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Posted by: on February 18, 2016

“I was told by a camera technician in Piccadilly Circus, only God is perfect!”

How then do we, as mere mortals, design and deliver perfect programmes? The psychologist Michael Cole and some colleagues once gave members of the Kpelle tribe, in Liberia, a version of the WISC similarities test (a modern day IQ test): they took a basket of food, tools, containers, and clothing and asked the tribesmen to […]

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Posted by: on February 15, 2016

Defining Success

Encouraged to apply what we learn to our practice, this blog takes a hard systems/soft systems approach to our February experience. Energy was somewhat sapped by mid-winter troughs for the northern hemisphere colleagues. Southern hemisphere colleagues found themselves transplanted to harsh winds and sharp frosts. That was our operating environment. Some of the course content […]

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Posted by: on December 10, 2015

I enjoy myself almost the entire time in Oxford

Transformation is in the air as we move towards the end of the year. As we learn more about each other, we discover a number of us are in transition. Did we choose the programme because we already knew we wanted change or is the programme the catalyst? The programme’s message is uncompromising –  too […]

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Posted by: on December 7, 2015

Major programme managers as Kings

One enterprising member from the 7th cohort in MPM, plans to run for the office of the highest-elected position in his country. Plato argued as thus: “there will be no end to the troubles of states… humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in the world…” This is my take — suppose the ruler of a […]

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Posted by: on November 13, 2015

What no one tells you about Major Programme Management —The first week

“…and therefore major programmes are different”, I concluded. At this point I had read the essay over twenty times and I knew where each word was. In fact, the past few weeks I had been thinking so much about the essay that every time I had a conversation with the wife, I felt an innate […]

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