Category: Dynamics

When High Performance Turns Toxic

  We asked about building high performance project teams and found a recurring theme of brutal cultures and mental health issues Whilst this CEO was interested in leadership on major projects, (big budget infrastructure, engineering and IT projects for example), we see a similar pattern in many sectors. The lessons are universal. They apply outside…

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How do you measure psychological safety?

How do you measure psychological safety? I was delighted at the question – Peter had been listening!  When we started speaking he’d trundled out the familiar line: ‘this stuff is all very well, but you can’t measure it.’  Now, his position had shifted – something had clearly caught his attention.   What is psychological safety?…

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Ways to encourage positive thinking in your team

Ways to encourage positive thinking in your team.  As we grapple with the fallout from the corona virus pandemic one question comes up again and again   ‘How can I encourage positive thinking in my team when everyone is so stretched?’ There are no easy answers. Plenty of people have written about learning to manage…

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Neuroscience for Better Projects – advice for IT professionals

Neuroscience for better projects.   Carole Osterweil writing in ITNow offers this advice to  IT professionals. Take time to understand how the human brain works and you can enjoy higher productivity and better project outcomes with less complexity and less stress.   How does neuroscience lead to better projects?   Harnessing the power to deliver  …

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Change Requests – Your Response to them Matters

Change requests – handle one badly and you can trigger a stress cycle that adds layers of complexity to project delivery.   Stakeholders changing their minds can be exasperating – especially when you think you’ve  finally tied everything down!  Everyone in the project profession recognises the risk of scope creep.  Far fewer recognise that their…

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