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Charities: Are your books and records in order?

Recently, a number of well-known Canadian charities faced brand risk because they didn’t adhere to a basic business principle of organization. They didn’t have up to date books and records. Failure to maintain your books and records is possible grounds for suspension of a charity’s tax-receipting privileges. Such a suspension can translate into the loss … read more

EXPO 2020: A historical moment for the Arab world

The momentous implications of the Expo 2020 win are still to be fully understood. First, I want to take a step back and reflect on the historical importance of this win, then I will make some bold predictions for the next few years. This win is historical When the Expo comes to Dubai in 2020, … read more

Unrealistic Timelines are the Bane of Successful IT Project Planning

In my experience as a project manager, unrealistic timelines or schedules are one of the most common reasons for unsuccessful IT project planning. I’ve seen my share of projects fail. In fact, according to the Cranfield School of Management in the UK, 68% of projects are destined for failure. Given this, I’ve often wondered, why … read more

Project Scope – the Corner Stone of IT Project Planning Success

Before I get into why project scope is the corner stone for IT project planning success and project execution activities that follow, let’s define what is meant by project scope. There are several definitions available from the PMBOK to many other sources. In simple terms, project scope is the part of project planning process that … read more

Four personal branding tips to help shorten your elevator pitch

Hi, what do you do? In 10 seconds or less, can you summarize what you do for a living? Everyone should be able to do this. The original purpose of an elevator pitch was to prepare you for that chance meeting with a potential client, so that you could quickly summarize your value proposition for … read more

The “Art” of Strategy

A great captain once said, “the best strategies are ones that leadership can communicate in a single picture”. There’s a lot to be said for that. Yet, in the past few years of dealing with corporate strategy development, I’ve been seeing the exact opposite. More often than not, companies trot out multiple binders of documents … read more

Why Senior Management Support is a Must for IT Project Success?

For IT Project success, senior management support should be on every project manager’s list of critical factors. In my experience, when we failed to get sufficient senior management support for our IT projects, the projects had little chance of succeeding, in fact they failed. As I indicated in my previous blog, the role of senior … read more

Replace your lone advisors with a professional firm

Advisory Boards have a daunting array of tasks. This includes advising CEOs and business owners how to overcome challenges at a particular time. Those challenges will change over time, depending on market conditions, the economy, industry, competition, and other factors. Those challenges are in a constant state of rapid change, making the role of the … read more

What does the future of Social Media look like?

‘One day we’ll be tweeting from the Moon, said the wise old owl to the eager baby beavers’ This sounds like something you’d see written in a story tale, but incredibly, it’s now actually true. What does the future of Social Media look like? And how is it affecting our business and learning practices? With … read more

Does Corporate Culture Affect IT Project Planning and Success?

Even with sound project teams in place, corporate culture and to lesser extent organizational structure will influence IT project planning and ultimately the project success. You need to be cognizant of the corporate culture, process and structure to ensure that your IT project plan does not mitigate any possible negative effects and potential failure. Corporate … read more

How Will the New Baby Boomer Retirement Lifestyle Shape the World?

What impact will Baby Boomer retirement lifestyle decisions have on the physical makeup of cities, government policies and the building industry? Plenty! My earlier blog ,What do we really want, makes it pretty clear that we are a very diverse groups with some very specific needs. These needs lead to 5 Real Estate Trends that … read more

Hunch-Based Selection

When a client project involves resume vetting, I always include in my proposal that I will spend 30 seconds max per resume. This is especially true if I’m vetting hundreds of documents from multiple postings. Just so you aren’t shocked, the recruiting industry average time spent on a resume is 6 seconds. I like to … read more