Category : Management

Episode 160 – Mark Hehl – Conflict Management / audio

conflict management

Mark Hehl with Solutions4Business joins host Craig Price to discuss conflict management. Not many people like conflict in the workplace and even fewer like getting involved when the conflict may not involve you. Mark and Craig discuss how conflict can be good for organizations, but they also discuss how planning ahead can eliminate many of the potential conflicts that could pop up on a project. They discuss the reasons for conflict, including people who just like pushing buttons and causing chaos (Craig calls them “social terrorists”) as well as separate departments having separate goals and never communicating them to each other.  All of this talk will be showcased at the Southern New England Chapter of PMI Professional Development Day in Hartford CT this April 27th and 28th. If you’re in the Nutmeg state at the time, register at SNEC-PMI.org. Hope to see you there!

APP BONUS: Get Mark’s entire powerpoint presentation from the event! In order to be successful the project manager needs to understand and manage conflict. This session will arm the Project Manager with the skills to avoid conflict along with time tested methods to resolve conflicts within their projects. It will also explore the beneficial and negative effects of project conflict. Application of these strategies will result in enhanced project performance.

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Episode 155 – Gina Abudi – Socializing Projects / audio

Socializing Projects

Gina Abudi (@GinaAbudi on Twitter) returns to discuss socializing projects with host Craig Price. Whenever Craig is asked about project management experts, he immediately brings up past guest Gina Abudi. She know her stuff and has put a lot of that knowledge into her new book “Best Practices for Managing BPI Projects: Six Steps to Success“. So much knowledge that when Craig asked her on the podcast, they needed to narrow her expertise down to fit the time frame. They agreed that socializing projects was one of the most important part and least utilized part of project management. The two discuss how to incorporate and engage stakeholders, dissect a project before it’s implemented, ugly baby syndrome and why a failing pilot program can be so valuable.

BPI projects are some of the most difficult and challenging to manage. Improving results for the business is not an easy task! Doing so requires understanding the vision and long-term goals of an organization. It also requires the ability to engage stakeholders and manage change. Best Practices for Managing BPI Projects is a guide for project managers who want to improve how they manage BPI projects. Using a simple step-by-step, six-phase approach, project managers and others involved in BPI initiatives will increase their confidence and their effectiveness in managing the complexities of business process improvement projects. Special focus is given to the necessary leadership skills required to be successful in driving change by improving processes within an organization to improve business results.

You can learn more about Gina at http://abudiconsulting.com 

APP EXTRA: Read the 1st Chapter of  “Best Practices for Managing BPI Projects: Six Steps to Success”. Also listen to the podcast to hear how you can get a discount code so you can buy the book directly from the publisher.

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Episode 143 – Live Session Excerpt: The Price Personality Scale / audio

Personality

In this special edition of Reality Check, host Craig Price plays an extended excerpt from his negativity program highlighting his self-conceived “Price Personality Scale”.  Recently, Craig was able to present a 90 minute breakout session for a group of project managers and was able to record it for posterity.  Craig talks about personality vs. attitude, the types of positive and negative personalities and some of the examples of each.

You can learn more about Craig’s programs at http://therealistsguide.com or you can buy his book “Half a Glass: The Realist’s Guide” directly from his website.

APP BONUS: Craig includes his “6 Tips for Managing the New Workforce” e-book.

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Episode 140 – Brad Montgomery – Happiness / audio

Happiness

Brad Montgomery (@BradMontgomery on twitter) chats about happiness with host Craig Price. Happiness can be the Holy Grail for many people, elusive, just out of reach or more commonly, something that happens intermittently for short periods of time. But what if you had control over your happiness? That’s what Brad proposes to a skeptical Craig. The two talk about the flaws in The Secret (or outright lies if you ask Craig) how you can take unhappy conditions and fine tune them so you can be happier, how to gradually get incrementally happier versus trying to drastically change overnight as well as discover that they are just two short balding guys talking about the same things from different perspectives. The more things seem different the more they are closer to the same. It seems super positive and negative people can get along! Everybody sing Kumbaya!

You can find the newly minted CPAE (hall of fame speaker) Brad Montgomery at http://BradMontgomery.com.

APP BONUS: Read the first chapter from Brad’s book Humor Us: America’s Top Humorists On the Power of Laughter.

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Episode 133 – Ralph Peterson – Leadership Lessons / audio

Leadership Lessons

Ralph Peterson (@SpeakerRalphP on twitter) returns to discuss his new book of leadership lessons with host Craig Price. Being in the housekeeping game is a tough row to hoe. Low wages, high turnover, cleaning toilets (among other grosser things) it amazes Craig that anyone stays a week. Now try and manage the people who stick around!! Ralph’s new book “Managing When No One Wants to Work: Leadership Lessons from an Executive Housekeeper touches on his many experiences, putting them in context for any manager in any industry. The two talk about push back, how communication changed between employee and manager as well as crazy Spanish conquerors!  Managing When No One Wants To Work: Lessons Of Leadership From An Executive Housekeeper is a management exposé that reveals how to manage call-outs, attitude, turnover, motivation, conflict, and breaking down the popular, “We’ve always done it that way,” mentality, regardless of the field you are managing in.

You can learn more about Ralph at http://ralphpeterson.com
App Bonus: Read the 1st chapter of Ralph’s book for free!

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