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The meaning of urgent

Anyone who’s had the fortune (or misfortune, depending how you look at it) of working with me knows that I cannot stand the use of the acronym ASAP (as soon as possible). I hate it because it leaves the recipient to decide when a task should be delivered.  “I could possibly deliver it after I have completed all my other tasks, not sure exactly when that will be”.  Whereas the word ‘Urgent’ has a definition all of its own. Urgent, according to the Shorter Oxford Dictionary, is an old French word coming from the latin ‘urgere’, meaning ‘demanding or requiring [...]

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Change management is like riding a bike

When was the best time of your career?  I bet it is was when you were doing something you’d never done before?  If this is true, I wonder why it is that we constantly look for people with the right experience to bring about change? I was handed ‘the flow chart of change management’ by a colleague this week, it was from one of the world’s leading management schools.  The first box in the flow process was entitled ‘skills’.  Although skills are important, the one thing I have learned in life is this that when a group of people has [...]

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Working in a virtual team?

Do you work as  part of a virtual team? Do you find it a challenge to keep your team motivated, engaged and focused? If so,  you might be interested to read some tips gathered from 40 experienced project professionals. Last Friday, I had the pleasure to facilitate a workshop about virtual teams at the annual PMI Fair (Project Management  Institute)   in Belgium. The findings were both informative and enlightening. But firstly, did you ever count the  years you have been working in a virtual team? Chances are it’s less  than 10. So perhaps it’s  comforting to consider that we are [...]

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Talking to your car…

When was the last time you spoke to your car and what did it answer back?  I talk to mine nearly every day; asking it to phone someone or to guide me to an address.  My car doesn’t always understand me, especially when I forget to speak in an accent it understands, i.e. English phonetics.  Nonetheless, the process is fairly efficient and helps me keep my eyes on the road and my hands on the wheel. Although speech technology in cars has been around since the early 80’s, it never really caught on.  It appears that us humans don’t like [...]

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The Perfect company

Recently, I was working as a change manager on a gigantic roll out project for a massive multinational.  Everything was exactly as it should be.  When the business had an idea they spontaneously reached out to their IT colleagues to seek advice and support.  And when the IT team hit a technical problem the business was always there to help them. The senior managers too, were very supportive, asking how they could lend a hand. Everywhere I went, people understood the problem that our project was solving and the benefits of solving it. The communication department were fantastic, they anticipated [...]

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