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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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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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Soar Higher in 2020 – Learn and Develop New Skills

A major part of effective project leadership involves understanding the importance of continuing to learn and develop new skills. In particular, the constantly shifting world of work requires more adaptive leadership skills, so that projects can be successfully managed, even in the most unpredictable environments. Research published in the Adaptive Leadership Skills: What’s Needed Today e-book from Strategy Execution highlights several recent shifts in the way work is done, which ...

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Cultivating an Adaptive Mindset

Carol Dweck, author of ‘Mindset’ and Professor at Stanford University writes about two mindsets; a “fixed mindset, where you believe your qualities are carved in stone,” and a “growth mindset, where you believe that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate and build on through your efforts.” In today’s complex business world it’s a ‘growth mindset’ that is required from our leaders to navigate the complexity of our new ...

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Remembering and Using Your Project Management Training

You attend a training course, how do you make sure you’re doing everything you can to get the most out of what you are learning? How do you make sure that once the training is over and you head back to the office, that you’re still able to utilise what you have learnt? From as early as 1981 with Michalak’s research called ‘The Neglected Half of Training’, there has been ...

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How is Design Thinking Used to Get Project Results?

Design thinking is a non-linear process, which allows businesses and their project teams to embrace design concepts, in order to solve complex, ill-defined problems. It is especially useful for situations where project managers need to re-frame the way they view an issue, challenge internal assumptions, or truly innovate. While the concept of design thinking has grown in popularity, some remain unsure of precisely how it works and what the benefits ...

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Overcoming Resistance to Change with Change Management

Change management is one of the most challenging components of a project’s success, but having acceptance for the changes a project brings will help realise the benefits of the project. Anything that will increase acceptance and engagement of a project is essential, which is achieved by involving and aligning teams early on in a project. Otherwise known as leading change from the middle, this approach is achieved when project, programme ...

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Project Communications – Up, Down and Sideways

In the article Six Tips To Deal With Resistance to Change we mentioned how in order to drive change effectively, project leaders must communicate up, down and sideways and increase support through relationships within their network, in order to help ease the transition process and ultimately, move the business forward. This week we will look at communication in more depth – in the context of how important it is in ...

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