Quote: Simplification

Do not be alarmed by simplification, complexity is often a device for claiming sophistication,  or for evading simple truths. John Kenneth Galbraith

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A world beyond BOKs?

Reading again the great work from Kailash Awati, aka K, and following his inevitable cascade of links (I love them really, but my brain is too small), I came across a link to this site. The heretics! is there really a world beyond the Bodies Of Knowledge (BOK) such as PMI’s PMBOK? Well yes there is actually, especially since the abstractions espoused in BOKs and PMBOK in particular don’t exist. We need to stop apologising for not being able to adhere to idealised abstractions on this uncooperative...

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Quote: Education of the individual

Instead of a national curriculum for education, what is really needed is an individual curriculum for every child. Charles Handy   … and with current technology we could achieve this.

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Quote: The most important task of a leader

“Your most important task as a leader is to teach people how to think and ask the right questions so that the world doesn’t go to hell if you take a day off.” ― Jeffrey Pfeffer

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Spurious Correlations

Here’s a link to a site that really makes the point – just because there may be a correlation between two variables does not prove that there is a causal link.

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Stakeholders and Power

I have always liked the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) definition of a stakeholder; stakeholders are a: Person or organisation (e.g., customer, sponsor, performing organisation, or the public) that is actively involved in the project, or whose interests may be positively or negatively affected by the execution or completion of the project. A stakeholder may also exert influence over the project and its deliverables. (PMBoK 4th Ed., p443). To PMI’s definition of stakeholder we can add a little perspective regarding stakeholder interdependence by asking the following questions from Jeffrey Pfeffer: Whose cooperation will I need to accomplish what I am attempting; whose support will be necessary in order to get the appropriate decisions made and implemented? Whose opposition could delay or derail what I am trying to do? Who will be affected by what I am trying to accomplish, in either a) their power or status, b) how they are evaluated or rewarded, or c) in how they do their job? Who are the friends and allies of the people I have identified as influential? (Jeffrey Pfeffer, Managing With Power,...

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Quote: Ignorance – deliberate

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it! Upton Sinclair

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Quote: Ignorance and complexity

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction. Albert Einstein

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Precise Praise

There are four principles to Precise Praise listed below: 1. Differentiate Acknowledgement from Praise 2. Positive Loud; Critical Quiet (i.e. making the good stuff visible) 3. Reinforcing Actions, Not Traits 4. Genuine Praise Practice Perfect – Doug Lemov, Erica Woolway, and Katie Yezzi

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Quote: A Good Plan

A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week. George S. Patton

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