HR and recruitment a slow-motion train wreck

  HR and recruitment seem to be careering towards a slow-motion train wreck, where is the brake pedal? And what happened to the windscreen? Approximately 10% of the global payroll is squandered on recruitment and HR with not the slightest hint of a measurement to suggest that it returns anything at all. That’s enough money … Read more

Get the most from Interims by engaging directly and forming a partnership up front

If you have read my stuff in the past, you will have heard me talk at times abut the importance of analysing and managing the impact of organisational behaviour in order to make changes happen effectively or indeed to make them happen at all. Even the most complex technical systems I ever rolled out in … Read more

Problem solving relies on what came before and what will come after

Sometimes it is not just what you do but the order in which you do it that matters. You absolutely must develop an ability to see several layers of consequences ahead of the solution as well as several layers of cause and effect behind the problem and then juggle them at once in the way … Read more

Here’s how we approached the solution

Lernaean Hydra, your time is up. Good management strategy and practice supported by intelligent modern systems Give big data the heave ho Naturally I can’t publish the whole thing if only for sheer volume, let alone sensitivity of information from some of the underlying cases, but I will pick a few areas just to demonstrate … Read more

Good management strategy and practice supported by intelligent modern systems

Let’s begin with the strategy and management practices before we start talking about systems. In the last instalment, we talked about schizophrenic businesses. Businesses with confused outlooks, confused processes and naturally enough, confused systems, confused workforce, resigned customers, despairing shareholders. The five cardinal sins that create schizophrenic organisations: You have a business made up of … Read more

Two elections that few expected and a majority didn’t want- the information perspective.

Two groups of people mastered the truth about data, its interpretation and it’s presentation and two groups didn’t. The former of course are Republicans in US and Brexit’s in UK. The theories are not new, nor are they difficult to understand but executing on them might only seem an option to somebody with no other … Read more

Specialist in Smarties, Chocolate Beer consultant, or Expert in customer complaints from Obese women on Tuesday afternoons.

Are you a specialist? By the way these specialisms do exist and I have no doubt you could add to my collection. If you want a light hearted look visit this article. As an interim connected to the technology world, I get a lot of calls and emails from recruiters and over the years the, … Read more

The health warning attached to agile is nothing more, it’s not a reason to ignore agile thinking as a powerful tool.

As a manager who entered software engineering as the agile movement was gathering pace and returned to management in the systems world, I find it amusing when other disciplines jump on the bandwagon as it were. I also find it encouraging, but I would have serious concern if it were my business and here is … Read more

Communication skills for project managers – Presentation skills

Image by Getty Images via Daylife  Read Part one    Read Part two Presentation skills – Part three   As part of a series on soft skills for project managers, last week I wrote a section on communication skills. It may seem that it is a little odd not to include presentation skills as a communication … Read more

Bridging the gap between the web and the real world part 5

What’s the right strategy for me? Previously: Bridging between the web and the real world Bridging the gap between the web and the real world part 2 Bridging the gap between the web and the real world part 3 Bridging the gap between the web and the real world part 4   In defining a … Read more

Bridging the gap between the web and the real world part 3

There is a fairly popular and utterly flawed theory that underlies most networking activity, which supports the latter folly and it goes something like this:
If you meet the same 60 people every month for a year and you tell them what you do and then you are nice to them every time you meet and if you pass a few scraps of leads to a few of them, eventually one of them will order from you.
The reasons it’s flawed are simply these:

Bridging the gap between the web and the real world part 2

Part one: Bridging between the web and the real world This one is a real enigma, no matter what angle you approach it form you get an entirely different viewpoint and just when you think you’ve nailed it along comes somebody to spoil your party with a new twist in the tail. What is it? … Read more

Communication for project managers

Before you even consider communication with any audience from one person to 100 million people, you need to first gain their respect and trust. If you don’t, why should they listen to you.
Just like you they are bombarded with messages all day every day and they only have time to listen to a choice few that come from trusted sources , that gain their attention and arouse their interest.

Communication for project managers-teaching skills

Image via Wikipedia         Part two -Get your point accross Read Part one Basic teaching skills I use the word teaching because there is really no difference between teaching/learning and communication of any other sort.  Your role is to help people understand the concepts you are communicating and to see the world … Read more