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The Everyday PM Podcast | "A Mindful Approach to Project Management with George Pitagorsky"

George Pitagorsky, Executive Coach and Meditation Teacher

George Pitagorsky is a globally recognized project and process management thought leader who integrates mindfulness and process thinking into his work to improve individual and team performance. He assesses, consults, coaches, and teaches to enable optimal performance. He has spoken at global conferences and for companies such as Microsoft and Nokia.

He has more than fifty years of experience in project, program, process, and product management as an entrepreneur, consultant to major corporations, and CIO for a multibillion-dollar organization.

George has studied and practiced Yoga, Tai Chi, and meditation for over forty years while living and working in the material world. He teaches meditation techniques and “wisdom” thinking for use in all aspects of daily life.

George publishes Breakthrough Newsletter and has authored four books, The Zen Approach to Project Management, Managing Conflict in Projects, Managing Expectations: A Mindful Approach to Achieving Optimal Performance, and How to be Happy Even When You Are Sad, Mad or Scared. According to Daniel Goleman, George’s book, The Zen Approach to Project Management, is “the Zen that's been missing in all too many of today's business books, and George Pitagorsky is the master we've needed.”

It is also the first book I purchased as a project manager that truly resonated with me as I learn and grow as a project manager. The reason why it continues to resonate with me is that it couples the idea of emotional intelligence and working with different types of people with this idea that we can work from our center to balance expectations and performance. I amongst my peers have always been known to be calm under pressure and reasonable, which is why this book helped me tap further into this concept and really own it.

Here's a sneak peek at what we cover:

  • George's journey to becoming a project manager

  • The synergy between yoga, Tai Chi, and meditation with project management

  • How mindful awareness and process thinking (a Zen approach) enhance performance by enabling resilience, stress management, effective communications, and more

  • Everyday meditation or practice you can use in your everyday lives

Enjoyed this conversation with George? Want to learn more about taking a mindful and self-aware approach to project management? Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below! Make sure to follow George and me on LinkedIn for more.

LINKS: - Learn about George and his teachings!


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Worldwide Readiness Program Manager at Apple, Inc.

Program/Project management professional with 10 years of experience in product development, physical retail launches, health care, and tech industries.

Coaching CIOs, CEOs, and Their Teams on Mindfully Impacting the Bottomline

Master facilitator, change agent, coach, meditation teacher, and consultant with more than 40 years of experience working with individuals interested in applying mindfulness and open-minded systems and process thinking in daily life. He is a proponent of Servant Leadership.

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