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Projects Need Ownership, Not Loss of Control (031)

Today John examines an article titled “Why project managers need to lose control” by Jason Coghlan from opensource.com. John mostly disagrees with this notion, believing that ownership across the team is more important.

Why Having a Life Purpose is Beneficial (030)

This episode takes an in-depth look at the book Life on Purpose by: How Living For What Matters Most Changes Everything by Victor Strecher.

Using People Maps to Understand Your Project (029)

One of my favorite moments as a project manager was when two people told me it was impossible to draw a picture of all the people working the project. Here’s how I did it.

Reflections on the Book Peak Performance (028)

This episode shares the highlights John found in the book Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness.

Surprising Things About Coaching with Alene Gabriel (027)

In this conversation, John and Alene reflect on their experiences with Co-Active coaching, the things they are learning as coaches and what leadership means.

Just Do Something (026)

Sometimes the best next step is simply to start, even if it isn’t the perfect next step.

How to Find Your People (025)

This episode explores the topic of loneliness, some ideas for “finding your people,” and how John found one group of “his people.”

Focusing on What You Can Control (024)

This episode riffs on my thoughts from reading the book “Fire in My Eyes: An American Warrior’s Journey from Being Blinded on the Battlefield to Gold Medal Victory.”

Task Tracking That’s Not Overwhelming or Depressing (023)

This episode explores the different ways I manage my todo list items and along with techniques I’ve learned to avoid feeling overwhelmed by them and get more done.

How to Create and Publish Your Own Podcast (022)

This in-depth episode examines and explains the steps for creating and publishing your own podcast. It looks at the five key ingredients to creating a successful podcast and provides additional resources and recommendations.

What Do You Want? (021)

Are you as clear about what you want as you think? This episode explores some ways to get clearer.

How to Block Distracting Sounds So You Can Concentrate (020)

In this episode I share one of my hacks for creating quiet and peace when I need to concentrate. That hack is ambient water recordings I’ve made myself.

How to Succeed as a Remote Worker (019)

Paul Frields joins the podcast to talk about working remotely and what it takes to succeed. John and Paul also discuss some of the misconceptions about remote work and how to overcome them.

Talking Red Hat, Meetings and Music with Paul Frields (018)

In this wide-ranging conversation, John and guest Paul Frields, talk about working at Red Hat, how they got started with collaborative meeting minutes and Paul’s love of playing the bass.

How to Handle Dominant People at Meetings (017)

This episode explores some techniques for facilitating meetings with stronger personalities or those that dominate the discussion too much.

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