Few things demoralize a team more than working on a project that’s floundering due to poor leadership. This Quick Take Package includes five research-based micro-videos that reveal the not-so-obvious pitfalls of project management, including drifting goals, blind spots and early consensus. And it offers positive action steps to keep projects focused and on track.
The videos included in this package are:
Managing Difficult Projects: The Importance of Showing Early Progress
Kim is leading a major project that’s critical to her company’s success. A couple of months ago, people were enthusiastic and eager to get to work. But over time team members got distracted. Then frustrated. Intrinsic motivation faded and the project lost steam. In this Quick Take, you will learn the key component of employee motivation, why the perception of progress is the key to actual progress and how communicating the right information at the right time accelerates productivity.
Drifting Goals: Why Goals Often Erode over Time
In this Quick Take, you will learn the phenomenon of “drifting goals” - a psychological trap that can erode performance over time, why past performance should NOT be your starting point for setting goals, why goals should be more about changing behavior than keeping score, and questions to ask yourself before you even consider lowering your goals.
Making Big Decisions: How to Uncover the Blind Spots that Can Sink Your Project
Imagine you’re on the verge of launching a new project. It could be a game changer for you, your department and your company. You’ve invested a lot of time and energy building it out. You have buy-in from higher ups. And your people are enthusiastically on board. What could possibly go wrong? A lot, actually. But there’s something about our brains that often prevents us from seeing problems until it’s too late. In this Quick Take you will learn a technique psychologists call “prospective hindsight,” how it can help you identify fatal flaws before a project is launched, and how to run a team meeting that harnesses the power of “prospective hindsight.”
Group Decision Making: The Early Consensus Trap
In this Quick Take you will learn why groups often fail to consider all the relevant facts when making decisions, why people who possess critical information often don’t speak up in meetings, and how leaders can structure team meetings to uncover this information and make better decisions.
How to Help Your People Do a Better Job of Meeting Deadlines
In this Quick Take, you will learn why people suffer from “brain blindness” when trying to estimate how long a job will take, what happens when you ask people to set a deadline for themselves and how managers can intervene to help people set realistic, meetable deadlines.
This package includesFor each of the Micro-Training videos, you'll also get:
Prove that the learner(s) understand the concept and increase knowledge retention.Discussion Guide
Facilitate a discussion, connecting the concept to your unique challenges.Summary Sheet
Revisit the concept as follow-up or in the moment-of-need.
How do you use this?Multi-video packages are for companies that want to take a deep dive into a single skill area. Each package contains several carefully chosen videos that create an extended learning path. Devoting two to three months to exploring a topic from multiple angles results in more sustained engagement in training, better knowledge retention, and more effective deployment on the job. To kick start Micro-Meetings
Micro-training makes it easy for managers to facilitate meetings where teams develop shared vocabulary and benefit from peer learning.To kick start one-on-one coaching
Micro-training is extremely tactical and it’s a great tool to help managers frame very specific, skill-based coaching interactions.As self-directed learning
Micro-videos are a solution to a specific skill challenge. For example: “How to handle an employee who has a bad attitude,” or “How to handle a price objection.” You have a question. You find the right micro-video. You watch it on your own. You deploy the skill on the job.