According to professional speechwriter and speech coach Dez Thornton, “A high stakes conversation is anytime you have to communicate and your reputation is on the line.” The successful outcome of your communication depends on your delivery. In the most quotable episode to-date, Dez shares the most important thing you need to know about having high stakes conversations and the people, processes, and tools you should leverage to close the interpretation gap (what you say vs. what your audience hears).
Vlogs, blogs, links, tags, hashtags…these are more than just buzzwords. They are the digital currency of the Information Age and businesses seeking to grow who ignore it, do so to their detriment. In this episode, social media consultant Marie Incontrera shares the most important thing you need to know about social media as well as the people, processes and tools needed to implement a sustainable posting strategy. Find out why she says you need a customized plan because there is no one-size-fits-all approach to social media.
Making physical products can be prohibitively expensive and requires careful coordination of the right people, processes and tools. No one knows this better than Eric Lange. As an engineer in the toy industry, he’s taken more than 60 products from various stages of development to production for retail stores like Target and Walmart. In this episode, Eric not only defines what a prototype is but also tells us about the one thing we need to know for successful prototyping without wasting money.
Special Guest: Eric Lange, Senior Product Development Engineer
What does an orchestra have in common with your company? Plenty, according to Maestro Roger Nierenberg. As CEO, you are the conductor charged with listening and leading to ensure harmonious results. By seating your team within a live professional orchestra, Roger teaches you how to look at it “as a mirror reflecting how you want to be and how you actually are.” In this episode, he not only defines what organizational agility is, but also shares the one thing we need to know about it in order to identify root causes of problems, adapt quickly, and perform with less chaos. Listen as he explains how you can use your voice as an instrument to facilitate teamwork.
Visionaries, whether executives or entrepreneurs, are great at developing and articulating strategy but may find difficulty in execution. This is where Kim Farmer comes in. As a certified project management professional with 30+ years in corporate business experience, she knows how to get stuff done! In this episode, Kim graciously gives us an excellent primer on project management to help you take specific actions to achieve your company’s growth strategy.
No fluff, no B.S. This is where the rubber meets the road and this episode is one of the most important to-date because it’s all about action! Learn the 5 major questions to answer prior to beginning any project as well as the triple constraints you’ll have to balance throughout a project. You’ll also find out how to identify, assemble and coordinate the people, processes and tools you’ll need to ensure your project’s success as Kim explains the Waterfall and Agile approaches to project management. Be sure to check out the show notes below – they’re packed with great information to support you in planning and organizing your next project!
Below is a project management diagram that Kim wanted to share with you. It brilliantly illustrates the importance of clear communication to ensure all team members on a project understand the estimated scope, time and budget.
I also found a website, TemplateLab.com, where you can download different types of Gantt charts for FREE! Gantt Charts are a useful tool to illustrate a project plan/schedule. “It allows you to quickly see the status of any project and see how far along it is. It also allows you to manage processes that depend on the completion of other processes. Mostly, Gantt Charts allow project managers to quickly give estimates about how long the project will take to complete.”
Here’s a video that explains how to create a simple, basic Gantt Chart in MS Excel:
And last, here’s a diagram that showcases the “triple constraints” that Kim referenced in her interview:
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Think the lean methodology is only for large corporations and government entities? Well think again! This episode features John Kamp, an entrepreneur, Lean Six Sigma expert, Project Management Professional, instructor at Purdue University and U.S. Navy veteran. As you can imagine, he has a wealth of experience to draw from and you’ll get a feel for that in this episode. The subject of lean is huge, but John condenses its concept, principles, and methodology into an easy-to-understand definition. He not only shares some of his favorite lean tools, but he also gives great examples of real-life applications. You don’t want to miss this episode!