If you grew up with Monty Python, you will be familiar with the expression ‘no-one expected the Spanish Inquisition’! For me, and I suspect for a great many, the successful Brexit vote to leave the EU was just as unexpected. In other words a Black Swan event. There is a theory that people have psychological biases that […]
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Be more creative? Only arty people can do that. Right? Wrong! Anyone can be more creative Having worked with hundreds of people over many years, I have often been told this, but have yet to meet anyone who can’t be more creative! With the right support, tools and encouragement, anyone can be more creative. Your […]
You know how it is; you carefully plan your trip, select the appropriate clothing for your trip and pack light. Then you arrive and find that the climate has changed, and you no longer have the right clothes. You can no more rely on your business environment staying the same than you can the weather. […]
Catastrophe avoided! I was reading an article today by Daniel Priestley about his experience of running a Catastrophe Report. It all sounds very good, but it still relies on your team knowing the processes and ‘pinch’ points. These can often be very helpful and are fun to do, but often miss critical risks. It occurred […]
What the difference between Leadership and Management? It’s often said, that a leader does the right thing, while a Manager does things right. Does a Manager need to be a Leader then? In our current times of rapid technical and social change, both inside and outside organisations, managers need to be effective change managers. To […]
UK Government pays 50% of the cost of using a Consultant!
I’m pleased to confirm that I have been approved to provide support under the new government grant ‘Growth Vouchers’. This will pay up to £2000 towards business advice, which you have to match. You can only use this with approved advisers. This is available to any small business with less than 50 employees and who has not paid for business advice in the past 3 years.
Effective Managers take time to review what is going well and what could be improved going forward without assigning blame. They know that assigning blame kills motivation and shuts down the improvement process. They also know that a simple and sincere ‘thankyou’ to individuals in the team makes all the difference. For more about this […]
Effective Managers will know what the wider business priorities are, and will be able to judge whether an ‘urgent’ request is actually important, or whether it can wait. And be able to manage those who can’t tell the difference. For more about this habit and to read my book about the 7 Habits of an […]
Effective Project Managers seek to understand the motivation and skills of every individual in their team. They create teams that make the most of these individuals and create an atmosphere of mutual trust and understanding.
Many projects fail because the Project Manager cannot flex their plans to account for changing business priorities. Effective project managers listen to the business, ask questions to clarify whether the changes are business driven and then agree the impact accordingly. Effective Project Managers spend time walking in the businesses shoes. Some Project Managers believe that […]
Projects can often be a warzone as the project manager tries to hold onto the plan at all costs against the enemy project sponsors and scope creeps! Many of us derive our self worth on the basis of what we win. The trouble is that a winner means there is also a loser.
Effective Project Managers spend time and effort to understand what is important and plan accordingly. Effective project managers know that early success in a project builds confidence in everyone involved. Effective project managers know that a coherent approach to change management can make the difference between project success and project failure.
All project managers define goals, but effective project managers make sure these are defined clearly and that they understand them unambigously at every level. They make sure they don’t just understand the words, but the meaning and impact of the goals and what the results should be for the business.
You could start by…
When I started out as a Project Manager, long, long ago (before Prince 2 was invented) me and my fellow Project Managers would wait patiently for instructions from the business as to what they wanted me to do. One of our greatest frustrations was…
Over the next few days, I’ll be blogging on the 7 Habits of an Effective Project Manager. These are based on my accumulated experience as a Project Manager, Programme Manager and manager of other Project Managers over the past 30 years or so.
Big companies generally have more resources for Innovation, but smaller companies can still learn from what they do. Here are some ideas from the most Innovative, based on a recent BCG (Boston Consulting Group) survey of 1,070 senior executives to find the worlds most Innovative companies.
Business innovation is a vital ingredient in raising the productivity, competitiveness and growth potential of modern economies. Essentially, Innovation is the successful exploitation of new ideas. These can be ideas for products, services or processes. It includes both radical new ideas and incremental changes to existing ones. All businesses can, and should, innovate.
Apart from punching him, that is.
Just as you get your project moving along nicely, along comes that nasty person called the scope creep. He (or she) isn’t happy with the project scope you painstakingly agreed at the start of the project, and now wants to change something. It doesn’t matter that you might have to undo something you’ve already agreed to do, it’s ‘just a little change’ they say.