Team Effectiveness

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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

Mastermind

I wonder what the word ‘Mastermind’ means to you? For some it may bring back memories of placing coloured pegs into round holes, to break codes. For others, it might be a TV quiz show. For me however, it means something completely different. Imagine you have an important problem, the classic approach to solving it is to find a colleague or friend to turn to for advice. Although this trusted method can work, for complex problems there is a much better way – one that only takes an hour to kick off.  We at Bayard call it ‘Mastermind’ but other [...]

2017-11-28T09:22:09+00:00 0 Comments

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 [...]

2017-11-14T08:04:31+00:00 0 Comments

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 [...]

2017-10-14T08:56:13+00:00 0 Comments