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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.
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?
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.
David Hillson shows how two simple extensions to the standard risk process can bridge the gap between tactics and strategy, ensuring that risk management delivers benefits to the wider organisation. This free Webinar was recorded for the PMI International Development Community of Practice (PMI ID CoP) in March 2012.
View the Webinar here.
David has published an array of books with Gower Publishing, focussing on risk, a full of list of titles can be found here www.gowerpublishing.com/risk-attitude.
I am delighted that the Strategic Planning Society is offering new members an opportunity to receive a free copy of Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez’ The Focused Organization when they sign up. If you have not heard of the Society before or not heard about them for some years, do take a look. They have been completely reinvigorated and, at a time when many organizations are struggling with strategy, they represent a wonderful source of ideas and expertise for members.
Author, Francesc Aragall will be speaking at a variety of events focusing on the HUMBLES method demonstrated in his book, Universal Design. HUMBLES is a seven phase model enabling you to assess your current business strategy and design practices, and make your product or service appealing to all your potential customers.
11/05/2012 – Moscow 4th International Conference – Equal rights, equal opportunities
22/05/2012 – Salamanca University Congress about Ageing
24/05/2012 – Helsinki Cities for All Conference www.ornamo.fi/citiesforallhelsinki
01/06/2012 – Saint Etienne Conference at Ville en Partage
08/06/2012 – Madrid Presentation of the book at CEAPAT Ministry for welfare
15/06/2012 – Paris 5émes assises nationales de l’accessibilité
18/06/2012 – Munich ICE 2012: International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation http://www.ice-conference.org/
If you are attending any of these events and would like to contact Francesc Aragall do say so in the comments, we will help you get in touch.
Having recently been involved in the due diligence phase of an acquisition process Phil Jones discusses his experiences with communication during this uncertain time. Read about it in his April 9th blog post
The Project Management Centre for Excellence at the University of Maryland has recently begun a partnership with PM World Today to launch a new book review program. PM graduate students have been asked to review a number of books from 11 different publishers with 8 books currently underway. In addition, doctoral candidate David Choy, has interviewed the first reviewer; Michael O’Connor, and created a podcast which has kicked off with a candid discussion about Gower author Michael Cavanagh’s new book Second Order Project Management.
This month Dr Lynda Bourne author of Advising Upwards: A Framework for Understanding and Engaging Senior Management Stakeholders talks to Elizabeth Harrin about helping project managers communicate more effectively with executive stakeholders.
Professor Chris Mowles, author of Rethinking Management: Radical insights from the Complexity Sciences has written an opinion piece for Economia on Complexity and Crisis in the Eurozone