Inspired Project Teams

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

  • 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!

  • May 31

    Image: angry chihuahuaThe other morning I stepped out of my quiet meditation space and into the kitchen for breakfast. I knew that storms had been ravaging some parts of the country where I have relatives, so I decided that instead of the usual quick weather check on the net, I’d turn on the TV to get a national perspective and maybe see some regional video.

    As the TV screen popped on, I was immediately jolted by a couple of those angry talking heads. These guys were debating the merits of a recent supreme court decision. I had my hands busy with food prep, so instead of clicking away, I endured the rants and raves and posturing and dire predictions of social implosion that these two “opponents” predicted would surely flow from either adopting or failing to adopt this decision as the law of the land. Clearly their intent was to inflame the passions of their respective constituencies, one ultra conservative & the other strongly liberal (progressive).

    Now what struck me about all this was the purely speculative nature of all the arguments. Image: angry old dudesEach drew upon the fears of his particular group of regular fans. And each hyperbolically predicted extreme, even outrageous, consequences that were designed to stimulate a strong visceral response to some imagined (but by no means certain) future.

  • Mar 22

    Audio:  Do What Your Fear & Grow Stronger [Time – 12:25, File Size – 12 MB]

    “Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

    “Always, always, always, always, always do what you are afraid to do… Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain… Do the thing and you will have the power.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Read the rest of this entry »

  • 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…
    Read the rest of this entry »

  • Dec 19

    Audio:  Today… Be Here, Now [Time – 5:10, File Size – 4.8 MB]

    “Never confuse yourself by visions of an entire lifetime at once…remember that it is not the weight of the future or the past that is pressing upon you, but ever that of the present alone… the passing minute is every man’s equal possession, but what has once gone by is not ours.” – Marcus Aurelius in Meditations

    ________________________________________________

    So… Is your project team living in the now? Or are they torturing themselves by ruminating over past difficulties or imagining future troubles?

    Greer’s Challenges…

    Read the rest of this entry »

Subscribe RSS/Reader

The Project Management Minimalist ebook

Add to Technorati Favorites

LearnOutLoud.com

Subscribe @ iTunes Michael Greer's Profile
Michael Greer's Facebook profile
    follow me on Twitter
    The PM Minimalist Collection