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And now, a word for our Sponsors

By Nathan Jones / October 25, 2021 /

It seems that all words of advice in the program management world are focussed on Program Managers. It is certainly of benefit to learn how to be a good one. But how many people think of the good and bad lessons that can help or destroy Sponsors in their very important but undervalued role? As…

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An emotional lesson to learn

By Nathan Jones / August 31, 2021 /

What a great day! You’ve been assigned a program to deliver. It’s something that you can see value in. It even looks deliverable. As a Program Manager you feel on top of the world, and set out to get this thing done. You’re all in. You’re engaged. You’re emotionally invested. For those of us who…

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Same words, different language

By Nathan Jones / August 18, 2021 /

I consider myself a pretty smart guy. I mean not Steve, Hal or Ahbi smart (guys I went to uni with who seemed to find everything just easy), but able to walk and chew gum at the same time kind of competent. Today reminded me that I have to learn things every day. As a…

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Are your technical skills holding you back?

By Nathan Jones / August 6, 2021 /

About 20 years ago I found myself starting in a job surrounded by 25 people with science and engineering degrees. I walked into that silent place to see people sitting quietly reading, typing, or mixing chemicals in a lab. My task was to get them working as an effective unit. Productivity had not really changed…

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The bit you probably missed in your program

By Nathan Jones / July 17, 2021 /

Let’s face it, you’re probably frustrated with the progress of the program you are working on. How do I know this? Simply that most people get to that point. The timing varies from person to person, and organisation to organisation. It tends to happen though most of the time. If this makes you smile knowingly…

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Breaking down the walls is not enough

By Nathan Jones / May 21, 2021 /

Managements transformation fallacy I recently had a conversation with a senior executive who I have a great deal of respect for. He spoke with me about the need to transform the culture of an organisation. The intention was to become more effective at running programs and projects while, at the same time, become more efficient…

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The critical importance of solar circumnavigation

By Nathan Jones / December 31, 2020 /

So Fred, one of your best and most valued employees comes to you with an idea. It’s something they have been thinking about for a while. It’s a great way to speed up your process, save time and money, and even improve customer satisfaction. Fred and the team have really thought this through. What do…

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The toughest word in the English Language

By Nathan Jones / December 14, 2020 /

Let’s face it. We are all busy. We all complain about not enough hours in a day, or the ever increasing demands on our time. I don’t know of anyone who tells me they get through everything on their “To-do” list. With all of the wondrous technology we have on hand, why is this? Surely…

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A lament for the demise of critical thinking

By Nathan Jones / November 20, 2020 /

It seems strange to me. Our business leaders, our governments, our think tanks all state the same thing; that the most important skill we can teach the next generation of leaders is that of critical thinking. You know, that ability to think beyond the first impression, and adapt with evidence. Ask any engineer, lawyer, doctor,…

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If you don’t believe in your marketing approach, why should we?

By Nathan Jones / October 31, 2020 /

I get it. It’s a tough market right now. We all find that our numbers are down and people are reluctant to spend money. It’s a time when we all would love to see a great new approach that gives us a way to get business back on track. There has been an amazing increase…

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