What do PMBOK, Post-It® Notes, dog pooh, project post-mortems, meditation, formal project sign-offs, pelicans and self-induced ADHD have in common? Two things:
1. They are just a few of the topics examined in my new book, Worth Sharing: Essays & Tools to Help Project Managers & Their Teams.
2. They are topics so diverse that no commercial publisher would ever allow them to be combined into a single book! So, with the help of some do-it-yourself tools at Pressbooks.com, I published it myself. — You can read all 300+ pages online for free or get your own copy from Amazon/Kindle, Barnes & Noble/NOOK, Kobo/epub/iOS version or Amazon’s createspace (hard-copy/paperback)*.
An Overview of the Book
The new book is an eclectic compilation of practical PM tools, thought-provoking PM essays and suggestions for helping individual project managers and their teams stay sane while delivering quality finished products. Over 300 pages, it consists of 54 Chapters and hundreds of live links to additional PM resources. Most of the chapters were originally published as blog posts and have never before been released in book form. A few chapters include some important, classic excerpts from my previous books.
The book is divided into six major Parts, including:
Part 1: The Meaning of Project Management
Part 1 contains three chapters focusing on what Project Management (PM) has come to mean to me after having written several PM books and spent decades practicing PM and teaching PM workshops for PM newbies.
Part 2: PM Techniques
This Part contains a dozen chapters focusing on specific perspectives, strategies and tools that project managers or team members can use to better manage their projects and their team relationships.
Part 3: Working with Your Team & Maintaining Your Sanity
This Part includes a dozen chapters dealing with some of the interpersonal “people stuff” that makes working with project teams so challenging. It includes “war stories” and specific strategies that might help the project manager and the team work together more effectively, get better results and feel good about participating on any project.
Part 4: Peace of Mind
This Part includes a dozen chapters that examine my favorite perspectives and specific techniques that can lead you to a more peaceful state of mind. This Part is based on the following assumptions: If you’re all crazy and agitated, you’ll likely transmit this insanity to the rest of your project team. And worse, your work-related agitation is likely to follow you home, generally screwing up your personal life. On the other hand, if you can acquire a centered, peaceful state of mind, there’s a good chance you can help to calm things down on your project when things start to get tense.
Part 5: PM Leadership and Vision
This Part includes seven chapters which examine the broader organizational context of PM (project management) and suggests ways that would-be PM leaders might clarify their PM vision and create a better organizational climate for PM.
Part 6: Of PM Skills and How They Are Acquired
This Part includes eight chapters that leverage my several decades of experience in performance analysis, instructional/curriculum design and PM (project management) training. While some of the articles are directed to PM trainers and HR people, others speak directly to the PM newbie who is looking to get started on a career as a project manager or team leader.
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What Cesar Abeid, PMP (Author & Podcaster), Says About Worth Sharing: Essays & Tools…
“Michael and I share the passion for unrobing project management from the weight of corporate lingo and unnecessary focus on process to get to its naked truth: that project management is about getting things done in the context of a team. A prolific writer with a colourful and imaginative mind, Michael Greer presents us with Worth Sharing: Essays & Tools... which takes the reader into a guided tour of his amusing brain. By linking unlikely topics such as project management, ADHD, elephant dung, and others, Michael helps us see that rather than being defined by labels such as “project manager,” we are organic, living human beings in search for meaning, love, and fulfillment. Through incredible stories and unexpected metaphors, Michael convinces the readers that for us to be good, centered project managers, it helps to be good, centered people first.”