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.
  • Nov 20

    Here we go again.  It’s that time of year when some of the events we attend feel more like duties than celebrations.  Inevitably the guest lists include a few people whose world-views or personalities make us crazy. Still, we’re supposed to enjoy the interactions and emerge from them with relationships intact. (After all, these folks are family or co-workers and they’ll be in our lives, like it or not, for years to come!)

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  • Dec 7

    Audio: 10 Specific Actions That Can Help You Become Happier
    [Time – 25:10, File Size – 24.6 MB]

    In this post, we focus on the individual instead of the team. After all, teams are made up of individuals. And when individual team members are happy, there’s a good chance the entire team will be  happy! But how can anyone become happier? To begin to answer this question, I share 10 specific actions that I’ve taken to create more happiness in my life. (And I hope you will share your suggestions in the Comments section at the end of this post.)

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  • Jun 18

    [Note: As I said in my recent post, 25 Episodes! Time for a Break, I’m currently traveling, visiting family and friends, and recharging my inspirational batteries. In a few weeks, I’ll return to the office and begin writing & recording more episodes. In the meantime, I’d like to share this “summer inspiration” with you.]

    Are you and your project team members as happy as they might be? Consider this:

    …scientists now believe happiness is a skill that can be learned, just like skiing or playing a musical instrument: With daily practice, you get ever better.” (from Willing Your Way to Happiness,” DenverPost online

    Here’s a post from my just-for-fun blog, The Best Free Training, that can help you learn all about the emerging science of happiness and how you can train yourself to be happier:


    [Are you new to this blog? Check out the page Posts and Podcasts for a complete list of all Inspired Project Teams posts and podcasts to date.]

  • Feb 24

    Audio:  Learn to Be Optimistic… Learn to Succeed [Time – 9:35, File Size – 9 MB]

    “One of the most significant findings in psychology in the last twenty years is that individuals can choose the way they think…. On a mechanical level, cognitive therapy works because it changes explanatory style from pessimistic to optimistic, and the change is permanent. It gives you a set of cognitive skills for talking to yourself when you fail.” – Martin Seligman in Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind & Your Life.

    Martin Seligman, former APA president and one of the founders of the research-based Science of Happiness tells us that individuals and teams can learn to be optimistic (and ultimately achieve greater success) by adopting an optimistic explanatory style. In his book Seligman provides examples from sports and business in which teams that have developed optimistic explanatory styles have shown a greater ability to “bounce back” from defeat and return to their winning ways more quickly than their pessimistic competitors. This is great news! But how, exactly, can you change (or control) your explanatory style? Well for starters, you need to understand its key dimensions and how these influence your self talk.

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