Recently, a very good client said something to me that made me stop and think. She said that now that the economy is recovering strongly she feels that she is a worse manager than she was during the recession. Now I have been working with her for a number of years on several different projects and I know that she is now and was before a very fine manager indeed, but I do get what she was trying to say.

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Managing a business project- regardless of its size and nature – can be quite challenging in the real world. According to a 2016 report from the Project Management Institute, “Pulse of the Profession: The High Cost of Low Performance,” only 62% of projects meet their goals and business intent – a trend which has been dropping since 2008 – and 16% fail outright.

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I was in New York City recently attending an event at the W Hotel close by Times Square in midtown Manhattan. It’s a quirky place and one of its curiosities is that the elevators on the ground floor will only take you as far as the seventh floor where the lounge bar is situated. To get to the upper floors you must exit at the seventh and take a different elevator that starts there and takes you to the upper floors. It is in fact a very tangible manifestation of the adage “what got you here won’t get you there”.

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Running logistics operations can be very challenging and makes work-life balance appear difficult to achieve. From resolving staff issues to managing client relationships, a mountain of tasks can quickly consume one’s initial enthusiasm.  They may find that the passion they once had is quickly replaced by the difficult task of juggling a hundred balls at once.

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Corrie Shannon is an extraordinary Irish woman who from her beginnings in Dublin’s Marino area via college in UCD, a stint as a correspondent in Moscow and a big job with the World Bank has come to make Washington D.C. her home, where she now lives and works, running her own business and raising her son.

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Alan Weiss, the no-nonsense, straight talking New Yorker and consulting guru. Nobody in the world has written so extensively on the topic – over 60 books published and counting!

You may , and or you may not like him, personally I do, and you may or you may not agree with him, but you certainly will respect him.

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