Season’s Greetings 2014

Season’s Greetings 2014

As 2014 comes to a close this is the perfect time to thank you for your continued support throughout the year. Season’s Greetings and Warm Holiday Wishes from Deanne and the team at Unlike Before Website Email UK +44 7817 500 593 Whitepaper Resources IT +39 3664 537 897 Copyright Unlike Before Ltd 2014 all rights reserved

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Just say NO!

Just say NO!

One outcome from austerity and the economic downturn is that staff are having to do more with less .  But how is this possible, you’re already amazing, right? Work longer hours.  But this makes you grumpy, and can lead to mistakes as you get tired. Work more quickly – do the same stuff, just faster.  But this is not sustainable and results in the same symptoms as above.

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Red, Blue or Green

The UK general election is just around the corner (7th May 2015), so it’s high time I figured out which party to support.  For the purpose of this discussion, I’m going to discount tactical voting (i.e. voting for a party that I don’t really like because it’s ‘ the only party that can win here ‘).  Instead I’m going on ideology combined with pragmatism. Before I get stuck in, I’m going to immediately dismiss the Lib Dems, UKIP,  and all other niche parties.  The Lib Dems are out because of the tuition fee u-turn.

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Turning to Christ

Turning to Christ

I started life in an essentially atheist household.  Apart from attending the odd Christingle, the Church, God and I had nothing in common.  I was a pretty committed atheist too.  I’d used my scientific, rational brain to work out that God and the supernatural clearly couldn’t exist.  I went so far as to ridicule my poor God loving school friends, picking apart their creationist arguments with ease. A subtle shift began when I proposed to my wife (Lian) on New Years’ Eve 2007,  (aged 29 and a few days).  Around the same time, I’d read the God Delusion , and despite feeling reasonably smug during Dawkins’ relentless attack on feeble minded religious types, I also felt the first pangs of discomfort

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What are the 3 biggest mistakes that project manages make?

What are the 3 biggest mistakes that project manages make?

In my role as a project leadership coach, trainer and facilitator I come across many project managers who are struggling to gain traction on their projects. They find it hard to get team members to commit, to gain buy-in from stakeholders and to win people over. They put in a lot of effort and complete a lot of work; yet they are not getting the results they want. Their projects are slipping, their clients are unhappy and their teams are de-motivated. Often, it is the most urgent requests that get their attention. At the bottom of the pile are activities that they never get around to.

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