What matters - Walls

Posted by Philip Smith on 10 May 2021
What matters - Walls
Genius is in the detail. If we master the details, we win. If the details master us, we lose.

Walls are built to keep people out, or in some cases to keep people in.  Our businesses have walls, internal and external. People carry ideas, but can they breach the walls with their ideas? Are we clear on the purpose of our walls and how they impact our business? ...
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Where is the line in your oraganisation?

Posted by Philip Smith on 11 April 2021
Where is the line in your oraganisation?
There is a cost to organisations for maintaining the "line"? Finding this invisible line can be hard at times, but if you have one in your organisation it is important to find it.  Your future might depend on it. Look for signs of this line within the structure of power and control.  One indicator is when blame is directed below the line, praise will always be allocated above the line. Should you encounter this, know that you are in trouble.  If you occupy t...
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Trust, Truth and Outcomes

Posted by Philip Smith on 10 March 2021
Trust, Truth and Outcomes
Who and what do we believe, who do we trust and why ? We live in an interconnected world that is fast becoming impossible to navigate. North is now South and West is maybe South East, but only on alternate Tuesdays. The compass now runs to 699 degrees and point nowhere with any degree of accuracy. Competing authorities claim to be the bearers of "truth" and almost 20 years ago, Mr Bush broke it down to a simple binary decision "you are either with us or with them". I...
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Why the monkey gets the bananas

Posted by Philip Smith on 9 February 2021
Why the monkey gets the bananas
People matter in Projects  Several times every year I read articles describing why projects fail. The authors cover the spectrum from academics to project professionals, big name consulting firms and a host of other "experts". At this point I have to show my ignorance by simply stating that most of the time I have no idea what they are prattling on about. Somehow it appears that impressive sounding words strung together by "experts", even when lacking in any obj...
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Resolve

Posted by Philip Smith on 10 January 2021
Resolve
Words of wisdom from an old friend. Many years ago I met and spent time with some very kind and interesting people. One of them drafted the following document that I am now sharing with you.   When I am beset with fears and my hopes seem far removed, it brings to mind the great  times that have surrendered to me . Often have I pondered what this kind of dwelling that takes me away from depression should be called, and it has presented itself to me under the mantle of &nb...
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