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Systems & processes for “Interesting Times”

No matter what your political views it seems clear that 2017 will pose some interesting challenges for businesses in general and smaller ones in particular. Whether it is fluctuating exchange rates, uncertainty about Brexit, the possible resurgence of a cold … Continue reading

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Change …. are you ready?

Change is something that is often resisted or delayed in an organisation until there is no alternative.  When change is started, most of the effort is usually spent  thinking or designing what the change is to lead to.  Preparation therefore is often at … Continue reading

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Fertiliser & Communication

As organisations grow the once familial group starts to divide up into departments.  This makes perfect sense for structuring regular work, however they do form their own familial groups which can impede communication particularly in times of change. A friend … Continue reading

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When is Experience is a Disadvantage

Over recent years more and more clients have been telling me that they are seeking consultants with substantial experience in their business sector.  In many ways this is understandable, and even sensible, particularly if  the client is looking for help … Continue reading

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The Power and Danger of Stories

Talking to a friend recently we discussed the value of stories in communicating and marketing strategy and indeed its use in change management is, although there is a dark side to stories. The power of stories in a strategic or … Continue reading

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People like Sprinting to finish projects faster

One of the challenges of a project manager is to keep the project on time, and the weapon of choice is usually the project meeting.  I confess I have been to some mind numbing project meetings which review all the … Continue reading

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Why individuals make or break change projects

I was at a business services launch over breakfast a couple of weeks ago  – a couple of hundred people and quite good bacon rolls. I talked with a couple of dozen people and was surprised by the number whose … Continue reading

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The Plan – be Agile

So far in this series of blogs we have taken the definition of the project goal for granted and  looked instead at the start up of a project; understanding where the project is starting from and how to gauge progress … Continue reading

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You cannot manage what you cannot measure…

In the last few blogs we have tried to give some insight into the starting point of a change or transformation project and also some ideas on how to get under the skin of the organisation and understand what is … Continue reading

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“What have you got on today..” the office equivalent of “Management by Walking About”

A recent post was about why business projects, especially business change projects, fail when there is so much written about how to make them work. In my view one of the major problems is that studies report over 60% of … Continue reading

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