This blog wouldn’t exist withoutBrian Johnson’s PhilosophersNotes. Nearly every day, while exercising or waiting in line somewhere, I crank up my little MP3 player and listen to one of his 20-minute ‘Notes. These are his distillations of some of the “big ideas” living in a whole bunch of powerful Self-Help and Philosophy books, delivered via Brian’s upbeat and informal “friendly philosopher” narrations. Very often I find myself thinking while I’m listening: “Wow! It would be great if the students in my project management classes could hear some of this! There is so much frustration, anxiety, and strife in project teams. What they all need is a little inspiration!”
And so this blog was born. It’s a way for me to share some enduring wisdom I picked up from Brian’s PhilosophersNotes and from my own readings and experiences. So, “Thank You, Brian Johnson!” And if you haven’t checked out PhilosophersNotes, you should visit there soon. As Brian says, “Methinks you’ll dig it!”
This blog a collection of some of my favorite quotations and great ideas, in somewhat random order, that could help you create a more inspired project team. The quotations are followed by a few suggestions (Challenges) for applying them to your situation. If you’re like me, a quote that gets your attention one day may not stimulate much thought on another day. So I’m hoping you’ll spend a few minutes in these pages every day and that your time spent will help you to inspire your project team members to be all that they can be.
The Structure of the Posts
Most of the posts contain these sections:
Quotations, war stories, examples, and a little philosophy that might inspire project managers or project team members.
Reflections – Suggestions or questions to think about on your own, as project manager or project leader.
Team Challenges – Questions and suggestions that you can use as a project team, either formally or informally, to challenge yourselves to stretch and grow.
Project Manager Challenges – Some specific actions for project managers or team leaders to encourage your team’s inspiration.
(Note: For definitions of some of the project management terms used in this blog and its podcasts, go to PM Terms.)
It’s Up to You!
My entire career has been spent in training and education. So it’s only natural for me to pose the Challenges you see here, since they are designed to help you apply the concepts and grow, grow, grow!
On the other hand, maybe you aren’t looking for training or education. Maybe you just want a little inspiration to help get you through your latest project. If this is the case, then just review the quotes and skip the Challenges. (Though I do suggest you privately think about the stuff you find in the Reflections section. This might lead you to some creative solutions to your own unique problems.)
So it’s up to you: Skim, scan, enjoy. But most of all, spend a little time thinking deeply about the powerful ideas gathered here and about how they might inspire you and your project team.
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