Management and Leadership

1103, 2014

Sacking the consultants is the start of a bigger problem

By |March 11th, 2014|0 Comments

As Francis Urquhart, the prime minister in the British TV series, House of Cards, would say, “Some may think that sacking the consultants has solved the problem, others may say that the problem has just begun. You may think that; I cannot possibly comment.”
Changing consultants midstream is no different than bringing in a new surgical […]

1103, 2014

Risk management is it above or below the waterline

By |March 11th, 2014|0 Comments

Jim Collins, in his great book, built to last talks about risk management.  The senior management team need to know will a risk above or below the waterline.  Just like a ship, a project can take many hits above the waterline, but few below them.
With project risks always separate out those above or below the waterline. […]

2602, 2014

Invest in a comprehensive selection process

By |February 26th, 2014|0 Comments

Recruiting staff and a consultant is a life and death decision as Peter Drucker reminded us.  It is better to spend 40 hours in a comprehensive selection process (putting up fences at the top of a cliff) than spend 400 hours sorting out the mess (at the bottom of the cliff).
It is imperative that you […]

2011, 2013

Using Outside Consultants Effectively – Never give a new person a new job part 2

By |November 20th, 2013|0 Comments

Peter Drucker in my mind is the Leonardo de Vinci of management.  His work will be appreciated more in 400 years from now. We all would benefit from reading the Definitive Drucker, a book that offers a summary of the sage’s advice.

Drucker observed that many new initiatives failed as the wrong people were leading them.  […]

2011, 2013

Using Outside Consultants Effectively – Getting a bigger bang for your buck part 1

By |November 20th, 2013|0 Comments

Behind most successful managers are the successful projects where they have been able to obtain leverage from using consultants properly.  You have a choice: Learn to achieve through getting the right consultants “on the bus” or  hire unwisely and set yourself up for failed projects. From my observations and first hand experience in being a […]

2905, 2013

15 tips to writing a business book

By |May 29th, 2013|0 Comments

1.      Look for your hedgehog (refer to Jim Collin’s  “good to great”,  or “built to last”). Besides these books are great templates for a writer

2.      Write a book that can help the reader implement ( must be a simple blow by blow account with templates, good diagrams, draft PowerPoint presentations etc) . You want to leave a […]

2404, 2013

The Winner's Bible: Rewire Your Brain for Permanent Change by Kerry Spackman

By |April 24th, 2013|0 Comments

Dr Spackman is a rare author. One who has discovered some ground breaking findings, practised them and has now shared his work with the world. The book is profound on a number of levels. Not only will it help you be more successful, as you yourself define success, but also happier, less likely to make […]

3101, 2013

The Gold Mine Effect – a great book

By |January 31st, 2013|0 Comments

For anyone who wants to understand how you build high performing teams this is a must read book.  Interesting enough all the sporting gold mines are teams built on hunger and poor amenities.  It points out:

the magic of the first 10,000 of practice being achieved ASAP
great teams practice more
providing comforts and great facilities maybe counter […]

3101, 2013

The Tipping Point – a brilliant book

By |January 31st, 2013|0 Comments

For anyone in business who wants to kick start a new product or service the tipping point is a must read book.  Written by Malcolm Gladwell and accessible through this link

610, 2012

Try a lot and keep what works

By |October 6th, 2012|0 Comments

Drucker saw innovation as being one of the reasons for an organization to be in existence. He saw innovation being fed by his principle of abandonment. The freeing of resources to be allocated to something new.

Drucker was adamant that leaders nurture innovation and not try and force it through to production without adequate testing. His […]