John Poelstra

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How I Use Trello to Manage Tasks and Todos (37)

This episodes looks at how I use Trello to manage my tasks and todos.

Get More From Your Coaching Session With an Agenda (36)

If you want to have the best coaching session possible, prepare an agenda in advance. Not sure what to put on your agenda? Here are some ideas.

Questions to Ask About Meetings You Want to Hold (35)

You’re thinking about holding and facilitating a meeting.  Here are some questions to determine if it is a good idea and how to plan for success.

Create New Instead of Revising Old (34)

Asking one question is more powerful than asking three.  Creating a new blog post is often better than polishing an old one.

Eleven Things I Learned From Installing a New Dishwasher (33)

I recently installed a new dishwasher and here’s what I learned that will hopefully save you more than $150.

Enable Your Board of Advisors & Fight Your Inner Critics (32)

John and Alene Gabriel talk about how to manage our inner critics and the benefits of having your own board of advisors.

Projects Need Ownership, Not Loss of Control (31)

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

Why Having a Life Purpose is Beneficial (30)

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 (29)

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 (28)

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 (27)

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 (26)

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

How to Find Your People (25)

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 (24)

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 (23)

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.

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