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Jul 25, 2012

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Follow-Up to the Tom DeMarco Interview

I trust you had the opportunity to listen to both episodes of my interview with Tom DeMarco. He's a guy who has uniquely impacted the world of projects, and it was certainly a pleasure for me to talk with him. His books are insightful, practical, and even a bit quirky (in a good way) at times. But I'm confident that if you're in the software development side of project management or leadership, you'll get value from his books.

In this premium episode, I follow-up on some issues that Tom and I touched on that are relevant whether or not your projects are related to software development. Tom's ideas truly span further than that domain. I cover topics such as:

  • The myth of "The more pressure, the better"
  • Why having only a 50%-70% likelihood of success could be a good thing
  • Why stressed brains do not learn the same way as non-stressed brains
  • Where the line crosses between stress being a good thing and it becomes a dangerous thing
  • One additional factor that impacts workplace stress and productivity (and it's none of your business!)
  • Why it can help to realize that all your team members are volunteer employees
  • Max DePree's secret for learning how effective of a leader you are
  • "It's not what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that just isn't so."
  • Are we changing people or just amusing them?



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