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Episode 243 – Gina Abudi – Positive Organizational Change / audio

Gina Abudi (@GinaAbudi on twitter) returns to talk with host Craig Price about positive organizational change. Change is hard, it can be scary for some and automatically rejected by others. Thankfully, Gina has written a new book Implementing Positive Organizational Change: A Strategic Project Management Approach to guide companies through change and create a culture where change is not only expected but embraced.  The two discuss engaging employees, creating stakeholder support committees and Gina’s new undertaking as a speaker.

From the book:  In today’s increasingly competitive global marketplace, organizations that do not regularly undertake change initiatives will find it difficult, if not impossible, to continue to be successful long term. This guide explains how to develop a continuous improvement culture of change that will be perceived by employees as a valuable opportunity instead of something negative to worry about and resist. It outlines a strategic project management approach for ensuring successful implementation and desired results, and includes mini case studies, tips, and practical examples.

You can learn more about Gina and her consultancy at http://GinaAbudi.com and buy her book Implementing Positive Organizational Change: A Strategic Project Management Approach via Amazon.

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Episode 238 – Raji Sivaraman – Making Projects Sing / audio

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Raji Sivaraman joins host Craig Price to discuss her new book “Making Projects Sing: A Musical Perspective of Project Management“. Most people like music and EVERYONE loves project management. So why not bring the two together? Raji and Craig talk about just that as they discuss how musicians and project managers often do many of the same activities, have many of the same processes and can learn how to improve both by looking at how the two relate to each other.  Raji shares how M.U.S.I.C.  (Measure, Utilize, Schedule, Integrate, Communicate) are important regardless if you are a musician or project manager. She also introduces Craig to McKinsey’s “Fragile to Agile” concepts as well as showing how we can create beautiful project music as an ensemble and still be able to jam out an awesome career guitar solo.

Raji’s book Making Projects Sing: A Musical Perspective of Project Management can be found at amazon and other fine bookstores but if you email her directly (listen to the podcast to get it!) she will happily offer a major discount to Reality Check listeners! You can also learn more about her at http://agilitydiscoveries.com/

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Episode 160 – Mark Hehl – Conflict Management / audio

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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

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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 88 – Mark Rodgers – Persuasion / audio

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Mark Rodgers (@Mark_Speaks on Twitter) checks in with host Craig Price to talk about persuasion. Persuasion can be a mysterious thing, some people come by it naturally, others work hard at it yet never gain influence over anything. But like any skill, it can be learned, honed and maximized effectively…if you put in the time. Mark show Craig how credibility, language and process can combine to become persuasion. And all in an ethically oriented manner. (It’s true!!) 

Mark and Craig will be presenting at the PMI Madison Professional Development Day on May 16th, 2013. Craig will be giving a 2 hour interactive session on negativity, Mark will be presenting the lunch keynote “Persuasion Matters” as well as an additional session in the afternoon. Past guests Michael Redmond and Gina Abudi will be presenting as well. It’s a content packed day awaiting Madisonites (or are they Madisonians?) project managers! Online registration is closed but walk-ins welcome. Bring a colleague for walk in registration and you each get one Free Chapter Meeting Pass! Also, Craig explains how to get a free copy of his book “Half a Glass: The Realist’s Guide” when you attend his session (Starting at 9:15am). 

Learn more about Mark Rodgers at his website http://www.persuasionmatters.com

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