PPP 146 | How to Tell Someone They Have Body Odor (and Other Tricky Culture Situations), with Dr. Tom Verghese

Total Duration 42:12

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How Culturally Intelligent Are You?

In this episode I welcome Dr. Tom Verghese from Cultural Synergies to talk about the importance of raising our cultural intelligence (what he calls CQ). Check out his website for videos and other resources to improve your ability to interact productively with people from other cultures.


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PPP 145 | Career Success Hacks for Project Managers, with Bruce Harpham

Total Duration 27:58

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Introducing Bruce Harpham

In this episode I welcome Bruce Harpham from ProjectManagementHacks.com. Bruce is a regular blogger on topics related to career advancement for project managers. Check out his website and sign-up for a free copy of his Career Advancement Workbook.

Give the Gift of Learning to Your Administrative Assistant!

On April 27, 2016, administrative assistants around the world will be celebrated as part of Administrative Professionals' Day. Here's a bit of advice: take your assistant out to lunch! Treat them extra special! And how about this--give them the gift of learning!

Our Effective Administrative Assistant Webinar Series starts up on April 14. I'll be leading a series of two-hour webinars designed especially to help your admin improve their ability to get things done. Learn more at http://courses.i-leadonline.com/courses/the-effective-administrative-assistant-webinar-series. Use a coupon code of admin-gift-16 to save $59 USD off the price. Thanks for spreading the word about this!

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PPP 144 | 4 Rules to Help Project Managers Focus in a Distracted World, with Cal Newport

Total Duration 32:32

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Out of the Shallows

Project managers are constantly tasked with juggling priorities and managing interruptions. We live in the shallows, so to speak, not the deep. Getting time for focused work seems increasingly difficult. In his new book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, Cal Newport offers 4 rules to help us out of the distraction:

  • Work Deeply. There are strategies to get more concentrated work time.
  • Embrace Boredom. Don't try to cram in something to every spare moment.
  • Quit Social Media. Give Cal a chance to make his case before writing this one off!
  • Drain the Shallows. There's some low-hanging fruit we can get rid of to gain more focused time.

To learn more about Cal and his book, please visit his website at: http://calnewport.com/books/deep-work/. Make sure to check out his popular blog.


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P.S. For a follow-up article on Cal's book, check out my LinkedIn post by clicking here. Thanks!

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PPP 143 | How to Deal With the Irrational and Impossible People on Your Projects, with Mark Goulston

Total Duration 53:00

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Talking To Crazy

Spend enough time in the workplace and eventually you have to deal with the stakeholder who drives you crazy. Whether full-time or just under certain circumstances, their irrational behavior becomes a thorn in your side. How do you deal with these people? Though there are no simple answers, Mark Goulston shares his insights in his new book entitled Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life.

To learn more about Mark, please visit his website at: http://goulstongroup.com/.

Let's Learn Together

We have just launched our project management e-learning on a new platform, and to celebrate, we're making the first 25% of the learning free! Learn more at http://courses.i-leadonline.com.

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PPP 142 | How to Confidently Rise to the Most Daunting Challenges, with Amy Cuddy


Total Duration 38:39

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Super Hero Poise

Project managers regularly face daunting situations. In Amy Cuddy's new book Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, you'll find evidence-based strategies to help you rise to your challenging situations.

To learn more about Amy, please visit her website at: http://AmyCuddy.com. You can also watch her TED Talk (and a parody of it) below.

Let's Learn Together

Join us in this year's Leadership Fast Track Program! There's an early bird discount available for listeners to the podcast. To learn more, go to https://LeadershipFastTrackProgram.com.

Contact me at to save $100 USD on our Essentials of Project Management e-learning program. 15 PDU's for a great price! Contact me for details!

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