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How to Innovate Using Design Thinking

In today’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) business environment, organisations need speed, innovation and breakthrough solutions if they are to achieve. In a previous blog How to Structure Your Organisation to Drive Innovation, we discussed how  strategic project management supplies the key ingredients for choosing and executing innovative products that align with an organisation’s overall strategy. This week we look at how strong organisations can innovate by fostering an ...

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Getting Started in Project Management

Working in project management is one of the most popular choices there is for making a living. Take a look around the job advising boards and salary checking websites and project management consistently comes up in the top five. For the last 16 years I’ve been working in project management recruitment and there has not been one day that goes by that I don’t get a call or enquiry from ...

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The Top 10 Adaptive Leadership Trends for 2018

“We’re witnessing a movement in the way that companies organise, innovate, problem solve, and create value,” Today’s business environment demands a more collaborative, blended approach to getting work done. Organisations need leaders who have mastery over their technical skills paired with an adaptive mindset, enabling the ability to pivot and thrive in the midst of unexpected changes. The Top 10 Adaptive Leadership Trends for 2018 from Strategy Execution further explore ...

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Risk Management – Threat and Opportunity Mirror Images?

Everyone knows that a risk event is something that may or may not happen, and, if it does, will impact the project. For worse is a risk, and for better is an opportunity. And certainly, if we follow the PMBOK approach to risk management, then we know that threat and opportunity management are simply mirror images of each other. For opportunities we identify, analyze, prioritise, and respond just as we ...

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How to Get Engagement for Your Strategic Projects

If you’re reading this blog you probably don’t need me to tell you that strategy doesn’t happen unless some projects show up to make the required changes and drive the business in the right direction. A strategy without projects is just a nice slide deck. And while communicating is an essential skill for managers at all levels, it’s not enough to communicate your strategy. You actually have to do it ...

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The Strategy Execution Office

In his webinar, Prof Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez talked about how, for business leaders, strategy execution seems to be one of those business areas or concepts that eludes them. We wrote about some of the tips in the post Why Prioritisation Matters in Strategy Execution. One of the areas mentioned that particularly piqued my interest was the Strategy Execution Office (SEO). It’s a form of a PMO – the name doesn’t really ...

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The Skills Project Sponsors Need to Support Strategy

Often when I hear people talking about turning strategy into projects and delivering on the company’s vision, the emphasis is on two parties: the people who make the strategy, and the project managers (and their teams) who implement the projects to deliver the strategy. There’s a group missing in here: project sponsors. Project sponsorship is key to getting strategic projects implemented, and sponsors are not always the people who designed ...

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Project Managers – Are You Making the Most of Your Brain?

As a project manager you are constantly challenged by your brain capacity – and due to the demanding environment you work in – you need as much of it as you can get. You continually swap between activities such as creating detailed plans, high-level road maps, designing presentations, communicating progress, visualising outcomes, memorising information, relating to team members and resolving conflict. To deal with all of that, you need to ...

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