I am the author of Worth Sharing: Essays & Tools to Help Project Managers & Their Teams, The Project Management Minimalist, The Project Manager’s Partner, ID Project Management and many other PM (project management) related books and articles. I publish frequent blog posts & videos via my websites, including Mike Greer’s WORTH SHARING (http://worth-sharing.net) & Michael Greer’s PM Resources (http://michaelgreer.biz).
For over three decades, I have been helping new project managers become more effective. Through my books, articles, workshops, and public speaking appearances, I have sought to demystify the field of project management (PM) and make it accessible to new and part-time project managers. My step-by-step PM texts have been adopted by many universities and are used in businesses as diverse as AT&T, Apple Computer, The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Boeing Defense and Space Group, American Airlines, The American Red Cross, Xerox Corp, The Southern Company, Apria Healthcare, and many, many others. (See my full client list here.)
But There’s More to Life Than Project Management!
So here’s the deal. I’m a writer. And a few years ago I realized that I had a bit of a problem: My writing kept popping out of the categories into which I tried to squeeze it. In the last decade or so, as I’ve drifted from one new interest to another, I tried to compensate for the shifts by creating new websites to contain the changing topics of my articles, podcasts, and videos.
Trouble is, those nice, tight little buckets labeled Michael Greer’s PM Resources, Best Free Training, Inspired Project Teams, and Project Management Freebies (my four original websites) finally proved to be too constraining. I continue to learn about — and then try to share with the world — new things that don’t always fit neatly into one of these sites. Ultimately this has led to what marketing types might call “ambiguous brand identity!”
So it is my intent, through this Worth Sharing website to address these issues. In particular, I’m attempting to:
- Provide a site with enough categories to allow my present and future writing interests to peacefully coexist in one place. And this means I must not only provide a place for the material that fits into my original buckets (i.e., the four websites named above), but also provide a place to collect entirely new material in some entirely new, and intentionally broad, categories. (Thus you’ll find collections vaguely labeled Editorials, Peace of Mind, Tech, & Misc.!)
- Provide an opportunity for those who choose to uncover my “brand identity” to do so fairly easily by helping them quickly locate everything I’ve published. While this won’t necessarily make my brand any less ambiguous, it will at least allow readers to more easily form a more complete picture of what I have to offer them.
What My Oldest Colleagues Know
To the casual observer of that intellectual audit trail that is my published works, it may seem I’m somewhat unfocused! However, as my oldest colleagues — the folks who “knew me when” — can tell you, the evolution of my interests has roughly corresponded to the evolution of my career. Specifically, in a professional life that’s now exceeded three decades, I’ve played these roles:
- High school English teacher and university faculty member
- Director of a university Learning Resources (& media production) Center
- Instructional designer/consultant in “performance-based training” for both public & private sector organizations
- Manager of instructional design teams
- Author of PM (project management) books and articles about (at first) managing instructional design and (later) managing any kind of project
- Creator/presenter of customized, on-site PM workshops for many different organizations in many different industries (and several different countries!)
- Student of (and writer about) ways to inspire, motivate, enlighten, and find personal peace of mind as part of a project team and, more importantly, as an individual
- (Throughout it all) a somewhat geeky adopter and explorer of new technologies in the form of media, computer hardware & software, etc.
So given the eclectic list above, my oldest colleagues cut me some slack and tolerate me as I go on and on about the latest thing I’ve learned in one of these seemingly disconnected domains. They know that while I can sometimes be obnoxious and over-enthusiastic, I generally mean well and have been known to leave my readers with something useful or at least moderately enlightening. And I hope you will come to agree with them.