“Mitigating the risks of Failing Projects” : Interview for The Economist Intelligence Unit

I did this interview for The Economist’s Intelligence Unit five years ago for an article on “Mitigating project portfolio risks in the financial services industry”  on how companies track projects to mitigate risks, and how they identify projects that are failing to reduce the impact on the company, the team, and the bottom line. Surprisingly many…

Organisational Ambidexterity balancing Short and Long term Priorities

Nokia, Blackberry, TWA, Kodak, Olivetti, Enron, Blockbuster, Delta Airlines, Swiss Air, Arthur Andersen, General Motors, Chrysler, Lehman Brothers, Worldcom…and many other world known companies went busted …one of the main reasons for their failure is because they failed to become ambidextrous The most accepted definition of organisational ambidexterity is a balance between explorations and exploitation; organisations capable of exploiting their…

Project Managers have the skills to become CEOs, so why don’t they?

It is well known among the project management community that there is a glass ceiling in the career path of project managers (PMs). Only a tiny proportion have the opportunity to reach the top of the corporate ladder and land the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) job. In this article, I will prove – for the first time – that project managers have…

Forget about Cost Reduction: Increase Focus to Double Productivity

Lack of focus is one of the biggest hindrance organisations face in achieving their strategies. This issue is magnified by the fact that Human Beings tend to Disorderand Procrastination. In this article I will demonstrate the consequences of this lack of strong decision making and attention on what really matters, and the impact it has on the overal productivity of an organization as well…

Why top Business Schools don’t teach Project Management to their MBAs?

Wharton, Insead, Harvard, Stanford, London Business School, Columbia, IMD, MIT, Instituto de Empresa, Chicago,…the world most prestigious business schools, don’t teach project management as a core course to the future business leaders as part of their flagship MBA programmes. Senior executives seem to neither fully understand project management nor regard it as an important means…

Apple, Google, Lego,…benefits of becoming a “Focused Organization”

Is your company totally focused in their vision, in a few products, in a few services, in a few projects, in one single culture…? If not, asI explain in the following article, it might explain most of the issues you are currently facing… There is a major transition happening today inside organisations; and companies moving…