John Poelstra

Bringing order to chaos and clarity to confusion



What Could be Fun? (016)

Sometimes the best way to get your day out of a ditch is to find something fun. Any amount of fun might be good enough. That’s what I explore in this episode.

Being a True Owner (015)

This episode explores the topic of personal ownership through the eyes of two books: Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin and QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work by John G. Miller

What is Good Listening? (014)

This episode explores the topic of listening through the Co-Active coaching model and an article from Harvard Business Review.

Some of My Favorite Things (013)

This episode is a collection of some of my favorite things. It was inspired by some similar things I shared in a recent podcast interview on “How to be Awesome at your Job.”

Collaborative Meeting Minutes: Listener Questions and Feedback (012)

This episode responds to listener questions and feedback from two previous episodes around how to collaboratively create meeting minutes and how a central mailing list repository for meeting minutes works.

Keeping the Vacation Glow Alive Longer (011)

This episode covers some of my thoughts on a recent return from vacation and how to keep the vacation glow going for as long as possible.

What’s Your Criteria? (010)

This episode explores the benefits for setting and agreeing to criteria before making decisions.

Coaching Instant Transformation (009)

This episode talks about coaching and uses the recent Netflix documentary “I am Not Your Guru” as the the jumping off point. The documentary examines Anthony Robbins’ “Date with Destiny” event and his approach to helping people change.

Avoiding the Dreaded Meeting Roll Call (008)

In this episode I share a super easy way to take attendance at meetings–don’t! Instead have attendees take do their own check-in by adding themselves to the minutes (in a shared document). Then you can skip asking “who just joined?” twenty-five times.

How to Invite the Right People to Your Meetings (007)

This episode examines the process I use and suggest to decide who to invite to specific meetings.

Status Meeting Morass (006)

In this episode of the podcast my friend Charlie and I talk about the frustration of status meetings. Do you like status meetings?

Failing by Shipping on Time (005)

There’s a notion out there that project managers only care about making the schedule. While it’s easy to get fixated on it, the more I work on product releases the less I find myself caring about “the schedule.”

Ruthless Prioritization (004)

Not too long ago I was in a situation with a very limited amount of time and energy and had to make sure I used every minute and ounce of energy on the right things.  Prioritization with Post-it notes and a Sharpie was the solution!

Avoiding Energy Drain from Meetings (003)

This episode is a conversation with my friend Charlie about how meetings drain our energy and what we can do to minimize it.

Dealing with Worry at Software Project Meetings (002)

Here are my thoughts and experiences on how to deal with worries (without solutions) introduced at software project meetings.

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