High Performance Culture

4 steps to a high performance culture


What’s going on in companies that are creating and sustaining great cultures? We love Leo Tolstoy’s quote in Anna Karenina; “All happy families are alike, while each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”. You can read into this that high performing organisations share some similar characteristics, even if they have not gone about creating them in the same way.

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Why change fails - the people perspective.

Why change fails – the people perspective

Many surveys show that the ability to execute transformational change is not improving.  In these surveys, the issues noted 20 years ago for the lack of change success, are still quoted. The survey results are so consistent, some consulting firms use them as a marketing tool. They encourage you to complete their free survey of your transformational change projects. Safe in the knowledge it will deliver lots of room for improvement!

If professional people can understand why change fails, then life must get easier…discuss!

Our business lives have become more pressured over recent years. Computing and telecommunications improvements have a lot to answer for.  The smart phone has led to instantaneous communications wherever you are in the world.  Before that, email led to more interpersonal (and impersonal) communications than ever. We ask more questions than would have either mattered or been answered before. Thanks to increased computing power and complex software.

A little test; Rank the following 5 statements in the order that they apply to you;

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Change Fatigue, the Frog and the Elephant

Change fatigue, kissing frogs and eating elephants

You have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince (why is it never a princess?).  This is the same with change in a lot of organisations – you have to make a lot of changes to get to your optimal position, some will be successful and others won’t and change fatigue is often the result. Sad really that we continually flog ourselves in our business lives to get to a position of ‘optimality’, but achieving this is often a meandering slog.

And worse – we’re never sure when we’ve kissed enough frogs and found enough princes/princesses to achieve our goal – perhaps you can never have enough, perhaps we don’t know what our goal is, or someone keeps moving the goalposts?

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Project Failure

Debunking the myth of project failure

Astute business leaders like to review project development and the causes of project failure. They want to understand what is going wrong and how to fix it. Academic research shows that 68% of all projects fail.  McKinsey state that 17% of these projects fail so badly that the future of the company’s existence is threatened. What is not understood is that the data is from companies spending more than $15 million dollars on projects intended to reshape the company.  Such projects are hugely complex and vulnerable to many cultural and market forces. A massive myth has therefore grown up around project failure.

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5 Project Management Pitfalls and what you can do about them

The Nature Of Common Project Management Pitfalls

The 5 most common project management pitfalls are ‘adaptive’ in nature.  They are all to do with how people interact with each other during the life of a project. Rarely are they to do with the ‘technical’ aspects of the project.  This is why  we developed our People Based Project Management approach over 15 years ago.  We wanted to combat what we saw as the overly-technical focus of the projects we worked in. If anything, our work with project mangers is telling us that the need for a people-centric approach is greater now than ever!

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