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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

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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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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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Are you brave enough to empower your team?

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Micro-management is the complete opposite of leadership. Micro-managers seek to control every detail of how tasks are done, how the team performs, and what the team’s outputs look like. It’s also an anathema to any true leader. A true leader

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The project management ‘sweetspot’

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If you have ever hit a cricket ball for four runs, smashed a drive down the middle of a fairway or lashed a passing shot down the line in a tennis match you’ll understand what it means to find your

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The art of delegation

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Most projects, even large ones, start out quite small. When the project is just an idea and you are developing the project brief, project request, terms of reference or whatever that first document is that signifies the birth of your

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Resolving project problems – where to start

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Maybe you’re behind schedule or over budget. Perhaps there are some key issues turning your status Red. Or it might be the sponsor or steering committee are just unhappy with the way things seem to be going. Whatever the reason,

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