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PPP 261 | Jack of All Trades or Specialize Early? Project Managers and Leaders Need Range, with author David Epstein

Total Duration 56:46

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Project managers, you know the importance of organization and transparency when it comes to collaborating on a team. This episode is sponsored by Backlog, which is the perfect project management software to keep your projects organized from start to finish.

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The Case for Generalists

Have you heard someone referred to as a jack of all trades, master of none? It’s typically not meant as a compliment--it’s that they tend to know about a lot of things, but none of those things deeply. And the implication is that we often value specialization--the one who is the deep expert. That’s the person to be.

Expertise is good and can certainly pay off. But today’s guest makes a compelling argument for why generalists triumph in a specialized world. David Epstein is a New York Times bestselling author and has come out with what is for me one of the top books of this season. It’s entitled Range, and it’s a book that takes the whole 10,000 hours to develop expertise idea and blows it apart. I consider it a must-read book. You'll be glad you did.

Learn more about David at his website https://www.davidepstein.com/the-range/. Some additional resources include:

  • You can watch the debate between David and Malcolm Gladwell here.
  • David mentions Herminia Ibarra during our discussion. You can catch our interview with Herminia in episode 130.

Let's Stay In Touch!

I hear from listeners almost every day and I love it! How about you and I connect on LinkedIn? Go to https://PeopleAndProjectsPodcast.com/LinkedIn and send me an invite!

Also, if you know of a group at your organization that has an upcoming large group gathering and uses outside speakers, let them know about the podcast! I'd love to work with them to help improve their ability to lead and deliver. Learn more at https://i-leadonline.com/keynotes. Thanks!

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

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FLUFFING A DUCK and CELEBRATION by Kevin Macleod Licensed under a Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 License.

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PPP 260 | (Video) How To Respond When You Mess Up

I flew out to Baltimore Thursday night to deliver an early Friday morning keynote. As it turns out, there was a mixup with company contracted to take me to the venue. In this brief episode, I share a quick lesson about how the owner of the limo company responded to the screw up, and there's a lesson for all of us when you and I inevitably make our next mistake.

Let Me Hear From You!

I'd love to hear from you! What have you learned about how to respond when you make big mistakes? What's a situation where you saw a mistake handled well?

Let's connect on LinkedIn and discuss! I'd love to hear your thoughts! Also, what have you been learning lately? What are you reading? Please e-mail me (show [AT] PeopleAndProjectsPodcast [DOT] com) or leave a message on our Listener Feedback Line (847-550-3747). I look forward to hearing from you!

Please give us feedback about The People and Projects Podcast! Take our Listener Survey at https://PeopleAndProjectsPodcast.com/ListenerSurvey. Thank you!

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

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Total Duration 3:23

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PPP 259 | (Video) Encouragement That Goes Unexpressed

We are surrounded by people who are discouraged. In this under 3-minute video, I share a lesson I learned recently about encouragement and discouragement.

Let Me Hear From You!

I'd love to hear from you! What do you think about this idea? What's an example of how you try to encourage people?

Let's connect on LinkedIn and discuss! I'd love to hear your thoughts! Also, what have you been learning lately? What are you reading? Please e-mail me (show [AT] PeopleAndProjectsPodcast [DOT] com) or leave a message on our Listener Feedback Line (847-550-3747). I look forward to hearing from you!

Please give us feedback about The People and Projects Podcast! Take our Listener Survey at https://PeopleAndProjectsPodcast.com/ListenerSurvey. Thank you!

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

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Total Duration 2:44

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PPP 258 | You Already Have the No--How to Make the Ask, with Kari Mirabal

Total Duration 43:18

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Make the Ask

As people who are responsible for leading teams and projects, we are often in the position of having to make an ask. Maybe it's an ask of a team member or a colleague in a different side of the business. Maybe we have an ask of our boss or sponsor.

One of the differences I see between those who go from point A to point B faster is their willingness to make the ask. Life is filled with opportunities to ask, and because of that, we ought to be good at it, but do you know what I find? We often don’t make the ask.

Why?

Why have you been putting off asking for a raise? Why have you been dragging your feet about reaching out to a potential mentor? Why do we hold off on making the ask?

In this episode, I share a recent discussion with Kari Mirabal, one of my favorite voices when it comes to networking and relationship-building. Kari has a new book coming out soon and there are practical ideas that can help you when it comes to relationship-building, for sure, but also with any time you have to make an ask.

Here's how you can learn more about Kari:

Let's Stay In Touch!

I hear from listeners almost every day and I love it! How about you and I connect on LinkedIn? Go to https://PeopleAndProjectsPodcast.com/LinkedIn and send me an invite!

Also, if you know of a group at your organization that has an upcoming large group gathering and uses outside speakers, let them know about the podcast! I'd love to work with them to help improve their ability to lead and deliver. Learn more at https://i-leadonline.com/keynotes. Thanks!

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

Talent Triangle: Leadership

SPY GROOVE by Kevin Macleod Licensed under a Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 License.

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PPP 257 | (Video) Leading For The Next 20 Years, Not The Next 20 Minutes

"You're not thinking far enough down the road." One of the best bosses I ever hated to work used to say that me and my peers. A lot. And the boss was right. Which is why they were one of my best bosses!

We're too easily focused on the short-term at the cost of the long-term. In this 2.5 minute video, I share a lesson I learned this week from my friend Austin. It's advice worth heeding, whether you're a parent or a leader of teams.

Let Me Hear From You!

I'd love to hear from you! What's an example of where we too easily think about the next 20 minutes instead of the next 20 years? What do you think about this 20 years, not 20 minutes idea?

Let's connect on LinkedIn and discuss! I'd love to hear your thoughts! Also, what have you been learning lately? What are you reading? Please e-mail me (show [AT] PeopleAndProjectsPodcast [DOT] com) or leave a message on our Listener Feedback Line (847-550-3747). I look forward to hearing from you!

Please give us feedback about The People and Projects Podcast! Take our Listener Survey at https://PeopleAndProjectsPodcast.com/ListenerSurvey. Thank you!

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

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Total Duration 2:21

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  227. PPP 043 | The Way We're Working Isn't Working, Part 2
  228. PPP 042 | The Way We're Working Isn't Working, Part 1
  229. PPP 041 | New Year's Resolutions for Project Managers
  230. PPP 039 | Networking for People Who Hate Networking: An interview with author Devora Zack
  231. PPP 038 | How to Manage Your Boss, an interview with author and speaker Bruce Tulgan
  232. PPP 037 | Premium: Making Better Decisions through 10-10-10
  233. PPP 036 | Engaging Your Employees, with author Brad Federman
  234. PPP 035 | Delivering Projects Through People, with author Dave Po-Chedley, PMP
  235. PPP 033.1 | Premium: Discussion Questions for Leading Teams, with Harvard Professor Dr. J. Richard Hackman
  236. PPP 033 | Leading Teams, with Harvard Professor Dr. J. Richard Hackman
  237. PPP 032 | Become a More Effective Leader Using the Latest Brain Science
  238. PPP 031 | Leading Teams with Meaning, with Dr. Adam Grant
  239. PPP 030 | Wired to Care, with author Dev Patnaik
  240. PPP 029 | The Project Success Method, with author Clint Padgett
  241. PPP 028 | Influence Without Authority Scenarios, Part 2
  242. PPP 027 | How to Influence Without Authority, an interview with author Dr. Allan Cohen
  243. PPP 026 | How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help. Part 2 of an Interview with Dr. Ed Schein
  244. PPP 025 | Corporate Culture Survival, with Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus, Dr. Ed Schein
  245. PPP 024 | PDUs for PMPs, with guest Cornelius Fichtner, PMP
  246. PPP 023 | Steve Martin and Andy Kaufman on Influence
  247. PPP 022 | Who's Got Your Back? An interview with bestselling author Keith Ferrazzi
  248. PPP 021 | The New Year Money Episode, with author and speaker Matt Bell
  249. PPP 020 | Accountability That Works! An interview with author and speaker John G. Miller
  250. PPP 019 | Making New Year's Resolutions StickK! An interview with Jordan Goldberg, CEO of stickK.com
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