Inspired Project Teams

The Inspired Project Teams blog and series of podcasts include some of my favorite great ideas to help you create a more inspired project team.  Usually the posts begin with inspirational quotations, war stories, examples, and a little philosophy. These are often followed by suggestions for Reflection and Challenges to help you apply the ideas in a practical way with your project team.

Recent Posts from Inspired Project Teams Website

My Favorite Posts & Podcasts (MP3 Downloads)

  • 10 Specific Actions That Can Help You Become Happier
    When individual team members are happy, the entire team will likely be happy! But how can you become happier? In this podcast I share 10 specific actions that I’ve taken to create more happiness in my life.
  • Consciously Choose Your Attitude
    A project team’s attitude can make or break the project. In this post learn how you can consciously choose your attitude instead of simply allowing it to overtake you as a collection of random feelings.
  • Tend Your Gardens of Thought
    “A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild… whether cultivated or neglected, it must and will bring forth…”
  • Just Say No
    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!” Here’s why & how…
  • Be the Change You Want to See
    “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” –  Mahatma Gandhi
  • Take the Risk
    This post is all about getting outside your comfort zone…If you can imagine it… if you can see it clearly… if it gets you excited as a possibility, then it may be your destiny to make it a reality.
  • Practice Mindfulness
    Focus:  the power of mindfulness — the practice of bringing your full awareness into the present moment – and how you can expand upon your inherent ability to practice mindfulness
  • Accept What Is
    You must first accept a difficult situation for what it is before you can handle it effectively. Accept it, see it clearly without denial and hand-wringing, and then you can take appropriate action.
  • Just Do It!
    Get moving… get unstuck… & just do it! If you and your project team members are sometimes plagued with fits of analysis paralysis or procrastination, then this post/podcast is for you.
  • Trust Your Judgment
    Many great teachers and philosophers say that to achieve anything great you must trust that voice which lies deep within you. This audio examines why this voice is trustworthy and how to trust it.
  • Act As If
    Inspired by Wayne Dyer’s quote: “Act as if everything you desire is already here… treat yourself as if you already are what you’d like to become.” Examples & advice for applying this to project teams.
  • Do What You Fear & Grow Stronger
    Focus: “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain – Do the thing and you will have the power.” – Emerson – W/ practical tips & Challenges to help teams push through fear & grow stronger.
  • Encourage Right Brain Thinking
    This post/podcast examines how Daniel Pink’s “6 Right Brain Aptitudes” of Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play, & Meaning (from A Whole New Mind) can be used to enhance the performance of project teams.
  • Shift from Drama to Empowerment
    In his book The Power of TED, David Emerald compares two very different ways of being: The Dreaded Drama Triangle (or DDT) versus The Empowerment Dynamic (or TED). We apply these to project teams.
  • Spend More Time in Quadrant 2
    Focus: How project managers can apply Stephen Covey’s brilliant 4-quadrant time management grid to help their project teams spend more time in Quadrant 2 activities (not urgent, but important).
  • Learn to Be Optimistic… Learn to Succeed
    “Cognitive therapy works [by changing] explanatory style from pessimistic to optimistic [providing]… skills for talking to yourself when you fail.” – M. Seligman – This post/podcast applies this to project teams.
  • Change Your Mind
    “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds…” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Celebrate the Chaos Within
    “One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” – Friedrich Nietzsche. This post/podcast provides suggestions on how project managers & leaders can support creativity.
  • Let Go of Perfectionism
    Are you driven to perfection? … or simply driven crazy? This post/podcast provides suggestions for project managers and team leaders about how they can let go of perfectionism and improve their results.
  • Embrace the Work Itself
    So where’s the joy in the work itself? What about the intrinsic value of our chosen profession? The beauty and fascination of the field itself?
  • Train Yourself to be Happier
    “… happiness is a skill that can be learned, just like skiing or playing a musical instrument…” Denver Post Online.  Focus:  How to apply the new Science of Happiness to project teams.
  • Listen, Understand, Collaborate
    “Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood.” – Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Audio examines why & how project teams should listen, understand, & collaborate.
  • Get Excited… and Let It Show!
    “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Take Charge… Stop Playing the Victim
    “You create your own experience…[&] you cannot change what you do not acknowledge.” – Dr. Phil McGraw – Post/podcast focuses on how project teams can accept responsibility for bad results & take charge.
  • Make Time for Recreation
    “…the word recreation means…‘re-creating’ your energy, your enthusiasm… You’re no good all burnt out and crispy.” Anonymous boss – Audio challenges project teams to “make time for recreation.”
  • Get High on Kindness
    “Kindness extended, received, or observed beneficially impacts the physical health and feelings of everyone involved!” — Wayne Dyer

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