Category: Dynamics

Neuroscience for Project Success: why people behave as they do

Imagine understanding how the brain works. What if you knew what drives emotions, behaviours and decision making – in you and others? If all actions were informed by knowing why people behave as they do, how would it impact project success? About Neuroscience for Project Success: why people behave as they do Carole brings the…

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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 am often asked this question by leaders who have read that psychological safety is a pre-requisite for high performance in teams and organizations. This post offers a 3 step process to measure and build psychological safety.  It also considers the pitfalls to look out for, the source of…

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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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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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