April 20, 2018

Compromising positions

I am often reminded that people see negotiation in a very different light – probably based on some bad experiences. When faced with a negotiation, people often expect that dreadful “c word” – Compromise! I was reminded of this just yesterday when reading an article about an academic negotiation over exam content, the school board […]

University without walls!

20 November 2014 and it’s EBS graduation day again. Today we have four new DBA graduates bringing to 35 the number from the programme since its inception.  26 of the 35 have graduated in the past couple of years as the DBA has gathered pace. Today’s four graduates come from South Africa, Hong Kong, the […]

The Dubai Metro – a very successful infrastructure project

I was teaching in Dubai again recently and I took the opportunity to ride on the Dubai Metro system. It is an example of a very successful transport infrastructure project. Construction began in 2006 and the first (red) line was completed in 2008 with the second (green) line following in 2010. The current system includes 49 […]

Work resumes on an unusual mega project in Dubai

  I was teaching in Dubai recently and was impressed with the continuing number and range of projects under construction. I was interested to see work has now resumed on a number of unusual and interesting mega projects that were temporarily suspended during the recent global recession. The Dubai World Islands Project is a good example. […]

Mirror(s) mirror(s) on the wall – what should I do if at all? – Wisdom of the crowd

Imagine that every important decision you make is made with the help of many smart people. Any question you ask can be answered based on the collective opinions, wisdom and experience of others, many others. It is called wisdom of the crowd. It simply means taking the average over a large number of responses (group […]

Sailing to success

Have you heard that the Panama Canal is being  widened?   To most people that means little, but for Jamaicans it’s a big deal and has brought up all sorts of dreams in the minds of policymakers.   But can their lofty goals really be achieved, or are they fairy tales to rival Grimm?   Let’s see if […]

Project Constraints in Antarctica

Most project planning concerns creating a timeline and accounting for resources. The availability of those resources tends to lead to the usual constraints regarding the project. An organisation will only have a finite amount of money, employees, and other available resources to dedicate to any project. Some ventures require a more carefully developed plan to […]

What is your managerial mark?

Have you ever asked yourself what you would you like to achieve as a manager, not only a “project” manager, but a manager, a leader maybe? What would people say about you when you  complete your current role at work? What will they say  about your management and about your sub-ordinates? As managers, we are […]