THE AGMS CONFERENCE – PART 3

Thanks for the feedback on the last instalment. The next key area of emerging need in management education, and the second largest topic (in terms of papers, time and discussion) from the AGMS (Association of Global Management Studies) conference in Oxford in May was: Effecting management through influence.
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THE AGMS CONFERENCE – PART 2

Previously, I listed the key areas of emerging need in management education (as reflected in the focus at the AGMS Conference).

Multidisciplinary management took the largest slice of focus at the conference, and I would like to expand on this. Basically, and of course, this is my reporting of papers and presentations.

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INFLUENCE IS JUST SO IMPORTANT

Hi, Colin is a mate of mine and he writes some fabulous stuff. In fact I’m writing the forward for his next book.

You might have heard me say (I’ve said it, I hope you’ve heard it) that influencing is the key skill for our success. In fact I’ve even spoken at conferences and events about the need for us to be good/effective political campaigners (ideally we’re the campaign managers/directors so our sponsors succeed in spades).

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THE ASSOCIATION OF GLOBAL MANAGEMENT STUDIES CONFERENCE – OXFORD, MAY 2014

I attended and presented at the above conference last month. It’s a great privilege to be invited and to mix with Deans and Professors from the major business schools around the world come together to discuss themes emerging in the world and which the need to or are addressing in their courses and research. It was fun to watch the friendly banter and rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge. Alas no one (except me) from Oz attends but maybe next year it will be held in Australia.

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DIANE at OXFORD

I was delighted to be invited to present my paper entitled “Blurred Boundaries: Projects – Programs – Business” at the 2014 International Conference of the Association of Global Management Studies. The conference was held recently at Saïd Business School, the business school of the University of Oxford in England, and it was a truly global conference, featuring speakers from the USA, UK, Germany, Malaysia, Canada… and Australia, of course.

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NARRATIVE-LEADERSHIP

I subscribe to and would like to suggest you check out the “Narrative-Leadership” blog. I have met one of the contributors, Rabbi Rob, who calls himself a “contemporary Renaissance man”. He’s an amazing guy, one of those gentle but powerful souls.

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A NEW WAY OF WORKING WITH RNC

Yesterday, I attended a meeting with a PM represented by another company. He’d heard me speak late last year – wouldn’t have been hard as I spoke at 11 events in 10 weeks – and also knows some RNC people (past and present) and asked if he could PAY RNC to provide to him the support he’s seen us provide to other people.
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THE DARK ART OF OFFICE POLITICS

This is the first time I’ve ever forwarded a PMI email – wow – it’s an advertisement for a course on mastering office politics – The Dark Art of Office Politics – Without Losing Your Soul“.

I don’t know the presenter, but I do know that office politics (or in my language, learning how to run the campaign around projects and programs) is THE key to success in 2014.
Just being helpful.

Happy 2014!

PROJECT MANAGEMENT TRAINING FOR A NEW AGE

In my last post I talked about how the job of project management has evolved into one that requires project managers to use their influencing and persuasion skills to obtain resources for their projects. And with this change comes a requirement for training to provide managers with those additional skills.

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ARE YOU “OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSE”?

One of the biggest takeaways I brought back from the AGMS was the concept that there are people who are ‘outside the universe’. These are usually people who choose to work long term on contracts; or employees who think it is solely their employer’s obligation to provide their development. They don’t engage with their own career; and miss the fact that the world moves on without them. They are still employed but each contract gets harder to find, their rate (both in real and perceived terms) reduces and their bewilderment increases. It’s sad to see these people grasping at diminishing opportunities; opportunities that diminish further as they try to do things the old way, relying on the approaches, skills and methods that used to work.

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