The price of avoiding failure is eternal vigilance

Success or Failure

Why do projects fail? Simplistically speaking, a project fails if it fails to deliver the required scope, to the required level of quality, on schedule and within budget. So if the project manager keeps a vigilant eye on scope, quality, cost and time, there’s a decent chance of success. What’s the biggest underlying cause of…

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You have goals. Good. But be careful who you tell…

Goals

    Imagine you’ve committed yourself to achieving a goal.     Should you go public with your commitment?  Will doing so help or hinder you?     There’s academic research on this sort of stuff.  It’s a branch of what’s called “social psychology”.  But I’ll try not to be academic here – I don’t want you falling…

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If you’ve extra time at the moment, are you spending it well?

Many years ago I lived in Pennsylvania, one of the 13 colonies that in time became the US.     It was named after William Penn who had been “given” the land by King Charles 2nd because Penn’s Dad had been owed money by the King.     And the reason I mention Penn?     He’s credited…

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No brainer: Irish government is ready to give you €2500 worth of business consultancy

First and foremost, I hope you and yours are staying healthy during this trying time. Health is wealth. This blog will only be of relevance to businesses operating in Ireland AND which have less than 50 employees. So if you’re outside Ireland OR you have more than 50 employees, read no further and get on…

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Doing more of what works

This blog is not about the race for the Democratic nomination for the upcoming US presidential election.     But it was prompted by something said about one of the nominees.     And that nominee is one of two billionaires seeking the nomination – Michael Bloomberg.  One of his aides said recently of Bloomberg:     “Mike…

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“One’s life is defined by the choices you make”

2019 nears its end.     Highlights?     One of mine was on the sporting field where Dublin won the famous 5-in-a-row, a feat never before achieved by a men’s county GAA team in the GAA’s 135-year history.     And all those victories were overseen by Jim Gavin who recently stepped down from his role as…

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There is no Black Friday discount available in this blog post

Today is Black Friday and I’m going to be something of a contrarian.  There is no discount mentioned in this blog or available from me at this time. If that ends your interest then no problem – just get on with enjoying your day. Ok – so I was talking to a small business owner…

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A connection between chasing debtors and managing projects

One of the important aspects of successful project management is the management of risk. This includes identifying risks and prioritising them.  Then for the highest priority ones, you can do something about them.  E.g., see if/how you might steer clear of them, reduce their potential impact, etc. But how do you prioritise them?  The method…

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Some people need to get a little bit more real

You operate in the real world. Everyday. You face challenges in your organisation.  And your ability to even face those challenges depends in large part on things outside of your organisation. Maybe a kid needs more of your time.  Or an ageing parent.  Or your own health.  Or [fill in the blank]. Me too. Even…

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Is it a task or is it an outcome? Are you sure?

Imagine you want to be happier. So you set yourself a goal of being happier. Now what? What are you actually going to do to try and reach that goal? You can’t just be happier by wanting it. Being happier is the desired outcome.  But, in order to progress towards it, you need to define…

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