skype. You can leave a message by phone at 847-550-3747 or by Skype at andy.kaufman.i-lead. Thanks!

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PPP 115 | Hire the Younger or Older Project Manager? Does Age Matter?

Total Duration 7:10

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Introducing Our Coach Cast Episodes

With this episode we introduce a new type of episode that we're calling Coach Casts. Instead of a 30-45 minute episode centered around a book or author, I'll be sharing a 5-10 snapshot of something that I've been learning and what to share with you.

In this first Coach Cast, we start with what can be a controversial subject. We're not really supposed to talk about age when it comes to hiring. Or promoting. Or delegating responsibility. But biases can exist. Whether it's a bias that someone seems too old or too young, it's easy for that bias to keep us from making the best decision.

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

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PPP 114 | People and Projects Podcast Webinar Replay: Power Cues and Invisibles

On a regular basis, we invite listeners of The People and Projects Podcast to gather for a follow-up webinar. These webinars allow us to go into more detail on the content from one or more previous episodes.

This video episode is a replay of our follow-up webinar on Power Cues and Invisibles. Please join us for future webinars!

Total Duration 55:19

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PPP 113 | The Invisible Project Manager (Who Loves Their Job), with author David Zweig

Total Duration 53:49

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The 'Me Monster'

We live in an age of relentless self-promotion. Some people in the workplace remind me of comedian Brian Regan’s sketch entitled I Walked On The Moon (see below).

Ever worked with the 'Me Monster?' Whether we realize it or not, we might actually be on the way to becoming one of those 'Me Monsters' as we struggle to stand out in the noise of those who are trying to out do each other.

The Invisibles

Yet not everyone is trying to out do others. In this episode author David Zweig shares his research into those he calls Invisibles. They love their job. Their satisfaction is in the work itself, not the volume of praise the comes with it.

Have you ever felt invisible? That the work you do goes unnoticed? Or at least that there's a lack of appreciation for all that it takes for you to successfully deliver a project?

One of the joys of hosting this podcast is finding resources to help you that might not otherwise have come up on your radar screen. I've found David Zweig to be one of those up-and-comers that will inspire us to do our craft better. Enjoy today's discussion with Dave about his book Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion.

Learn more about Dave, his book, and his music by visiting http://davidzweig.com/.

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

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PPP 112 | How to Read Your Stakeholder's Mind, with Dr. Nick Morgan

Total Duration 37:57

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What They're Really Thinking

In this episode, Dr. Nick Morgan shares how we often get in the way of our own communication. There are two conversations: the content and the non-verbals. Want to improve your ability to lead and deliver? Learn to harness the power of the non-verbals, when getting your message out and when listening to others.

Nick Morgan returns to our podcast to talk about his new book Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact

What if we could get better at getting our message across? What if we could improve our ability to read other people, to make sure we understand their message? That's what Nick Morgan says is available, if we apply the lessons in Power Cues. I look forward to your feedback after you listen to today’s discussion with Nick.

Learn more about Nick and his book by visiting http://publicwords.com/.

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

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