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The call for a 4 day work week

In recent months/years, there has been a lot of news about companies and countries trialling a 4 day work week and what this has done for productivity and how this has affected the workplace. I wanted to spend some time discussing my own experience and what i’ve found. I like to believe that the COVID […]

Let’s make a mistake!

One thing that i always try to inspire my kids to do is to make a mistake. I actively encourage them to try whatever they’re doing (within reason, of course!) and make as many mistakes as possible. Why? Do i want them to fail? No. I want them to learn that failure is something to […]

Creating the right culture in your teams.

I was inspired by a conversation that i recently had around what is important for teams and building the right culture in the current environment where things are hybrid/not quite back to normal and are incredibly competitive. For a recent posting, there were over 200+ applicants to the role. What made this organisation stand out? […]

Developing Project Management Skills with a limited budget

Being an Ambassador for Projectmanagement.com and TheDigitalProjectManager, I’m often asked how people can develop their Project Management Skills when they may have a very limited budget /allowance from their organisation or are trying to fund their own development. I wanted to spend some time during today’s Blog to discuss what you can do if you […]

Dealing with difficult people

In a recent coaching conversation, the coachee brought up a topic that they are struggling with and wanted to work on. With their permission, I’ve been able to share this knowledge with you today. Please note that names, and certain examples have been altered for privacy. Background: They have been working with their new colleague […]

Toxic Positivity

What are the signs of toxic positivity? Why do you need to learn how to manage your emotions effectively

Coaching your team

If you are onboarding new team members, what should you be aware of? What coaching tips are best

Learn from me… Some advice from my career.

These next few blogs are inspired by The GIFTD PM who asked to have more Blogs that don’t just detail best practice but talk about how you got to an end solution or action. So, I wanted to spend a few blogs going through some issues I’ve had during my career and how I managed […]

Trends for 2022

what trends might we expect to see in 2022? check out what i think is coming up for the year

2021 Trends

What trends happened in 2021 that were a surprise? Which could we have expected?

How much are you worth?

What are the ways that you want to be valued and appreciated at work? How can you identify the value that you want to see?

Soft Skills

Soft skills are so important for being a successful leader. learn more in this blog about what you can do to improve your soft skills

Business Dress

what changes have you noticed since returning to the office? has your business wear changed?

Mental Health Day

Today is Mental Health Day. I often get a little disillusioned with all of the different days that we have but this is a day that especially after the last two years that we have all had, I take really seriously and means a lot. For me, mental health used to be a ‘dirty’ word. […]

Motivation Tips

If you struggle with motivation, take a look at some of the tips in this blog post.

A lifetime of learning

Are you a lifetime learner? or do you only learn because you have to? Come and read today’s blog on making learning fun

What are the factors towards client success?

During a recent discussion with a colleague of mine, we were trying to work out a list of what are the biggest factors towards client success and therefore a successful project and outcome. We came up with the following list and I’d love to hear what you think: 1) Clear, known requirements upfront It is […]

Egg Donation: My story

This is a little off topic from my normal blog posts! So, I hope you don’t mind me posting this! Today, closed off the main activities for my role as an egg donor. What is an egg donor? An egg donor is someone who donates some of her eggs to another woman in order for […]

Workshops: How to keep your participants motivated

It’s hard. Don’t get me wrong. Facilitating a workshop in itself can be very draining in itself as not only are.you trying to gather information /share knowledge but you’re also trying to make sure that people are in the right “mindset” to be able to be contribute productively to your workshop. Over my years of […]

How to minimise Turnover in your teams

Since PMXPO, I’ve been receiving a lot of emails from Project Managers asking for advice about issues they’re having in their projects. This theme has appeared in several emails so I wanted to bring it out on my Blog in case it can help others. I have been trying to work out a “magic formula” […]

Change Management Virtually

During the PMXPO, another common question that I was asked both during and after the conference was around how to handle and manage Change with virtual teams / virtual environments. This can really be a different to manage and one thing to definitely consider when you are starting or working with virtual teams. Let’s take […]

Creating a team manifesto with customers/clients

One item that I have had a lot of emails about since my presentation at PMXPO was around ground rules/ deciding on working arrangements with clients. I briefly touched on this topic in a previous blog but wanted to extend it here. I wanted to answer some of the core questions that I have received. […]

PMXPO: Speaking summary

PMXPO is one of the most established virtual conferences and has been around for several years. This year it has been brought into the #ExperiencePMI conference series and has some great highlights and speakers. There were over 60,000 registered attendees. Last year, I took part in the Twitter Takeover of the @PMIevents twitter handle to […]

PMI – Megatrends

PMI recently published a report on: “How to Incorporate 5 Global Megatrends into Long-Term Business Strategy“. This report which has the byline of: Healing Fractures, building bridges was one that intrigued me. I reached out to: Stephen Townsend, Network Engagement Facilitator, at PMI to ask his thoughts on the report and some of the main […]

What matters?

I saw this interesting diagram on Twitter and it really inspired me to think about my own perceptions around success and what really matters. What’s the first thing that you see or identify with? I admit that when I was starting out in my career, I was very clearly focused on the top image with […]

Time Management Tips

If you’re like me, you have a lot of things on your to-do list and this may not just be your work. Appointments, schedules, visits to friends and family… all of this is a lot for someone to manage. Sometimes you can think that you’ve got it under control and other times it can feel […]

Ground rules

One key aspect for success in any project is around Expectation Management and a key factor in Expectation Management are having clear ground rules. What are ground rules? Ground rules set clear expectations for how you’ll work during the project. This can include everything around: Respect (e.g. respecting your teams time) Working time (e.g. core […]

Soft Skills: your essential tool for leadership

One of the recent topics that I’ve been working on with the people I coach is around Soft Skills and improving their own soft skills. In the people that i’ve been working with, Soft Skills is one area which is often the weakest link in their Professional abilities. What are soft skills? Soft Skills are […]

Monozukuri:

I am always trying to learn new ways of working and potential improvements that I can bring to my projects and teams. In the past year, I have been working a lot in the manufacturing sector and this term has come up a few times. Monozukuri is the japanese term for manufacturing or “making things” […]

Project Management tips that I’m teaching my children

Whether consciously or unconsciously, I am giving a few lessons on Project Management to my children. I think that it’s very important to look at some of our most valuable skills that we can give and share with others. Here’s a few of the most important skills that I’m trying to teach: Listening Skills: As […]

What volunteering brings me

I’m a passionate and regular volunteer with several different organisations. I contribute my time, skills, expertise and energy in various roles to add and share knowledge with the wider community. Within my career, being a volunteer gives me a lot of skills that I can apply and gives a great added value to my role […]

Questions to ask yourself as a Manager

Claire L Jew published an article about the 4 most important questions that she asks herself and I took this as an opportunity to think about the 4 most important questions that I ask myself as a leader. This blog has been quite difficult for me to write as I’ve struggled to limit the questions […]

Keeping in touch whilst Working from Home

One of the things that I have been asked about recently has been how to keep in touch with your team and colleagues whilst you’re working from home/ working remotely for extended periods of time. As it currently stands, in the Netherlands we are looking at another 4 weeks of lockdown at a minimum and […]

PMI – 50 most influential projects: Part 2

In my previous Blog, I spoke to PMI Executive Mike DePrisco about the list that PMI released around the 50 most influential projects and the impact that they were hoping this would have on the wider Project Management Industry. During this blog, I want to discuss my own personal reflections on this list, which ones […]

PMI – 50 Most Influential Projects

In the past few months, PMI has released a list of their 50 most influential projects of the year. I was given the opportunity to speak to PMI’s Vice President, Global Experience and Solutions, Mike DePrisco about the list, their motivations for creating this list and what PMI is hoping to bring to the wider […]

2020 round up

2020 has been one of the most challenging years for a lot of people, most certainly for me! I was talking to a colleague recently and they said: Just when we thought we saw the light at the end of tunnel, we now realise that it wasn’t a light at all… it was just a […]

Celebrating virtually

Normally, at this time of year, we spend hours with our colleagues having a christmas get together and it can be very difficult to get together when we’re all located remotely/in lockdown. During December, I’ve been capturing what I’ve seen friends doing with their work to celebrate the festive period. There has definitely be a […]

PMSummit: Online Conference

Today was a great online conference delivered by the team at PM Summit. I was presenting my topic about being a Chameleon Leader but I was also given access to the rest of the days presentation to be able to see and learn more about various Project Management and leadership topics. Before this conference started, […]

Presenting at PMINL – Leading virtual teams

After my last presentation in November, the PMINL Chapter reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in presenting another session on leading virtual teams. This is a topic that I am finding a lot of people are really interested in and it was great to see such active participation from the group. […]

Setting personal objectives

As a mentor, one of the first things that we do during our sessions is to discuss what you want to achieve from our sessions but more importantly, from your career. Personal objectives are not the same as the objectives from work that you fill out on a yearly basis and have to achieve to […]

Teambuilding virtually

Earlier this year, I published a blog on the topic of teambuilding events. Over the past few webinars and presentations that I’ve given, the topic of teambuilding virtually has come up and I wanted to provide a concise list of ideas that might help and inspire you with your own teambuilding activities. Why bother? As […]

Onboarding new team members – virtually

One of the biggest questions I’m getting asked at the moment is how people/Managers are onboarding teams virtually and this topic is definitely something that will remain relevant in the coming months and year(s) as virtual working becomes a normal part of our working life. Case Study: 1 A friend of mine got a new […]

Supporting a work/life balance virtually

This topic has been raised quite a lot in the past few weeks/months when I’ve been presenting webinars and keynotes on the subject of Leadership, so I wanted to take some time to share my experience and more importantly give some advice for encouraging your teams to switch off and embrace a healthy work/life balance. […]

Presenting at 2020 Pittsburgh PMI – PittAgile Gathering

This year has opened a wealth of speaking opportunities to me. I was informed about this conference by Bruce Gay who is heavily involved in the PMI Pittsburgh chapter and someone who I am very proud to call a friend. PittAgile is normally a day’s conference, but this year they did something different and combined […]

Little steps towards Personal Development

Personal development can seem like an extremely difficult task to undertake. Where do you start? How do you make progress? Recently, I have been making my own personal development journey and I wanted to give you an insight into my journey. As a Leader, I think it’s my responsibility to always look for the improvements […]

Webinar with PMI NL Chapter

On Friday 6 November, I shared knowledge with my local PMI Chapter in the Netherlands. The topic was: Risk Management and it was a really lively and interactive session with 69 attendees. This was their highest attended session in 2020! Topics covered: I created brand new content for this session and spoke about how you […]

Women are leaving the workforce

This article was shared by a connection on LinkedIn and I read it inbetween calls but it has been simmering in the back of my mind all day and I really needed to get it on paper! Perhaps the first statistic which I think really stands on it’s on is: “In September [2020], an eye-popping […]

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