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SWOT workshop

I’ve recently facilitated a very brief SWOT workshop with a team of about 12 people or so. I generally am not a fan of SWOT – generates long lists of passive “mother hood and apple pie statements” rather than seeking out an activity based perspective on where real strategic advantage may lie. I have tho’ used SWOT analysis as a…

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Real project management – link

svprojectmanagement.com » “We don’t need no stinking Gantt chart!”  edit / delete an excellent article on managing projects through team commitment and enabling the project manager to manage the project as a whole venture rather than (a) managing the plan(ning) and (b) getting in the way of getting things done. Marvellous! to project projectmanagement … 1 day ago

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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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