I suggest that whilst you certainly want everyone working in your organization to be emotionally invested in what they are doing, you nevertheless want them to be using their head and not their heart when it comes to decisions. This cautionary tale from Lev Virine and Michael Trumper’s award-winning book, ProjectThink: Why Good Managers Make Poor Project Choices illustrates the point very effectively.
Projects do run into difficulties from time-to-time, that’s the nature of projects and you shouldn’t be surprised. Indeed, as Elmar Kutsch, Mark Hall and Neil Turner illustrate in their great new book Project Resilience, you may not be able to predict a crisis but you can very likely predict how people will respond.
It is within your control to ensure any document going out from the Government side of the process is well-structured and internally consistent. Insist on it. It is regrettably common to see a specification document which has been prepared by lumping together the inputs from a variety of subject matter experts without any technical challenge or editorial input.
It’s easy to imagine Apple announcing the launch of its new market offering: a mobile car/office that is printed to …
How can you know if you are competent to perform in your role? Many professional organisations produce competence frameworks which attempt to answer this question. Unfortunately most of these frameworks are limited to assessing what you know or what you can do. But knowledge and skills are only two of the elements which are required for a person to be competent in a role.
Authenticity is the buzz management term of the decade, but what does it mean and how is it related to project management? Kevin Ruck and Ann Pilkington explore the way that leaders are expected to be more authentic today and what the benefits are, focusing on one core element of authentic leadership: relational orientation.
In their new book Dr Harald S. Harung and Dr Fredrick Travis say: “Find a comfortable chair and begin an …
You need to start planning ahead for the rebid almost before the euphoria of a successful bid has worn off. Nigel Thacker offers plenty of sensible advice about sustaining competitive contracts in his book Winning Your Rebid: How to Retain Contracts Through Successful Competitive Rebids.
With many large project organizations facing the retirement of large numbers of their most experienced, senior staff in the next few years the baby boomers, it raises the question of the extent to which experience can be communicated.
The digital revolution is everywhere, transforming how we interact with others. The cyberconnected world of work and play brings with it …