Cost of Non-Quality

August 12, 2015 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Leadership, Quality 

I just read an article, albeit a year old, that suggests preventable medical errors persist as the number 3 killer in the US, behind heart disease and cancer. I wasn’t surprised for two reasons: a) I had seen similar literature before from other sources, and b) I had worked with companies in the medical field and large IT infrastructure projects. Read more

That Vitamin Distraction

April 14, 2015 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People, Quality, Teamwork 

There’s an old (and frankly, tired) query that investors will pull out of their bag of clichés, usually when they are leaning away from funding your idea: “are you building vitamins or painkillers?”. The suggestion is that painkillers fix an immediate need and sell better – more attractive to those that want instant financial gratification as well. Hopefully, we’re not all consumed by that myopic view. Read more

Symptoms

April 9, 2015 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People 

I was having lunch with a friend earlier this week, and after catching up with how our kids are doing and our shared interest in music, talk got around to the workplace. Generally things are going well for them, but a few interesting comments were made about one person that works with him. On reflection, I see these as symptoms. Read more

Flip the Switch

March 18, 2015 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People 

There’s one simple thing that you can do to improve your productivity, make better products, to make everything you do go more smoothly. It doesn’t involve a new tool, it’s not the latest cool process that is going to save the world, it’s not an app. It’s not something that a consultant needs to come in and anoint your team with for far more money than is reasonable, and it’s not protected IP. Read more

Consultant or Cheerleader?

February 12, 2015 by · Comment
Filed under: Agility, Leadership, People 

When you hire a consultant, you probably have an expectation of a specialized set of skills, or a particular value that you are looking for. That might be some expertise that you don’t have (or couldn’t readily develop) in-house, or an objective perspective to help you see things in a different way. Read more

Breaking Through Glass Ceilings

October 29, 2014 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, Teamwork 

In the workplace, there has been a long-standing issue around a “glass-ceiling”, typically described as a limit beyond which it is difficult for women to rise in a male-oriented business environment. This may manifest itself as lower salaries (no karma jokes here) or challenges in advancing through the ranks. My experience is that this is a far more nuanced issue than simply a gender-based bias in the workplace, and has roots that can be traced back through a gender imbalance in many business and engineering programs in schools, and biases and choices made in raising our children, cultural biases, and how we all manage our relationships in life. Read more

How to Motivate a Team

February 27, 2014 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Leadership, Project management, Teamwork 

I was following a thread on a LinkedIn group recently about how to motivate a team, and I felt compelled to join the group and reply. Not surprisingly, I had a few things to say. Read more

Sensitive Leadership

December 4, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People, Teamwork 

As we gain more responsibility in the workplace, there comes a time when that new responsibility changes from ‘getting more complex tasks’ to ‘being in charge of others’. Whether or not we are prepared for it, there comes a time when we are asked to take on a leadership role. Read more

Street Cred

December 6, 2012 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, Project management 

From time to time in project management workshops, someone will ask if a project manager needs to have domain experience to be successful on a project. Based on what I have seen over the years, my response is yes, but not for the reasons you might expect. Read more

Murky Waters

November 26, 2012 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People 

I’ve run into a number of companies over the years that have a keen interest in breaking out, in growing or expanding, in really taking off. Many of those, unfortunately, need to understand that there things they need to do before tackling their next big adventure – they need to get their team swimming in the same direction. Read more

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