#60. High Performance Teams

A former US Marine/Special Ops commander, the co-founders of Leadership Techniques International, and the director/coach of the offshore sailing team at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis talk about what it takes to lead highly effective, high-performing teams.

Project management is not for the faint of heart! Courage, selflessness, and dedication to the well-being of the team are some of the qualities needed to lead a truly high-performing team. Everyone needs to be 100% engaged in the endeavor. Bring your team to the table and let them have their say. If you really want to up your PM game, this episode is inspiring as well as practical.

Use the following information in PMI’s CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast:

CCRS 4634
Title:  60. High-Performance Teams
ID#:  PMPOV0060    
PDU Claim Code: 4634EBDJTZ
Release Date:  03/21/2019
PDUs: 1
Triangle: “Leadership”
Length:  1 hour

About The Speakers


Jahn Tihansky


Jahn Tihansky has carved out a successful career in the marine industry including manufacturing, sales, consulting and education.  He started two companies - a manufacturing entity based in Florida in 1985, and then an on-water education program based in Maryland in 1993.  There he developed recreational courses, as well as team-building programs for corporate clients including Northrup-Grumman, Marriott, Pfizer and Coca-Cola.
In 2005 he became Director/Head Coach of the Offshore Sailing Team at the United States Naval Academy. His program’s objectives include developing leadership and teamwork skills. During his tenure, his team has won four national championships along with numerous other prestigious ocean racing trophies.

Mr. David B. Newman, PMP, PMI-ACP, SPHR, ITIL

Leadership Techniques, LLC

David B. Newman, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, SPHR is a co-founder and principal of Leadership Techniques, LLC, a small business that offers customizable leadership and project management training and consulting targeted to specific audiences. David is a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional (PMP)® with over 30 years of experience. He holds a Master’s degree in Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University as well as the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)® credential.

David has a diversified background in engineering and product development, is a certified trainer for leadership seminars, and loves to share his experience and extensive background with others. Project teams have excelled under his leadership as he has emphasized that the key to building a high performance team is to integrate management skills with a collaborative philosophy to influence and motivate teams. David has been selected to present multiple courses for PMI SeminarsWorld®, a series of professional seminars, which are held annually in various cities throughout the United States and internationally.

Ms. Lisa Hammer, PMP

Leadership Techniques, LLC

Lisa Hammer has more than 30 years of experience, specializing in project management and staff development for both large and small firms. She has managed the implementation of several multi-million dollar programs, which included coordination of staff, consultants and subcontractors to achieve client goals while maintaining budget and cost controls across all activities. Her executive career has been highlighted by a broad range of qualifications, including proven leadership and analytical skills, collaboration with outside groups, along with a reputation for accountability, flexibility, and resourcefulness.

Lisa continues to be a Project Management practitioner, working with clients to improve their ability to execute against demanding deliverables in dynamic environments. Her client base includes many state and local agencies, non-profits and as well as public and private companies. Lisa understands that people who are satisfied with their employment experience are more engaged, which leads to improved quality, productivity and happiness. Her passion for professionalism shines through in her presentations on a wide range of project management topics. Using her broad and in-depth field experience she not only stands behind her training, she expects success!

Lisa has been selected to present multiple courses for PMI SeminarsWorld®, a series of professional seminars, which are held annually in various cities throughout the United States and internationally.

Colonel Steve Corcoran


Colonel Steve Corcoran retired from the United States Marine Corps after 28 years of active service. Commanding at every level in the most austere and challenging environments, he successfully led the nations finest and was recognized for distinguished service in combat and peacetime. 

Steve has been the Chief of Cyber Strategy for the Telos Corporation since retiring, successfully taking his leadership knowledge from the Marine Corps, National Outdoor Leadership School into a corporate environment as well as continuing to serve and mentor other veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce. With a strong passion for serving veterans, he sits on the board of directors for Warriors At Ease.

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