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PPP 030 | Wired to Care, with author Dev Patnaik

Total Duration 25:50

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What comes to mind when you think of empathy?

Do you think of someone who is highly sensitive and compassionate--maybe even too much? Or does that description sound more like sympathy, where empathy isn't quite as emotional?

Empathy remains a hot topic in leadership. It's difficult to lead people without some measure of empathy in your approach. Yet I've observed from plenty of executive coaching clients that there's some opportunity to better understand what empathy is--and isn't as we seek to deliver projects and lead teams.

Project mgt and empathyOne of the freshest voices on empathy today is Dev Patnaik, CEO of Jump Associates. Dev recently authored the book Wired to Care: How Companies Prosper When They Create Widespread Empathy. I had the opportunity to talk with Dev and look forward to sharing that interview with you in this cast.

Make sure to get a copy of Dev's book Wired to Care. And check out the book's website (wiredtocare.com) and Dev's organization Jump Associates.

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

PPP 029 | The Project Success Method, with author Clint Padgett

Total Duration 22:04

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Click here to get your copySo when it comes right down to it... what can you do to better ensure that you successfully deliver the projects you're managing? 

It's a question I love working with our clients on, and it's a question that is directly addressed in Clint Padgett's book The Project Success Method: A Proven Approach for Achieving Superior Project Performance in as Little as 5 Days. I had the opportunity to talk with Clint recently and look forward to sharing that interview with you in this episode.

To learn more about Clint and his organization, I invite you to check them out at projectsuccess.com.

Do you have an upcoming company meeting or retreat? We have keynote presentations that can inspire and motivate your teams to successfully deliver the projects and lead their teamsContact us at 866-884-5323 to learn more.

Thanks for joining us for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

PPP 028 | Influence Without Authority Scenarios, Part 2

It's one thing to know there's a model for influencing without authority. But how do we implement that model, as leaders and project managers? That's what we tackle in this second part of my interview with Dr. Allan Cohen, author of Influence Without Authority.

I recommend you check out the accompanying website for Dr. Cohen's book, which you can find at www.influencewithoutauthority.com.

Are you interested in learning how to develop your influence skills? How about your team's ability to influence? Give us a call to learn how we can help you become more influential, even in situations you don't have authority.

Please join me in the next episode when I’m joined by Clint Padgett, President and CEO of Project Success Inc, and author of The Project Success Method: A Proven Approach for Achieving Superior Project Performance in as Little as 5 Days.

Thanks for joining us for this episode! Have a great week!

Duration 19:37

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PPP 027 | How to Influence Without Authority, an interview with author Dr. Allan Cohen

Episode Duration 29:53

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One of my leadership heroes is Ken Blanchard, who is on record of saying, "The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.

I wholeheartedly agree with Ken, that developing your influence skills is critical to success in today’s business environment, especially when a growing number of project managers and other leaders have an increasing amount of responsibility but not necessarily a corresponding amount of authority to go with it.

Many listening to this cast are in positions where they have to influence without authority and to help us improve our skills in that area I got in touch with the author of one my favorite books on the topic, Dr Allan Cohen, who wrote Influence Without Authority.

In this cast we walk through the influence model that Allan developed with Stanford professor Dr. David Bradford. In the follow-up cast I have Allan walk through a couple specific scenarios relevant to our audience, to apply the model in practical ways.

You'll notice part way through the cast that our recording system introduced some background interference due to a technical issue that occurred during my discussion with Dr. Cohen. I apologize for the annoyance, trusting you'll glean many lessons from the interview despite the distraction.

I recommend you check out the accompanying website for Dr. Cohen's book, which you can find at www.influencewithoutauthority.com. Please join me in the next episode when Dr. Cohen applies his influence model to two specific scenarios that I’m confident you’ll find relevant to your role.

And, one last thing! Would you take a moment to let a friend or colleague know about The People and Projects Podcast? I’d love to pour into them as well, to help them lead people and deliver projects.

Thanks for joining us for this episode! Have a great week!

PPP 026 | How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help. Part 2 of an Interview with Dr. Ed Schein

Total Duration: 21:17

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In our last episode, I started an interview with Dr. Ed Schein, Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus at MIT and author of fourteen business books, including The Corporate Culture Survival Guide. Make sure to listen to that episode if you happened to miss it.

In this second part of the interview, we turn our attention to Ed's seminal yet highly practical book entitled Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help. Ever wonder why some people find it difficult to ask for help, even when they are "spinning their wheels" with the project tasks? Or why some people just won't take you up on offers to help, even when it's desperately needed?

In this interview, Ed helps us understand the surprisingly complex dynamics around giving and receiving help. I strongly recommend you get a copy of Ed's books we discuss in these two episodes.

Thanks for joining us for this episode! Have a great week!

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  1. PPP 025 | Corporate Culture Survival, with Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus, Dr. Ed Schein
  2. PPP 024 | PDUs for PMPs, with guest Cornelius Fichtner, PMP
  3. PPP 023 | Steve Martin and Andy Kaufman on Influence
  4. PPP 022 | Who's Got Your Back? An interview with bestselling author Keith Ferrazzi
  5. PPP 021 | The New Year Money Episode, with author and speaker Matt Bell
  6. PPP 020 | Accountability That Works! An interview with author and speaker John G. Miller
  7. PPP 019 | Making New Year's Resolutions StickK! An interview with Jordan Goldberg, CEO of stickK.com
  8. PPP 018 | Project Management Beyond PMI, an interview with Bill Duncan, primary author of the original PMBOK(R) Guide
  9. PPP 017 | Take Back Your Life! An interview with author John Wittry
  10. PPP 016 | World of Thanks, a special Thanksgiving podcast episode
  11. PPP 015 | Is Failure an Option? An interview with Ralph Heath, author of Celebrating Failure
  12. PPP 014 | How to Know What You Don't Know, an interview with author Michael Roberto
  13. PPP 013 | Managing Politics and Conflict in Projects, with author Brian Irwin, PMP
  14. PPP 012 | Why Feedback Doesn't Work, with Charles Jacobs, author of Management Rewired
  15. PPP 011 | Fierce Leadership, an interview with author Susan Scott
  16. PPP 010 | Managing Generation Y, an interview with author and speaker Bruce Tulgan
  17. PPP 009 | Why New Systems Fail, an interview with author Phil Simon
  18. PPP 008 | Managing Extreme Projects, with author and consultant Doug DeCarlo
  19. PPP 007 | Leading and Delivering with Virtual Teams, with guest Dr. Karen Sobel Lojeski
  20. PPP 006 | Getting More Done with Less Stress, with guest Jason Womack
  21. PPP 005 | How Engaged Are Your Teams? Got Conflict? A conversation with Kenneth W. Thomas, author of "Intrinsic Motivation at Work"
  22. PPP 004 | Increasing Your Charisma, with guest Dr. Nick Morgan, author of "Trust Me: Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma"
  23. PPP 003 | The Myth of Multitasking, with guest author Dave Crenshaw
  24. PPP 002 | Project Sponsorship, with guest Alfonso Bucero, PMP
  25. PPP 001 | Why Social Networking Matters
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