EXPERT INSIGHTS
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Leadership

Mastering Managing Projects: The Easy, Five Step Way to Project Haven!

Author : Tim Woodman
Bio : Tim Woodman is the founder and managing director of two companies, Woodman Coaching and Management Learning & Coaching. Tim is a graduate in engineering, has a master’s in business administration, and is a qualified business coach. As a trainer and coach, he has been helping managers to manage well for over 16 years, besides being a practicing manager for over 35 years. Outside work, Tim has regularly achieved great success representing the Great British triathlon age group team.
ISBN : 9781631578113
Publish Date : 2017/10/4
Page Count : 24
Description :
How do project managers add value? Why do they get paid? What should project managers be doing? The problem is most project managers cannot answer these questions well because, whatever they say, the next question is If you are not there, would the project still get completed? which leaves them scratching their heads. In answering the fundamental questions of how do project managers add value and what should they be doing, this article draws on the author’s experience of managing, working with, training, and educating many thousands of project managers and researching and studying the subject for many years. By exploring the hidden realities that exist for project managers and by bringing a common-sense approach to the subject, this article shows project managers how to make the answers common practice as well. It is hoped that this article will help project managers gain clarity about their role and how they can achieve results for their employers that justifies their pay.

Leading Your People

Author : Tim Woodman
Bio : Tim Woodman is the founder and managing director of two companies, Woodman Coaching and Management Learning & Coaching. Tim is a graduate in engineering, has a master’s in business administration, and is a qualified business coach. As a trainer and coach, he has been helping managers to manage well for over 16 years, besides being a practicing manager for over 35 years. Outside work, Tim has regularly achieved great success representing the Great British triathlon age group team.
ISBN : 9781631578090
Publish Date : 2017/9/20
Page Count : 16
Description :
In this article, we will identify what leadership is and how it can apply to you at whatever level of leadership you are at. The problem is that if you ask a group of people to define leadership, the words you are more than likely to hear are “visionary, inspirational, and charismatic.” This is of course fine if you have the qualities of one of the world’s more famous leaders, but in most cases doesn’t identify what it is you need to do or be in the circumstances you might find yourself in. Ask the same group of people with a show of hands “How many of you are visionary, inspiring, and charismatic leaders,” and you can now grasp the difficulties we face in trying to determine what leadership is and how to get better at it. This article will identify exactly what leadership is and, in the process, explore how you can develop your own leadership qualities within the environment you find yourself in. It is hoped that this article will help leaders gain clarity about how to identify what good leadership is within the context of their own environment, what they can do to develop their leadership skills, and how to put these skills into practice.

Influencing Skills

Author : Christine Phillimore
Bio : Christine Phillimore, following a successful career education, became a freelance trainer. Focused and well read, she has worked in Uganda, Israel, and South Africa, as well as in England and Europe. Christine has delivered training courses in communication skills and business writing skills. Her clients include GSK, PIMCO, Addaction, the NHS, various universities, and the armed forces in the UK, US, and Germany.
ISBN : 9781631579127
Publish Date : 2017/9/15
Page Count : 10
Description :
Influencing is a skill often misunderstood and underestimated. This article looks at the characteristics of an effective influencer and the different styles that can be adopted to work successfully with different personalities. It stresses the importance of listening and using effective behavior, language, and positive approach to overcome resistance.

Creating Inclusive Teams:Six Essential Steps for Leaders

Author : Angela Workman-Stark
Bio : Angela Workman-Stark, PhD, is associate professor and program director of Leadership & Management Development in the Faculty of Business at Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada. Following a 24-year career in federal law enforcement, she teaches, researches, and consults on the topics of organizational change, leadership, and creating inclusive workplaces. She has delivered numerous national and international conference presentations, keynotes, and workshops and is the author of the recently published book, Inclusive Policing From the Inside Out.
ISBN : 9781947098404
Publish Date : 2017/8/24
Page Count : 14
Description :
Traditional methods of creating diverse teams have been much like turning on a set of Christmas lights—simply screw in the right number of colored bulbs, turn on the power, and declare yours the best house on the block. But we know by now that diversity is much more than visible differences nor does it work without inclusion. Where diversity recognizes individuality, inclusion ensures that individual differences are embraced and leveraged. Where diversity is about counting certain people, inclusion is about making all people count. For leaders seeking to create more diverse and inclusive teams, this article outlines six essential steps, commencing with a self-assessment of inclusive leadership behaviors.

Being a Good Sport

Author : Adrian Stores
Bio : Adrian Stores is author, lecturer, and CEO of ACROBAT FCSM. He was former chairman of Chartered Institute of Marketing for its specialist consultants group for sports and leisure. Having advised 15 percent of professional football clubs in English Premier and Football Leagues, he is now taking expertise to some of the largest clubs in the world.
ISBN : 9781631577567
Publish Date : 2017/6/13
Page Count : 14
Description :
This article is intended to be an informative guide based on the author’s experience in leading sports sponsorships with regional, national, and global brands. The article demystifies the subject to benchmark the best practice and highlight the pitfalls.

Developing Agile Leaders

Author : Foster, Carrie
Bio : Fellow of CIPD, Glyndwr University
ISBN : 9781631577123
Publish Date : 2017/2/2
Page Count : 20
Description :
The context in which organisations operate is undergoing continuous and multifaceted change. In addition to the rising levels of political uncertainty, megatrends such as demographics, digital technology, global competition and shifting business model design means organisations are experiencing unpredictable customer demands, increased complexity, an overload of information and stretched resources. The ability to continuously change and be effective in leading through change will be the key to sustainable organisational performance. To survive in the environment, leaders must become agile in both thought and practice. This article seeks to provide a framework for leaders to develop their agility, resilience whilst learning from setbacks and enhancing their capacity to act.

Empowering Leadership

Author : Sarah Cook
Bio : Sarah Cook is managing director of The Stairway Consultancy Ltd.
ISBN : 9781631578557
Publish Date : 2017/3/7
Page Count : 8
Description :
This article provides practical guidance and advice on how to create a high-performing work environment by demonstrating empowered leadership. It covers the qualities of an effective leader, explains what is empowered leadership as well as steps to be taken to improve empowerment.