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Develop Your Cultural IQ for a Globalised Business World – Live Webinar

90 percent of executives cite ‘cross-cultural management’ as their top challenge in working across borders.   Even leaders who don’t work across borders are likely to work with teams from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Leaders today need a new cultural playbook to navigate this new reality of business. What skills do you need to influence change to solve the new kinds of challenges in a global, digital world? You ...

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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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Critical Project Management Skillsets for the Future

In 2019, Strategy Execution conducted a global survey among project execution professionals across the world to better understand the skill and capability gaps preventing organisations from executing successfully on their most critical strategic priorities. In addition, we also worked with our partners at Duke Corporate Education to analyse the state of project management and the project-based economy. This report also highlights the growing trend of Project-Based Organisations (PBO) which organise ...

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Effective Communications in Projects

Better communication across all levels allows project leaders to drive productive conversations across different departments and across all roles. Being an effective communicator has always been one of the most important responsibilities of a project manager. Providing regular and truthful updates about project progress, speaking to stakeholders in person about risks and issues, being fully present, listening during conversations and adapting the style to suit recipients are all rooted in communication. ...

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The Project Revolution: How to Succeed in a Project Driven World

The Project Revolution, the latest book from Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, makes and supports the claim that not only has the operating environment become one in which project working has become increasingly important but that the rate of this may be described as a ‘project revolution’. The emergence of projects as the economic engine of our times may have been silent, but it is incredibly disruptive and powerful. Mr Nieto-Rodriguez has been ...

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Strategy Implementation Needs Great Portfolio Management

In recent years, portfolio management has evolved from an administrative process, in which projects are selected and prioritised, to one of the key ways in which organisations can focus on strategy implementation. This is achieved, in the most part, through the enhancement of strategic dialogue amongst the management team and, most crucially, the alignment of projects around the most critical strategic initiatives. In this article I talk about the latest ...

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Is Your Project at Risk Due to Poor Stakeholder Relationships?

Have you ever been involved in a project where there were too many misunderstandings and disagreements about scope and priorities and where it was a struggle to gain buy-in and traction for important decisions and you found it difficult to influence your stakeholders throughout the project? Some stakeholders were not engaged, information wasn’t flowing to those who needed it and internal politics were getting in the way of effective collaboration. ...

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PMO: The Gap Closers

In a new report from Strategy Execution, 86% of organisations which are delivering change through programmes and projects struggle to prioritise work streams and resources. There are further stats; 45% lack change management skills; 29% have poorly resourced initiatives; 27% lack project management skills. For organisations delivering any kind of change which is crucial for their business now and in the future, any figure above 1% is too much. The ...

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