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Project manager competences

Was pointed to this post on PM Hut from Raven’s Brain on project management skills and competences. The emphasis on the ‘softer’ people management skills: be a leader and a manager be a team builder and a team leader be a negotiator and an influencer be an excellent communicator alongside other skills you’d expect in terms of planning, be a…

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I get knocked down, I get up again

Came across this post at Idea Sandbox on developing bullet proof plans: Measuring twice means making sure you’ve thought of all the things that could go wrong before you launch. It means making sure you’ve thought of all of your different audiences… not just the customer, but the salespeople as well. Do you have a “Plan B” in case the…

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Instructional Design and the big question

An interesting here at the ASTD blog on the need in e-learning and specifically in rapid e-learning, for instructional designers (IDs). My tuppence worth is that for many SMEs the ROI doesn’t jusify ID input – especially in the case of rapid e-learning which is often bite size, highly situated and doesn’t make much demand on for ‘learner engagement’ making…

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Some interesting stuff

Here’s a link to some interesting links on creativity and innovation – worth exploring. Further interesting and thoughtful argument on Google‘s branding from Umair Haque although I’m not convinced that a traditional approach to branding automatically leads to plastering your home page with Ads – altho’ that would be a traditional strategy from an advertisers and marketers’ perspective. I’d suggest…

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its a wiggly world!

A good post here on the “messy and chaotic” actual world of real organisational life. The emphasis on personal networks that work across and between the formal organisation structures – people both subvert the formal organisation while simultaneously ensuring that the organisation functions (or achieves a lot more than just functioning). The emphasis on management as trying to control this…

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Company DNA

I recently came across this post from Umair Haque, a discussion leader at HarvardBusiness.org. I’ve come across some of his posts before and kind of understood them and kind of not …. but this is for me the clearest articulation of his views on firms and the ‘new economy’ I’ve seen so far. I’ve read the post a few times.…

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Pushing paper

This post from Raven’s Brain on the role of project managers included the following conclusion: Beware the perception of PM as paper-pusher. Schedules, status, coordination, all matter. But if this is what people think our job is, forget about being highly valued. Paper is a tool for, and can help with, analyzing, summarizing, communicating, and identifying goals, work, problems, etc.…

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learning, learning learning …

…seems to be flavour of the month. I’m in the process of closing off two fairly large projects (neither of which I was the main project manager for) with lots of lessons to be learned – I’m not sure those lessons are going to be transfered with identified lessons being dismissed by senior managers with “well that should never have…

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experiential learning

I enjoyed this post on experiential learning – particular as Lars’ experience of learning to ski was almost identical to mine. The point about repetition and simulation is well made in the transfer of learning but … you can only take so much from role play, simulations and GBL especially in soft skills and how self-aware you are impacts hugely…

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