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Posted by: on June 3, 2016

The missing 50%

I work in what has for many decades been a male dominated environment, being a mechanical engineer working in the nuclear industry. As an industry we have acknowledged that we could be missing out on 50% of a talented workforce. I was recently invited to take part in a panel at a conference in the […]

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Posted by: on May 17, 2016

Module Four

Whatever your expectations of the MMPM programme, did they include Jesuit cash boxes, mediaeval churches, balloons as nuclear waste, the ambiguous nature of bottles of water and the question of evil? Including crises of spirituality in a textbook on management accounting and control systems was unexpected. Like Mary Poppins’ carpetbag, the quantity and variety of […]

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Posted by: on May 10, 2016

Financial management, Euthyphro’s dilemma, my wife and Amazonian perspectivism

Socrates asks Euthyphro “Is the pious (τὸ ὅσιον) loved by the gods because it is pious, or is it pious because it is loved by the gods?” (10a) Professor Paolo Quattrone, asked us exactly the same thing, which I’d like to call Paolo’s dilemma— Do we believe in numbers because they are accurate or are […]

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Posted by: on March 30, 2016

A Major Program: A Sound Change

Some dreams you have to let go of only to make way for a realistic dream. Some dreams you hold on to – only to realise it is too late for change. Drawing that fine line between ‘holding on’ and ‘change’ is what makes the choices we make in life the difference between success and failure. As a […]

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Posted by: on February 24, 2016

Masters in Major Programme Management or Four Rolex Watches

This is my first ever blog and I admit up front that it won’t be anywhere near as creative and juicy as some of the other blogs written in this space so far. But I will dare to give it a go and see where I reach on this expedition. My journey on this course […]

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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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