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How to Think Like an Engineer

  Dec 19 2019

# Engineering and Instrumentation

Do your engineer colleagues talk about things you don't understand? Have you ever wondered why they ask you for so much information? Or why they can be so pedantic about small details? You could take them to one side and ask for an explanation, but they'll probably start at too high a level and you'll end up even more confused. Another solution would be to register on the 'M...;

The Impact of company culture on Digital Transformation

  Nov 11 2019

# Digital Innovation and Transformation

Company culture is a term that is often heard when advertising a business to prospective employees, however, the implications of culture run deeper than the perks of a job. As we move towards a world that adapts and changes at breakneck speeds to the needs of the customer, it is essential that the culture of your business matches your transformative qualities. It is no longer enough to...;

Must Have Skills to Become a Successful Administrative Assistant

  Jul 14 2019

# Administration and Secretarial

As an inexperienced secretary, I hated taking notes and writing minutes – I’d rather have thrown myself downstairs! However, as I progressed to more senior roles, I eventually got the hang of it and have, since 2000, been helping other PAs and administrators to resolve their concerns. Here are some hints on the skills you need: Being good at taking notes You should have ...;

Co-active Coaching

  Jun 27 2019

# Interpersonal Skills and Self Development

When I first heard about the co-active coaching concept, I was curious about how this differs from the “regular” coaching I am used to implementing in my daily tasks as a consultant and a facilitator of various types of training sessions. Therefore, I decided to investigate the topic in depth. What I learned, and am planning to implement in my co-active coaching career, builds on t...;

The Importance of Boilerplate Clauses in Commercial Contracts

  Jun 27 2019

# Legal

I have been training UK lawyers and international lawyers in the area of business and commercial law for over a decade and when we discuss commercial contracts, they all find the topic of boilerplate clauses in commercial contracts most interesting but unfortunately, the reality is that boilerplate clauses tends to get overlooked by commercial parties. So, what are boilerplates clauses?...;

How to Effectively Manage an IT Crisis?

  Jun 23 2019

# IT Management

When I speak to other IT managers about some of the problems I have encountered, they look at me as if I am from another planet. How could one person have been involved with so many crises? Didn’t you ever ask yourself, David, if you were the common denominator? They could be right, of course. As one former boss said to me, “Just because you are paranoid, doesn’t mean people aren’t out to ge...;

Achieving Cyber Resilience within Organizations

  Jun 12 2019

# IT Management

I do not for one moment feel that any professional would argue that we are not facing a time of digital instability in our interwoven words of business, social media, or when we utilize some form of online service. It may be that the associated risks manifest as some cloak covered communication, with a must-read attachment sent from a LinkedIn member, who for some reason does not even posses...;

How to Improve Your IMC Plan with Social Media

  Jun 11 2019

# Marketing and Sales

When you have a business, it’s important to inform the world about it. But how you do it, can make it or break it. An Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) plan acts like a blueprint of the specific ways your company will transmit its message, and what it will say about itself, its products and services. The IMC plan must not be set in stone. It needs to evolve like any other marketi...;

The Construction Project Delivery Process

  Jun 11 2019

# Construction Management

When I deliver training courses for construction project teams, one of the key messages that I try to get across is: “It’s no use getting the small details right, if you don’t get the big details right” Recently, our family was watching a wonderful movie called Mousehunt and this piece of advice was encapsulated beautifully. In this story, Ernie and Lars Smuntz inherit an old ...;

Traditional versus Agile Projects

  May 28 2019

# Project Management

“Is there a standard project management approach that works for all projects? When should we use agile project management? Is agile project management applicable only for IT projects? What is the “right” project management approach?” These are some of the most repeated and confusing questions some project managers struggle with when they are first introduced to agile project management. Typical...;