Free Physio Appointment for the Corporate Athlete

2015-03-25

Would you? Have you? I have. I saw the sign in my gym. Free 15 minute physio assessment, running gait analysis. The places went pretty quickly and I was pleased to have gotten my freebie! Why not after all, look a gift horse in the mouth. Nothing ventured, nothing gained after all. Actually I did …

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Learning from England Rugby – T Cup

2015-03-16

Did anyone watch the rugby at the weekend? As a keen follower of the game I loved the Wales Ireland game for it’s ferocity and incredible discipline, I cringed as England stumbled and dazzled in a win over Scotland and remained perplexed over how the sublime French manage to underachieve with such regularity. I enjoy …

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Use the windscreen while driving projects

2015-03-04

In 1992 Doctor Robert S Kaplan and David Norton published a paper on a topic of performance management and introduced the concept of the balanced scorecard. Theirs was not the only paper to be published at the time on this topic but it was to be the most popular. It was followed up by revisions …

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Are you enjoying change?

2015-02-24

What is it about change professionals? I mean, why do we do it? I know that some of us get handsomely paid and work in glamorous locations but the rest of us just toil away to collapse over the line, don’t we? I asked this question at the beginning of a recent workshop with a …

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The Stakeholder Marketing Mix

2015-02-11

In 1948, Neil borden coined the phrase the marketing mix, to describe the notion of mixing ingredients to create a successful outcome. Otherwise known as the four p’s (product, price, place, promotion) the model demonstrated that applying marketing components in different measures was required to meet specific challenges. If for example the outlet was on …

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Stakeholders and Marketing

2015-02-04

I first became interested in the concept of project marketing while running workshops for NFU Mutual, a fair few years ago. Their challenge at the time was to extend their market beyond the core, traditional farming. They have been very successful at this but what I recall most clearly from these sessions were when we …

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What people want and need – Essentials

2015-01-26

Welcome to this second blog in the series, expectations management. In the last article I Suggested three things that you should know about expectations management and you may recall that I mentioned Kano and his expectation model. In this article, I would like to explore a bit deeper on the subject of what people want …

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3 things about Expectations Management

2015-01-14

Expectations management is not expectancy theory. Expectancy is Vrooms motivational theory where organisations should direct rewards to individuals based upon performance and desire. One standout feature for me is valence, is the reward commensurate with what you are asking me to do? You can read more about this on wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expectancy_theory Expectations management is about …

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The Accidental Project Manager Part Two

2014-07-09

It starts out, usually, with an unexpected new responsibility, a project to deliver some new functionality, write a research paper, migrate platforms, move office location, for me it was opening a new hotel. I recall asking what this project management was because I had no idea, though it did sound cool. I was flattered to …

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The Accidental Project Manager

2014-07-02

Ever been ambushed, walking past management’s door and presented with ‘a project’ to complete? Have you walked away feeling slight trepidation about how to start this ‘project’ and how to balance it off with your day job? It might be some comfort to know that you are not alone. In fact over 70% of people …

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