How to use a project charter to plan for change

As a business leader, owner or entrepreneur, are you planning to review and change your business services or products?  If so, it may be a good idea to do this before April 2018, when the new financial year starts. Read on for top tips on how a project charter can...

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Time for a business health check?

February: the window of opportunity. Just one month into 2018, and my initial euphoria about my resolutions and new beginnings has quietened. I'm settling back into a type of normality. Tax return filed, gym sessions back to a sustainable level, I know that February...

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Video blog: using simple tools to deal with conflict

Why do projects fail? What are the main reasons for projects delivering less improvement than expected, for delays, or even for failing to deliver at all? Why are there so many reports that change, whether public sector or private sector, is not managed...

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Happy birthday Lose the Box!

It's our birthday! Two years this month since I started Lose the Box, Nottingham Management! I'm still juggling it with a day job which is emotionally and physically draining at times. However I do it because I'm passionate about stepping out of my relatively safe...

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Lean or Agile in large service organisations?

Lean or Agile in large service organisations? Business Improvement consultants work in increasingly complex environments. The recently coined term – VUCA - really does spell it out. Volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. So, I can totally understand that change...

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Why measure current business performance levels?

  Why measure current business performance levels? In this post, I’m discussing the importance of understanding and measuring current business performance levels. As a business leader faced with a situation that requires substantial improvement, it's easy to jump...

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Managing conflict in community organisations

Managing Conflict workshop In March 2017, Community Organisers UK were appointed by the Civil Society to recruit and train 3,500 people in community organising. Working with Sneinton Alchemy, Nottingham, I designed and co-facilitated a workshop on managing conflict at...

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Courage and confidence

This blog by Lose the Box, Nottingham, looks at the causes of low confidence, and explains some practical steps, hints and tips to grow in courage and confidence. It includes a brief case study and links to related information and sources of support.

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How to be a critical friend

Have you ever been offered the support of a ‘critical friend’ over the course of your career? How did you react? Did you internally recoil at the word ‘critical’, glaze over the word ‘friend’, and avoid the conversation at all costs? It doesn’t have to be like that....

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Making change stick

We frequently hear about failed projects that don’t deliver the change they were expected to. So what goes wrong with change? Why does the grass grow back? There are many statistics on the reasons for project failure. Up to 70% of companies have one failed project in...

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