PPP 094 | How to Motivate Your Project Team, with Heidi Grant Halvorson and Tory Higgins

Total Duration 42:54

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What Does It Take To Motivate Your Team?

One of the common concerns I hear from those who lead projects and teams has to do with motivation. What does it take? An inspirational speech (see the video below!)? Money? Time? All the above, depending on the person?

Motivating Project Teams

In this episode I talk with Heidi Grant Halvorson and E. Tory Higgins.. They are the authors of a book just released this week entitled Focus: Use Different Ways of Seeing the World for Success and Influence. The underlying research behind the book finds we each tend to have a primary motivational focus or mindset: either promotion or prevention. You'll learn more about what these mean in this episode.

I invite you to visit Heidi's website at at http://www.heidigranthalvorson.com/. You can take an assessment to learn your motivational style by visiting http://www.yourfocusdiagnostic.com.

Need Some Motivation

Hey, you promotion-minded listener! Need a little pick-me-up that will speak right to your promotion-minded heart? Check it out!

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MILITARY PROCESSION from April 1992, from The Music Bakery

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PPP 093 | Givers, Takers, and Matchers, A Discussion About Success with Dr. Adam Grant

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Can I Ask You a Favor?

So let's say someone asks you for help. For a favor, let's say. What's your first reaction? Is it, "Sure! No problem! I'd love to help!"

Perhaps most of us would like to think that's how we respond. Could your response vary, based on the situation?

Let's modify the scenario. Let's say this person who is asking for help seems, in your mind, to have very little potential to help you in any meaningful way--now or in the future. Regardless of how you made that assessment, in economic terms, this favor would appear to have very little perceived return on investment.

So, would you still help? Or would you scramble for an excuse to step away?

Welcoming back Dr. Adam Grant

My guest in this episode is Dr. Adam Grant. We talk about his new book released just this week entitled Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success. In this episode you'll hear Adam talk about givers, takers, and matchers, three reciprocity styles that form the basis of the book.

I invite you to visit the book's website at at http://www.giveandtake.com. You can take his self-assessment on that site to learn your preferred style. Also, Adam mentions work done by Alison Fragale at University of North Carolina. Here's a link to an article summarizing her work regarding powerless communication: http://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/news/2010/07/the-power-of-powerless-speech

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

Total Duration 44:25

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Adam Grant on Success

Here's a 5 minute clip of Adam summarizing the reciprocity styles.

How can you avoid being a doormat?

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The Giving and the Taking by Dolly Parton from the album Kenny & Dolly

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PPP 092 | In the Trenches, with Kiron Bondale, PMP

Introducing Kiron Bondale, PMP

We continue our In the Trenches series of episodes, with this interview with Kiron Bondale, PMP. Kiron runs the Project Management Office at Agricorp. Make sure to check out Kiron's insightful blog at http://kbondale.wordpress.com.

Kiron has graciously offered to share a risk register template with listeners of The People and Projects Podcast. Click the icon below to download the Microsoft Excel file:

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

Total Duration 15:54

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PPP 091 | You Can Be a Better Writer, with Tips from Bryan A. Garner

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So, how do you feel when each of the following occurs?

  • You come across a typo in a project document.
  • You receive an e-mail that is pages and pages long.
  • Someone hits Reply All and there are hundreds of people on copy.
  • You're stuck in a meeting listening to a presenter who has mastered every business cliche in the book!

Yuck. We're living in a business climate where writing skills matter so much but get so little attention.

Tips for Better Business Writing

Ever sit there in front of your monitor, your keyboard anxiously waiting for you to start typing your communication and you just feel stuck? Wouldn't it be great if there was a concise guide to improve your business writing?

Thankfully, there is! My guest in this episode is Professor Bryan A. Garner. He is the author of over 20 books, including Garner's Modern American Usage, Black's Law Dictionary (editor-in-chief), and the grammar and usage chapter in the venerable The Chicago Manual of Style. Brian recently published The HBR Guide to Better Business Writing, published by Harvard Business Review Press.

If you want to raise the bar and think outside the box to leverage best practices in business writing, well, um, just listen to this interview with Bryan! You can learn more about Bryan and his organization at http://www.lawprose.org.

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

Business Jargon Gone Wild

It's so easy for me to succumb to bizspeak. In the spirit of mocking business jargon, here's a 2-minute video from some friends in the U.K.:

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PPP 090.1 | Follow-up to the Interview with Karl Pillemer

Lessons Learned... For Life

Hopefully by now you have had the opportunity to listen to my interview with Karl Pillemer. I can honsestly say this is one of my favorite books in the last year so it's my pleasure to share some additional insights with you from the discussion with Karl.

In this premium episode we'll discuss ideas such as:

  • Who are your experts?
  • How a profound awareness of short time horizon helps us make better choices
  • The importance of work that is intrinsically motivating
  • Why, unless there is a compelling reason not to, you should error on the side of saying "Yes"
  • The importance of relationships and why emotional intelligence trumps expertise

Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast!

Have a great week!

Total Duration 12:38


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