001 Accomplish More While Doing Less with Peter Taylor

July 5, 2013

PM4TM Artwork 1400x1400Welcome to episode 1 of the PM for the Masses Podcast. If I had a storefront for this show I’d be opening the doors right now, rolling out a red carpet to the curb and welcoming each of you with a smile on my face and a cold glass of lemonade.

I really want to make this show about you, about us, about all project managers.

As we go forward with each episode, I’ll be challenging you to think a bit differently, to take steps to accomplish more, and take actions. The founder of Southwest Airlines Herb Keheller said that “dreamers have hopes.  Hustlers have actions.” I will be challenging you to do things.

That’s why I invited Mr. Peter Taylor to be my first guest on the show. Peter is the author of the super popular “The Lazy Project Manager” book, and he’s an expert in teaching project managers to accomplish more by doing less, or by accomplishing the right things by working smarter.

The only way we can move forward is by focusing on the right actions, and Peter has walked the walk.

Besides talking about his concept of lazy productivity, we will also talk about the steps he took to become the well known author in the world of PM.

Peter Taylor, The Lazy Project Manager

Peter TaylorPeter Taylor is the author of two best-selling books on ‘Productive Laziness’ – ‘The Lazy Winner’ and ‘The Lazy Project Manager’.

In the last 3 years he has focused on writing and lecturing with over 200 presentations around the world in over 20 countries and with new books out including ‘The Lazy Project Manager and the Project from Hell’, ‘Strategies for Project Sponsorship’, ‘Leading Successful PMOs’, and ‘The Thirty-Six Stratagems: A Modern Interpretation of a Strategy Classic’ – with a number of other book projects currently underway.

He has been described as ‘perhaps the most entertaining and inspiring speaker in the project management world today’ and he also acts as an independent consultant working with some of the major organizations in the world coaching executive sponsors, PMO leaders and project managers.

His mission is to teach as many people as possible that it is achievable to ‘work smarter and not harder’ and to still gain success in the battle of the work/life balance.

Book Giveaway

Lazy_winner_coverPeter Taylor is giving away a signed copy of his book “The Lazy Winner” to one of my listeners. The way to enter to win is as follows:

Take a listen to this episode and to episode 2, and I want you to tell me what you like about the show so far. The way to do that right now is to leave a review and rating for the show in iTunes. I will choose one of the reviewers at random to win the book and I’ll personally put you in touch with Peter so he can sign the book and mail it to you.

When you do leave a rating and a review, please mention what it is you like about the show so far. The review should be not necessarily about this episode or about the book giveaway. The review is to help other potential listeners to make a decision whether or not to subscribe to the podcast, so please keep that in mind. I would really appreciate it if you would do that.

I will announce the winner in a few weeks. Good luck!

Take Action

As I promised, I’m going to challenge you to take action.

Today, I want you to think of ways to apply the Pareto principle to one of your personal or professional projects.

As a good exercise, you can do this:

Do a brain dump of all the tasks you can think of that need to be completed in order to move that project forward. Make sure these are actual tasks, a physical task that takes place somewhere and takes a certain amount of time.

Of those tasks, now think about the one that needs to be the very first one to happen. That is the most important thing you can be doing right now to move that project towards completion.

Focus on completing that one single task.

I’d love to hear from you as you think about this.  Use the comment box below and let me know your thoughts!

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