April 21, 2015
Mark Hehl with Solutions4Business joins host Craig Price to discuss conflict management. Not many people like conflict in the workplace and even fewer like getting involved when the conflict may not involve you. Mark and Craig discuss how conflict can be good for organizations, but they also discuss how planning ahead can eliminate many of the potential conflicts that could pop up on a project. They discuss the reasons for conflict, including people who just like pushing buttons and causing chaos (Craig calls them “social terrorists”) as well as separate departments having separate goals and never communicating them to each other. All of this talk will be showcased at the Southern New England Chapter of PMI Professional Development Day in Hartford CT this April 27th and 28th. If you’re in the Nutmeg state at the time, register at SNEC-PMI.org. Hope to see you there!
APP BONUS: Get Mark’s entire powerpoint presentation from the event! In order to be successful the project manager needs to understand and manage conflict. This session will arm the Project Manager with the skills to avoid conflict along with time tested methods to resolve conflicts within their projects. It will also explore the beneficial and negative effects of project conflict. Application of these strategies will result in enhanced project performance.
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.
September 23, 2014
In this special edition of Reality Check, host Craig Price plays an extended excerpt from his negativity program highlighting his self-conceived “Price Personality Scale”. Recently, Craig was able to present a 90 minute breakout session for a group of project managers and was able to record it for posterity. Craig talks about personality vs. attitude, the types of positive and negative personalities and some of the examples of each.
You can learn more about Craig’s programs at http://therealistsguide.com or you can buy his book “Half a Glass: The Realist’s Guide” directly from his website.
APP BONUS: Craig includes his “6 Tips for Managing the New Workforce” e-book.
Brad Montgomery (@BradMontgomery on twitter) chats about happiness with host Craig Price. Happiness can be the Holy Grail for many people, elusive, just out of reach or more commonly, something that happens intermittently for short periods of time. But what if you had control over your happiness? That’s what Brad proposes to a skeptical Craig. The two talk about the flaws in The Secret (or outright lies if you ask Craig) how you can take unhappy conditions and fine tune them so you can be happier, how to gradually get incrementally happier versus trying to drastically change overnight as well as discover that they are just two short balding guys talking about the same things from different perspectives. The more things seem different the more they are closer to the same. It seems super positive and negative people can get along! Everybody sing Kumbaya!
You can find the newly minted CPAE (hall of fame speaker) Brad Montgomery at http://BradMontgomery.com.
APP BONUS: Read the first chapter from Brad’s book Humor Us: America’s Top Humorists On the Power of Laughter.
Ralph Peterson (@SpeakerRalphP on twitter) returns to discuss his new book of leadership lessons with host Craig Price. Being in the housekeeping game is a tough row to hoe. Low wages, high turnover, cleaning toilets (among other grosser things) it amazes Craig that anyone stays a week. Now try and manage the people who stick around!! Ralph’s new book “Managing When No One Wants to Work: Leadership Lessons from an Executive Housekeeper” touches on his many experiences, putting them in context for any manager in any industry. The two talk about push back, how communication changed between employee and manager as well as crazy Spanish conquerors! Managing When No One Wants To Work: Lessons Of Leadership From An Executive Housekeeper is a management exposé that reveals how to manage call-outs, attitude, turnover, motivation, conflict, and breaking down the popular, “We’ve always done it that way,” mentality, regardless of the field you are managing in.
You can learn more about Ralph at http://speakerralphpeterson.com
App Bonus: Read the 1st chapter of Ralph’s book for free!
Kirby Lammers (@kirbydynabiz on twitter) returns to discuss his book Mind, Body and Business: The New Generation of Leaders with host Craig Price. Leadership and leadership styles need to adapt for businesses to thrive if not just survive. Kirby and Craig discuss the first book in a series on leadership in which they discuss Ted Williams, managers vs. leaders, grooming potential and how to properly return a failed leader back into their original position. Kirby’s book aims to energize the workforce, strengthen business with a “FEEL GOOD” environment, increase morale, produce passion and purpose, provide a sustainable motivation, reduce employee turnover and build a culture for prevention of disease and illnesses. And if anyone has the personality for it, Kirby sure does! It’s been almost 120 episodes but Kirby is back and ready for more.
You can learn more about Kirby, his book and his executive coaching at http://www.mindbodyandbusiness.com/
David Dye (@DavidMDye on twitter) talks with host Craig Price about the importance of proper leadership communication. David’s new book “7 Things Your Team Needs To Hear You Say” covers many of the issues with today’s leaders and how they can lead more effectively. Craig and David cover a lot of ground that includes: Fear as is a poor yet popular tactic that usually only gets the least amount of effort acceptable, Craig getting robbed at gunpoint and why leaders need to humanize themselves instead of setting themselves above their employees.
In The Seven Things Your Team Needs to Hear You Say, David shares practical and encouraging leadership communication tools you can use to cultivate engaged, responsible, and results-oriented teams. Whether you’re a new front-line leader, a small business owner, or a veteran manager, The Seven Things Your Team Needs to Hear You Say will inspire you to inspire your team. You don’t need buckets of charisma – they just need to hear you say these seven things.
You can learn more about David at http://www.trailblazeinc.com
March 4, 2014
Rick Barongi, Director of the Houston Zoo (@houstonzoo on twitter) joins host Craig Price to discuss what goes into the running and expansion of a major zoo. If anyone follows Craig on instagram (craigprice47) or on Google+ you’ll know right away how much he likes zoos and appreciates animals through his photography. Getting the opportunity to talk to the director of a zoo like the Houston Zoo was quite a treat. The two discuss the unusual situation at the Copenhagen Zoo regarding the euthanasia of a healthy giraffe and how it affects all zoos, the planned expansion of the Houston Zoo to include gorillas in 2015, the not so planned expansion of 6 additional chimpanzees recently as well as what goes into deciding which animals breed, like the new baby elephant and giraffe the zoos delivered this February.
You can learn more about the Houston Zoo at http://HoustonZoo.org.
This episode is also being used to raise money for Orangutan Outreach! Past guest Richard Zimmerman’s Apps of Apes is being utilized by the Houston Zoo so Craig thought helping out Orangutan Outreach indirectly would help out the orangutans at the Houston Zoo too!
DISCLOSURE: The Houston Zoo is not aware or affiliated with this specific charity drive. Any questions should be directed to Craig@SpeakerCraigPrice.com NOT the Houston Zoo.
How can you donate? If you purchase a 2014 calendar of Craig’s nature photography all of the profits will be donated to http://redapes.org. Several of the animals featured were photographed while at the Houston Zoo.
Simply follow this link to buy the calendar and help out!
July 9, 2013
Jill Butler, owner of the Monster PBJ food truck(@MonsterPBJ on Twitter) invites host Craig Price into her offices to talk about food trucks. Opening a restaurant can be harrowing enough, but opening a restaurant on wheels is a whole different story. How do you find customers when you are not at the same physical address everyday? What happens when your restaurant has a flat tire? How do you find the places to park? Jill and Craig cover lots of ground on how she has turned her humble food truck into a success. They also talk peanut butter and jelly! This is not your mother’s PB&J…unless your mother is a gourmet chef who makes all her own ingredients! Even if you are allergic to nuts, you can listen about them from the safety of your own…computer? phone? latpop? However you listen, the end result will be a great podcast and possible a quick run to the store to satisfy your own peanut butter and jelly cravings!
Monster PBJ can be found at http://www.monsterpbj.com. You can find out where the food truck will be in Houston everyday by liking their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/Monsterpbj. If you’re in the Houston area and you haven’t had a Monster PBJ, you are missing out!
May 21, 2013
Marnie Green (@MarnieGreen) talks to host Craig Price on how to have painless performance conversations with employees. We all know that having to address employee issues can be a bummer. It can be often awkward, sometimes heated, and usually painful in some way. Marnie sought answers to this problem with her latest book “Painless Performance Conversations: A Practical Approach to Critical Day-to-Day Workplace Discussions”. The two discuss finding opportunities to reinforce your expectations and message, dealing with the smelly guy 3 cubicles over and what to do when an employee get defensive over potential problems. Employee performance conversations don’t have to be painful nor confrontational. Don’t believe me, check out the book! Painless Performance Conversations will help you to lead conversations with confidence and create a culture of workplace accountability.
Marnie Green can be found at http://www.managementeducationgroup.com and you can learn more about her book athttp://www.painlessperformanceconversations.com