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We were very pleased to see four Gower and one Ashgate book in Evan Carmichael’s Top 40 books for women entrepreneurs. Carmichael runs EvanCarmichael.com, one of the world’s most popular websites for entrepreneurs. At 19, he built then sold a biotech software company. At 22 he was a venture capitalist helping raise between $500,000 and $15 million. His goal is to help 1 billion entrepreneurs. He is regularly interviewed and quoted in The New York Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters etc. He included the following Gower books on his recommended list: Women in Management Worldwide: Progress and Prospects (Davidson/Burke), Father-Daughter Succession in Family Business (Halkias et al) and Female Immigrant Entrepreneurs (Halkias et al) and Diversity Quotas, Diverse Perspectives (Groschl/Takagi) as well as Ashgate title Gender and Communications at Work (Barrett/Davidson).
A few days ago we guided you to a free webinar by Internationally acclaimed risk expert and Gower author David Hillson. On his website you have the opportunity to experience other free full-length training sessions that combine presentation slides with audio. Managing Risk in Projects is one of his latest, each lasts about an hour, and tackles a specific risk topic in detail. We think the webinars offer a great way to learn about a particular subject at your own pace and in your own time. Full details of David’s events, briefings and books can be found at his website .
Gerald Bradley author of Gower’s Benefit Realisation Management recently conducted a webinar for The International Institute of Business Analysis titled – Benefit Realisation Management: A Practical Guide to Achieving Benefits Through Change. You can take a look at this webinar and other expert offerings from the IIBA at their website.
Antonio Nieto Rodriguez is author of The Focused Organization published by Gower, and an expert in strategy execution and project management. He currently works with BNP Paribas as Head of Transversal Portfolio Management. Previously he was Head of Post Merger Integration at Fortis Bank, and Global Lead Practitioner for the Project and Portfolio Management practice at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He is a visiting professor to the MBA courses at Solvay, and Nyenrode Business Schools where he teaches strategy execution and program management; a founder member of the PMI European Corporate Council; and an active speaker and presenter on strategy execution and project portfolio management. Here is his speaker schedule for May/June:
22 May 2012 - ’The Focused Organization at Solvay Business School – Brussels.
13 June 2012 – PMI London Chapter meeting (Thomson Reuters) – London.
19 June 2012 – Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit – London, UK
26 June 2012 – European PMO Symposium 2012 – Berlin
A free case study chapter can be downloaded at: www.gowerpublishing.com/focusedorganization
Gower author Sharon De Mascia will be speaking on Effectively Managing Stress in the Workplace at the Health & Safety: Changing Perceptions Exhibition and Conference in Manchester 6-7 March. It is organised by IOSH the Chartered body for health and safety professionals. Sharon De Mascia is a Chartered Business Psychologist and an HR/HRD professional. She is Prince2 qualified and has 20 years experience of delivering change management and other organisational initiatives across both public and private sectors. She is the author of Project Psychology: Using Psychological Models and Techniques to Create a Successful Project.
A LinkedIn group has recently been formed for Project Sponsors. It has grown to 559 members in two months and has, in the opinion of Gower author David West, the most vibrant discussions of any group he has seen. Some of the topics are now spilling across into the APM group.
A common theme he observes is the availability (or lack of it) of a project sponsor and how detrimental a sponsor’s absence is to a project. Even when project sponsors are present, there seem to be few commentators impressed with their level of project knowledge or ability.
David has written an article on this subject of the Elusive Project Sponsor on Wellingtone’s PM Blog.
David West is author of Project Sponsorship, published by Gower.
In their most recent e-link newsletter, the UK PMI discused the idea of producing a top 10 list of PM books. If you are a member of the UK PMI and have a favourite few that you use when you need to check something out, please let them know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please title your e-mail “Favourite PM book”. They will collate them and produce the PMI UK members top 10. We hope we will see some Gower Project Management titles amongst them! Our expert authors are drawn from the most respected academic institutions and industries worldwide – but here are three Gower classics to get the ball rolling!
Project Management 9thEdition by Dennis Lock, Global Project Management by Jean Binder and Critical Chain by Eli Goldratt:
Which books would you choose?
Most projects have two factors in common i.e. they involve people and they bring about change. These two factors are fundamental to the success of any project yet they are given only scant reference in the ‘models’ of project management.
The psychology of managing people and change is increasingly emerging as a significant success factor in project management. In Wellingtone’s Project Management Blog Sharon De Mascia offers a plan to ensure you pay these factors sufficient attention.
Sharon De Mascia is the Director of a business psychology consultancy by the name of ‘Cognoscenti’. She is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and a member of the Chartered Institute of People and Development. She is also Prince2 qualified. She is a visiting Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University and a Supervisor on the global MBA at Manchester Business School. De Mascia is the author of Project Psychology published by Gower.