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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 154 – Michael Modzelewski – Alaskan Naturalist / audio

Alaskan Naturalist

Michael Modzelewski (@mikemodzelewski on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss being an Alaskan Naturalist for Princess Cruises. Anyone who knows Craig knows how much he loved cruising the Inner Passage of Alaska with his wife back in 2013. Now he gets to talk photography, Alaskan guides, bears and more with a true expert on the Alaskan Wilds. Mike spent 18 months alone in the wilds of Alaska as chronicled in his book Inside Passage: Living with Killer Whales, Bald Eagles, and Kwakiutl Indians. This gave him a unique perspective on the nature of the Northwest and now he gets to live out a dream job: being the ship’s Naturalist for Princess Cruises. He not only shares his animal expertise about bears and such, he also talks about hiking glaciers and exploring ice caves. It’s a photographers dream.

Michael also talk about his latest e-book Wild Life which tells of his life after Cosmopolitan Magazine named him “Bachelor of the Month”. It’s the story of a kid let loose in a candy shop. Only the kid is an adult and the candy is single women!

You can learn more about Michael at his complicated yet self-titled website: http://michaelmodzelewski.com/

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You can also find Craig’s photography (mentioned in the podcast) on flickr and on instagram as CraigPrice47

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Episode 153 – Steve Taylor – Commercial Pilot / audio

Commercial Pilot

Capt. Steve Taylor (Ret.) joins host Craig Price to discuss his life as a commercial pilot. Not many people get to fly commercial jets for a living so when Craig had the chance to get Steve Taylor on the podcast to discuss his latest book “Wheels Up: Sky Jinks in the Jet Age” he was sure to ask about how Steve became a pilot, why regional airlines have such young pilots, why the military fosters cockiness in their pilots and where is some hairy places to land. Craig also learns that Steve has a very narrow view on what “dangerous” really means and how close a “close call” must be before Steve even thinks it’s a problem.

The stories in “Wheels Up” are not made up. They are the real deal true antics of a jet age pilot in the high-octane environment of the cockpit. Some will give you pause and make you think, some will knock the wind out of you, and some will make you throw your head back and laugh. From the hallowed halls of The Citadel to the sometimes dark skies of Vietnam to the pranks and high jinks of a game-faced pilot, Captain Steve Taylor will fly you to places few have seen.

You can learn more about Steve and his books at http://www.stevetaylorbooks.com

APP BONUS: Read Chapter 1 of “Wheels Up: Sky Jinks in the Jet Age” titled “No Landing Pilot” by downloading the app!

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Episode 152 – Brett Judd – Entrepreneurial Relationships / audio

Entrepreneurial Relationships

Brett Judd (@BrettMJudd on Twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss entrepreneurial relationships. What are entrepreneurial relationships? When a someone loves someone and they wish to commit to one another, they create an LLC…no wait. That’s not what we’re talking about at all. We’re talking about spouses working together to run a business. Relationships and businesses are tough enough on their own but when you combine the two, that opens a whole new mess of problems. Brett and Craig discuss compartmentalizing, not treating your relationship like a business and dealing with the stress of it all.

Brett and his wife Gina have their own podcast dealing with families and their businesses at http://www.fortunesandfamilies.com/ and you can learn more about Brett at his aptly named website http://www.brettmjuddmsw.com/ 

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Episode 151 – 2015 Oscar Predictions with Alan Cerny / audio

2015 Oscar Predictions

Alan Cerny (@nordlingAICN on twitter) joins host Craig Price for their 2015 Oscar Predictions! Kicking off a brand new season (Season 4!) Craig and Alan get into a somewhat predictable awards season. The two discuss the big six (Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture) as well as side track on what Craig calls “The Pacino Effect” and Alan’s defense of Boyhood. They also discuss several snubs and some baffling nominations. Craig will be posting his entire slate of his 2015 Oscar Predictions via http://oscar.go.com/mypicks – play along!

Also, past guest and friend of the show, Thom Singer is in the middle of his annual fundraiser (all February) for the Kate Singer Endowment for Cranio-Facial Research. It’s a good cause and the money goes to the Dell Children’s Medical Center out of Austin and Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Please consider donating by clicking here to donate.

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