Inspired Project Teams

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

  • Jun 17

    Starting this month I will be publishing all my new blog posts, articles and other announcements at my WORTH SHARING website. I will continue to create articles and videos that are relevant to the topics you usually find here, including thoughts on inspiring project teams, motivation, team building, creativity, etc.  To find these at the WORTH SHARING website, just click on the “Inspired Project Teams” tab (see diagram below).

    Go to "Inspired Project Teams" tab, Mike Greer's WORTH SHARING website

    Why the Convergence? 

    The short answer is this:  To help you find all the stuff I believe to be “WORTH SHARING” in one location, no matter what the topic. (For a more detailed discussion, click here.)

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  • Feb 27

    Realtor selling house with modelOne of the toughest, but most mission-critical, responsibilities of a project manager is to get people excited about the project before there is anything to show. We ask potential champions to engage and connect with something that isn’t yet real — something that exists as a concept only. Once they “buy in” and become enthusiastic, they can rally the support of their colleagues, help to pull together project funding and open the doors to key SMEs and gatekeepers. But how can we inspire support for a non-existent finished product?

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  • Dec 27

    Images from "Forgive Them..." & "Meditation Fact Sheet" posts

    In case you missed them, here the five blog posts I wrote for this website in 2013 that meant the most to me. And even if you’ve already seen them, they may be worth a second look. Happy New Year!

    Bonus… A Freebie!

  • Jun 28

    This is a visual parable about self-imposed constraints to creativity. It was inspired by what happened recently on my local walking path where I exercise each day.

    The video’s designed to get you and your project teams thinking and talking about these questions:

    • What boundaries, limitations do you impose on yourself?
    • Should you try removing some of these in order to see what blossoms?

    Enjoy!

  • Mar 31

    Are you under pressure to produce some sort of creative output? Are you feeling “dried up” or empty? Do you find yourself staring into space and mumbling “I got nothin’!!” ??  Do you wonder how some people seem to be consistently productive while you keep having these “dry spells?” In this article I’m going to share the simple, down-to-earth practices I use to keep the articles, videos and podcasts flowing.

    Everyone is Creative… Everyone!

    The truth is, everyone is creative. Period. Everyone gets ideas, sees unique connections, has insights, comes up with unusual ideas. But why do some people seem to produce more creative output than others? The answer is they leverage their creativity. They nurture it. They capture the shimmering bubbles that float into their consciousness before they can pop or drift away. They treat these like the magical gifts that they are and they maximize them by employing some fairly mundane, everyday practices. Here are my favorites:

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  • Jan 10

    OTRP "We the People" parade after the Rose Parade

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    When a project team is trying to create something great – something that excites and captures the imagination of creators and stakeholders – something that could change the world – then that project’s team leaders have to figure out how to handle the passion that swirls all around that vision.

    Specifically, project leaders need to answer these questions:

    • How do you harness passion without snuffing it out? … or without having it blow up in your hands because you squeezed it a little too hard trying to contain it or bend it to your will?
    • How do you synchronize the differing passions of individual team members and then embed these as a unified force in the finished product, so that its energy can crackle and arc like a lightning bolt across the chasm that separates your team from your customers?

    I realize, after having experienced Occupy The Rose Parade (OTRP) first hand, that the OTRP leadership team seems to have answered these questions brilliantly. In this article, I’m going to share what I observed and what project managers everywhere can learn from OTRP about managing that most precious of project resources: passion.

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  • Aug 15

    Audio: Tend Your Gardens of Thought [Time – 7:35, File Size – 7.3 MB]

    “A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild. But whether cultivated or neglected, it must and will bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein and will continue to produce their kind.”
    James Allen in As a Man Thinketh

    Wow! “…whether cultivated or neglected, [the mind] must and will bring forth.” When I consider this quote in the context of my project management, I am reminded of this paradox: The most productive, the most creative people… the ones you really want on your project team… are also the ones who have the greatest potential to take you far astray from your contracted deliverables and your carefully laid plans!

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  • Mar 15

    Audio:  Encourage Right Brain Thinking [Time – 16:30, File Size – 15.2 MB]

    “The last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind — computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch numbers. But the keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind — creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers, and meaning makers. These people — artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture thinkers — will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.” — From Daniel Pink in A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

    If you haven’t read Pink’s great book, I strongly recommend you get it and read it! It’s loaded with eye-opening perspectives about the need for, and ways to achieve, a “whole new mind.” In this post we’re going to examine how one of Pink’s key concepts  — what he calls “right brain aptitudes” — can be applied to help create more inspired, and ultimately more successful, project teams.

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  • Jan 20

    Audio: Celebrate the Chaos Within [Time – 5:41, File Size – 5.3 MB]

    “One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche in Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None

    “All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.” – Chuck Palahniuk

    “To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard

    Some of the most creative people I have worked with were filled with chaos! Yet the contributions they made to our projects were frequently surprising… unique… even beautiful. Their internal chaos really could give birth to some amazing “dancing stars!” Among my most difficult challenges as a project manager is to figure out how to handle this chaos without destroying their creativity.  Early in my career, when I was too scared of losing my job to take many risks, I worked pretty hard to rein these “crazy” folks in. As the years rolled by, however, I began to look back longingly on some of the missed opportunities that these chaotic souls had pointed  out to us. And I regretted not giving these people more room to move… I regretted not pushing their “wild ideas” to the limits.

    So today, with the confidence of success calming my fears, I’ve developed this personal rule of thumb:  Give these outside-the-box thinkers a little more room to move than I’m comfortable with… let them push us all (the whole team, if need be) beyond our comfort zones once in a while. And watch what happens!

    Greer’s Challenges…
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