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Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez’ article in PM World Journal is a fascinating insight into why senior managers tend to ignore project management. I won’t steal his thunder – read the article, it is an interesting perspective; whilst it may feel somewhat depressing I think there is plenty of evidence that things are changing. Antonio is author of The Focused Organization: How Concentrating on a Few Key Initiatives Can Dramatically Improve Strategy Execution.
As Iain Adams explains in his recent article on Jane Sparrow’s new book, The Culture Builders, the one subject ‘big bosses’ are asking internal communicators more about these days is how to achieve a high performing culture in the business. Iain praises Jane on her expertise, experience and the valuable information she puts forward in her book; relevant to all communicators in any organisation.
To read Iain’s full article visit
Bob Says “I chat with Eric regarding this amazing business resource book. Eric helped organize and heard an assortment of business specialists that have done him proud. Not only is this book easy to read the ‘Solutions’ that business owners and managers will need on a daily bases are easy to find. This book is destined to become a key resource for business people who take their jobs seriously.” Listen to the interview here.
And the CMI agrees with him ‘Solutions’ has been shortlisted for a CMI Management Book of the Year Award (in the ‘New Managers’ section) the shortlisted and winning books are all considered ‘Management Gold’ by CMI. Winner to be announced in January 2013.
The authors of Corporate Art Collections, co-published by our sister imprint Lund Humphries and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, demonstrate that corporate art collecting is alive and well, despite rumors to the contrary. An art collection can form an integral part of the cultural policy of any business, large or small, and can serve as an investment or asset diversification as well. Corporate Art Collections explores the collecting practices of international firms, including JPMorganChase, Monsoon and Progressive Insurance, and also provides tips on starting a collection.
Is it time for your firm to start or expand an art collection?
Jonathan Whelan’s article on the British Computer Society website Business Architecture and the Management of Change is very clear on the need for a collaborative working strategy between architects and change agents. To many of us, that seems like just good, common sense but in a context that is often heavy with politics and power struggles, it cannot be repeated often enough. Exactly where the boundaries are between these two functions can develop through practice and should probably be situational to a given project; the main thing is that without them both pulling together, your organisation will go around in circles. Jonathan Whelan is co-author of Business Architecture.
There are lots of reasons why projects can go off the rails but shortcomings in the project steering group can be one of the most fundamental. Elizabeth Harrin’s short piece ‘Who’s in Charge Here?‘ highlights four common problems and suggests some practical solutions. Elizabeth Harrin is co-author of Customer Centric Project Management out next month from Gower.
Last month, Gower Author Penny Pullen spoke at the Gantthead virtual conference, PMXPO. For those of you who would like the opportunity to see this – it is an audio-visual presentation (around half an hour) followed by questions and answers. The topic is around making projects work through facilitating risk management. You can register here for the replay.
Penny Pullan is co-author of A Short Guide To Facilitating Risk Management published by Gower.
Penny Pullan, co-author of Gower’s A Short Guide to Facilitating Risk Management is one of the experts being interviewed this week at the Leader’s Employee Engagement Conference (18-22 June), so be quick don’t miss anymore of this great free event.
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You will learn:
- How to drive Productivity and deliver Bottom Line Results
- How to attract and keep Top Talent
- How to inspire your Employees to go the Extra Mile, every day
- The Key Factors to increase Customer Loyalty
- 5 essential Drivers to keep your Employees happily performing, now & for years to come