Is your project going off the rails?

Peter Osborne | 26 Mar 2015

Time and again, projects get derailed for the same reasons. But how do you know if a project is in trouble? Here are five questions programme sponsors should ask to establish the health of their project and to keep it heading along the right track.

State-of-the-art public access and the city of the future

Jas Gaurav Singh

The second article in our City of the Future series examines the need for state-of-the-art public access to services and service delivery, arguing that only multi-channel access will suffice in satisfying today’s “connected” citizen.

Give yourself some air

Janet Howd

Many people get so nervous and uptight when they have to present or speak in public that they feel as if they are going to pass out. If that’s you, don’t worry. All you need to do is learn to breath.

Transparency and the city of the future

Lindsey Donato & Ed Nevins

In the first of a new nine-part series on issues facing the city of the future, Lindsey Donato and Ed Nevins explore the need for transparency in city government.

An ocean apart?

Gurnek Bains

The American model of leadership may be ubiquitous, but it’s not universally appreciated by other cultures. Indeed, the difference in mindset between Americans and Europeans can sometime be as wide as the Atlantic. So what can the two learn from each other?

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Beyond conversation

John Girard | 18 Mar 2015

Storytelling is very much ‘in vogue’ in management circles, but conversation alone often fails to create value. In fact, many workplace conversations are disruptive or even damaging. The trick is to move from casual conversation to deliberate dialogue.

Leading by candlelight

Michael Jones

The difference between management and leadership is like the difference between flashlight and candlelight. In the focused, flash-lit world of management, we try to bend others to our will. But in the candle-lit world of dialogue, we blend with others in order to see a greater whole.

Leadership, innovation and the future

Duane Dike

Leaders are critical to a climate of innovative thinking. Great ideas don't emerge from companies whose leaders try to control and micromanage. Innovation only thrives in organizations whose members are free to think and express themselves.

When you train, are people learning?

Dan Bobinski

Many managers are expected to train their staff. But if no one has ever shown them how to do it effectively, then how could they possibly know? They way adults learn is not a preprogrammed brain file, nor is it installed in us when we're born or when we become a manager.

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News & Ideas

Dominance could kill you

What goes around, comes around. A hostile personality increases the risk of heart disease

How currency wars impact business

When currency wars break out, business gets caught in the crossfire

The rise of protectionism: are borders making a comeback?

Businesses can't afford to ignore the geopolitical climate in which they have to operate

Geopolitics and managing risk

Any business that operates outside its home turf needs a grasp of geopolitics

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Interviews

Inspiring engagement through the power of stories

The gap between having a vision and inspiring others to help you achieve it is common to every business leader. Dawna Jones talks to Guido Palazzo, professor of business ethics at HEC Lausanne, about how stories can help you communicate your vision

Who's afraid of the science of shopping?

Whether it's personalised bill-boards, talking windows or mobile phones that know what product we're looking at in a store, the future of shopping has already arrived. And as we hear in this interview with Dr David Lewis, the neuro-psychologist who invented the science of shopping, that's only the beginning.

James Kerr and the executive checklist

Author and management consultant, James Kerr, talks about his latest book, The Executive Checklist, and explains how making the business world simpler can help leaders improve the ways in which they guide and shape their organizations.

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