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Why Positive Discrimination Is an Absolute Necessity.

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Jun 2016

Why Positive Discrimination Is an Absolute Necessity.

I’m mindful of the similarity in one sense of the principle applied that ‘if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear’. That is all well and good except you are not the one who is deciding what needs to be hid or feared. If residing in Uganda,...

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Minds AND Hearts of A Project Team.

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Apr 2016

Minds AND Hearts of A Project Team.

How’s this for a typical inspiring sales pitch to the Project Team: “The purpose of collaboration is to create value that would not otherwise be created by working independently. Lets Collaborate!”. I’m with you. A bit dry and one dimensional (even if the essence is true!). Typically we are pitching...

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Passion, Diligence, Caring or all three?

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Apr 2016

Passion, Diligence, Caring or all three?

I have two confessions to make that could have me struck off the HR party list and may raise the eyebrows of a few of my fellow thinkers on matters human: I’m not singularly passionate about my work all of the time. It has peaks and troughs. I believe indiscriminately exhorting...

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Performing Teams Govern by Reason – Not Emotion

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Apr 2016

Performing Teams Govern by Reason – Not Emotion

The epic corporate collision. Our team mate omits us from a communication – we stomp, pout, call down plagues upon them and cross them off the Xmas card list. We may later regret our reaction and then write it off with the justification that our emotions got the better of...

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A black bull stands next to a tall silo in rural Illinois.

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Mar 2016

Silo Working – Tractor Beam Is On Full Power.

It might be more advantageous to recognise that construction project players don’t just suddenly end up ‘in silos’ – they were on an inevitable collision course. It would be advantageous because we could stop being surprised, stop reacting and start planning a different outcome. We have not ‘retreated into a...

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Stop Overwhelm

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Mar 2016

Stop Overwhelm

During the downturn personal overwhelm was a function of survival. We did the hours, we did what had to be done, because of scarcity and fear. Oh how we longed for brighter days when contracts would be plentiful, a thriving market, and we could catch our breath in a world...

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Sustainable Relationships Require the F Word.

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Mar 2016

Sustainable Relationships Require the F Word.

‘The weak can never forgive, forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.’  Mahatma Gandhi We need to talk about forgiveness, especially in collaborative relationships. When talking of forgiveness as a key quality for project teams, one can almost feel the  discomfort in the room – the avoidance of edgy conversations...

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Accountability Expands Choice and Creates Risk. Is that a problem?

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Feb 2016

Accountability Expands Choice and Creates Risk. Is that a problem?

Empowerment is the converse of compliance. Its purpose is increasing options rather than limiting them. Whereas compliance holds people accountable for following the rules, empowerment makes them accountable for their choices. The more empowered employees are, the more accountable they feel to deliver their results. The more accountable they feel,...

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Ladies & Gentlemen of the Jury…

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Feb 2016

Ladies & Gentlemen of the Jury…

Locked away in our silo-ed industry cocoons, our primary way of imagining what other people are like whom we have not yet experienced is by the regurgitation of history and hearsay. As a consequence, we naturally expect that all other tribes will lean towards being blaggards, self centered, blinkered or...

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