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It’s the boss who’s the problem

What if it’s the boss who’s the problem? And what if you are the boss? Well I’ve got good news for you! All in my 40 years in business I have never yet met the perfect boss.  I have worked with some pretty awful ones and with one or two great ones too, but never the perfect one.  This week I am preparing a two-day lecture workshop on innovation and leadership and in doing so, I find myself reflecting on leadership styles and their impact on creativity and innovation in the workplace. It’s very easy to blame a lack of [...]

2018-04-16T06:28:17+00:00 0 Comments

Collaboration

I was in Paris this week, facilitating a one-day in-house company meeting based around the theme of ‘Collaboration’. When I run these events, the concept I tend to use is to share a thought, or even an opinion or two with the audience and then to have them challenge it for themselves, capturing their findings in a fast moving an interactive way. Usually I do not expect to learn much for myself from these events but this time I did. Towards the end of the day, the five-time world champion and Olympic medallist, Jason Lamy-Chappuis was invited to share his [...]

2018-04-07T06:21:45+00:00 0 Comments

Articulate young adults

Yesterday in Tallahassee several young adults voiced their opinions over the recent mass shootings in the US.  I listened in live on the BBC World service. What surprised me most was the breadth and depth of their arguments. Emotionally charged, as one would expect from people who have just seen several of their classmates gunned down, but eloquent; concise and challenging all the arguments that their opponents might fire at them.  It was a masterclass in anticipation of contrary arguments and winning them, not just emotionally but on the interpretation of the law and scientifically too However, as any experienced [...]

2018-02-22T11:02:07+00:00 0 Comments

I am so happy right now!

In these past few days, the things that I have been working on for a long time now have slowly begun to come together. It’s as if their progress has been in sync with the blooming of the Amaryllis bulbs I gave my mother for Christmas.  The realisation of a project, like the flowering of a plant can bring such joy. And now that the days are getting longer there is even evidence, in this rain-soaked country, that Spring is not so far away. Yesterday, I worked with a team in Germany that were going through some serious changes in [...]

2018-02-15T13:40:01+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