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Do you understand what a PMO can and should do for your organisation? Jonathan Norman invites Peter Taylor (The Lazy Project Manager) to tell us about the steady rise in investment in PMOs and what it means for organisations.
In part one Peter, the author of Leading Successful PMOs, discusses getting the balance right in order to make a PMO truely successful. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P_IH9gozow This 8 min section discusses how to build a successful and sustainable PMO.
Part two is a little longer at 12 minutes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiXY5OFxmys and covers how to assess your organisation to see if a PMO is the right direction to take. What drives the need for a PMO, and will it be virtual or temporary, specialist even? Leadership qualities, business culture and the future of PMOs is also discussed.
In a recent article for the Health Service Journal, Douglas Board, author of Choosing Leaders and Choosing to Lead discusses the NHS and how it needs leaders who are curious and ready to take risks - not motivated by fear of failure. Using his expertise within the areas of executive selection and his knowledge of the industry - Douglas offers a thought-provoking insight into the current trends within the NHS today.
You can read Douglas’ article in full, here http://www.hsj.co.uk/5052908.article.
There is a huge amount that business leaders can learn from the military experience; the trouble is that in many cases, the lessons require translation. Bob Garlick’s interview in Business Book Talk with Nicholas Beale (Strategy Consultant) and David Ellery (Foreign Office) really opens up the oppportunity for business leaders to learn from the military and vice-versa. Some readers and listeners may view this confluence of business and battle as evidence of the increasing commercialisation of war but I don’t think this points to that at all; rather it’s the first, rather successful attempt, to distill pragmatic and universal leadership lessons in a langauge that makes them relevant to all. Vice-Admiral Charles Style, Nicholas Beale and David Ellery are the co-editors of In Business and Battle: Strategic Leadership in the Civilian and Military Spheres.
In the first of a four part series for the 2degrees Sustainable Business Network, practicing energy consultant Kit Oung explores carbon reduction strategies using low-cost high-return opportunities and energy management systems.
Kit Oung is the author of Energy Management in Business: A Manager’s Guide to Maximising and Sustaining Energy Reduction – published this month.
On a related issue, we liked this inforgraphic which gives a quick overview of the issues, progress and set-backs of the Kyoto Protocol. For more on C02 reduction, Larry Reynold’s new book The Business Leader’s Guide to the Low-carbon Economy gives advice on how businesses can prosper whilst reducing their carbon footprint.
Further Gower Sustainability and Green Economics titles can be found by following this link.
The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has recognized Gower author Dr Rodney Turner, as an IPMA Honourary Fellow. The honour is granted to those who over a period of many years render exceptional service for IPMA and/or to the practice and theory of Project Management. Candidates for honourary fellowship are nominated by IPMA Member Associations, evaluated and recommended by the IPMA Executive Board, and elected by the Council of Delegates. Gower publishing is proud to publish such a respected industry professional.
Rodney Turner is author, co-author, or editor of: Contracting for Project Management, Managing Web Projects, The Gower Handbook of Project Management , Project-Oriented Leadership , and the forthcoming: The Commercial Management of Projects all published by Gower.
At this November’s Ørdev Developer Conference in Malmö, Sweden, Gower author Elizabeth Harrin presented on: How being customer-centric improves IT success: a case study.
In her session Elizabeth Harrin asked “How can I help you now it is too late?” Harrin argues that the post-implementation review is dead and that instead IT professionals should be looking for continuous feedback and constantly acting in a ‘customer-centric’ way. She presents a new model and shows why project teams and operational IT teams should ask internal customers to score them monthly out of 10. Learn how her organization took customer satisfaction scores from 4 to 10 out of 10 and improved relationships with people throughout the business through the application of this feedback loop.
Elizabeth Harrin is co-author (with Phil Peplow) of Customer-centric Project Management, published by Gower.
The role of President is generally associated with the ‘leader as hero’ tradition and not with what Douglas Long describes as Third Generation Leadership: “a leadership approach that elicits engagement, commitment, and enhanced personal, group, and organisational accountability”. But maybe, just maybe, Barack Obama is in this new mould. There certainly seems to be an appetite for it as Douglas’ book was the ‘most in demand’ title at the recent Frankfurt Bookfair where we received reading copy requests from companies publishing in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Japanese, Korean, Tukish and Russian.
Be inspired by real ‘Culture Builders’
Some incredible leaders and business experts share their experiences and their thoughts about what makes makes a great leader and manager here: http://lnkd.in/WbT2Hy
All these leaders are featured in the book The Culture Builders by Jane Sparrow and published by Gower.
The V&A and The University of Reading are organising an international conference related to the major AHRC project, ‘Giving Voice to the Nation’: the Arts Council of Great Britain and the development of theatre and performance in Britain 1945-1995. This five-year project investigates the relationship between subsidy, policy and practice in the archives of the Arts Council of Great Britain.
The conference and symposia will be held 19-21 July 2012 and is titled Subsidy, Patronage & Sponsorship : Theatre and Performance Culture in Uncertain Times. It will be held at the V&A, and Robert Hewison, author of The Cultural Leadership Handbook, will be speaking at the event.
The conference will be located in the Hochhauser Auditorium in the Sackler Centre for Arts Education at the V&A. It brings together graduate researchers, academic staff, curators, practitioners, and experts on policy and funding to debate the past, present and future of arts funding.
Gower Publishing has come together with FT.COM and exec-appointments.com to offer their subscribers a free chapter from Douglas Board’s new book, Choosing Leaders and Choosing to Lead. Chapter 12 – Field Notes for Candidates, can be read online. If you aren’t already registered on these sites, you can do so for free, to take advantage of this chapter which describes the research, information and scenarios you should consider as a candidate applying for a senior management role.
Douglas’ book, Choosing Leaders and Choosing to Lead is now available from Gower Publishing.