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19

May 2017

You Are Not One of the Lads. It’s Over.

Oh the painful irony. The promotion ladder has been climbed and we’ve made it to ‘Leadership’. Damn. I’m here, and now my buddies, the folks I grew with… are over there. I still, deep down, want to be ‘one of the lads’ (sometimes lasses but mainly its the lads). It...

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Problem Addiction.

19

Jan 2017

Problem Addiction.

“What is the Managers job? It is to direct the resources and efforts of the business towards opportunities for economically significant results. This sounds trite – and it is.  But every analysis of  actual allocation of resources and efforts in business that I have ever seen or heard showed clearly...

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Is It Worth The Effort?

15

Sep 2016

Is It Worth The Effort?

Our capacity to deal with struggle and effort is a function of how much it’s worth to us to endure – not the level of crap we have to deal with. Consider. You are earning £50K working crazy hours, for a psychotic boss and have an endless stream of nonsense...

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The Power of Separation

04

Feb 2016

The Power of Separation

John the MD has three work stations in his office. Station 1 is dedicated to Project A. Station 2 is dedicated to Project B. Station 3 is dedicated to Project C. He will typically work on  Project A at Station 1 for a set period of time (might be 3...

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Selfish Is Noble.

07

Jan 2016

Selfish Is Noble.

Being its January, a few of us might be considering that this is THE year we put ourselves first, you know, be a little selfish – versus the relentless drive to please all and sundry. However, a sticking point. Our decision to proceed may be tempered with the underlying belief...

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Three Legged Dogs Don’t Struggle

05

Nov 2015

Three Legged Dogs Don’t Struggle

We can take a huge weight off our minds when we choose to stop struggling with reality as it is. Three legged dogs don’t sit around moping, wishing they had four paws. You don’t sense they are going over why things aren’t as they used to be and ‘if only...

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Climate Changers Required – Apply Within

13

Mar 2015

Climate Changers Required – Apply Within

Could you change the Western Culture in your lifetime? Fat chance. How about European culture? Less fatter chance. How about British Culture? A 400 year project for the Romans. (Cue – what did the Romans do for us...?) How about an industry culture? (A work in progress since Latham’s  Constructing...

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How We Spend Our Days Is How We Spend Our Lives…

19

Feb 2015

How We Spend Our Days Is How We Spend Our Lives…

Days turn to months, months turn to years, years turn into careers. Spend your days on the things that count by counting the days that count. Cue Donald Rumsfeld. The visual spreadsheet is to help plot how you could be spending the 20 business days available each month – with...

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13

Jun 2013

Conflict zones are for losers…

…and the award for the most spectacularly overlooked and misunderstood Project Team irony goes to… “To avoid conflict, you have to confront issues ( with unbending rigour).”   Conflict is a function of the formula: Contentious issues not handled + elongated time = conflict zone. Whereas, Conflict free zone =...

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22

Jan 2013

Preparing An Issue For Discussion

The result you want is that people get right into straight, direct and to the point conversation.  Holding meetings where we try to winkle issues out without preparation is like nailing jelly to the ceiling – lots of energy expended and little to show for it. Have the Team prepare...

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