Inspired Project Teams

Enduring Wisdom & Guided Challenges to Help Project Teams Achieve Their Best

  • Jan 29

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    [This book excerpt is from “Taking Care of Yourself:  Managing Your Priorities, Time, & Energy” in The Project Management Minimalist]

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    “… the highest success in living and the deepest emotional satisfaction comes from building and using your signature strengths.”

    Dr. Martin Seligman in Authentic Happiness

    Seligman, former head of the American Psychological Association and founder of the positive psychology movement and science of happiness, has conducted substantial research on the topic of signature strengths and how they relate to happiness and success. His findings: When you identify and use your signature strengths as often as you can, particularly in your work, you will be more likely to be happy and successful.

    Here are four things you can do to leverage your signature strengths:

    • Go to Seligman’s Authentic Happiness website
      ( ), sign up for free membership, and complete the VIA Signature Strengths Questionnaire.
    • Think about your Signature Strengths and think about the kinds of things people do in your organization.
    • Volunteer to do small chores that use your Signature Strengths.
    • Volunteer for entire projects that use your Signature Strengths.

    And remember: If you can’t always use your Signature Strengths at your workplace, you might want to volunteer at a local non-profit or charity that could use your talents. Not only will you be making the world a better place, but there’s clinical evidence to show that you’ll probably be happier!

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    [This book excerpt was from “Taking Care of Yourself:  Managing Your Priorities, Time, & Energy” in The Project Management Minimalist]

  • Jul 31

    Image: Meditating w/headphonesAre you hoping that your summer vacation will bring you true rest and relaxation? … or, better yet, leave you with a little residual peace of mind to carry back to your daily routine? After all, shouldn’t your “recreation” help you “re-create” your sense of well being? These five podcasts can help you step back, get a little perspective and make some specific adjustments in the way you engage the world. Enjoy!

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 podcast elaborates.
  • Oct 5

    Audio: Consciously Choose Your Attitude [Time – 17:10, File Size – 16.1 MB]

    Your attitude is that collection of feelings that you bring to a situation or to a relationship. If the prevailing attitude of your project team is negative, cynical, or hopeless, then there’s a good chance your project results and work processes will reflect that bad energy. According to successful CEO Gary Crittenden, “Your own negative attitude as well at the negative attitude of the team you’re working with can be detrimental to the success of your work.” On the other hand, if you and your team feel positive and enthusiastic, then you’re likely to have a better work experience and produce higher quality work products.  So a project team’s attitude can make or break the project. But what can you do about something as intangible as your attitude?

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