March 2011 - Making the most of humour in project management
Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), March 2011, page 20
Humour can be a great asset to effective communication, if it is used well and appropriately. Unfortunately it is often misused, especially in cross-cultural settings. David Hillson has worked in every continent except Antarctica and he usually leaves people smiling. In this article he discusses how to use humour to get the message across without upsetting people. He also shares some of his best jokes…!
Jan 2011 - Risk and Agribusiness: Insights from the Risk Doctor
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This two-part article considers risks specific to the farming and agriculture sectors.
Jan/Feb 2011 - Change is risky
Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), January-February, pages 20-21
Models of change assume a steady progression of increasing commitment and support for change. In reality people can react negatively to change as well. Discover three ways that change can fail, and prevent them!
Dec 2010 - A fool with a tool is still a fool
Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), December 2010, pages 26-27
How do you choose a software tool to support the risk process, or should you develop your own? This column lists selection criteria, with a reminder that the 3 Cs are more important than the 3 Ts.
Nov 2010 - Was Jason insured?
StrategicRISK magazine, November 2010, pages 36-37
This wide-ranging article takes a look back through history to identify how risk was managed by our ancestors and forebears. It then looks ahead to three possible futures, using cosmology as a metaphor for how the risk management universe might develop.
Oct 2010 - Orchestrating success
Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), October 2010, pages 24-25
This article uses the musical metaphor of an orchestra to explore the role of the project manager and the need for individual and corporate project management competence.
July/August 2010 - Training: Necessary but not sufficient
Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), July/August 2010, page 31-32
Many organisations expect training to produce competent staff. But training is only a small part of the solution. The PEAKS competence model provides a broad framework for developing competence in a range of roles, including managing risk.
June 2010 - Eyjafjallajökul - A personal view
Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), June 2010, page 14
The recent Icelandic volcano eruption raised questions about whether the official response was appropriate. This was an example of the precautionary principle in action - what can we learn to help us manage our daily risks?
May 2010 - How to be a successful failure
Proceedings of the PMI Global Congress 2010 EMEA, presented in Milan, Italy, 10 May 2010
Everyone experiences failure and sees it as "A Bad Thing". This paper explains why that is wrong, drawing on the presenter's wide experience of failing successfully. It explores the links between success and failure, including the Failure Formulae and the Success/Failure Ecocycle, and offers a structured response to failure. True failure comes from not trying at all, giving up too soon, and not learning or changing.
April 2010 - Managing future DANGER
Project Manager Today Magazine (ISSN 1366-6851), April 2010, page 30
Risk management offers a forward-looking radar to scan to future and help us get ready for what it might bring. This article suggests six reasons why the future might be particularly risky.
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