Developing the 7 digital habits: Habit 4 – Don’t get distracted

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Distractions, they are all around. Perhaps even reading this blog is a distraction? Back in 2009 I wrote a blog post with the title, “I could spend hours doing this…”, in which I went through all the distractions that were available then — and there were a lot. I revisited that post in 2017 and the list was […]

Powerful management techniques many leaders still aren’t using

The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.            — William Gibson This post is about a set of powerful management techniques that have each been around for over a decade, but that still haven’t yet diffused into everyday use, and that hence still appear novel to […]

Developing the 7 digital habits: Habit 3 – Sharpen the digital saw

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This is part of a series of posts that were prompted by an article written by the Leading Edge Forum entitled The 7 Digital Habits of Highly Effective People. In Habit 1 we looked at “Seek first to understand” and the challenge of sensing our market. Habit 2 suggests a need to “Be proactive in terms of managing your brand.” […]

Digitally fit in 2018: Build on your skills

Keeping your skills up to date is a key part of being digitally fit. There is no definitive list of training that should be undertaken to become “digital;” it depends upon your role requirements. However, there are some topic areas that should be considered as a base set of skills to expand on. These topic […]

Thoughts from the AWS Summit London

Last week, the 10th May, the AWS Summit rolled into town at the Excel conference center in London. I’ve been to every one of these since they started, indeed, as I used to work for AWS. I remember the first of these was me with three other AWS folk, in a room with Werner Vogels, […]

Taking a leap into quantum – Hello World with Q#

Back in December 2017, Microsoft announced a Quantum Development Kit which uses Q# (Q Sharp) as its language. It is designed to be used with Visual Studio 2017. I decided to install the development kit and have a go at the usual “Hello World” example. The development kit is explained as being capable of developing […]

Key to feedback: Recognising your achievements

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I’m hoping a lot of you have been able to take your feedback and compliments a little to heart. And I’m hoping more of you have taken the plunge and asked your colleagues — remote and office — for feedback. But in case you’re still struggling with it all, perhaps your issue is my former […]

Assureurs européens et RGPD : garder le sens des priorités

Dès le mois de mai 2018, les assureurs européens seront confrontés à de nouvelles règles régissant la gestion des données clients. Jusqu’à présent, personne ne sait vraiment quel sera l’impact réel de la nouvelle réglementation sur le fonctionnement de ces entreprises. Cependant, il est assez clair que les règles placeront la barre plus haut concernant […]

How to embrace feedback in the workplace

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As promised in my last blog, let’s talk about taking your feedback personally. Bear with me here. One method we can use, is something called the “feedback sandwich.” The basic concept is that the “bread” is the positive things and the “meat” in the middle is the improvements bit. You start off positive, you give […]

It’s time to get certified (and get recognised) in project management

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With the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act signed into law in the U.S. and the awarding of a Royal Charter to the Association of Project Management, there has never been a better time to get certified within the project management industry. Recognition within our PM practice can be hard and sometimes daunting. Getting certified […]