We regularly work with project managers from all walks of life, and each of them is likely to experience an emotional burnout sooner or later.
The problem is that any project delay can clog your company’s arteries, causing personal stress (and perhaps high blood pressure) alongside business delays. To inspire you to lead better and keep your team in harmony, the Epicflow team, engaged in developing software for multi-project management, has collected the most heartening TED talks from around the world to help lift your spirits. Enjoy these European business stories!
Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors
Itay Talgam compares senior management to perfect symphonies and shows what multi-project managers can learn from conductors such as Richard Strauss, Herbert von Karajan, Carlos Kleiber, and Lanny Bernstein. Each of these conductors has a peculiar way of leading musicians, which serves to emphasize that the way music is executed is the key to transforming noise into harmony. Can you create art with little control? What kind of control do you need? Itay knows the answers.
Simon Sinek: Why good leaders make you feel safe
Simon Sinek advises business leaders to create a perfect environment to increase output. Starting with the spine-tingling story of Captain Swenson, Sinek’s talk ultimately concludes that many organizations are based on a “bad system of survival” and that they fail to protect and support employees. A deep sense of trust and cooperation emerges only when a leader sets the right tone and “believes in heart count.” This talk is fundamental for understanding why authority is not leadership.
Yves Morieux: As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify
Mr. Repairability is no longer the trend. You will immediately fall in love with this passionate French speaker, who presents obsolete pillars of management and knows how to upset them with new collaboration methods. Yves Morieux stresses that managers should pay more attention to interactions between employees in order to increase quality of your business products or services.
Jim Hemerling: 5 ways to lead in an era of constant change
Jim Hemerling offers a refreshing talk that encourages project managers to invest in skill development and use the right kind of collaboration software. Hemerling advises business executives to instill a culture of continuous learning and adopt highly inclusive approaches to leadership, putting people first. This talk will also inspire you to undergo timely business transformations with a positive mindset.
Tim Leberecht: 3 ways to (usefully) lose control of your brand
Don’t be scared, Tim Leberecht doesn’t mean that you should literally lose control of your brand! What Leberecht is getting at is that business leaders should trust their employees and provide them with the privilege of decision-making. Giving your workers more control over projects and the freedom to make their own evaluations will eventually show positive results. Plus, your team will feel that they share in your company’s goals! We encourage you to take the time to listen to Leberecht’s candid story.
Roselinde Torres: What it takes to be a great leader
After reviewing leadership practices in 4,000 companies, Rosalinde Torres assures the public that traditional leadership methods no longer work in 21st century workplaces. Torres identifies three basic things that C-level executives need to do in order to achieve success: measure diversity, abandon past practices, and accurately estimate due date achievement. “The comfortable predictability of yesterday,” Torres suggests, “should be removed from management strategy.”
Achenyo Idachaba: How I turned a deadly plant into a thriving business
To finish out our list, we would like to present a talk by Achenyo Idachaba, an African woman who has managed to transform the havoc of the water hyacinth into a prospering business. Who could imagine that this symbol of dashed hopes in Nigeria, when handled properly, could become a source of success? Idachaba discovered how to turn Hyacinth flower stems into ropes, which serve as adornment for many products.
Assuming that you’ve actually watched these inspiring business leaders share their experiences, you’re probably now wondering if there is such a thing as an automated project management solution that complements these successful leadership techniques. As a matter of fact there is; we’re pleased to announce the release of our Epicflow project management software for dynamic project environments! Epicflow was specifically designed to reduce overload, reduce overhead, and set priorities, thus simplifying project planning, and it can be adjusted to support the philosophies of each of the above-mentioned speakers. The Epicflow project planning tool provides excellent visibility over multiple projects, letting you easily see where bottlenecks form due to lack of resources.
Epicflow software for project management:
- is easy to use, integrating into MS Project, Oracle Primavera, Jira, TOPdesk and analyzing your existing data. (This is an example of how we can integrate the comfortable past into a renewable 21st century environment with recurring changes.)
- allows you to lead work processes as you might conduct an orchestra, creating perfect symphonic flow.
- facilitates a deep sense of trust, cooperation, and respect within your team; Epicflow ensures effort-based task distribution and gives sufficient freedom to workers choose tasks that align with your company’s priorities.
- restores your team’s focus and helps your whole team work in the same direction.
- encourages investment in skill development by calculating free time for trainings.
- gives your teams control over their workloads regardless of their location with a convenient mobile application.
- is calendar-friendly, helping businesses increase due date performance, and includes a feature that predicts the impact of additional projects on your existing pipeline.
Epicflow is a leap forward to a better future with improved business productivity. Sign up for an invitation and simplify your planning paradigm!