Becoming President: The Four Critical Skills for Leaders

Executives do different things and employ different skill sets than ordinary team members. Those skills can be learned but, if there’s a skill that you don’t have and can’t acquire, you can compensate for that. When George H. W. Bush ran for president, one of his campaign slogans was that he was the person most […]
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The Project Leadership Skills Needed to Help You Succeed

According to the Major Projects Authority Annual Report 2015, Modern enterprises are currently faced with unprecedented levels of change which provides a constant threat to their success and, in many cases, survival. Greater ‘maturity’ in project and programme management is positively correlated to success in delivering the organization’s strategy and contributes to the speed of […]
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The Importance of Listening to be More Influential

Experts say the ability to express yourself verbally often reaps influence. According to the Journal of Research in Personality, there is evidence that being an effective listener is also as important. Benefits of Effective Listening Prevents miscommunication Confirms understanding of the message Reduces frustration for the person ‘transmitting’ the message Gives access to others’ beliefs, […]
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Techniques to Help You Manage Stakeholder Expectations

When we talk about ‘stakeholders’ there are many, many groups that fall into this category. For example colleagues, customers, employees, shareholders, suppliers, the media, regulators, competitors and special interest groups. There are too many to manage all of them individually, so it’s helpful to have some tools, techniques, and processes to help you prioritize and […]
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Design Thinking: The New Paradigm for Building Applications

A confluence of business trends and development best practices is changing the way developers need to think about building applications. For want of a better term, the mindset that most software developers follow when building applications might be called ‘systems thinking’: Design a database that holds the data the company needs, design the software components […]
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