Ethics, Values, Integrity, And Mastery with David Schmaltz

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If you work, you probably manage projects every day, and in the process, experience frustration and no fun. How do we engage our work life in ways that give us joy and meaning? Schmaltz says, "In the instant between perception and action, belief and behavior, lies the power to change the world." During this provocative and intriguing conversation prepare yourself to hear how age-old beliefs about how project work may, indeed, be the source of your misery. He speaks about the difference between wickedness and juiciness, and how disorganization, disorder and chaos can even serve a project. (hosted by Michael Toms)


David Schmaltz is a writer, teacher, and consultant with a quarter-century's experience in the field. Founder of True North Project Guidance Strategies, Inc., Schmaltz shows individuals and organizations engaged in project work how to escape tradition's cages to create more fulfilling project experiences.

He is the author of:

  • The Blind Men and the Elephant: Mastering Project Work (Berrett-Kohler 2003)

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How "sitting with the mess" can be beneficial
  • What is "informed choice?"
  • Why trust is important
  • How understanding your intentions is crucial
  • Why forgetting "tidiness" can be an asset
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 1/13/2005      Program Number: 3074