When we’re managing our work as a project, we may walk into actions which are, or at least feel repetitive: Things we’ll have to do over and over again, things which need to be done for every story. For instance, when we update a website, we have some exclusive editorial tasks (copy writing), yet also… »
Ideally, projects are one offs, with a clear beginning, end and budget, which are run smoothly and briefly from inception to completion, by dedicated, motivated and focussed teams who work in flow, delivering great breakthrough results, thrilling their target groups, beneficiaries, partners, sponsors and donors. Project management has improved considerably over the last few years.… »
One of the major international donor agencies decided to bring in a team of 18 regional and national consultants to jointly develop an integrated development program with a broad representation of local NGO’s and CBO’s: including project officers, specialists on sustainable agriculture, reproductive health, alphabetization, microcredit, economic development, training and education, gender and experts in… »
In one of the world’s most arid environments, a team of agronomists -living in an agricultural coop- managed to develop, test, implement and promote a number of successful alternative agricultural methods, extremely well suited for the region and allowing neighbouring peasants to regain a sustainable way of living.
Neither too short, not too long, just right! Often, meetings are scheduled for half an hour or an hour. That’s too short to really do something and to elaborate things all the way through. And it’s too long for just reporting on progress and planning for the next steps. As a result, time is lost… »
The world was shocked when Salvador Dalí first revealed his painting of Jesus Christ on the Cross back in 1951. For one thing, Dalí showed the world the all too familiar picture from a totally different point of view: Looking down from the sky, from God’s perspective so to speak, rather than up, as humans… »
Wealth of Nations Since 1776, when Adam Smith published his Wealth of Nations, mankind understands the advantages of labour division. Adam Smith elaborated the example of the production of matches, showing that for one man alone it would be quite a lot of work to finish off just one match: growing trees, cutting them, chopping… »
Lean management is popular today, especially because its implementation leads to enormous cost reduction, combined with improved quality and increased service level. Interestingly, a (very) long-term orientation may be seen as the basis of the lean philosophy, while HR policy is its heart. So, embracing lean, allows HR to take the lead it actually deserves.