May 3, 2019

There are four traits of a ‘super’ professional: resilience, autonomy, agility and clarity. So let us start with resilience, which means the capacity to recover quickly from difficulty, or adversity or setbacks – or in one word ‘toughness’. Dean Becker from Adaptiv Learning Systems found that the level of resilience a person exhibits determines their success, far more

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April 22, 2019

Whenever you have a deadline, somehow, you’re able to get the job done working right up to the deadline. But other projects never seem to get done. We need to complete projects that are urgent, but projects that are very important but not so urgent often gets left for tomorrow (and maybe never!). How do

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April 8, 2019

Today’s professional is expected to work smarter and work harder. But what does working smarter and harder means? Professional practice effects how you are perceived by your peers and management: who you are, what you’ve got to offer, how viable your ideas are, and how well you present them. It is what makes people listen to you

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March 28, 2019

Preparing a business case is about deciding on the option that promises the best return, relative to the risk of failure involved. What are the success principles that help you in developing a robust business case? For a private investor considering an investment, the project option that returns the best profit, relative to the amount

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March 15, 2019

When you hear the words strategic thinking what comes to mind?Do you shudder and say to yourself — not for me? Or do you glaze over and just want to get on with the job at hand? Plan your work, work your plan I’ve observed that many professionals only plan their work one day at a time. They

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March 8, 2019

Professor Bent Flyvbjerg in his research identified two main causes of misinformation in policy and management: strategic misrepresentation (or lying!) and optimism bias (appraisal optimism). Strategic misrepresentation is the planned, systematic distortion or misstatement of fact in response to incentives in the budget process. Optimism bias is the demonstrated systematic tendency for people to be overly optimistic

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