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Welcome to the People and Projects Podcast, where we provide interviews and insights to help you lead people and deliver projects. Since 2009, this show is brought to you by speaker, author, and executive coach Andy Kaufman. If you're looking for insights on project management, leadership, and how AI influences both of those, you've come to the right place! And if you hold a project management certification, you can even earn free PDUs for listening!

People and Projects Podcast: Project Management Podcast Andy Kaufman

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    • 4.8 • 152 Ratings

Welcome to the People and Projects Podcast, where we provide interviews and insights to help you lead people and deliver projects. Since 2009, this show is brought to you by speaker, author, and executive coach Andy Kaufman. If you're looking for insights on project management, leadership, and how AI influences both of those, you've come to the right place! And if you hold a project management certification, you can even earn free PDUs for listening!

    PPP 406 | How to Successfully Lead Teams and Deliver Projects: Career Lessons from Tara Miller

    PPP 406 | How to Successfully Lead Teams and Deliver Projects: Career Lessons from Tara Miller

    Summary In this episode, Andy interviews Tara Miller, a successful project manager and the founder of Artemis, a management consulting business. Tara shares her journey into project management and highlights the misconceptions about the role. She also discusses important lessons she has learned about leading people and delivering projects.
    Tara emphasizes the significance of building strong team dynamics and fostering individual connections. She provides practical management practices for leading and delivering projects, such as getting to know team members individually, creating team dynamics, and establishing a shared purpose. She also reflects on her personal journey to success, emphasizing the value of hard work and the support of others.
    Lastly, Tara provides advice for working parents and highlights the benefits of embracing chaos and taking risks. In the outtakes, Andy and Tara discuss the role of AI in project management and the potential impact on the future of work.
    Chapters 00:00 Introduction 01:29 Start of Interview 01:51 Tara's Journey to Project Management 04:49 Misunderstandings about Project Management 06:50 Lessons about Leading People and Delivering Projects 09:27 The Project Schedule is the Schedule for How the Project Will Not Occur 11:12 Practical Management Practices for Leading and Delivering Projects 16:24 POP: Personal Operating Profile 19:27 Corporate Mood Ring 20:29 Some of the Biggest People-Related Challenges 22:38 Navigating Change and Stakeholder Management 25:31 Lessons About Being a Successful Woman in Project Management 31:24 Thriving as a Working Parent 38:02 Interview Wrap Up 38:27 Andy Comments After the Interview 40:49 Outtakes Learn More You can learn more about Tara at ArtemisFactor.com. The Personal Operating Profile (POP) service that Tara mentions is available at HelloLLUNA.com/MakeAPOP.
    AI for Project Managers and Leaders With the constant stream of AI news, it's sometimes hard to grasp how these advancements can benefit us as project managers and leaders in our day-to-day work. That's why I developed our e-learning course: AI Made Simple: A Practical Guide to Using AI in Your Everyday Work.
    This self-guided course is designed for project managers and leaders aiming to harness AI's potential to enhance your work, streamline your workflow, and boost your productivity.
    Go to ai.i-leadonline.com to learn more and join us. The feedback from the program has been fantastic. Take this opportunity to unlock the potential of AI for your team and projects.
    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast!
    Talent Triangle: Ways of Working
     
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    Music: Brooklyn Nights by Tim Kulig
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    • 45 min
    PPP 405 | How to Deliver Better Results, with Gil Broza

    PPP 405 | How to Deliver Better Results, with Gil Broza

    Summary In this episode, Andy Kaufman interviews Gil Broza about his new book, Deliver Better Results: How to Unlock Your Organization's Potential. They discuss the importance of systems thinking in value delivery and the six aspects of system fitness. Gil shares practical strategies for improving value delivery and emphasizes the significance of mindset over tactics. He also provides examples of successful transformations and offers resources available on the book's website.
    Takeaways Value delivery should be viewed as a system, not a collection of practices. Systems thinking helps identify the cause and effect relationships within a value delivery system. Understanding the effects of choices and actions is crucial for making informed decisions. The Square model provides a framework for assessing system fitness and improving value delivery. Successful transformations require a sequential and incremental approach, focusing on mindset and values. Resources on the book's website offer additional support for implementing the strategies discussed. Chapters 00:00 Introduction 02:22 Start of Interview 03:18 Understanding the Value Delivery System 04:13 Key Ideas from Systems Thinking 07:05 Avoiding Oversimplification in Cause and Effect 08:03 Considering the Effects of Choices and Actions 10:30 Introducing the Square Model 11:55 The Six Aspects of System Fitness 13:50 The Backstory of the Square Model 19:04 Sequential and Incremental Strategies for Improvement 21:25 The Importance of Mindset in Change 22:52 Differentiating Values and Beliefs 25:16 The Significance of Mindset over Tactics 28:08 Helping People Navigate Change 29:47 The Role of Fear in Change 30:05 The Concept of 'Committed, but not Attached' 32:41 Case Study: Agile Transformation in a Startup 39:17 Andy Comments After the Interview 42:32 Outtakes Learn More You can learn more about Gil and his book at DeliverBetterResultsBook.com. The free chapter that Gil mentioned is available at HeardOnPodcast.DeliverBetterResultsBook.com.
    No Freaking Idea! Do you know someone who is in college or maybe recently graduated?
    My experience is there are a growing number of people who dread being asked the question, “So, what’s the plan?” When it comes to their career, they have no freaking idea!
    I bring this up because we have a course entitled just that: No Freaking Idea: How to Navigate Career Uncertaity. It’s a career guide for people who don’t know what they want to do, and it has been so fun to hear the feedback on the course.
    Whether it’s you who is wondering about next steps in your career or a son or daughter and you'd like to give them this as a gift, learn more by going to NoFreakingIdea.courses. Thanks!
    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast!
    Talent Triangle: Ways of Working
     
    The following music was used for this episode:
    Music: Brooklyn Nights by Tim Kulig
    Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/11192-brooklyn-nights
    License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Music: Quantum Sparks [Full version] by MusicLFiles
    Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/10996-quantum-sparks-full-version
    License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

    • 46 min
    PPP 404 | How Project Managers Can Move Fast and FIX Things, with Anne Morriss

    PPP 404 | How Project Managers Can Move Fast and FIX Things, with Anne Morriss

    Summary In this episode, Andy interviews author Anne Morris about key concepts from her book Move Fast and Fix Things: The Trusted Leader's Guide to Solving Hard Problems. She emphasizes the importance of building trust and moving fast in change initiatives. Morris introduces the FIX Map, which illustrates the relationship between trust and speed. She also explores the significance of inclusion and the power of storytelling in driving successful change. Additionally, Morris addresses common misconceptions about speed and shares insights on applying Agile principles to change management.
    Chapters 00:00 Introduction 02:25 Start of Interview 02:44 Discussion on the Phrase 'Move Fast and Break Things' 04:18 Introduction to the FIX Map Model 12:30 The Trust Triangle 15:19 Looking at Change Through Different Eyes 21:10 The Role of Storytelling in Change Initiatives 26:10 Overcoming Skepticism and Maintaining Focus 27:26 The Dangers of Delay and the Need for Action 29:40 The Influence of Agile Principles in Leadership 34:04 The Intersection of Leadership and Parenting 35:57 Andy Comments After the Interview 39:26 Outtakes Learn More You can learn more about Anne and her book at AnneAndFrances.com. And catch her TEDx Talk at https://www.ted.com/talks/anne_morriss_5_steps_to_fix_any_problem_at_work.
    If you’d like more on this topic, check out my discussion with Anne's co-author Frances Frei in episode 294 where we talk about their book Unleashed.
    AI for Project Managers and Leaders If you're not actively using AI on a daily basis, you might just be missing out. Join us for our course AI Made Simple. It's specifically tuned to everyday use cases for project managers and leaders. Join other colleagues from around the world who have found it immensely helpful! Thanks!
    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast!
    Talent Triangle: Power Skills
     
    The following music was used for this episode:
    Music: Summer Morning [Full version] by MusicLFiles
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    Music: Fashion Corporate by Frank Schroeter
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    • 43 min
    PPP 403 | The Project Manager's Path to Freelancing Success, with Kayla McGuire

    PPP 403 | The Project Manager's Path to Freelancing Success, with Kayla McGuire

    Summary In this episode, Andy Kaufman interviews Kayla McGuire, a seasoned project manager and coach who runs a boot camp to help people learn and prepare for becoming a freelancer. They discuss Kayla's journey to project management and freelancing, lessons in leading projects, practical tips for running projects, reasons for pursuing freelancing, common mistakes in freelancing, and the importance of mentors. Kayla also shares insights on using LinkedIn effectively and the value of continual learning and personal development. The episode concludes with information about Kayla's freelancer boot camp.
    Takeaways Consider the possibility of freelancing or becoming an entrepreneur to experience more fulfillment and freedom in your career. Recognize patterns in team dynamics and use pattern recognition to lead teams through projects more effectively. Empower your teams to get the job done by having conversations about their goals, providing resources for learning and development, and building strong relationships through one-on-one meetings. When considering freelancing, focus your energy on building your network and finding clients rather than spending time on non-essential tasks like website design or office remodeling. Chapters 00:00 Andy's Introduction to the Episode 01:57 Start of Interview 02:09 Kayla's Path to Project Management and Freelancing 06:00 Lessons in Leading Projects 12:06 The Lure of Freelancing: Freedom and Autonomy 15:03 Common Mistakes When Starting Freelancing 17:07 Introducing the Freelancer Bootcamp 19:10 The Importance of Finding Your Niche 19:39 Leveraging LinkedIn for Success 24:18 Continual Learning and Personal Development 31:05 Balancing Work and Personal Life 32:56 Final Thoughts Learn More You can learn more about Kayla and her boot camp at KaylaMcGuire.com. And connect with Kayla on LinkedIn at LinkedIn.com/in/KaylaMcGuire.
    Gift a Loved One a Head Start With Their Career Do you know someone dealing with career uncertainty?
    My experience is there are a growing number of people who dread being asked the question, “So, what’s the plan?” When it comes to their career, they have no freaking idea!
    I bring this up because I want you to check out our new course entitled just that: No Freaking Idea: How to Navigate Career Uncertainty. It’s a career guide for people who don’t know what they want to do, and it has been so fun to hear the feedback on the course.
    Whether you are wondering about the next steps in your career or it's a son or daughter and you'd like to give them a head start as a gift, learn more by going to NoFreakingIdea.courses. Thanks!
    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast!
    Talent Triangle: Business Acumen
     
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    Music: Tuesday by Sascha Ende
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    • 33 min
    PPP 402 | Surprising Insights About the Growth Mindset that Project Managers Need to Know, with Eduardo Briceño

    PPP 402 | Surprising Insights About the Growth Mindset that Project Managers Need to Know, with Eduardo Briceño

    Summary In this in-depth discussion, Andy is joined by Eduardo Briceño, author of The Performance Paradox: Turning the Power of Mindset Into Action, to delve into the concepts of a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset. The conversation covers how these mindsets are not as binary or mutually exclusive as we may think, but rather can be found within us at different times and in different contexts. The theme of maintaining a balance between having a growth mindset, which holds the belief in the potential for change and improvement, and knowing when to lean into a fixed mindset, is explored. Eduardo advises on how to apply deliberate practice to improve performance and suggests viewing ourselves as evolving and changing.
    Chapters 00:00 Introduction 02:00 Start of Interview 02:09 Eduardo's Personal Journey and the Performance Paradox 04:29 Understanding the Performance Paradox 04:33 The Difference Between Learning and Performing 13:40 The Misconception of the 10,000 Hour Rule 16:51 Understanding the Growth Mindset 22:44 Applying Growth Mindset to Personal Goals 24:25 The Role of Identity in Growth Mindset 27:15 Creating a Learning Zone in Teams 32:23 Implementing Growth Mindset in Parenting 35:51 Andy's Comments About the Interview 40:00 Outtakes Learn More You can learn more about Eduardo and his book at Briceno.com. And catch his TEDx Talk at https://www.ted.com/talks/eduardo_briceno_how_to_get_better_at_the_things_you_care_about.
    If you’d like more on this topic, check out:
    Episode 202, Morten Hansen, Great at Work Episode 236, Amy Edmondson about her book on Psychological Safety Episode 240, Jim Detert, also about psychological safety Gift a Loved One a Head Start With Their Career Do you know someone dealing with career uncertainty?
    My experience is there are a growing number of people who dread being asked the question, “So, what’s the plan?” When it comes to their career, they have no freaking idea!
    I bring this up because I want you to check out our new course entitled just that: No Freaking Idea: How to Navigate Career Uncertainty. It’s a career guide for people who don’t know what they want to do, and it has been so fun to hear the feedback on the course.
    Whether you are wondering about the next steps in your career or it's a son or daughter and you'd like to give them a head start as a gift, learn more by going to NoFreakingIdea.courses. Thanks!
    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast!
    Talent Triangle: Power Skills
     
    The following music was used for this episode:
    Music: Summer Morning [Full version] by MusicLFiles
    Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/11262-summer-morning-full-version
    License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Music: Fashion Corporate by Frank Schroeter
    Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/11233-fashion-corporate
    License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

    • 41 min
    PPP 401 | Customer Service Secrets Every Project Manager Must Know, with Micah Solomon

    PPP 401 | Customer Service Secrets Every Project Manager Must Know, with Micah Solomon

    Summary In this conversation, Andy Kaufman interviews Micah Solomon, author of the book Can Your Customer Service Do This? Create an Anticipatory Customer Experience that Builds Loyalty Forever. They discuss the importance of customer service and how it applies to project managers and leaders, not just people in hospitality or retail. They explore examples of good and bad customer service experiences, debunk myths about customer service, and provide strategies for improving customer service. They also discuss the concept of gold touch customer service and how it can be applied to internal customer service. The conversation concludes with insights on effective communication and developing a customer service mindset.
    Takeaways Customer service is important in all industries, not just hospitality or retail. Examples of good and bad customer service can provide valuable insights for improving customer service. There are common myths and misunderstandings about customer service that need to be debunked. Gold touch customer service involves going above and beyond to provide exceptional service. Effective communication and a customer service mindset are key to delivering great customer service. Chapters 00:00 Andy's Intro to the Episode 02:40 Introduction to Micah Solomon and his book 04:46 Myths and Misunderstandings about Customer Service 06:12 Improving Customer Service 09:28 Gold Touch Customer Service 10:51 Internal Customer Service 13:44 Difference between Function and Purpose 18:19 The Service Recovery Paradox 20:15 Dealing with Customer Service Failures 21:21 Phrasing and Language in Customer Service 25:02 Developing a Customer Service Mindset 27:00 Andy's Summary of Key Takeaways 32:03 Outtakes You can learn more about Micah and his book at MicahSolomon.com.
    Gift a Loved One a Head Start With Their Career Do you know someone who is in college or maybe recently graduated?
    My experience is there are a growing number of people who dread being asked the question, “So, what’s the plan?” When it comes to their career, they have no freaking idea!
    I bring this up because I want you to check out our new course entitled just that: No Freaking Idea: How to Navigate Career Uncertainty. It’s a career guide for people who don’t know what they want to do, and it has been so fun to hear the feedback on the course.
    Whether you are wondering about the next steps in your career or it's a son or daughter and you'd like to give them a head start as a gift, learn more by going to NoFreakingIdea.courses. Thanks!
    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast!
    Talent Triangle: Power Skills
     
    The following music was used for this episode:
    Music: The Fantastical Ferret by Tim Kulig
    Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/12070-the-fantastical-ferret
    License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Music: Fashion Corporate by Frank Schroeter
    Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/11233-fashion-corporate
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    • 36 min

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MomInCO2 ,

Great podcast - interesting topics and free PDUs!

I have listened to the People and Projects Podcast for a number of years. I find the interviews insightful and I almost always find a way to use what I learned in it immediately. I love that it is an easy and useful way to earn PDUs (no trudging through just to get the hours. It is truly engaging!). Thank you so much for putting these together! I have a pile of library books from many of your episodes for me to dive into more details.

Natonet ,

I'm beginning to listen to this every morning

I'm beginning to listen to this every morning before I start my day. I learn quite a few things that helped me with my career, including my aspirations in leaderships. Now let's just put leadership aside, I also learned this morning that I need to look into Artificial Intelligence because that is the next big thing. Yes, that was from listening to the People & Projects Podcast. I also shared some of the show to my colleague, which could help them getting unstuck in their career. Wish you will do the same. Thanks Andy, for giving this this wonderful show. Not only that it helped us in our career, it helped us open our mindsets, it motivated us to explore into the future to keep up with our career.

PM-Oak ,

Your way of interviewing is head and shoulders above anybody that I’ve ever heard!

My first career was a chef and restaurant owner, then went into graphic design which grew into multimedia with a solid career in 3-D modeling/animation and documentaries around the world. That led to me starting up a consulting business in marketing. Which led me to desktop support for a national energy lab and I finally took the advice from my wife and went into Project Management.

I wanted to reach out to you to let you know that I have thoroughly enjoyed your podcast! I was introduced to you by a fellow colleague so I could gain PDUs by listening to a podcast. Little did I know that your podcast was more than just a podcast, but good input for me to maximize my life! One of the reasons I have enjoyed moving into this career was that I saw that there were life tools everywhere I looked.

I enjoy working with people and seeing a positive impact that I can make in their lives. Many of your podcasts have enriched my personal life and many ways. I am sure that many people have said this to you, but your way of interviewing is head and shoulders above anybody that I’ve ever heard!

I also have really enjoyed the question you ask add times of the guest when appropriate, “I know I have many parents in the audience, how would you teach this to your children?” Although my children are grown and out of the house, I think it is so important for us to lay a foundation for young parents to take advantage of the knowledge base that has been discovered through the many authors that you interviewed.

Oak

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