Monthly Archives: January 2018

//January

Big decisions

What was the last big decision you made?  I mean really big.  Did you decide to hand in your notice at work without a job to go to, or perhaps shut down a company or set up a new one? Perhaps you sacked a much-respected employee, turned informant, or left your partner, maybe you decided to put a loved one in a home? Whatever it was, I am sure you remember clearly the emotions you went through to take it and how all your options towered over you as if they were a matter of life and death. Perhaps the [...]

2018-01-31T14:16:02+00:00 0 Comments

I don’t like Freelancers

To put it in perspective, I don’t like the term “Freelance”. Too many people incorrectly interpret this as “a not-loyal job-hopper that will leave as soon as a better offer pops up.” I much more prefer the term “Independent Contractor.” Contrary to what is thought, a Contractor needs to have a very high level of loyalty towards the customer. The Contractor is there to solve a specific problem and needs to deliver the highest quality possible. In case of any lapse in performance, the assignment can quickly be terminated. This is not usually the case with employee contracts in most [...]

2018-01-29T16:51:36+00:00 0 Comments

Three ways of running your project

In my previous blog I discussed the Project Manager Octagon. Simply put: the project management Control Triangle (Cost, Time, Scope) is by itself subject to external factors that are grouped in the Influencer Pentagon (Customer, Stakeholders, Risks, Quality, Resources). Controlling the Influencer Pentagon is done by a balanced use of the Control Triangle. Tasks are added to the project, a budget for executing these tasks must be approved, and tasks are planned in time.  So far, the project manager seems to have the project pretty well under control, isn’t it? But is this really the case? Well, only in part, [...]

2018-01-28T09:14:24+00:00 1 Comment

Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be!

I remember laughing out loud to this joke. Although it was more than forty years ago, it’s as if it were yesterday. I remember the place and person who first told it to me. And although I do not laugh out loud at it anymore, it still makes me smile. Recently I have been spending my evenings, not watching TV, or on social media but sitting in front of the fire reading Yuval Noah Harari’s excellent book ‘Sapiens’.  And although the writing at times is a bit loose (perhaps the translation) and one feels he jumps too far in his [...]

2018-01-24T18:26:42+00:00 0 Comments

Even Federer has a coach!

No one seems to act surprised when they hear that one of the best tennis players of all time admits that he has a coach and not just one but several!  Most top professional tennis players have strategy coaches, psychological coaches, forehand and backhand coaches, you name it they’ll have a whole entourage of experts and personal advisors to get them to the very top of their game and to keep them there. So why don’t we? It is not unusual for people on my trainings (even very experienced leaders) to say to me “why didn’t anyone tell me before, [...]

2018-01-16T10:39:14+00:00 0 Comments