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Webinar – The Strange Attraction of Organizational Culture

One of the most prominent management buzz phrases is “Organizational Culture”, and given the difficulty most organizations encounter as they attempt to change their existing culture, or even as they try to define it, the word “Culture” would appear to have almost magically incomprehensible properties. Defined simplistically, “Organizational Culture” is a collection of specific behaviours…
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Webinar – Presentations: Making Every Opportunity Count

All of us have to present. Many of us, given the choice, would really rather not. Fear of speaking is one of the biggest phobias in North America; in fact, research participants have indicated they prefer to receive electric shocks than present in public. The inherent challenge, of course, is that if we fear something,…
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Webinar – VUCA: An Encore

In the first webinar in this series, we introduced the concept of VUCA. A term coined by the Army War College, VUCA is an acronym for volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. These dimensions describe a lot of situations we describe ourselves in today. And while it might be an open question as to whether the…
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Webinar – Conducting Change with Eight Notes

How should we implement change? What methodology should we use? It’s a simple enough question, surely there’s a simple answer — especially since we get to do it so often. Every time we implement a new system or install a new process, we’re implementing change. Surely there are some things that work, and some things…
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Webinar – Understanding Services: More (and Less!) Than You Think!

Every organization delivers services to its customers, whether in the private sector, the public sector, or somewhere in between. But what’s a service? Who is a customer? How do you define them, how do you evaluate them, and how do you know they are being delivered effectively? Adopting a formal and disciplined approach to defining…
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Webinar – Living in a VUCA World: Are You Ready?

The world feels a little bit crazy right now. In fact, it has for a while. Our organizations feel like semi-organized chaos on good days, and on bad days-well-it’s just chaotic. Things seem no better in the economy, in politics or in every day life on the streets. We are unnerved by uncertainty, challenged by…
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Webinar – Insurmountable Technical Debt

‘Technical debt’ is a brilliantly concise metaphor coined by Ward Cunningham back in the 1990’s that cannily describes the behaviour of software and surrounding processes implemented in the real world of limited costs and time. The debt refers to work undone, which either must eventually be undertaken by subsequent projects or managed through ever more…
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Webinar – The Last Viking

Roald Amundsen was the world’s greatest polar explorer: he was conqueror of the South Pole, the Northwest Passage and the North Pole, and a survivor where others perished or failed. He was also arguably the world’s greatest project manager. Amundsen thrived on danger and adversity. It was then that he became a calm, determined, and…
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Webinar – Managing Stakeholder Expectations

Project management is not only for project managers. While it is important to manage stakeholder expectations and to maximize stakeholder satisfaction, there is also a growing need to educate stakeholders about what it takes to enable project managers to do their job properly. Despite the great deal of meaningful, value-add work that project managers do…
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Webinar – Taking a Read on 2013

Last year’s last webinar was a huge success, so we are reviving the format once again as we close out the year. In December’s webinar, Peter and Mark are both presenting. They will taking a read on the year that has passed, discussing the best business books they have read this year. These may build…
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