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KEV Talks Podcast

Summary: The KEV Talks Podcast Host Kevin Pannell, PMP, and his industry-leading guests share best practice planning processes and life lessons to help Program, Project, and Public Safety teams excel.

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 5 Ways to Embrace the Concept of Extreme Ownership | Foundations Friday 86 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:07:40

I talk about how "Extreme Ownership" has become very popular over the past eight years thanks to the incredible book by Jocko Willink ( and Leif Babin ( of the same name and the outstanding teachings from the Echelon Front ( organization. In the episode, I also share how extreme ownership has existed for over 1,000 years and was practiced by Marcus Aurelius, according to Ryan Holiday ( of "The Daily Stoic." the five barriers we have to accept ownership and the five ways to embrace owning up to mistakes.

 The Definitive Guide to Start Training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - Part 1 | KEV Talks #24 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:17:18

I'm importing episodes 1-7 of the You-Jitsu Podcast, which will be discontinued next week. In this Part 1 of 2 episode compilation, I walk the curious through signing up for and attending a trial BJJ class and then share tips for when you sign up and start training regularly.Time Stamps:* 00:02:02 - Do the Intro Class* 00:03:27 - BJJ Intro Class Prep* 00:05:00- So, You Signed Up for BJJ?* 00:10:31 - Breathe* 00:13:19 - Frame* 00:15:00 - Survive* 00:15:56 - No Free Grips

 How to Improve from Suffering with Viktor Frankl's Tragic Optimism Approach | Foundations Friday 85 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:06:07

Man's Search for Meaning is the most influential book I've read. We learn about Frankl's loss and suffering, but more impactfully, about how he maintained optimism and hope during his agony in the Nazi concentration camps.In this episode, I share quotes from his book on the value of suffering and three key ways we can all use tragic optimism within our lives.

  God and Gantt Charts - Expecting Trials in Life and Rewriting our Personal and Professional Scripts | KEV Talks #23 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:07:36

Great sharing wise words from Father Mike of the @hallowap on dealing with Temptation in life. While Father Mike focused on how we approach temptation in our personal lives, I also took the message to reinforce how we can look at fitness in our professional lives.Father Mike's guidance:* Expect the trial* Eliminate the option* Rewrite the script* Refer to scripture* Learn more about the Hallow App at (

 How to Become a Mindful Warrior with Owner and Author Kim Colegrove | KEV Talks #22 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:02:04

In this episode, Kim Colegrove and I talk about her growing up in Kansas City, how she learned Meditation at a young age, the loss of her husband David to suicide, and how she and Pause First Academy provide First Responders and U.S. Military Veterans resilience training focusing on holistic wellness and work-life balance.* Reach out to Kim directly at (* Get practical tools by reading Mindfulness for Warriors* Learn more about Pause First Academy ( Colegrove is a veteran meditator and speaker with over 40 years of experience and the Author of Mindfulness for Warriors. In 2014, Kim lost her husband David to suicide, less than three months after he retired from a 30-year law enforcement career. She created The PauseFirst Project to honor David’s memory and to help other first responders cope with stress and trauma.

 Where There is Simplicity, There is Efficiency | Foundations Friday 84 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:03:33

I share my perspective on creating more efficiencies when we teach people core troubleshooting and problem-solving skills like the Foundational Five (

 Why Developing Core All-Hazards Planning Skills are more beneficial than using the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) | KEV Talks #21 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:19:59

My thesis:"Teaching Hospital and Healthcare personnel the skills and principles of All-Hazards Incident Management pay more positive dividends and develops more well-rounded response skills than teaching the same people how to follow the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) structures."So, I believe using the standard ICS is more holistic and beneficial than using HICS.Episode takeaways:* Choose the most qualified for ICS positions, not the highest ranking* Let the situation dictate what's needed in Operations, not the preset HICS structure* Use ICS for planned events and unplanned incidents* Practice with internal and external partners, often* Create a Policy Group that complements the core ICS org structureRemember...* Have a plan* Stay informed* Get involved

 What to Do When Escalation is Not Enough | Foundations Friday 83 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:02:50

I've found that I can raise an issue, whether asking for a critical decision, guidance, or awareness, that sometimes isn't enough. Sometimes, as Project or Program Managers, we can raise awareness, but maybe we don't have the right people assembled. Or, perhaps we have room to improve our communication around the issue.In this week's Foundations Friday, I elaborate a bit more on this.

 How to Produce Powerful Product Solutions in Fintech with Canopy's Technical Product Manager Jillian Funes | KEV Talks #20 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:04:01

In How to Produce Powerful Product Solutions with Jillian Funes, I was fortunate to speak with Jillian Funes, Technical Product Manager at Canopy Servicing. During our fun discussion, Jillian shared how she started in the Tech sector after transitioning from Psychology. We also learn how Jillian didn't enjoy Project Management very much, but that led her to a career field she enjoys, Product Management.Essential Product Management Tips:* Use the R.I.C.E. +D methodology when working with clients* Determine if you can solve one or many customer's problems* Use the "5 Whys, 5 Times" approach* Discuss whether the solution aligns with the company's objectives* and more!Thank you for listening to How to Produce Powerful Product Solutions with Jillian Funes. To learn more from Jillian, connect with her on LinkedIn here ( Learn more about the Fintech solutions Canopy provides at ( you found this episode helpful, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts (, subscribe (, and share with your friends and family.Godspeed,Kevin

 Training is Good, Practice is Better | Foundations Friday 82 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:02:44

During my conversation with Chase O'Donnell, Chase mentioned she had extensive training. She also mentioned that the level of formal training she completed is not necessary for acting or comedy. Throughout our conversation, Chase talked about how many times she was able to act, write jokes, and cold open shows. To me, this practical application is more valuable than the training that sets the foundation. This is what I expand on in this brief episode.*Check out Chase's comedy special on YouTube February 9, 2023 at* Have a plan to keep teams aligned* Stay informed with facts, not fear or rumors* Get involved so you can make a difference...and GodspeedKevin

 How to Break Into Comedy and Avoid Student Debt with Comedian Chase O'Donnell | KEV Talks #19 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:50:18

Chase O'Donnell is hilarious, and her Instagram series of reels "If Musicals Were Real" is amazingly entertaining. Chase has been in "the biz" for quite some time. Chase grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, started dancing at a young age, and made appearances on hit shows, including "Judging Amy."As Chase grew, she knew she wanted to make people laugh and pursued a career in standup comedy. Along the way, Chase wrote a play called "Too Blondes," in which she and Savannah Brown starred and received rave reviews. Feeling the call for home Chase went back west, kept doing standup comedy, and was fortunate (but also worked hard) to connect with Christina P., who is acting as a mentor in many ways.Chase is now opening for Christina P. on a national comedy tour, and now Chase has her very own comedy special coming out. Chase's special is called "People Pleaser" and will be released on YouTube on February 2, 2023.It was a pleasure to meet and talk with Chase, and I look forward to watching her continued success.* Follow Chase on Instagram at and check her website out at you for listening, subscribing, and sharing the KEV Talks Podcast. Read and listen to more great episodes at

 Share Your Experience Before Your Opinion | Foundations Friday 81 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:03:17

While walking this morning I listened to one of my favorite podcasts, Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman. This episode from Thursday, January 26, 2023, was part of the Rapid Response series and focused on how Lululemon CEO Calvin McDonald not only kept the doors of Lululemon open during COVID, but grew the business.In the episode, Calvin shares how within your first 100 days as a leader it's important to share experiences for teams to consider, but not necessarily your opinion that may sway projects in one direction or another. Calvin also states that your opinion when a leader new to the company may also be wrong.* Listen to "Stay Versatile: Lululemon Athletica's Calvin McDonald" at you for coming back to the KEV Talks Podcast, and for subscribing, and please leave a review on Apple Podcasts.Remember...* Have a plan to keep teams aligned* Stay informed with facts, not fear or rumors* Get involved so you can make a differenceGodspeed,Kevin

 How to Start Up a High Functioning Project Management Office with Katie McCullough, PMP, MHA | KEV Talks #18 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:03:55

In this week’s episode, we’re lucky to have seasoned Information Technology and Healthcare leader Katie McCullough. During this episode, Katie shares her over 25 years of Healthcare and IT experience as Katie, and I talk through her top 5 tips leaders should consider if they want to start up and maintain high functioning ProjectManagement Office (PMO) for their organization.* Connect with Katie on LinkedIn at ( you all for listening. It was great to catch up with one of the best leaders I've had in my professional career.* More on Project Management from the KEV Talks Podcast at (* More on the ADKAR change management model from Prosci at (* Have a plan to keep teams aligned* Stay informed with facts, not fear or rumors* Get involved so you can make a differenceGodspeed,Kevin

 Are you Effective or Infective ? Leadership Lessons from Coach Prime | Foundations Friday 81 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:05:18

Deion Sanders or "Prime Time" is one of the greatest Defensive Backs to ever play in the National Football League (NFL). In fact, he was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2011. In addition to being a professional American Football player, Deion Sanders also put in a respectable career in Major League Baseball (MLB).But that's not why we're here today. Instead, we're going to focus on Deion Sanders' (now Coach Prime) positive impact on Jackson State University and the coaches, staff, and players there. Coach Prime leads from the front in the show of the same name on Amazon Prime.Coach Prime's statement, "Are you effective or infective?", the title of this episode, comes from the last episode of the series where Coach Prime puts a vote up to this team and coaching staff to help deal with someone spreading negative vibes throughout the Jackson State University football family.So, hit play and hear more about how this decision went and how we can all benefit from asking ourselves, "Am I being effective or infective?" when leading or part of sports, project, or public safety teams.Remember...* Have a plan to keep teams in sync* Stay informed with facts, not fear* Get involved so you can make a differenceGodspeed,Kevin

 Uncover the Civil War's Hidden Leadership Secrets with JD Baker of OMNA International | KEV Talks #17 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:15:51

In November 2014, I was fortunate to meet JD Baker on the hallowed grounds of Gettysburg National Military Park. JD walked my fellow Public Safety and Incident Management Team (IMT) members and me through leadership decisions made on the same grounds 151 years earlier. This event was called a "staff ride" and was part of the L-580 Leadership is Action course. L-580 is designed to teach senior IMT leaders historical leadership lessons that can be applied in the modern era. This staff ride has had a lasting impact on me personally and professionally ever since.I'm fortunate to have JD Baker as a guest on this episode as we talk about the leaders, decisions, and actions that shaped the Union and Confederate Armies leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg.* Listen to my previous episode on the Battle of Gettysburg at (* Hear JD dive deep into Civil War history with Jocko Willink on the Jocko Podcast at (* Reserve your spot to hear from JD himself by booking a staff ride to Gettysburg or other pivotal locations in American history with OMNA International at ( you for listening, subscribing, and leaving a review. Remember...* Have a plan to keep your teams aligned* Stay informed with facts, not fear or rumors* Get involved so you can make a differenceGodspeed


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