“The way we give and receive feedback is all wrong. We need to focus on strengths — not dwell on what we perceive as shortcomings” from The Feedback Fallacy by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall, March–April 2019 Issue of the Harvard Business Review.
This article “Beyond Best Practices: How to Use Design Thinking in Rule of Law Promotion”, by Siddharth Peter de Souza for PeaceLab touches upon the How and Why of the design thinking in rule of law projects (and not only, I would say): listen to what users’ say, do and aspire to and strive to meet their needs.
The ideas are central in human – centered development management theory and practice.
-Thank you and your team for the flexibility.
– Oh, no. We are not flexible. We understand context.
-Thank you even more.
The above was a dialogue I had some time ago. All good project managers know that context is important – he/she will not rely on a “one-size–fits-all” approach.
I am personally allergic to copy-paste, in projects and beyond. It makes me want to cry when I see the name of the country changed through “find and replace” in development project documents.
Do yourself and your client a favour – research the context, do a proper needs assessment and/or diagnosis and bring what’s needed in that context.
origami by Sofia, 2017
The greatest project managers avoid drama – they know that their time and the time of the project team is precious. They would not waste it on unimportant things.
“Productive people and companies force themselves to make choices most people are content to ignore.” Charles Duhigg in ‘Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business”
– Did you have a good day? – I had an excellent day, sweetheart. I had fun with some papers. – Like what? Did you shred your papers in little … Continue reading Thought of the week: it is all about attitude
I know. End-of-year deadlines of all sorts. Rush. Frustration to getting out-of-office responses. Overheated payments processing…. And once all is done (whatever is possible) – it is time to do nothing and get bored.
Boredom is beautiful. It gives a chance to new seeds to be planted and new ideas to grow. Here is to growth and creativity!