News for February 2012

February Issue of PM Minimalist Update Is Now Available

I just emailed my latest PM Minimalist Update to subscribers.  It’s loaded with articles, links, and more. Check it out here:

Subscribe today & get a Bonus zip file containing 15 PM articles or tools in PDFform (88-pages total!) plus a 37-minute PM podcast!

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Edited: February 29th, 2012

Free E-Book: One Simple Thing to Improve Projects or PM (An Anthology)

Image: One Simple Thing ebook on e-reader

Last November I invited visitors to this web site and other PM discussion sites to share “one simple thing…” that could improve projects and/or project management (PM). Many smart people with lots of different PM experiences took the time to think about, then respond to, this invitation.  This free e-book anthology is a collection of these responses. It includes:


Edited: February 22nd, 2012

Are You Causing Suffering for Your Project Team?

[Link image: This is a sample from PM Minimalist]

[book excerpt…]

Best Practice: Consciously choose your attitude.

“We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.”  — Epictetus in The Enchiridion

“From the most simple task to the most complex, if you are not in a state of either acceptance, enjoyment, or enthusiasm, look closely and you will find that you are creating suffering for yourself and others.”   — Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth

Take another look at the Tolle quote above. The selection in bold tells the whole story. The graphic below illustrates how one man’s thrashing against reality – his self-chosen misery – is creating suffering for himself and others!


Edited: February 15th, 2012

David Emerald’s One Simple Thing: Adopt a Creator Orientation

Photo: David Emerald, Creator of TED (The Empowerment Dynamic)

David Emerald, Creator of TED (The Empowerment Dynamic)

(The following article is part of our One Simple Thing…to Improve Projects series. It was contributed by David Emerald, the creator of TED — The Empowerment Dynamic.  David is the author of The Power of TED* book, an executive coach, and uplifting keynote speaker who lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and business partner, Donna.

In a nutshell, TED provides a framework for building better, more empowered relationships. The Power of TED materials, as well as David’s workshops, are both inspirational and practical!  TED enlightens and encourages those who practice it to reach new levels of collaboration.)  

[A personal note: “I’ve found that TED provides a unique framework to view and improve both my business and personal relationships. I was so excited to share TED’s potential for project teams that I created the blog post/podcast Shift from Drama to Empowerment. Thanks, David, for the wisdom & the inspiration!”  — Mike Greer]


My number one “simple thing” is to adopt a Creator Orientation.


Edited: February 2nd, 2012