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Leaders in the Mist: Life Would Be Perfect If…

Wouldn’t it be grand if we could predict the behavior of people the same way we can predict system behavior? How often does what you are trying to accomplish appears straight forward but the people get in the way? I don’t know about you but for me, it’s a daily occurrence and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  People with their unique talents, unique approaches are what makes everything we...

Project Managers: Experts at the Game of Business Whack-A-Mole.

Why is it that when one problem seems to get solved that fourteen others seem to pop up like particularly malevolent moles in a Whack-A-Mole game? It’s because it’s the nature of what we do. No matter what the fancy title, great intentions, vision or mission statement, we are problem-solvers and experts at the game of Business Whack-A-Mole. The continuous and unsettling change in the game made it...

Managed Services Transition Journey: Transition Work Plan (3 of 3)

This is the third blog in a series that will take us through the phases of the Managed Services Transition Journey as it relates to IT outsourcing. Previously I discussed Definition and Preparation of the Transition. Over the last decade I have worked with numerous clients and completed many large complex outsourcing transitions. One thing for certain is that each transition requires a custom approach depending on...

Leaders in the Mist – Unsung Heroes – Building Collaboration

How often have you heard that the team has to collaborate to find a solution? The team has to reach consensus to make a decision. What usually happens? The strong, dominant members of the team, sometimes those with power, drive the rest of the team members to agree and happily call it collaboration.  What if the players on the team are from competitive groups? What if team members were “voluntold” to...

Embracing a Managed Services Culture

Managed Services is a term used by a lot of people and you, like me, have probably at some point recognized that the definition means different things to different people. I was speaking at a PMI symposium on the topic of managed services. I noticed that the session preceding mine was titled “What is managed services”. “Hah!” I thought. “Good luck with that!” I wanted to attend that session just to see...
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