Friday, June 28, 2019

On Sabbatical: Returning Soon

I am currently taking an extended break from updating this website. I intend to return in a few months. In the meantime, check out the collections in the tabs above (All Blog Posts, The PDF Collection, etc.) or consider poking around the archives.  

Two Sites Archived: Thousands of Items & Links to Explore!

At my PM Resources Archives you'll find lots of free stuff, including Project Management-oriented blog posts, worksheets, checklists, tools, podcasts, videos, as well as links to my journal articles and books. In addition, you'll find an entire collection of materials on Project Management Minimalism and managing Instructional Design & Development projects. You can check it out here

Check out my "PM Resources Archives" for LOADS
of Project Management tools, videos, links & more!

At my INSPIRATIONS... site you'll find lots of materials to inspire yourself or your project team to "optimize your attitude" and "maximize your results."  Specifically, you'll find inspirational podcasts with matching performance-based exercises, videos, articles and other "odds and ends" that can help bring you peace of mind and greater productivity. And if you want to, you can download the humongous (and FREE) "Inspired Project Teams Coaching Guide (58-pages & 5 hours of audio)  You can check out the INSPIRATIONS... website here.

archived collection of podcasts, exercises & more!

Monday, May 27, 2019

Annual Memorial Day Post: To Honor Fallen Warriors, Stop Glorifying War & Become an Activist for Peace [with Links to Many Resources]

Cover image from the enlightening website,
"War is a Crime: A Blog About a Criminal Enterprise

As a “baby boomer” growing up in the United States, I’ve lived through many, many Memorial Day commemorations and solemn memorial services. And as the years pass, I’m growing less patient with our tolerance for war. For example, has anyone really noticed that we’ve been both killing and being killed for nearly 17 years in Afghanistan? Probably few US citizens could tell you how long we’ve been in that far-away land, why we are there and if we’re making any “progress,” despite all the death, destruction, and maimings. After all, there’s no military draft that reaches into all American households and pulls out soldiers, no “war taxes,” and generally no real “skin in the game” for most of us. Aside from having our airwaves a bit cluttered with Memorial Day speeches, we are mostly able to put this messy war stuff out of our minds.

Now most of the time I try to keep these articles positive, practical or uplifting. But here I’m going to stretch things a bit and include what we old liberals call “consciousness raising.” In that spirit I’m going to share some stuff here that will help you ponder why it is we can’t seem to quit fighting and then learn how you might take action to stop the senseless killing of our kids.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Acorn TV: Netflix for Grownups!

If you like the kind of smart, articulate dramas, mysteries, comedies and documentaries that we typically find on America's PBS stations, you'll love Acorn TV!  For just $4.99 a month (You can quit anytime...) Acorn TV will let you stream and binge-watch some of the best British, Australian, Canadian and Irish TV series and stand-alone films!  

Acorn by the Numbers

Here's a quick count of what's available on Acorn TV as of this date:  

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Overwhelmed by chores? Spend more time in Quadrant 2!

[Note: You can download and listen to this entire article as an audio podcast from my Inspired Project Teams archives. However, you might want to refer to the grid below when listening.] 

Stephen Covey’s classic The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is one of the best selling business books of all time. Early in my career, I worked my way through this amazing text and also spent a substantial amount of time listening to the audio version, narrated by Covey himself. In these works, Stephen Covey describes a brilliantly simple grid for analyzing, and ultimately changing, the way you spend your time. Covey's grid may be the best time management tool ever invented!

Google Books listing: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Like millions of others working to become successful, I spent a substantial amount of time applying this grid to my own activities, sorting and re-prioritizing them to make the most of my time and efforts. So, on an individual and personal level, I know this tool really works!

But how about applying this grid to project management? After giving it some thought, I’ve come up with some suggestions for how you might use the grid to better focus the time and efforts of an individual team member or an entire project team. In this post, I’ll share these suggestions with you.

Four-Quadrant Grid Applied to Teams

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Two to Inspire: Find Your Mission & Start Creating!

Are you feeling like you've lost your creative edge? Are you wanting to break out of the doldrums? Here are a couple of archival blog posts that can help. The first is all about finding your unique mission and leveraging it. And the second will hook you up with some practical tools to help you get your creative juices flowing and capture the results of your innate brilliance Enjoy!

(Note: Each of these posts includes links to more resources to get you up and running.)