PMO Perspectives Blog

What Makes Organisations Fail to Execute Their Strategy?

I recently asked an executive where their organisation would be in 2 years’ time. After some tapping on their laptop, they proudly showed me their new corporate webpages, proclaiming their ‘strategy’, ‘vision’ and ‘mission’ statements.[1] So far so good – we’re halfway there. All we need to do now is execute that strategy! Presumably, it will just happen now that senior management have expressed the strategic direction? Maybe by some ...

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Scheduling and Cost Control in a Complex Environment

The recent UK Government’s enquiry into the management of major projects was cut short by world events, but the interim report and oral evidence make for interesting reading.[1] Experts involved included respected consultants and also academics such as Professor Flyvbjerg, from the Major Programme Management Department at Saïd Business School, Oxford. In short, experienced, but above all evidence-based experts. Unsurprisingly the variables under discussion were cost, schedule and benefits. Professor ...

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Curiosity is the New Normal

More and more adults probably feel like children in a complex business world that doesn’t look like anything we’ve seen before. Like children, we try to make sense of the surrounding world and the best way to do this is with a sense of curiosity. This curiosity is what allows us to gather information, try new things, and adapt our execution based on the situation. Before looking at our new ...

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Seven Aspects of Project Risk in 2020

Ahead of its January meeting in Davos, the World Economic Forum published its Global Risks Report 2020, based on the input of 750 experts and outlining the biggest risks faced by economies over the next 10 years[1]. Infectious disease was ranked as 10th biggest risk in terms of impact, and didn’t figure at all in the top ten by likelihood. And if the WEF didn’t see a risk coming, then ...

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Four tips on how to be an adaptive leader during complex times

Jonathan Gilbert

There is no doubt that we are in turbulent, complex times. Even before Covid-19 the demand on our leaders to think, work and behave differently were apparent. In response, Strategy Execution, now part of Korn Ferry, and Duke Corporate Education teamed up to develop the Adaptive Strategic Execution Program (ASEP) to provide a holistic transformative learning journey to enable leaders to thrive in complexity. Jonathan Gilbert, a co-writer of ASEP ...

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Why your people could benefit from professional certificates

Employees may want to pursue a certificate for a number of reasons, including curiosity, career development, a desire to bolster their credibility, as well as increased responsibilities and pay. From an organisational perspective, there are a few factors to consider when supporting them in this. First, which professional certificates are regarded as effective within your industry and why? What resources exist to make talent development a priority? And ultimately— in ...

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The Danger of Busyness

I like to cook. Well, I don’t really like to cook, but I like the result of cooking. I don’t like the heat, the grease, the (right) ingredients (I always forget something!) or the kitchen scale which I still don’t know how to use correctly. What I like is to see the food on a plate at the end – The tangible result of a few hours of work. This ...

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5 Reasons Why You Should Get a Professional Certificate

Deciding to get a professional certificate can involve several factors such as, your industry, your interests, your network, and how you would ultimately like to grow in each of these areas. Although certificates demand additional time, energy, and investment, they are likely to pay off by translating to better, more consistent projects, as well as greater visibility and rewards for your work.

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