Below is a list of all Inspired Project Teams podcasts published so far. Each includes:
- Quotations, war stories, examples, and a little philosophy that might inspire project managers or project team members.
- Reflections to think about… as project manager or project leader.
- Team Challenges – Questions and suggestions to challenge your teams to stretch and grow.
- Project Manager Challenges – Specific actions for project managers or team leaders.
New podcasts are on the way, so keep checking the list below and my Recent Blog updates!
The Inspired Project Teams Podcast Collection
All podcasts are presented in standard MP3 audio form and as printed text. So you can download or listen to the podcast, then print the full text with team Challenges for later reference. Click the link at the beginning of each post to hear the audio. Or you can subscribe at iTunes.
- Become a Project Management Minimalist
This podcast focuses less on the inspirational side of project management and more on the “nuts and bolts” practices that can help your project team be more effective. After all, if a project team is ineffective, no amount of inspiration can help them find much joy in their work. So in this post, we look at how you can use “just enough” PM to get great results.
- 10 Specific Actions That Can Help You Become Happier
When individual team members are happy, the entire team will likely be happy! But how can you become happier? In this podcast I share 10 specific actions that I’ve taken to create more happiness in my life.
- Consciously Choose Your Attitude
A project team’s attitude can make or break the project. In this post learn how you can consciously choose your attitude instead of simply allowing it to overtake you as a collection of random feelings.
- Tend Your Gardens of Thought
“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild… whether cultivated or neglected, it must and will bring forth…”
- Just Say No
While it might make sense for individuals to say “yes” to life as often as they can, there are critical moments when project teams have just gotta say “no!” Here’s why & how…
- Be the Change You Want to See
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
- Take the Risk
This post is all about getting outside your comfort zone…If you can imagine it… if you can see it clearly… if it gets you excited as a possibility, then it may be your destiny to make it a reality.
- Practice Mindfulness
Focus: the power of mindfulness — the practice of bringing your full awareness into the present moment – and how you can expand upon your inherent ability to practice mindfulness
- Accept What Is
You must first accept a difficult situation for what it is before you can handle it effectively. Accept it, see it clearly without denial and hand-wringing, and then you can take appropriate action.
- Just Do It!
Get moving… get unstuck… & just do it! If you and your project team members are sometimes plagued with fits of analysis paralysis or procrastination, then this post/podcast is for you.
- Trust Your Judgment
Many great teachers and philosophers say that to achieve anything great you must trust that voice which lies deep within you. This audio examines why this voice is trustworthy and how to trust it.
- Act As If
Inspired by Wayne Dyer’s quote: “Act as if everything you desire is already here… treat yourself as if you already are what you’d like to become.” Examples & advice for applying this to project teams.
- Do What You Fear & Grow Stronger
Focus: “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain – Do the thing and you will have the power.” – Emerson – W/ practical tips & Challenges to help teams push through fear & grow stronger.
- Encourage Right Brain Thinking
This post/podcast examines how Daniel Pink’s “6 Right Brain Aptitudes” of Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play, & Meaning (from A Whole New Mind) can be used to enhance the performance of project teams.
- Shift from Drama to Empowerment
In his book The Power of TED, David Emerald compares two very different ways of being: The Dreaded Drama Triangle (or DDT) versus The Empowerment Dynamic (or TED). We apply these to project teams.
- Spend More Time in Quadrant 2
Focus: How project managers can apply Stephen Covey’s brilliant 4-quadrant time management grid to help their project teams spend more time in Quadrant 2 activities (not urgent, but important).
- Learn to Be Optimistic… Learn to Succeed
“Cognitive therapy works [by changing] explanatory style from pessimistic to optimistic [providing]… skills for talking to yourself when you fail.” – M. Seligman – This post/podcast applies this to project teams.
- Change Your Mind
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds…” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Celebrate the Chaos Within
“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” – Friedrich Nietzsche. This post/podcast provides suggestions on how project managers & leaders can support creativity.
- Let Go of Perfectionism
Are you driven to perfection? … or simply driven crazy? This post/podcast provides suggestions for project managers and team leaders about how they can let go of perfectionism and improve their results.
- Embrace the Work Itself
So where’s the joy in the work itself? What about the intrinsic value of our chosen profession? The beauty and fascination of the field itself?
- Train Yourself to be Happier
“… happiness is a skill that can be learned, just like skiing or playing a musical instrument…” Denver Post Online. Focus: How to apply the new Science of Happiness to project teams.
- Listen, Understand, Collaborate
“Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood.” – Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Audio examines why & how project teams should listen, understand, & collaborate.
- Get Excited… and Let It Show!
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Take Charge… Stop Playing the Victim
“You create your own experience…[&] you cannot change what you do not acknowledge.” – Dr. Phil McGraw – Post/podcast focuses on how project teams can accept responsibility for bad results & take charge.
- Make Time for Recreation
“…the word recreation means…‘re-creating’ your energy, your enthusiasm… You’re no good all burnt out and crispy.” Anonymous boss – Audio challenges project teams to “make time for recreation.”
- Get High on Kindness
“Kindness extended, received, or observed beneficially impacts the physical health and feelings of everyone involved!” — Wayne Dyer
- Think Small
Might it make sense to do less… to “think small?”
- Today… Be Here, Now
Are you living here, right now? Or are you agonizing over future & past?
- Find a Project Mantra
Encourages you to find, and express, a central vision for your project.
PDF & Video
- Are You Giving Creativity Time & Space to Blossom?
A visual parable about self-imposed constraints to creativity. The video’s designed to get you and your project teams thinking and talking about these questions: 1) What boundaries, limitations do you impose on yourself? 2) Should you try removing some of these in order to see what blossoms?
- Why It’s Pointless to Argue About Politics or Religion
Some perspective on the weird and wonderful ways our political and religious views evolve, why we inevitably clash when we try to argue about politics or religion, and how you might become an amateur anthropologist and try to see into the “cloud” of personal experiences that make up the other guy’s political or religious vision. (Specific challenges included.)
- Take a Break: A Six-Minute Video to Help You Achieve Mindfulness
Step into the Pennsylvania (USA) countryside on a typical day in June and lose your thoughts in these beautiful scenes.