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Wise words – the change challenges in the post-Brexit VUCA world?

Challenges and Solutions

Challenges come at us from every direction, all the time.  Faced with a challenge this week at school, my daughter said the above to my wife who duly noted it down. We thought it was a really mature and smart way of looking at things. I found the piece of paper last night.

Not wishing to sound political, I woke this morning to the shock of a Leave vote. Selfish concerns aside, driving into the office I reflected on the implications for the projects world (in the broadest sense) of this momentous change. Here are some immediate thoughts on the challenges ahead, for what they are worth.  Building on my daughters wise words – there are always solutions. Would love to hear what you think the implications will be whether you are in the project / programme / portfolio / transformation / change world or not. Here goes: Read more

Know What You Can Change - Circle Of Influence

The Circle Of Influence

Do you get stressed out worrying about things you can’t control? Or do you tend to stay energized and focus on things that you can influence?  Stephen Covey explains the habit of being proactive (the first of his seven habits of highly effective people) with what he calls the circle of concern and the circle of influence.

Your life doesn’t just “happen”. Whether you know it or not, it is designed by you through the choices you make. The choices are, after all, yours. You choose happiness. You choose sadness. You choose ambivalence. You choose success. You choose failure. You choose courage. You choose fear. Just remember that every moment, every situation, provides a new choice. And in doing so, it gives you a perfect opportunity to choose to do things differently and produce different, more positive results.

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Native American Storyteller

Creating and sustaining culture, a story at a time

After the Chief, in Native American culture the next most important person was the Storyteller. Trusted with the history, myths and spiritual lifeblood of the tribe, they used stories to illustrate what had made them great. Lessons in leadership, honour, love and tragedy were all conveyed through these, creating and sustaining culture over centuries.

If you claim to be innovators or profess to having a no-blame culture; when reality really matches the rhetoric… it builds your culture. Stories like this that I found on mbiconcepts.com build culture…

IBM had survived The Great Depression. Gambling on a post war boom, President, Thomas J Watson Sr. had maintained IBM’s employment levels throughout increasing inventories when there was little demand. Excess machinery and parts crowded basements and filled every nook-and-cranny of the company.

Some on the board of directors, because of this, were lobbying to remove him as IBM’s President.

Thomas needed these inventories sold.

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Vision Strategy Leadership

Bringing Vision and Strategy to Life

Far too many vision statements and accompanying strategy presentations put people to sleep. Leaders find them difficult to present and participants find them even more difficult to listen to. They are full of corporate and management speak that fails to engage the heart as well as the head of the people they are developed by and for. Enough of this nonsense. This annual ritual has to stop.

What people want to hear is their leaders describing the future in a way that gives them the confidence that the future will be better than today Read more

3 Leadership Skills Project Managers Need

3 Leadership Skills Project Managers Need

Why do project managers need these 3 leadership skills?  Simply put – all managers lead projects at some stage of their career.

Some managers lead and take part in projects as their ‘day job’, and the list of skills needed to succeed is long and can be daunting. I am therefore focusing on three, less obvious and most critical leadership skills project managers need to practice and hone.

Leadership Skill Number 1: Imagineering

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