PPP 378 | Say it Right the First Time, with Pitch Perfect author Bill McGowan

Total Duration 48:23

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Say It Right the First Time

So much of what we do when leading teams and projects comes down to communication. Whether it’s written or spoken, with a large audience or an informal conversation or email, much of our success comes down to how effectively we understand others and are understood by them.

I’m joined in this episode by one of the foremost communication coaches in the world. Bill McGowan is hired by corporate leaders, athletes, and other celebrities to prepare them for media interviews and significant presentations. And he’s the author of a book we’ll discuss in this episode entitled Pitch Perfect: How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time.

Learn more about Bill and his company at ClarityMediaGroup.com/.

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PPP 377 | Happier Hour: How to Focus on What Really Matters, with author Cassie Holmes

Total Duration 46:06

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Focusing On What Really Matters

When you don’t have enough time, what’s the first thing that gets cut from your schedule?

Now, of course, the answer is “it depends.” But I asked this question recently on LinkedIn and got a flood of responses. The most common category was self-care: exercising, sleeping, even eating. Two other big categories were time with others and time to think. Maybe you can relate to these. Left to my own devices, I sure can.

But when you think about it, you would never design your life that way, right? Each of those represents areas that are critical to our success. And I’m not just talking about success with our projects or at work. If we’re not taking care of ourselves, taking time to think and reflect, and investing in others, it impacts nearly every dimension of life. And it can lead us to hitting a birthday and wondering, how did I get here?

If that sounds like a depressing start to this episode, I have good news. I’m joined today by the author of one of my favorite new books. Cassie Holmes joins us to discuss her book Happier Hour: How to Beat Distraction, Expand Your Time, and Focus on What Matters Most. What I expected to be just another time management guide turns out to be a book on happiness that I consider a must-read.

Learn more about Cassie and her book at CassieMHolmes.com/.

For more episodes related to focusing on what matters most, check out these episodes:

  • Episode 174, with Amy Blankson about her book The Future of Happiness.
  • Episode 136, with Michele Geilen about her book Broadcasting Happiness.
  • Episode 309, with Ashley Whillans about her book Time Smart.

These authors are not just writers--they are researchers who make their work accessible and actionable to us all.

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PPP 376 | How to Help Your Team Stop Drowning in Work, with author Nick Sonnenberg

Total Duration 36:01

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Stop Drowning At Work

Have you ever heard someone say they are drowning at work? Maybe you feel like that even right now as you start this episode.

If a sink is broken and water is overflowing, there are at least two options: you can mop faster or you can fix the sink. Using that as a metaphor for work, many of us are trying to mop faster. Today, we’re going to talk about how to fix the sink.

I’m excited to introduce you to Nick Sonnenberg, author of a new book, Come Up for Air: How Teams Can Leverage Systems and Tools to Stop Drowning in Work.

The single biggest benefit of Nick's book is he doesn’t just talk about the problem. Or provide vague generalities about how to address them. He gets into detailed recommendations with specific tools and loads of case studies and examples to help you and your team come up for air. He’s already helping my team and me, and I can’t wait for you to be introduced to his ideas.

Learn more about Nick and his company at GetLeverage.com.

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PPP 375 | Navigating the Fear of Offending: A Guide to Living (and Leading) Unafraid

Total Duration 40:38

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Permission to Offend

Is it possible to be too nice?

We have a vigorous discussion around this question in our Essentials of Project Management workshop. There’s almost always a resounding response of “Yes! It is possible to be too nice.”

That discussion is based on an idea we covered in episode 320 with Greg Githins. Greg says, "Leadership is a practice of kindness, but it’s not always a practice of niceness.” 

We're going to build on that idea in this episode. I’m joined by Rachel Luna. She’s the author of a new book entitled Permission to Offend: The Compassionate Guide for Living Unfiltered and Unafraid.

Are there times when you feel like you should be speaking up but are afraid to do so? Or when you worry perhaps too much about what other people think? Have you found yourself confounded about why someone reacted the way they did? Stay with us because Rachel will share some insights that you can start putting to work immediately.

Learn more about Rachel and her work at RachelLuna.biz.

Also, for more on this topic, check out episode 371 with Amanda Ripley and her book High Conflict. It's a great follow-up to this discussion.

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If so, check out our e-learning program Getting Stuff Done: Project Management for Students. It provides practical skills to reduce the stress of their school work and help jumpstart their career. Learn more and get access at https://i-leadonline.com/GettingStuffDone.

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PPP 374 | Building a Strong Personal Brand Without Being a Self-Promoting Jerk

Total Duration 48:35

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Building Your Brand Without Being Pushy

What comes to mind when you think of personal branding?

Some feel that personal branding is superficial. Or inauthentic. Instead of focusing on our brand, we should focus on developing expertise. Doing good work. And that good work will stand on its own.

In this episode, we’re taking this topic of personal branding head-on, and I’m joined by one of the most influential voices on the subject. Catherine Kaputa is recognized as one of the top 30 Global Branding Gurus and the author of five books on the topic.

Today’s discussion focuses on ideas in her new book, The New Brand You: How to Wow in the New World of Work. By the time we’re done with this discussion, you’ll see how personal branding applies to you, whether you’re a student preparing for the workplace, someone trying to change industries, or someone feeling like you’re just not getting the opportunities or promotions you deserve.

Learn more about Catherine and her work at SelfBrand.com.

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  209. PPP 165 | Why MacGyver Would Be a Great (and Happy) Project Manager
  210. PPP 164 | What Leaders Need to Know About Reducing Stress, with authors of Nick Petrie and Derek Roger
  211. PPP 163 | (Video) What I Learned This Week About What To Do Long Before You Lose Your Job
  212. PPP 162 | How to Become the Leader Your Team is Waiting For, with Jonathan Raymond
  213. PPP 161 | What I Learned This Week About Influencing Through Questions
  214. PPP 160 | What I Learned About Stress This Week
  215. PPP 159 | The Most Important Lesson You Learned Last Year
  216. PPP 158 | What You Need to Know to Manage Millennials, with author Lee Caraher
  217. PPP 157 | A Revolutionary Way for Project Managers to Influence and Persuade, with Dr. Robert Cialdini
  218. PPP 156 | The Messy Project Manager, with author Tim Harford
  219. PPP 155 | How to Keep Your Project Stakeholders Engaged, with Dr. Lynda Bourne
  220. PPP 154 | What Project Managers Need to Know About Office Politics, with Dan Rust, author of Workplace Poker
  221. PPP 153 | The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Project Leader, with Best-Selling Author Jim Kouzes
  222. PPP 152 | How Scrum Helps You Do Twice the Work in Half the Time, with Scrum inventor and co-creator Jeff Sutherland
  223. PPP 151 | How to Deal With Bullies on Project Teams, with Paul Pelletier, LL.B., PMP
  224. PPP 150 | Why Project Managers Need to Say Less and Ask More To Be Better Leaders, with Michael Bungay Stanier
  225. PPP 149 | (Video) Project Management is a Performance--And Why That Idea Matters, with author Cathy Salit
  226. PPP 148 | Negotiating the Conflicts That Suck the Life Out of You, with Harvard's Daniel Shapiro
  227. PPP 147 | Why Your Technical Project Management Skills Aren't Enough, with guest Dave Wakeman
  228. PPP 146 | How to Tell Someone They Have Body Odor (and Other Tricky Culture Situations), with Dr. Tom Verghese
  229. PPP 145 | Career Success Hacks for Project Managers, with Bruce Harpham
  230. PPP 144 | 4 Rules to Help Project Managers Focus in a Distracted World, with Cal Newport
  231. PPP 143 | How to Deal With the Irrational and Impossible People on Your Projects, with Mark Goulston
  232. PPP 142 | How to Confidently Rise to the Most Daunting Challenges, with Amy Cuddy
  233. PPP 141 | How Project Managers Can Make Better Decisions: Year-End Episode
  234. PPP 140 | Tom Rath Goes to the Movies (and Why You Should Too!)
  235. PPP 139 | The Real Reason Why Project Managers and Their Teams Win, with author Fred Kiel
  236. PPP 138 | Eating Frogs and Throwing Skunks on the Table: The People Side of Project Management
  237. PPP 137 | How Project Managers Can Invest Their Time Like Money, with Elizabeth Grace Saunders
  238. PPP 136 | What Science Says About the Happy Project Manager, with Michelle Gielen
  239. PPP 135 | Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, with Gretchen Rubin
  240. PPP 134 | How Project Managers Can Motivate by Creating Meaning, with author Scott Mautz
  241. PPP 133 | The Most Important Four Seconds for Project Managers, with author Peter Bregman
  242. PPP 132 | Energizing the Burned Out Project Manager, with author Tom Rath
  243. PPP 131 | Honoring a Project Management Legacy, with Max Wideman
  244. PPP 130 | Why Leadership Training Isn't Preparing You to Lead (and What To Do About It), with author Herminia Ibarra
  245. PPP 129 | Less Panic and More Productivity for Project Managers, with author Kory Kogon
  246. PPP 128 | How Project Managers Become Project Leaders, with author Susanne Madsen
  247. PPP 127 | How to Stop Talking About Vision and Actually Create One, with author Rob-Jan de Jong
  248. PPP 126 | The Most Important Lesson You Learned Last Year
  249. PPP 125 | Why Project Managers Who Learn Faster Beat Those Who Know More, with guest Liz Wiseman
  250. PPP 124 | How Adam Smith Can Make You a Better Project Manager, with guest Russ Roberts

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