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Stop speaking about human factors in project management

Speaking about ‘the human factor’ and ‘the human element’ in projects is no longer helpful.  The term is far too amorphous.  It’s been a useful fig leaf and it’s coming off in the wash. I’m not blaming anyone.  There’s nothing to be ashamed of. Stop for a moment.  Can you imagine asking an engineer to…

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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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It’s a Stressful Time – Here’s What You Can Do For You and Your Team

It’s a stressful time – here’s what you can do for you and your team.   Carole Osterweil speaks with Andy Kaufman in episode 291 of the People and Projects Podcast Carole and Andy explore how leaders and project managers can draw on ideas from Project Delivery, Uncertainty and Neuroscience to walk through the fog…

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COVID-19 Rapid Response Coaching

COVID-19 Rapid Response Coaching offers pro bono coaching to frontline healthcare workers on demand, for as long as they want.   Just three weeks ago pictures from an intensive care unit in Italy, struggling to cope with Covid -19 hit our TV screens.  Like many others I was struck by the speed of this virus…

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What does neuroscience have to do with project management?

What does neuroscience have to do with  project management?  Elise Stevens of Fix my Project Chaos explores the whole arena with Carole Osterweil   Listen to Carole’s reply here Points raised in this podcast   Understanding how the brain works helps us understand human behaviour. Our brain’s number one priority is survival, so our brain…

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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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Project Leadership in Uncertain Environments

Project Leadership in Uncertain Environments – Carole Osterweil, is interviewed by Elizabeth Harin FAPM a professional project manager and the award-winning blogger behind a Girl’s Guide to Project Management.   Topics covered range from Project Leadership in Uncertain Environments to Carole’s motivation in writing Project Delivery, Uncertainty and Neuroscience     Elizabeth sets the scene…

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