According to the Mckinsey & Company report titled: The Art of Project Leadership Mindsets play a critical role in the development of ultra-large projects. Good systems and processes will positively influence team behaviour to a certain extent, but success or failure is largely determined by how well a team works together. Team mindsets inform the multitude of decisions and interpersonal interactions that occur on a project. Constructive mindsets lead to good decisions and strong trust-based relationships, which in turn lead to high team morale and excellent performance. Four mindsets that underpin the development of the project from start to finish: Lead as a busines... »
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Jack Ma is the wealthiest man in Asia he recently visited the Philippines after accepting an invitation from the student government of De La Salle University, a premier school in Manila. Jack Ma, the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, delivered an encouraging two-hour talk. In the discussion, he highlighted traits of successful people. Learn to deal with people An intelligent person would not succeed if he or she does not know how to deal with other people. Ma shared his experience about being ridiculed while starting his internet-based business in China. He was considered a “crazy guy.” Not minding what other people say about him, but he persevered. Believ... »
HERE IS HOW BURN OUT/ADRENAL FATIGUE IMPACTS PRODUCTION IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY The construction industry slows down usually this time of the year because we all may be feeling tired from a stressful year. We all have had challenges and personal emotions and issues to cope with, at work and at home. Adrenal fatigue (burn out) is hard to diagnose and comes from pushing ourselves too hard and ignoring to take care of own health. Early symptoms are headaches, back pain, skin rashes, insomnia replaying our problems over and over in our head, using too much caffeine to cope because we tired, abusing sleeping pills, often get flu, because immune system has been compromised and other st... »
The Female Dilemma: Dealing with Unwanted Attention in the Workplace Having recently changed jobs and joining a construction team that has been running with a project for 2 years brings on a whole new challenge, not just as the newbie, but also as a female in an industry that is dominated by men. To say that is stressful would be an understatement. Already living in South Africa as a woman is dangerous and challenging when we look at the number of women who are murdered daily and those who disappear, never to be seen again. It makes it hard to trust any man and makes it even worse when that man is new in your circle and you don’t have any information from anyone on the kind of person ... »
What’s the Difference Between Presentation Skills and Public Speaking? A few months ago, I had a meeting with someone who suggested that I rename my workshop called Presentation Skills because he was concerned that people would think that it was a Power Point course. That was a new perspective for me, because in my mind a presentation is so much more than just Power Point. (For more on this topic, please see my Nuts and Bolts of 13 October.) Yesterday, I got asked another question that made me think about how people perceive terminology; a prospective client wanted to know if I coach public speaking, as well as presentation skills. I had to think about that one. The problem was not t... »
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