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The Project Leader Podcast

The Project Leader Podcast

By Jennifer Glatz
We have all felt the pain, frustration, and disappointment of a troubled or failed project at some point, either professionally or personally. So here is the big question: How do project professionals like us - who are eager, driven, and passionate about seeing our teams succeed - how do we become true Project Leaders who consistently deliver successful projects that change the world? That is the question and this Podcast will give you the answers. My name is Jennifer Glatz and I'm thrilled to welcome you to The Project Leader Podcast.
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Episode 54: What's Happening in Your Client's Mind?
We've all faced a lot of uncertainty and change lately. But have you taken the time to think about what that means for your clients and customers? In this episode, I offer a perspective about what's going on inside your CLIENT's mind right now and how you can help and better serve them as a Project Leader. 
March 3, 2021
Episode 53: Building Your Courage Muscle
In the previous episode, I spoke about collecting feedback from your teams. This act of collecting feedback and then implementing changes takes courage! In this episode, I dive deeper into how you can build your courage muscle so that it becomes a reflex when you need it the most on your projects.
February 26, 2021
Episode 52: A Great Technique for Collecting Team Feedback
Have you ever worked for an organization that only did your performance reviews on an annual basis? Was it difficult to even book time in your supervisor's schedule to get it done? Receiving consistent feedback from your team about how you are performing as a Project Leader is critical to your team's success. In this episode, I share a great technique to help you collect regular feedback from your team.
February 19, 2021
Episode 51: Assessing the Impact of New Standards
Government regulations and client standards are constantly changing and can have a significant impact on our projects. In this Episode, I share 4 best practices on how you can make managing the updates to standards and regulations a bit easier.
February 17, 2021
Episode 50: The Journey to 50 Episodes
Can you believe it? This is the 50th episode! In this special milestone episode, I share about my podcast journey so far.
February 12, 2021
Episode 49: What my Telecom Service Provider Taught Me About Client Relationships
Do you have any stories that come to mind about a time you received disappointing customer service and how that experience changed how you approach your projects? In this episode, I share what my experience with my telecom service provider taught me about how I approach my client relationships on my projects.
February 9, 2021
Episode 48: Your Role as a Project Guide
Chances are if you are already in a leadership role, you didn't start there. You've likely held different roles along the way and worked your way up the career ladder. In this episode, I share a specific leadership technique that's about meeting the people you lead at their current step and being their guide along the way.
February 5, 2021
Episode 47: What is YOUR Project Superpower?
In this episode, I define what is a Project Superpower and why it's important that you know yours!
February 3, 2021
Episode 46: Trusting a Trusted Advisor
In a previous episode, I shared that I started working with a new coach awhile back. Since then, I've had a few mental roadblocks that have come up. In this episode, I share some of my thoughts and mental barriers that came up when I started working with my new trusted advisor and how I overcame them.
January 30, 2021
Episode 45: That Comfort Zone Barrier...
Being a Project Leader is all about continually improving... which means that sometimes we need to do things outside of our comfort zone! In this episode, I talk about your comfort zone in the context of your strategic projects. I also explore where Project Leaders often get stuck when they hit that comfort zone barrier.
January 26, 2021
Episode 44: Finding the Balance...
I am often asked by other Project Leaders: how do you balance strategic projects with competing priorities and deadlines? In this episode, I share a quick tip on how you can achieve better balance and ensure your strategic projects and priorities are all moving forward.
January 22, 2021
Episode 43: A Quick Tip for Documenting Your Project Successes!
Documenting our project successes should be that joyful moment at the end of a project that we look forward to! But it can be easy to fall into the trap of quickly moving on to the next project without taking the necessary time to document our successes. In this episode, I share a quick tip on how to quickly and easily collect testimonials and feedback. 
January 19, 2021
Episode 42: Leading High Performers
Chances are you have a few high performers on your teams! In this episode, I give some insights into how you can support these high performers to achieve their ambitious projects and career goals.
January 15, 2021
Episode 41: Career Planning from Two Perspectives
In this episode, I explore career planning from two perspectives: your responsibilities as an individual for your own career and our Project Leader responsibilities to help our teams do their career planning.
January 8, 2021
Episode 40: A 2-Step Process to Set Yourself Up for Success in the New Year
Happy New Year to my listeners! In this new year's episode, I discuss a two-step process that I like to follow to set myself up for success in the coming year both from a career and project delivery perspective.
January 5, 2021
Episode 39: Three Tips Before the Holidays...
The days or weeks leading up to the holiday season are always stressful for us and our teams. There are a ton of deadlines and things we want to accomplish before the holiday break. In this episode, I discuss 3 things you can do before the holidays to set your projects up for success in the New Year.
December 18, 2020
Episode 38: A Simple Yet Powerful Question to Get Your Stakeholders On Your Side
If you've been listening to my podcast for awhile, or seen my content, you've probably noticed that I often draw parallels between Sales and Project Management. There are specific reasons why I do this that I explain in this episode. I also leave you with a simple, yet powerful question you can ask your stakeholders to get them on your side.
December 15, 2020
Episode 37: Mastering the Skill of Identifying True Priorities
In this episode, I share two stories about why it's critically important to your success that you MASTER the skill of identifying true priorities. Not only is this important to your project success but also to your career success and wellbeing. 
December 12, 2020
Episode 36: Your Customer's Butterflies
Chances are if your customer or client has made a big investment to work with you on their project, they are feeling a bit nervous. In this episode, I unpack the three reasons why people purchase and how you can use that information to become a better guide for your customers and clients throughout project execution to put their minds at ease and alleviate those nervous butterflies.
December 8, 2020
Episode 35: Three Ideas on How to Convey the Big Picture To Your Team
As we move through the Execute Phase of our projects, sometimes our teams can lose sight of the big picture mission. In this episode, I share three ideas on how you can convey and remind your team about the big picture mission and vision of your project.
December 4, 2020
Episode 34: Three Warning Signs to Indicate an Unrealistic Project Schedule
In this episode, I discuss three techniques to help you recognize if you have an unrealistic project timeline and some best practices on how to address it.
December 1, 2020
Episode 33: The Fastest Way to Accelerate Your Career in PM
In this episode, I share the fastest way to accelerate your career in project management. So if you are eager, driven, and looking to reach that next step in your career as quickly as possible, this episode is for you.
November 27, 2020
Episode 32: "What If" vs. "Material" Barriers
It's true! We face a lot of barriers and challenges when it comes to both navigating our careers in project management and in delivering successful projects. In this episode, I share a technique that helps me to look at my barriers from a different lens which helps me to be more strategic in my first-next step.
November 24, 2020
Episode 31: Part 2 of My Interview With David Wilson
Tune in to this episode for the second half of my interview with David Wilson on his podcast "On Another Track". Listen on through to the end for a new announcement as well! 
November 20, 2020
Episode 30: My Interview on the "On Another Track" Podcast with David Wilson (Part 1)
I was recently a guest on another podcast entitled "On Another Track" with David Wilson. I thought it would be fun to share a copy of my interview so you can learn a little bit more about me, my consulting business proCollab Consulting, and how I help aspiring and practicing Project Leaders to navigate their careers and deliver successful projects. This episode contains the first half of the interview and the second half will be published in Episode 31.
November 17, 2020
Episode 29: Facing a Difficult Decision or Challenge? Consider Congruence.
If you are facing a difficult decision or a project challenge that is causing you added stress, it's important to consider our values, beliefs, and good intentions so that we can act in a congruent way. In this episode, I unpack what is the concept of congruence and ways to get us back on track as Project Leaders when we are feeling a bit off our game.
November 13, 2020
Episode 28: Our Personal Approach to Risk
A friend's request to go for coffee during the pandemic has got me thinking about my own individual Risk Tolerance. In this episode, I discuss what three levels of Risk Tolerance we need to be aware of and how our own Risk Tolerance affects our decision-making process on our projects.
November 11, 2020
Episode 27: I'm Not In Sales, Right?
As Project Leaders, we wear many different project hats during the day. In this episode, I focus on our Sales Hat. Whether we choose to think about it consciously or not, we are constantly representing our companies and our services from a Sales perspective. I share 3 questions you should be asking yourself daily to be more in tune with your sales responsibilities on your projects.
November 6, 2020
Episode 26: An Example and Best Practices for Communication During A Project Crisis
In this episode, I share an example and 3 best practices to use to communicate effectively with your team during a challenging project.
November 3, 2020
Episode 25: Get Out Of Your Own Way and Automate!
In this episode, I share about an automation tool that can help you regain back your time by making you more efficient with administrative tasks. This is important because it allows you to get back to working on strategic initiatives, connecting with your team, and lowering your overall stress level.
October 30, 2020
Episode 24: Three Tips for Setting Yourself Up for a Productive Day
In this episode, I share some tactics that have helped me to be my most productive and work on the things that matter to my projects and clients. I hope these ideas help you to set yourself up for a productive day!
October 27, 2020
Episode 23: Three Tactics on How to Recover from a Failed or Troubled Project
In this episode, I share three tactics on how you can recover from a failed or troubled project.  Are you up for a challenge to build your Project Leadership skills? The first tactic is the most difficult if you're up for it!
October 23, 2020
Episode 22: A Cool Hack to Increase Your Reading Comprehension and Retention
In this episode, I share a cool hack that I discovered during my vacation last week on how you can increase your reading comprehension and retention. As Project Leaders, we need to absorb and learn a lot of information so I hope this trick will make it a bit easier!
October 20, 2020
Episode 21: How Diverse is your Development Group?
In this episode, I preview a snippet of the pre-training that was included in the Project Leader Career Plan Challenge that started this week. Learn about why you need two categories of people in your life to help you reach your full potential.
October 7, 2020
Episode 20: Project Marketing and Stakeholder Prompt Lists
In this episode, I share my thoughts on creating a project marketing plan and using Stakeholder prompt lists to identify stakeholders that you may not have thought of during your project planning.
October 1, 2020
Episode 19: The CHALLENGE is Officially Launched!!
I'm so excited to share a milestone with you! I've been hinting at this project for weeks now on the podcast, and wanted to share about the Project Leader Career Plan Challenge that is now officially launched! You can register for the Challenge at:
September 26, 2020
Episode 18: Clarifying Project Scope Through SMART Objectives
If you've ever had trouble building elements of your project management plan including your schedule or budget, it could be that your team is unclear about the project scope. In today's episode, I share a technique of using SMART objectives to gain clarity on what you are delivering on your project and how you expect the project to add value.
September 23, 2020
Episode 17: Outlook on Industrial Construction
In a previous episode, I hinted about an exciting project I'm working on which involves interviewing other Project Leaders. Here is a preview of one of the interviews with Axel Pargas, Senior Director of Global Construction Operations at Worley where he gives us his outlook on Industrial Construction.
September 18, 2020
Episode 16: Back to Class!
Today was my first day back teaching project management at a university in person. With any new project, there is always a combination of excitement and apprehension for both the Project Manager and her team. Today I share about how my first day back went and a technique I use on my projects to help reassure the team.
September 16, 2020
Episode 15: Networking vs. Genuine Networking
We've all heard the common phrase: "it's not what you know, it's who you know". So I don't need to convince you that networking is important. But in this episode, I make the distinction between networking for the numbers vs. genuine networking and building your relationships. I offer a few suggestions on how you can provide value to your new connections. 
September 11, 2020
Episode 14: Celebrating the Small Wins
A seasoned Project Professional will tell you that project delivery is more about building strong relationships than it is about the task at hand. In this episode, I share a framework on how you can use a strategy of celebrating the small wins on your projects to strengthen your relationships with your teammates and how to build influence.
September 8, 2020
Episode 13: Being the Master of Your Own Destiny with David Wilson
In this episode, I am joined by a very special guest - David Wilson - who is a professional from the Traffic Safety Industry. David and I chat about safety on projects, trusting your gut, and being the master of your own destiny. He also offers some career advice for early project professionals.
September 1, 2020
Episode 12: The Endless Opportunities Available to You in PM
Have you ever noticed that Project Managers all have a unique career path? In this episode, I explore the endless opportunities available to you in project management. Also, tune in for a hint about an exciting project I'm currently working on!
August 28, 2020
Episode 11: Taking Uncomfortable Action
Have you ever felt a nagging feeling that there is some action you should be taking but feeling uncomfortable prevents you from getting it done? In this episode, I explore why taking uncomfortable action on our projects is important and I share a process you can follow to make it easier.
August 25, 2020
Episode 10: Paying Your PM Success Tax
In this episode, I share about a concept called your Success Tax and what it looks like at different stages throughout your Project Leader Journey.
August 21, 2020
Episode 9: Develop Your Skills in Sales
As you get further along in the Project Leader journey and into a Project Manager role, one of the important skills you'll need to develop is Sales. In this episode, I talk about why sales is an important skill to develop and 3 tips to help you start developing these skills today!
August 18, 2020
Episode 8: How to Be More Accessible To Your Team
Have you ever worried about how accessible you are to your team? It's important for us, as Project Leaders, to stay connected to be able to answer questions and offer support in a timely manner, but it can be difficult to balance being accessible with meetings or email overload. In this episode, I share three (3) ideas on how to be accessible to your team without overloading your inbox or calendar.
August 14, 2020
Episode 7: Prioritizing Our Most Important Tasks
One of the main challenges project professionals face is how to prioritize our tasks when we are pulled in many different directions. In this episode, I talk about the technique of the 5-Categories to help you prioritize what's important to help you reach an important goal.
August 11, 2020
Episode 6: What is a Value Message?
In this episode, I explain what is a value message and how do you apply the principles of marketing to build your own personal value message to help you reach that next step in your career.
August 7, 2020
Episode 5: Our Value Message vs. Our Self-View On Our Value
In this episode, I explore the difference between the value that we provide to the market as project professionals versus our own self-views about our value. I see a lot of professionals struggling in this current market to find their next role and it can be easy to fall into the trap of doubting ourselves. So this episode gives you a tool to help you avoid the trap of self-doubt.
August 4, 2020
Episode 4: The Project Leader Identity
I thought it would be fun to tell you a short story about one of my mentors that I looked up to at the beginning of my career and why I looked up to him. Reflecting on the qualities he had as a mentor has helped me to frame my thoughts around defining the Project Leader Identity.
July 31, 2020
Episode 3: Our Triggers and Reactions
In this episode, I talk about the things that can trigger us in our personal and professional lives, and provide some advice on how to control our reactions.
July 29, 2020
Episode 2: Defining the Project Leader Journey
In the previous episode, I invited you to join me on a journey to figure out true project leadership. In this episode, I go into detail about my thoughts on what does the Project Leader Journey look like and what are the steps along the way.
July 24, 2020
Welcome! The Why Behind the Podcast.
In this inaugural episode, I discuss the story behind why I've decided to launch this podcast and what the Project Leadership concept and journey is all about.
July 21, 2020