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Alaina Burden
Alaina is the Director of Adaptive Execution, EMEA at Strategy Execution, her role focuses on adaptive leadership skills required in the business environment today. An Ambassador for the Adaptive Strategic Execution Programme, developed in conjunction with Duke Corporate Education. Alaina has extensive experience in projects, strategy and learning architecture which provides a critical differentiator for delivering Strategy Execution’s vision in both business development and solution delivery.

Decision Making in Complex Project Environments

“It is feeling more and more chaotic for our leaders… change coming in from all directions… and they need to make decisions with more certainty so that the outcomes will be successful.” Leadership and Strategy Execution in a Chaotic World How do you make decisions without all the facts, where challenges are less predictable and information is less reliable? All we know is in this VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complicated, Ambiguous) ...

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Design Thinking for Project Improvement

There is a culture shift required to operate effectively in a complex environment; to collaborate, to learn as you go, be curious and take risks, focus on high-value whilst still having a system or a framework. Design Thinking can give us a process as well as a new approach to decision making/ problem-solving.  It can help to respond to this key challenge; that 41% of projects fail to deliver and ...

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Influencing: How to ‘Get Things Done’

A leader who needs to ‘get things done’ requires strong influencing skills within his or her organisation. Having strong and refined influencing skills in this VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) environment can help a leader improve the success of project execution. How? By understanding how people and organisations work, acquire more resources as required (people and money), and improve morale by advancing careers. Being able to influence effectively is ...

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