David Parmenter

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So far David Parmenter has created 134 blog entries.
My vision is to change how leading organisations, around the world, measure and manage performance – by 2030
2112, 2018

Analysis of the thoughts of Tom Peters in Thriving in Chaos – Part 1

By |December 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Twenty years ago, Tom Peters wrote this classic which now acts a beacon in these changing times. Here is my take on his advice.

A General Electric executive has pointed out 9 out of 10 acquisitions are a waste of time and a destruction of shareholder’s value

McKinsey study in 1986 of acquisitions made between 1972-83 a […]

2012, 2018

Leadership in an Era of Distraction

By |December 20th, 2018|0 Comments

The immediacy of technology has led to a distorted sense of urgency for many and has led to a loss of focus, productivity and lack of leadership. To make matters worse management and leadership training, once compulsory, is now a rarity. Talented staff are entering their thirties, as highly paid specialists, without exposure to management responsibilities.

Where does […]

1812, 2018

Where is the monkey? The art of delegating

By |December 18th, 2018|0 Comments

I once was a contractor for a CEO, let’s call him Chris, who had to be the worse CEO I have ever witnessed. Chris was a trained lawyer, you know the type, one who only thought their way of writing was the best. That is why there are so many rewrites when you get two lawyers […]

2702, 2018

Other Ways to Save Time in Meetings

By |February 27th, 2018|0 Comments

I have blogged about Scrum and action meetings. Other alternative ways to Save Time in Meetings are:
Abandon as many meetings as you can. Only participate in meetings where action occurs.  Monitor the action after a meeting and if progress is not being made, make it clear that the next meeting will be deferred until progress has […]

1802, 2018

Successful KPI implementations had the following characteristics

By |February 18th, 2018|0 Comments

For the KPI projects that did deliver I noticed the following common characteristics.

They committed a complete and thorough exercise to ascertain their organizations’ critical success factors (CSFs) and then ensured that all measures used by the organization relate back to the CSFs. It is the CSFs, and the performance measures within them, that link […]

802, 2018

Why the Law of Attraction Can Make You More Time Efficient

By |February 8th, 2018|0 Comments

As my first wife and I approached our thirties it became clear that we were carrying a lot of baggage.  It was affecting our work and home life. Pauline, who had studied psychology at university, suggested we enrol in a course called “Turning Point.”

We assembled in a large room with around 60 others.  We were […]

202, 2018

To Decide or Not to Decide

By |February 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

We can never make the right decision all the time.  In fact, in some cases making the wrong decision is better than being paralysed with the options and not making any decision.  If you realise it was wrong you can abandon and proceed on a different route.

The ability to make decisions and take calculated risks […]

2701, 2018

Blue Sky Fridays -Working From Home

By |January 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Far too many of us are caught firefighting all the time. Never getting enough time to plan to make the future a better place.

During an overseas speaking tour, I was with a good friend one Sunday afternoon, visiting a church fair. We had run out of things to do.  Among the stalls was a person […]

2009, 2017

Time, time, time is on my side. Yes it is, part two

By |September 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Besides learning to focus on the rocks each day here are some other suggestions.

Create some space, each week, where you can think about your future. No phone calls, no texts, no face book, just carrying out those important but not yet urgent tasks. Getting ahead of the game. On a Friday morning I work […]

1709, 2017

Time, time, time is on my side. Yes it is

By |September 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Ten tips to recapture time. Covey’s “First things first”

 

Stephen Covey in his book “First things first” he observed that great leaders appear less stressed and seemed to have more time on their hands.  He drew a four quadrant time management diagram pointing out that far too often we are firefighting in “urgent and not important” quadrant, […]