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Motivation – will you read this?

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Just the thought of a 50 slide deck on motivation demotivates me – how about you? Motivation is a very personal thing. What might motivate me to do something could leave you without the slightest inclination to do it. Two

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Projects without people

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What a lovely thought. No changes to requirements. Do late delivery. Nobody saying you can’t do that. But could you have projects without people? Projects are delivered by people, for people and impacting people. So you can’t get away from

Posted in Communications, Leadership, People skills

Who has accountability for project reporting

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It was an important monthly meeting. The one where we track progress against the objectives of the portfolios the firm was trying to deliver.   But one of the portfolio managers was busy. He couldn’t spare the time. So he

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Wiifm – the magic sauce in project management

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One pf my core project management beliefs is that project management is all about people. Projects are delivered by people, for people and impacting people. You can know the processes and methods inside-out but if you ignore the people side

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Posted in Communications, Leadership, Stakeholder management

Maximising team performance

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What does it take to maximise the project team performance? In the short term there are a number of factors that can come in to play with varying degrees of success depending on how often they are used and how

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Does your environment allow open and honest communication

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There are some bosses who just don’t like to hear the truth. They only want to hear good news. They don’t want to deal with any problems. Could this be your boss….. DILBERT © 2015 Scott Adams. Used By permission

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Bring me solutions not problems: leadership vs management

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Leadership is something that many organisations lack. In many larger organisations there will be pockets of leadership, but often it is inconsistent. For small companies, particularly those run by owner managers, leadership often requires a degree of bravery. You see,

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Goal setting – don’t target mediocrity

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It’s that time of year when performance objectives are reviewed at the half-way point through the year. It’s a frustrating time for a number of reasons. Most people have too many objectives and they are shoehorned into a corporate structure

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Posted in Leadership, Personal development, Team building

Project managers – how to hire

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My first experience of managing a project was of the accidental kind. I was given the project to run as a side-line of my day job running an accounts team. I had to implement an accounting system, replacing the manual

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People are ‘buggy’

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Whether you are running a one man project, a £100m programme or running your own business, you will have to interact with people. Whether it is to buy something, market what you are doing, gather the requirements or deliver the

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