What is Kanban? Using Kanban to manage work in progress and project delivery

What is Kanban? How can I use Kanban Boards to monitor projects and product development and delivery? Kanban is a visual and flexible project and programme/program management tool that can be adapted to support any project and product development system.

Why do an MBA?

Since starting the MBA I've been asked by family, friends and colleagues: Why do an MBA? What are the benefits of an MBA? Is it worth doing an MBA? Now I've completed the MBA and finally have time to reflect I can ask myself: Why did I decide to do an MBA? What did I want from from an MBA? What did I think the benefits of an MBA would be? Why did I put myself through the financial strain, endless nights of study and self-imposed social alienation that a part-time MBA requires? ...and finally: Was it worth it?

Assessing corporate culture in practice #2 – Using Kotter and Schein to assess culture

Using Kotter and Schein to assess culture in a large organisation in practice. How can you assess the corporate culture of an organisation using Shein's Iceberg Theory and Kotter's Cultural Alignment Theory. The second post on assessing organisational culture.

Assessing corporate culture in practice #1 – Kotter’s Culture vs Performance assessment

Using Kotter's Culture vs Performance assessment theory in practice to assess the quality and alignment of culture to strategy in a large organisation. Pugh, Lawrence and Lorsch, and Kotter

Recruiting the wrong person & firing someone for the first time

Ever have to fire someone before? Wondering what is the best way to fire someone? My own experiences of hiring the wrong person for a job and having to fire them at short notice. Learn from my mistakes to do it better yourself.

Why learning is important to entrepreneurial success

How do we learn from our mistakes to come back stronger? This is especially important for the entrepreneur, who takes risks and faces setbacks. The ones who learn from their mistakes are the ones most likely to succeed.
Reflecting on past events is an essential link between past action and more effective future action. The harder the decisions we make, the more difficult the process of reflecting becomes. We've all encountered people who appear to stumble along, oblivious to the lessons of the past, continuously making the same mistakes, repeating them again and again. This is a good example of those who fail to learn.

Courageous Conversations: Dealing with difficult employees

How do you deal with a difficult employee? How do you tell a difficult staff member that their behaviour or performance is unacceptable? How do you have a 'courageous conversation' with a difficult member of staff and get your point across successfully? Step-by-step guide for any manager to conduct a courageous conversations and deal with a difficult employee and avoid escalating the situation.

Motivating staff – Applying motivational theory in practice

Applying motivational theory in practice in the real world. How to motivate staff and employees Applying Herzberg's dual factor theory in practice. Examples of motivational theory in practice. How to motivate staff so they perform better and produce more