Newsletter 2: July 2016

Welcome to the Expert Program Management newsletter for July.

Article of The Month:

This month we’re taking a look at how to get the most out of your team. You might have achieved your leadership position because you’re a great personal contributor who works hard and delivers fantastic work. However, the traits that got you your leadership position won’t keep you in that position or get you to the next level.

In program management a key factor by which we are measured is our ability to leverage our team to achieve results. A great team can often deliver despite strong headwinds, whereas a poor team will frequently fail even when the odds stacked in their favour.

This article provides some tips you can use to get the most out of your team:

How To Keep Your Team On Track

Reader Question:

Finally, I had a question from reader David Hughes who asked how I would approach managing Brexit

This is a huge question that I’m not even going to try and answer here, but it would make an excellent article. However, there are a few points I’d like to make.

First, before any kind of program can be initiated it’s important to understand what is the desired outcome, that is, what does the government want? Until that is understood then it’s difficult to proceed in a meaningful manner. In the meantime, I’d recommend facilitating some scenario planning to examine likely outcomes, organization gaps, red line issues etc.

Second, there are likely to be thousands of decisions that need to be made. Some easy, some difficult, many which are politicised. There are probably too many decisions to be made in the two year negotiation window to involve parliament in. Thus, a big decision needs to be made about how to handle this – does power need to be given to an executive to act on behalf of parliament to make decisions on certain topics? If so, there are questions around the legality of doing this that I think need to be addressed.

If you have any thoughts on this huge and complex topic then please get in touch and let me know.

Denis

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