Do you have a leaning to be negative?

At the BCS Business Change SIG last night in London, we had a great conversation. I expected we would, but I wasn’t sure what turn it would take. But isn’t that the way of all great conversations? We were exploring the concept of Resilient Hope. In the discussion following my presentation, one person mentioned he’d be […]

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Dealing with Difficult People?

Earlier this year I was running a Stakeholder Engagement Workshop in the Netherlands. Towards the end of the workshop, I began to reference one of the most popular, but contentious sections in my book Practical People Engagement about ‘Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders.’ One of the delegates suggested that if I label someone as ‘difficult’ immediately […]

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In Praise of Public Servants

 Someone once said that life was like learning to play piano in a public concert. I think I know what they mean. We all feel vulnerable when we make mistakes. Nobody likes being seen making a mistake. So we try to do this secretly, don’t we? When it comes to the area of project management and […]

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PinkCast & the 2-minute Rule

I really appreciate Daniel Pink’s work, particularly Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, an awesome book. He delivers a periodic, high-energy, short video to his subscribers called Pinkcast. This week’s Pinkcast made me smile (as it usually does). It featured another notable author and speaker, David Allen, most well-known for his book Getting Things […]

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Create or Curate?

Most of us have come across the saying that every five-year-old is an artist, and by the age of ten very few of them are. It does ask questions about creativity and how we raise kids. I’m convinced that if we have a broad enough view of “creativity” nearly everyone can express creativity. When we […]

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What just happened in August??!

Something strange has been happening this month. In fact, not just this month, but it has begun to repeat a pattern over the last three or four Augusts. This pattern is so strange, it prompted me to investigate, and what I have found concerns me. As you may know, I chair pearcemayfield, a company that offers […]

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Positives Attract

A while ago, I met a senior executive client for the first time. In the course of our conversation. I mentioned that I liked to call out the gold in people. She asked me what I meant by that. So I showed her. I said,  “I can already see that you are a strategic delegator […]

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