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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 • 153 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 411 | Google’s Top Productivity Expert on Boosting Your Productivity and Well-Being, with Laura Mae Martin

    PPP 411 | Google’s Top Productivity Expert on Boosting Your Productivity and Well-Being, with Laura Mae Martin

    Summary In this episode, Andy interviews Laura Mae Martin, Google's productivity expert and author of the book Uptime: A Practical Guide to Personal Productivity and Wellbeing. They discuss the concept of productivity and how it is often misunderstood. Laura shares her perspective on productivity, emphasizing the importance of intention and execution. She introduces the five C's of productivity and explains the concept of the list funnel. They also discuss the challenges of procrastination and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say no. Throughout the conversation, Laura provides practical tips and strategies for improving personal productivity.
    Sound Bites "Sometimes I'll look at my calendar in a couple of weeks and be like, wow, Future Me is going to be very mad if I leave that there!" "When intention matches action, it's productive." "I was a recovering 'Say Yeser'." Chapters 00:00 Introduction 01:46 Start of Interview 02:59 What Does Productivity NOT Mean? 04:57 Intention and Action 06:20 Introduction to the 5C's of Productivity 09:10 Learning to Say No 12:48 The List Funnel 18:02 Dealing With Procrastination 22:50 Tool Hacks for Productivity 25:52 Tips for Parents to Help Their Kids With Productivity 27:24 Thinking About Future You 28:38 Interview Wrap Up 29:08 Andy Comments After the Interview 34:03 Outtakes Learn More You can learn more about Laura and her book at LauraMaeMartin.com. Also, check out the Google Workspace YouTube channel that Laura mentions. You can find that here: https://www.youtube.com/@googleworkspace/playlists.
    If you’d like more on this subject, here are some episodes to check out:
    Episode 376, with Nick Sonnenberg about his book Come Up for Air Episode 385, with Vanessa Patrick about her book, The Power of Saying No 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: Power Skills
     
    The following music was used for this episode:
    Music: Brooklyn Nights by Tim Kulig
    Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/11192-brooklyn-nights
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    • 39 min
    PPP 410 | How to Grow Excellence In Yourself and Those You Lead, with Ryan Hawk

    PPP 410 | How to Grow Excellence In Yourself and Those You Lead, with Ryan Hawk

    Summary In this episode, Andy Kaufman interviews Ryan Hawk, host of the Learning Leader podcast and author of the book The Score That Matters: Growing Excellence in Yourself and Those You Lead. They discuss the importance of valuing excellence and pursuing personal growth, as well as the dangers of comparing oneself to others and keeping score based on external metrics. They also explore the role of self-awareness and fear in leadership, and the importance of surrounding oneself with people who provide honest feedback. The conversation highlights the need for leaders to lead themselves first and develop transformational relationships.
    Sound Bites "The world isn't driven by jealousy, it's driven by envy." "Leading yourself first is mandatory before you lead anybody else." "Surround yourself with people who will give you honest feedback and be prepared to accept it." "They don't care about your pants. They care about their pants." "So if you're not ready to crush it, your business falls apart." "The fear is fuel." "How can I best serve these people? How can I give everything I got to help them to better their life?" Chapters 00:00 Introduction 02:09 Start of Interview 02:42 You Have To Value Excellence To Develop It 03:42 How Ryan's Family Influenced His View of Leadership 05:51 Where Scores Help Us (and Hurt Us) 10:39 What Are Some 'Outer Scoreboards' We Can Be Tempted To Fall For? 13:15 About Envy 14:23 You Have to Start By Leading Yourself 15:21 How to Be More Self-Aware 18:35 Learning How To Listen To Contrarian Feedback 21:15 What Holds Us Back? 22:54 Fear as Fuel 28:57 A Unique Way to Identify Your Core Values 32:27 What's The Quick Hack to Grow As a Leader? 35:41 Applying Leadership Ideas at Home 39:49 Interview Wrap Up 40:24 Andy Comments After the Interview 43:38 Outtakes Learn More You can learn more about Ryan, his book, and the Learning Leader podcast at LearningLeader.com.
    If you’d like more on this subject, here are some episodes to check out:
    Episode 391, with Adam Bryan about making the leap to being a leader Episode 242, with James Clear about his book on habits 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: Power Skills
     
    The following music was used for this episode:
    Music: Tranceverse by Sascha Ende
    Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/5223-tranceverse
    License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Music: Tuesday by Sascha Ende
    Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/2992-tuesday
    License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

    • 48 min
    PPP 409 | Beyond Blaming and Cutting Corners: The Leader's Guide to Managing Risk, with author K. Scott Griffith

    PPP 409 | Beyond Blaming and Cutting Corners: The Leader's Guide to Managing Risk, with author K. Scott Griffith

    Summary In this episode, Andy talks with K. Scott Griffith about his new book, The Leader's Guide to Managing Risk. The book explores the importance of building resilience and reliability in projects, teams, and life.
    The conversation delves into the social and technical aspects of producing results, the need for human-resilient systems, and the impact of at-risk choices and cutting corners. It emphasizes the importance of recognizing and addressing risks, as well as creating a culture of safety and employee engagement.
    In this conversation, Scott discusses the importance of managing risks in projects and organizations. He emphasizes the need to create a culture of psychological safety where team members feel empowered to identify and report risks. Scott explains the process of managing risks, including balancing risk and reward, understanding and managing risks, and considering performance shaping factors. He also highlights the importance of building reliable systems and applies risk management principles to parenting.
    Whether you're a project manager, a leader in your organization, or someone interested in the art and science of risk management, this episode is packed with thought-provoking insights and strategies to help you lead with confidence and navigate uncertainties more effectively.
    Chapters 00:00 Introduction 02:52 Start of Interview 04:54 Why Tend to Focus on the People Instead of Systems When Things Fail 06:41 How Much Should You Invest in Mitigating Risks? 10:39 The Difference Between a One Off and a Pattern 13:36 We Often Learn the Wrong Lessons From When Things Go Right 16:27 Defining At-Risk Choices 21:42 How Can We Help Reduce At-Risk Choices? 27:40 How We Can Inadvertently Make It Worse as Leaders 29:42 The Process Doesn't Start With Firing the Manager! 41:04 How This Applies to Parenting 45:07 Interview Wrap Up 45:48 Andy Comments After the Interview 50:19 Outtakes Learn More You can learn more about Scott and his books at LeadersGuideToManagingRisk.com.
    If you’d like more on this subject, here are some episodes to check out:
    Episodes 49 and 50, with Dr. David Hillson, the "risk doctor" Episode 240, with Jim Detert about speaking up when it feels risky Episode 379, with Angie Morgan Witkowski about how to look at risk differently Check out Beacon by Anvilyard!
    In risk management, anticipating problems is half the battle. Now imagine a tool that brings this foresight into everyday project tracking, where goals are updated automatically, risks are forecasted early, and you're equipped to navigate setbacks before they arise. Beacon, a Jira App offered by our sponsor Anvilyard, gives you this power.
    By integrating with your Jira instance, Beacon makes it seamless to track and forecast the health of your project goals. It flags any goals at risk, giving you the foresight to course correct before your team misses. With Beacon, your team stays aligned and on track, effortlessly navigating toward success. I’ve been impressed with the tool, so check it out. You can learn more and try it for free by going to PeopleAndProjectsPodcast.com/beacon. Thanks!
    Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast!
    Talent Triangle: Ways of Working
     
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    Music: On Point by Steven O'Brien
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    Music: Energetic & Drive Indie Rock by TaigaSoundProd
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    • 53 min
    PPP 408 | When You Have to Deliver Bad News, Fire Someone, or Deal With A Dysfunctional Boss, with author Paul Falcone

    PPP 408 | When You Have to Deliver Bad News, Fire Someone, or Deal With A Dysfunctional Boss, with author Paul Falcone

    Summary In this episode, Andy welcomes Paul Falcone to discuss his book The First-Time Manager: Leading Through Crisis. The conversation dives into common challenges faced by managers such as performance conversations, dealing with dysfunctional teams or bosses, and navigating situations like having to fire an employee or dealing with a younger (or older) manager scenario. Whether you're a new manager or been around for a while, there's insight in this episode for you.
    Chapters 00:00 Introduction 01:38 Start of Interview 03:02 Dealing with Performance Issues 10:10 Terminating Employment 13:54 Delivering Bad News 19:02 When You Have a Dysfunctional Boss 24:08 Empowering Leadership: Building a Creative and Innovative Team 26:04 Turning Around a Dysfunctional Team 28:15 The Fall Off the Planet Test 30:14 Earning Respect as a Young Manager 34:26 Addressing Profanity in the Workplace 37:24 End Of Interview 41:40 Outtakes Learn More You can learn more about Paul and his books at PaulFalconeHR.com/books.
    If you’d like more on this subject, here are some episodes to check out:
    Episode 360, with Janet Polach, about her book for first time managers Episode 368, with Jim Wetrich, on where good leaders go wrong Episode 358, with Donato Tramuto, on compassionate leadership Join us for LEAD52 I know you want to be a more confident leader--that’s why you listen to this podcast. LEAD52 is a global community of people like you who are committed to transforming their ability to lead and deliver. It’s 52 weeks of leadership learning, delivered right to your inbox, taking less than 5 minutes a week. And it’s all for free. Learn more and sign-up at GetLEAD52.com. 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: Tranceverse by Sascha Ende
    Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/5223-tranceverse
    License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    Music: Tuesday by Sascha Ende
    Free download: https://filmmusic.io/song/2992-tuesday
    License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

    • 46 min
    PPP 407 | How to Get Your Message Read, Understood, and Acted Upon, with author Ben Guttmann

    PPP 407 | How to Get Your Message Read, Understood, and Acted Upon, with author Ben Guttmann

    Summary In this episode, Andy interviews Ben Guttmann about his book, Simply Put: Why Clear Messages Win and How to Design Them. They discuss how to design and deliver messages that not only capture attention but also evoke meaningful responses. They delve into concepts like simplicity, fluency, and minimal messaging. Ben demonstrates how linguistic complexity can impact a message's success. Additionally, he shares practical examples, shedding light on how to make your communication more effective, regardless of your role in a project. Overall, the conversation highlights the importance of clear and effective communication in all aspects of life and work.
    Chapters 00:00 Introduction 01:49 Start of Interview 02:10 Defining the Book in Two Sentences 03:53 What Does It Mean to Be Simple? 04:30 How About Fluency? 09:54 They Don't Want The Drill, They Want the Hole 12:20 How Constraints Can Actually Help You 18:11 The Biggest No-Brainer in the Book 23:23 Removing Fluff 27:27 About Using Big Words 29:03 How AI Can Help 32:00 Interview Wrap Up 32:37 Andy Comments After the Interview 36:04 Outtakes Learn More You can learn more about Ben and his book at BenGuttmann.com.
    If you’d like more on this subject, here are some episodes to check out:
    Episode 378, with Bill McGowan, about saying it right the first time Episode 349, with Tina Kuhn, on how to communicate with different personalities Episode 342, with Krister Ungerbock about his book TalkShifts--how simple changes to what we say can make a difference Episode 195, with Celeste Headlee about her book We Need to Talk Join us for LEAD52 I know you want to be a more confident leader--that’s why you listen to this podcast. LEAD52 is a global community of people like you, who are committed to transforming their ability to lead and deliver. It’s 52 weeks of leadership learning, delivered right to your inbox, taking less than 5 minutes a week. And it’s all for free. Learn more and sign-up at GetLEAD52.com. 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: 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
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    • 37 min
    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
     
    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

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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153 Ratings

153 Ratings

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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