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Creating an adaptive organisation culture the Zappos way

A company's culture is a result of how people in the organisation currently work, it is not what you think or hope it to be. To bring about cultural change in an organisation it is important to do things differently, making changes happen will lead to cultural changes and must be led from Senior Management.

Creating an adaptive organisation culture the Zappos way2017-11-26T10:29:46+00:00

APM Annual Conference

A regular annual event for us now, we attended the Association for Project Management Conference held in London on the 21st October. A highlight of the event was Stephen Calver's presentation using a particularly stomach churning scene from Gladiator to explore the different elements of project management and how they could be applied. Both arresting [...]

APM Annual Conference2017-11-26T10:29:46+00:00

How individuals can help themselves in times of uncertainty

With a changing economy, individuals will be wondering if and how they will be impacted with many experiencing worry and concern about potential changes to their personal circumstances.There are areas within direct control to help in working through the implications of change and begin to anticipate what this means for them and their future such as their career management process, physical and mental health and remaining proactive throughout.

How individuals can help themselves in times of uncertainty2017-11-26T10:29:47+00:00

The Soft Skills Debate

Soft skills for Project Managers is a topic that is regularly raised without any real resolution of where the balance between technical (hard) skills and people (soft) skills lies. The question is too simplistic, soft skills encompasses a wide range of skills and anyone responsible for delivery will need a mix of hard and soft skills to get the job done.

The Soft Skills Debate2017-11-26T10:29:47+00:00

Scottish Government Framework award

Maciver Project Services is delighted to have been awarded a place on the Scottish Government Framework for Business Consultancy services in the areas of Organisational Development and HR Consultancy. We are leading a Consortium that brings together the experience and expertise of four specialist consultancies to work with organisations needing to deliver change, improve performance [...]

Scottish Government Framework award2017-11-26T10:29:48+00:00

Kotter’s Leading Change Step 8: Institutionalising New Approaches

The final step in Kotter's process for Leading Change is the institutionalisation of new approaches into the organisation. An organisation's behavioural norms and shared values influence behaviour through rewarding those in line with the culture and sanctioning those who step out of line. New practices made as part of the change effort will be more [...]

Kotter’s Leading Change Step 8: Institutionalising New Approaches2017-11-26T10:29:49+00:00

Kotter’s Leading Change Step 7: Consolidating Improvements and Producing Still More Change

In any change process, beware celebrating change too early. In Kotter's seminal book Leading Change, the change process includes a step to consolidate the improvements to date and highlights the continued effort to produce still more change, even at this late stage. One of the reasons to be mindful of celebrating success too early is [...]

Kotter’s Leading Change Step 7: Consolidating Improvements and Producing Still More Change2017-11-26T10:29:49+00:00

Kotter’s Leading Change Step 6: Planning for and Creating Short-Term Wins

Planning for and creating short-term wins as outlined in Kotter's seminal book Leading Change is important to the long term success of a change effort. By creating visible and unambiguous results as stepping stones to achieveing the end goals, the organisations and individuals impacted by the change can see how their efforts are contributing to [...]

Kotter’s Leading Change Step 6: Planning for and Creating Short-Term Wins2017-11-26T10:29:50+00:00

Kotter’s Leading Change Step 5: Empowering Others to Act on the Vision

The time to empower others to act on the need to change should happen once the foundations are put in place, that is, a considerable way into the overall change process. Kotter's seminal book Leading Change proposes the urgency for change needs to be established first, a guiding coalition put in place, a vision created [...]

Kotter’s Leading Change Step 5: Empowering Others to Act on the Vision2017-11-26T10:29:50+00:00

Kotter’s Leading Change Step 4: Communicating the Vision

There is little point in having a agreed vision for change if it is not communicated. Communicating the vision is the fourth step in Kotter's seminal book called Leading Change. This step builds on the change process so far where a sense of urgency has been established, a guiding coalition formed and the vision created. [...]

Kotter’s Leading Change Step 4: Communicating the Vision2017-11-26T10:29:51+00:00