Leaving a well-paid job or finishing your military service means that you have a range of opportunities, including setting up your own management consulting business. This new course on Udemy helps you get started and to see if this is something you would like to do. Access the course here. https://www.udemy.com/starting-consulting-for-experienced-professionals/
One of the real challenges in project management is the immediate excitement by process people that at last project management processes and software can be used. Whilst at the same time creative people dread the perceived overwhelming burden of administration, reporting, feedback and audit.
Both are wrong.
In most cases project cannot be managed, reporting is too out of date and no one has the time to provide enough detail into the systems to provide enough quality to make informed evidence based decisions. This coupled with the tendency of senior managers and executives to make decisions outside the software process leads to dysfunction and everyone unhappy for one reason or another.
Completing projects on time and to budget is another fascination. This thirst for quality can drive a really odd behaviour which provides immense satisfaction for those who want a sense of tasks being completed, activities done. All the while the original problem forgotten or twisted in such a way by the various activities no one is sure why they started in the first place. But are determined to finish on time and to budget.
Of course, at times all of this is important. And if everything was logical it would all work seamlessly together to help deliver high-quality projects which in turn solve really important problems. No one would be working on unimportant project, or projects that are no longer needed. Or worse, working in a high-quality way on a no longer needed project. Being pleased with the performance and progress.
Salvation is at hand for everyone who is grappling with problem-solving if instead of software and processes the focus of attention is on structure. Not a rigid recipe, instead a guiding hand nudging things along in the right direction. Clarifying what’s supposed to be happening and bringing creatives, engineers, enthusiasms, visionaries and pragmatics so they are all walking in the same direction. We all have experience of being on a project where the client has lost track of what’s happening, or the consultant is too engrossed in their area of expertise that being busy has become the measure of progress.
Having structure is the answer. And this is where you can come to the rescue of your clients, colleagues, partners or associates by introducing them to Thoughtcrew Project Architect. It’s a web-based resource that provides only what you need to help navigate all types of project, giving structure and explanation so everyone can keep focused on solving the problem. Whatever there role. What’s more, you can offer them this structured help through the Thoughtcrew Project Architect Affiliate Programme.
Symbiosis ranges from parasitism to commensalism. Certain death to no impact at all. Yet we tend to think about the relationships we have in business as symbiotic. In nature, it’s a much tougher definition and one in which we could learn a lot. Using this Business Biomimetics approach it’s possible to see that what started out as symbiosis, quickly becomes commensal and finishes with parasitism. Ofen to the point where both partners fail. Thinking about this in a different way will see you focus on the changing nature of the relationship so you can ask if what you have fits with what you intended.
Past Casting is a Business Biomimetics approach that is used to develop organisation, team and individual strengths. It focuses on casting off the successes that have helped achieved today’s performance and focus on the strengths needed to achieve your new goals and ambitions.
These are the factors that determine if something is alive. You can use it to evaluate your business and identify what you need to do to make it more alive. The Business Biomimetics approach to strategy, change and innovation is quick to learn and easy to apply. In this video, I share the concept to help you start to think differently about how to make a difference.
An easy way to get going with your website
One of the real challenges is quickly getting started with your consulting or project management business is to get started with your web presence. There are. a number of great sources that you can go to to make an easy start to this.
After installing WordPress your main focus should be on getting a good WordPress Theme. This is not going to be easy as there are thousands of themes and them authors available. Sticking with the Thoughtcrew easy approach one of the ‘go to’ places we use is Themeforest. We chose our current theme from ThemeForest and have been very pleased with the choice and value for money. Click on the button to go to the site and pick your theme.
Book review : Rework, Change the Way You Work Forever
Authors: Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
Having already read Remote I thought I would give the latest book a chance. Like the earlier book there was plenty of white space so it didn’t feel at any time that I had to slog through pages and pages of text to get to the key points. The content style is very snackable and its possible to pick the book up at one end of the office and have gleaned useful actionable insight by the time I had reached the other end.
Of the many standout ideas I found the ones on decisions, enthusiasm and overnight sensations chimed well with me. The philosophy of remote working pops up when looking for resources and the logic makes sense (to me at least).
If you are looking for some good sense, easy access to the content, entrepreneurial thinking and a great set of principles to work to then read this book.
Review by Dr Phil Richardson