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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 Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez is one of the speakers who has recorded a podcast for ca technologies’ Global IT Illuminaries ’12, a virtual event featuring IT innovators. Nieto-Rodriguez who is Professor of Project Management at the Solvay Business School and Head of Portfolio Management at BNP Paribas Fortis, is speaking on Selling Project Portfolio Management to the C-Suite. This 24hr virtual event is on 29th February – for further information and to register click here.
Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez is author of the forthcoming Gower title: The Focused Organization: How Concentrating on a Few Key Initiatives Can Dramatically Improve Strategy Execution.
In this video, Gower author, Phil Jones, talks about Harry Lasker, one of the unsung heroes behind the development of the Kaplan and Norton Scorecard. Harry joined Bob Kaplan and David Norton from the children’s television program, Sesame Street, and when he joined the Balanced Scorecard team he brought the ideas of cognitive learning processes to organisational learning. More importantly the fourth perspective was called “Learning and growth” to reflect this aspect of their thinking.
At what stage in the process do commercial projects go wrong? Some of the worst problems (unrealistic objectives, faulty assumptions, and poorly understood constraints) are ‘programmed in’ at conception when the bid is written, long before the project manager is brought on board. If the bid is misconceived, no amount of clever project management is going to recover the situation. Getting the bid right is the essence of planning for project success, the main theme of David’s book.
Peter Taylor is the author of the forthcoming Gower titles Project Branding and Leading Successful PMOs. David Cleden is author of Bid Writing for Project Managers and Managing Project Uncertainty which is part of Gower’s respected Advances in Project Management Series, edited by Professor Darren Dalcher.
The Portfolio Management Summit 2011 is being held at The Hotel Intercontinental in Sao Conrado, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on the 4th, 5th and 6th of October. It will be an opportunity to meet decision-makers from companies in search of information, knowledge and solutions for maximising the value of their Projects. A keynote speaker is Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, Professor in Strategic Business Management and Head of Transversal Portfolio Management, and author of the forthcoming Gower book The Focused Organization.
“Innovation is not a process, but an outcome.”
The Forbes Leadership Forum brings renowned speakers and thought leaders who discuss their leadership strategies. As a speaker at the Forum, Gower Author Alexander Manu was interviewed by Shaku Selvakumar for the IBM Impact 2011 Blog. In this interview Manu discusses in-depth the concepts of Imagination and Innovation in business Extract:
The redefinition of innovation as a human behaviour outcome, a dynamic in constant change, requires the shaping of new responses in business and the economy.
The past understanding of what innovation “is”, was generally connected with a breakthrough in technology – some new tool being employed in some new way. This understanding limits the potential of innovation as bound by the tools employed, instead of the imagination employing them. The latent imagination triggered by an innovation outcome is the true goal of innovation. It is not what “I can do with this now”? but “what can I become doing this in the future”? The tool is not a response, but a question. Every innovation is a question. The truly important innovations are a series of questions.
A few definitions: Innovation is an outcome, a new behaviour, a new way of doing things. Disruption is a behavior – an outcome involving a media and a user – changed by invention. Invention is a moment of discovery or creation of something new. Disruptive Business means the sum of new behaviours and their support models. Innovation is a moment of use, a manifest behaviour that engages an innovation object into new uses, and modifies the habitual conditions of the present.
This position challenges the current understanding of innovation, and some of the labels applied to innovation typologies, such as the label “disruptive innovation”. In general, the current discourse around innovation addresses competently the technology side of an invention, at the expense of the motivational side of the user, the human motivation which leads in the behaviour of use.
Alexander Manu is Chief Imaginator and Senior Partner at InnoSpa. He is the author of Distruptive Business: Desire, Innovation and the Re-design of Business published by Gower.
Most companies will argue that they are already well versed in “working with others”, however the presenters of this webinar are seeing a fundamental shift taking place. They are seeing companies recognise the need to collaborate and cooperate with external parties on the more innovative and research-oriented parts of their business in order to stay competitive.
In this IAM Perspectives Webinar Gower author Donal O’Connell will define Open Innovation and discuss the challenges, players, metrics and approaches involved. He’ll also introduce an Open Innovation Tool Kit that can help IP owners get started with a successful strategy to encourage open innovation in their IP practices.
The webinar will last approximately 45 minutes followed by Q&A.
Speaker: Donal O’Connell, Managing Director at Chawton Innovation Services and former VP of R&D and Director of IP at Nokia
Date: Wednesday, August 10th at 10AM ET, 15:00h UK time, 16:00h CET
If interested, you can register for the webinar at …
Donal O’Connell is author of Harvesting External Innovation published by Gower.
Following the APM Project Management Conference 2010 Delivering the Future in Partnership, the APM Project Management Conference 2011 aims to issue a ‘call to action’ and address the challenges of a new world by defining a new kind of project management.
“New world, new project management looks at how the profession will rise to the challenges of the new world – climate change, technological advances, globalisation, social networks, public health, security and economic regeneration and growth. The challenges require fundamentally new ways of making sense and shaping a world we neither control, nor fully understand” writes Professor Darren Dalcher (Editor of Gower’s Fundamentals of Project Management and Advances in Project Management Series’) in his APM blog.
The APM Project Management Conference is an interactive forum bringing together project professionals and decision makers from across the public and private sectors. Date: Thursday 20th October 2011. Venue: The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4SD.