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Posted in: Leadership

When Cultures Clash; Written by Phil Ventresca, M.B.A.

When Cultures Clash Written by Phil Ventresca, M.B.A.   Global organizations, multi-nationals and domestic alike, all share a common thread; culture.  When organizational, environmental, financial and industry change disrupts culture, the impact is felt throughout the core and many times can rock the foundation of even the best companies. During and after the financial crisis…

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Posted in: Industry Happenings

Take Care of the Back Office; Written by: David Wallis

Take Care of the Back Office Every now and again I get a timely reminder that the external image of a business often reflects the internal environment, this can be both a good and bad thing. Take for example the growing retail business, keen to attract customers, advertise its services and to capture the attention…

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Posted in: Industry Happenings

No Gain Without Pain; Written by: David Wallis

I was fortunate to listen to a number of the Webcasts from the Credit Suisse Industrials Conference this week and it struck me that the pain/gain pendulum is in full flow and fuelling sustained growth across multiple industries and sectors. One Senior Executive readily admitted that a performing division may well achieve stronger growth if…

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Posted in: Industry Happenings

I Want to be Like Chris: Living an Inspired Life; Written by David Wallis

Not that remarkable because I know a lot of people called Chris. However this particular one is Chris Hadfield, the Astronaut and Author of ‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth’ as well as a musician of YouTube note and fame. We are the same age, have never met, have very different backgrounds and careers…

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Posted in: Project Management Tips

Key Stakeholders and Two-Way Expectations; Written by: Tom Flynn, P.E., PMP

We recently had a bit of a tense project meeting with a “high energy” client resource (let’s call him Mike). The project was brought to us a bit late and as these things usually go, in trouble of defaulting on a few major milestones with fast approaching due dates. Mike and Todd are the two…

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Posted in: Industry Happenings

Connecting processes, systems, data and your car! Written by Gregory Shumaker

In my thirty plus years in management and system integration consulting, I’ve found the use of car analogies can aid folks in understanding relationships in other areas, since almost everyone loves their car. I was recently asked by an automotive company  in the Southeast, why critical process and system integration are both key for enabling…

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Posted in: Project Management Tips

Project Manager and Technical Resource; by Tom Flynn, P.E., PMP

Lately, I have been working on assignments where resources are difficult to secure and as a result, many project managers are pulling “double duty”…they are the PM and functioning as a key technical resource for their own project(s). For many of these resources, this is commonplace and many of them, especially the experienced ones, to…

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Posted in: Leadership

Minimally Invasive Process Improvement; written by: Phil Ventresca, M.B.A.

Process, according to Webster, is defined as a natural phenomenon marked by gradual changes that lead toward a particular result: a natural continuing activity or a series of actions or operations conducing to an end.  Quality is defined as an inherent feature, having a degree of excellence, processing a distinguishing attribute and superiority in kind. …

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Posted in: The Interpersonal Coach

Why Meditate? Written by: Barbara Schwartz Cornell

We hear about meditation all the time. Actor Richard Gere is a famous meditator. Oprah went to visit with a Transcendental Meditation community in which people lived their lives, worked, had families, and meditated in a community meditation building for up to several hours a day. I could give you a footnoted list, but all…

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Posted in: The Interpersonal Coach

Developing Emotional Intelligence (EQ); Written by: Colleen Franca

How does one develop EQ? The good news is that unlike some of the hard-wired personality traits and IQ scores which remain fairly consistent from age 8 to 80, Emotional Intelligence skills can be developed. Daniel Goleman outlines that emotional intelligence is a product of Personal and Social Competence. Possessing awareness of ourselves, our own…

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