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).

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    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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  • Sep 11

    Image: project team motivational session

    These days most organizations are operating with the smallest possible number of employees. This means that project managers routinely find themselves having to reach beyond their organization’s “official” employee roster to find team members. And frequently this means acquiring volunteers — team members who can’t be paid or given any tangible compensation for their efforts.  But if you can’t pay them or provide any material compensation, how can you reward volunteers for their work? And, more importantly, how can you keep them motivated to do a good job and to join your project team the next time you need them?

    Below are three broad strategies for rewarding and motivating volunteers.

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  • 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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  • Dec 30
    Image from post: Are You Clinging to Your Mummified Past?

    From post: Are You Clinging to Your Mummified Past?

    In case you missed them, here the five blog posts I wrote for this website in 2012 that meant the most to me. And if you’ve already seen these, they may be worth a second look. Happy New Year!

  • May 30

    Not long ago I reconnected with Tom Fitzsimmons, an old high school buddy, on Facebook. I hadn’t been in contact with him since graduation. After exchanging the usual catch-up messages, we began routinely following each others’ posts.  It wasn’t long until I realized two things about the man my friend had become over the years.

    First, he had developed a uniquely gentle wisdom. When he left a comment in reaction to someone’s post it was almost always positive, supportive, and delivered with an invisible, between-the-lines smile of encouragement.

    Second, his many years of working, raising family, surviving struggles, and observing his country going through changes and upheavals had left him with some powerful insights. And he usually presented these insights quite logically, with respect for any opposing points of view, and almost always flavored with a twist of optimism and enthusiasm.

    Go to blog post at A Day in My Life

    Tom's Unique Tribute to a Friend

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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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  • Dec 12

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    In my 30+ year career I’ve worked as a writer, developer of training, and project manager. In each of these roles there have been many times when I had to interview experts in various fields and technical specialties (i.e., SMEs or Subject Matter Experts) to get their professional insights and help making our finished product more accurate or effective. Truth is, this has always been one of the favorite parts of my job, since these interviews give me the opportunity for continuous learning and growth.

    One tool that I’ve found to be particularly valuable in these interviews is the “One Simple Thing…” question. The object of the game is to force the experts to dig deep into their experiences and use their hard-won wisdom to sort through all the possible answers they could provide, finally selecting the “one simple thing” that is the essence… the core… the pithy heart of the matter in question. This typically produces some powerful responses that reveal what inspires these experts, what they value, the origins of their passion about their field.  At minimum, the answer to this question can focus and bring meaning to what the team builds. And sometimes the answers serve as themes to guide further questioning and shape the entire evolution of the project.

    Recently, as part of my pursuit of PM Minimalism, I decided to post such a question to my PM colleagues. Here’s what I asked:

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  • Mar 6

    Here’s an amazing gift from  Abubakar  Jamil. (Thanks to Steve Aitchison, one of my favorite bloggers, for the alert!) — A free e-Book, Life Lessons from 108 Bloggers Around the World — Enjoy!

    Life Lessons—The Best Self-Reflections From 108 Bloggers

  • Jul 2

    July typically means summer vacations and recreation. But how about your project team? Have they had a major inspirational makeover?  Have you been involved in some PM team “re-creation?”  So how’d you do it? You’ve seen my blog posts and heard my podcasts. Now I want to hear from you.

    Trade your success stories for a free Coaching Guide!

    All this month I’m offering a free IPT Coaching Guide in exchange for your project management and team building success stories. Specifically, I’m looking for answers to these questions:

    • What are the most difficult challenges your project team has ever faced and ultimately overcome? How did you overcome these?
    • What are your favorite team-building practices… things that you regularly do to keep your team motivated, engaged, and energized? Why do they seem to work so well?
    • What’s the most inspiring event (or experience) you have ever been part of that directly led you to become a better project manager? How might this event or experience be applied to other project managers and their teams?

    Simply send me an essay (a page or two) that addresses one or more of the questions above. If I decide to publish it here for the inspiration of our readers, I’ll send you a special link to download your free Inspired Project Teams Coaching Guide. The coaching guide includes 30 podcasts (over 5 hours of audio), a 58-page guidebook with hundreds of inspirational Challenges, quotes, ideas, and other great info to help you “re-create” your project team in a more inspired form.

    So please… share your wisdom! And help other project managers and their teams stay inspired!

    Email your essays to:  greers_pm@yahoo.com

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