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!

  • 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:

    Read the rest of this entry »

  • Feb 26
    Below is a photo of one of my favorite places — the neighborhood walking path/bike trail I use for morning exercise and evening strolls. Stately palm, decorative pear, and fragrant eucalyptus trees border the path, along with several types of flowering shrubs and drought-tolerant ground cover.
    Image: Walking path
    Not long ago this beautiful urban retreat was an ugly, abandoned railroad right-of-way. A narrow, dusty strip of coastal desert, it collected broken-down couches & mattresses, wind-blown plastic bags and other trash.  Its transformation into a several-miles-long strip of park is something we’re all grateful for.  Not only has it improved the visual landscape of our neighborhood, it’s also encouraged lots of people to walk, bike, jog, or simply get out of the house for an hour or two every day and enjoy the balmy California weather.
    As I noted in an earlier podcast, I’ve become a bit protective of this area. And while it’s not exactly an untouched wilderness, it still manages to provide enough of Nature’s Green to rejuvenate us city folks. So when I come across candy wrappers or potato chip bags thoughtlessly abandoned, I pick them up and take them to a trash can. This only adds a few seconds to my walk, yet it returns the path to an uncluttered state that helps conceal the fact that hundreds of people use it daily.

    But What About the Dog Pooh?

    Read the rest of this entry »

  • Feb 13

    Please join me for this free, online video class on Friday, March 5, 2010.

    Read the rest of this entry »

  • Just Say No

    Filed under Focus
    Jul 20

    Audio: Just Say No [Time – 9:45, File Size – 9.3 MB]

    In most of these Inspired Project Teams posts and podcasts, I’ve tried to focus on the positive. We’ve examined optimism, happiness, trusting your inner voice, embracing your work, joyfully taking risks, and generally saying “yes!” to the challenges you and your team face. However, while it might make sense for individuals to say “yes” to life as often as they can, there are critical moments when project teams have just gotta say “no!” Otherwise, your team could find itself swamped by chores that you never agreed to and that are not tied to the essential project deliverables.

    As Stephen Covey says:

    “You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically, to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside. The enemy of the ‘best’ is often the ‘good.’”  – Stephen Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

    Then there’s this from journalist Herbert Bayard Swope:

    “I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.”

    Read the rest of this entry »

  • Jan 26

    Announcement: Below are links to the first four of 12 Inspired Project Teams posts to be made available in MP3 (audio podcast) versions.

    Read the rest of this entry »

  • Jan 15

    Audio:  Let Go of Perfectionism [Time – 7:49, File Size – 7.3 MB]

    “The idea of perfect closes your mind to new standards.. When you drive hard toward one ideal, you miss opportunities and paths, not to mention hurting your confidence. Believe in your potential and then go out and explore it; don’t limit it.”  John Eliot, Ph.D. in Reverse Psychology for Success

    “If you give me 90% of what you call ‘perfect,’ we can make a profit, you can have a life, and you won’t burn out.  But if you keep trying to close that gap and get it ‘100% perfect,’ you’re gonna drive yourself crazy and screw things up for both of us!”  –  Anonymous Senior Executive, my first consulting firm

    Years ago, when I was just starting my career with a top-notch training consulting firm as a writer and developer of training materials, I was fairly intimidated by my job and by the high-quality work of my co-workers. In response, I tried and tried to get things “perfect,” putting in lots of extra hours, frustrating my family by my late evenings, and developing so much energy around my work products that I frequently engaged in long arguments defending my stuff and why it was “perfect.”

    The introductory quote above is from the one of the most senior executives of that company. He delivered it one evening around 7 o’clock when he found me, once again, at my desk working late. He already knew what I came to learn years later, when I was managing my own teams of training developers and media producers:  “Perfection” is a fiction… even an indulgence. There are many, many ways to get results in a project. And, rather than achieving a “perfect” result that reflects the vision of one individual, the best project teams generate results that come from collaborative, synthesized, and shared visions – visions that meet the needs of many stakeholders and of  which those many stakeholders can be proud!

    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