Having a “team-problem”? this might help.

November 28, 2011


If you are having problems managing a team and getting your point across it might be due to one or more of the 5 possible ‘dysfunctions’ described by the consultant and speaker Patrick Lencioni*. These  are: Absence of trust – an absence of trusts leads to an unwillingness to be vulnerable within the group, which […]

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Turn around complaints

September 28, 2011


I actually read this piece in a management magazine and thought I would share. It works if you are in a service industry, delivering an actual product or managing a project: Let them rant. Don’t interrupt, don’t glower and don’t judge, however  wrong or rude they are. Instead, memorise every details of their grievance, encouraging […]

PRINCE2 Mapa do Processo em português

August 3, 2011


Versão traduzida e não oficial do mapa do processo. Qualquer duvida favor entrar em contato por e-mail  PRINCE2

Need to sell?Then Start asking the right questions…

July 28, 2011


Being good at sales it is one of the best qualities one can have, whether you are a company providing a service, a manager looking to get a bigger budget for a project or a job hunter.  All three have to sell something: the idea that the service is vital, that the budget increase is fundamental for […]

How not to run a small business

June 28, 2011


If you are self-employed or own a small company you are probably aware of how difficult it is to run a successful business.  From my experience, the majority of small businesses that fail do so not due not to a lack of talent or money but for one of the following reasons: Not having a […]

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Want to be a great leader? Then start listening.

May 28, 2011


  Listening is one of the most important qualities one can have. It is clearly fundamental when trying to sell a product – be it a physical item or a service you are providing for a company – but it is also vital when leading a team. I am sure there are managers and team […]

Don’t let an agent undermine your job interview.

April 28, 2011


If you are job hunting I recommend that you apply the PRINCE2 principle of “learn from past experiences”, in this instance mine, in order to improve your chances of success. Unfortunately, I learnt the hard way!

 I had been thinking about a change of career for a while, not because I was unhappy where I […]

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How to “neutralise”* an enemy at work.

March 23, 2011


We all know the importance of having or working in a great team. The problem is that you can’t always  choose your team and can end up stuck with a team member who undermines your team/work performance. The “enemy” can vary from someone who is annoying and negative to someone who, although very pleasant, is […]

5 myths about branding.

March 5, 2011


This blog is about thinking outside the box and so the aim of this short article is to get you to think again about 5 of the most commonly heard viewpoints  on successful branding/rebranding.  To encourage debate I’m going to refer to these as the ‘5 Myths’: Myth 1: Exceed your clients’ expectations. Every time […]