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Stakeholder Engagement in Action – Case Study published on 21/03/2017 by John Edmonds

Introduction I recently ran a series of training courses and workshops for a major international client around the topic of Stakeholder Engagement. This is a subject that they take very seriously, to the extent of setting up an entire department for engaging with their vast array of stakeholders. I was with them for a relatively

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When 3 + 2 doesn’t equal 5 published on 07/09/2016 by David Baker

“Just sit there and listen” – Not on our courses! I’m often asked why we design and deliver our PRINCE2 Practitioner courses in the way we do.” Why is your course designed this way?”, people enquire (see, I told you that’s what happens). Before I explain why, let me just briefly explore what we do, and

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If you train them, they will leave! published on 15/06/2016 by James

If you train them, they will leave! The worrying response to the skills shortage It’s a tough one for me, as a learning and development professional, to understand. The mindset that believes that if we train people we are simply giving them a ticket to another job, we’ve made them more marketable and they are

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STOP!  Check before you buy… published on 13/06/2016 by John Edmonds

Training Providers – they are not all the same! (even when they seem to be selling the same course) Making a decision on which training provider to use is usually quite important. If you are an individual you have to consider the financial impact, time off work and the convenience of the location. If you

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Stakeholder Engagement – Who sets the ‘Tone’? published on 06/06/2016 by David Baker

The essential role of senior management in establishing good engagement It can become quite a cliché: the idea that senior management/organisational leadership teams, play such a key role in so many aspects that contribute towards success. Yet it is so true. And no more so than in the area of engaging with stakeholders. In a recent

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5,000 to 1- What are your chances of achieving good stakeholder engagement? published on 06/05/2016 by John Edmonds

achieving good stakeholder engagement 5,000 to 1 – we have all seen recently the fantastic odds that bookmakers were offering to people last August who were prepared to bet that Leicester City Football Club would win the Premier League title. It is amazing that these were the same betting odds that bookmakers were offering on

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Learning from Experience – How to Apply it published on 24/11/2015 by James

Question of the Month – November 2015 An experienced Project and Programme manager writes: “Two methods that I have used regularly in my work over many years (PRINCE2 and MSP) both share a common principle, that of ‘Learning from Experience’. Is this more than just maintaining a lessons learned log? What would you understand ‘experience’

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Why Agile Works for Today’s Projects published on 30/10/2015 by Patrick Mayfield

The more traditional “waterfall” approach to project management, which all the major project frameworks such as PRINCE2®, APM BoK and PMBoK® came from, works well in stable contexts. There is a clear case that the world we operate in since PRINCE2® was launched in 1996 is now far more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Waterfall

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Leading with History: the Creation Narrative published on 17/07/2015 by Patrick Mayfield

Many leaders focus on the future, on the what might be, on the vision. And rightly so. Leaders are at their best when they give hope to those that follow them, and vision is very much about giving them that hope in a better future. But there is a less emphasized area of good leadership

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The Challenge of Transformation published on 12/06/2015 by John Edmonds

Why Project Managers Need Change Management Skills The Challenge of Transformation Over the last twenty years or so we have seen increasing levels of professionalism amongst project managers as more organisations adopt recognised project frameworks and more people take accredited project management training courses. This, of course, is good news. However, to use a well-worn

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