☔️ Weird weather in the kitchen

TSR No. 12: The "Small-talk's back, do or don't do the right thing, things you should read, and cooking with PMs" issue.

Welcome to the Issue Number Twelve of TSR. There’s been a major shift in the realm of web properties owned by me this week. I’ve consolidated three of my several sites into this single one. I ran my own servers, and I don’t want to do that anymore; life has gotten a little busier. So all roads will be pointing to here. I hope your week’s been good… 🙌

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🔥 Getting fired for doing the right thing

I’ve been reading the gCaptain website almost from its inception. To date, I can only recall one other article that’s stuck with me as much as Michael Carr’s Leadership: It Will End Your Career – Opinion has.

In truth, the military often rejects and dislikes dynamic leadership. True leadership is often only recognized when it is undertaken in times of war or impending disaster, and even then if you fail you will surely be reprimanded or fired.

Even in today’s work, going out on a limb can end your career unless a) the media considers it a win for your company, or b) your company sees your choice to do the right thing as a win within. Sometimes the right thing is the only thing.

👨‍🍳 The future of the Project Manager… in the kitchen?

My average reader might not know the name Jack Sharkey; however, don't let that fact sway your mind on his potential importance to our future. In an opinion piece, Mr. Sharkey poses a parallel question to that of our corporate business world;

Will project management exist in the future within the commercial kitchen sector? The short answer is yes, but project management will have to evolve to meet the ever-increasing demands being placed from the sector.

It wasn’t until I read this article that I’d even thought of PMs working in the commercial food sector, but of course, why wouldn’t they?

🌦 “Hey.” “Weird weather, ‘eh?”

The niche world of small-talk. It can take you far if you’re good at it. However, now that a major portion of the world is working remotely, what’s the future of this necessary domain in a business setting? I’m glad you asked; Karin Hurt and David Dye’s article, How to Get Better at Remote Small Talk, discusses this exact topic.

Here’s one we sometimes do at my work, depending on the meeting audience,

Book-end each meeting with time for small talk.

Small talk doesn’t have to take a lot of time. As you head into each remote meeting, think about having small talk frame your meeting like bookends. Begin and end every meeting with time to connect for five minutes at a human level.

📮 Newsletter You Should Be Reading

This is a newsletter; basically a blog post you get in your email. I think it’s a much more intimate way for you and to keep in touch. To make sure I’m not way off base in my realm of business ops and project management, I also subscribe to several (MANY) other noteworthy newsletters I’d like to share (not getting paid for this, just wanted to share).

agile monocle: Edited by Davide Tarasconi, this weekly newsletter is a ride of weekly lessons. Davide just ended his first season, and I’m looking forward to his next on the Agile and PM methodologies used in our craft.

Remotely Inclined: A newsletter by Stefan Palios regarding remote work. While there are many articles you’ll find daily on the subject, Stefan does the work of sifting through the crap to find us the good stuff. His last issue was a fantastic list/discussion on the current crop of startups aiming to make our remote working lives better.

The Unblockers: Rion Angeles, who I’ve mentioned before on here, posts a weekly newsletter focused mostly on the world of product management. This past week he made mention of “the decision log” as a means to get a stakeholder’s attention. I liked it so much I’m working on my own version for work. Thank you, Rion!

🤣 Parting Shot

How many project managers does it take to change a light bulb?

Trick question. They can't actually do it. But they can record what percentage is complete.


📣 Extra-Extra

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