Why is your team not more productive?

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Smarter Not Harder (SNH) have been working with clients to improve productivity and well-being for more than 15 years. They have overwhelming evidence suggesting there are 11 barriers to achieving this. 11 things that might be holding you back. How many of these apply to YOUR employees? Solitaire Consulting has partnered with SNH, introducing their […]

Understanding IT Systems Change (Part 3 of 4)

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This is the third of a series of articles on understanding IT systems change.  In this article I will discuss the importance of continuing the change management effort once the new system has gone live. Read the first two articles in the series here: >>> Understanding IT Systems Change Part 1 – Context and Initiation […]

Understanding IT Systems Change (Part 1 of 4)

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In this first of a series of four articles on implementing a new business system I will be discussing the importance of understanding the context of change in the organisation,  and how to go about establishing the right framework to undertake a significant system implementation project. Given that you are already here looking at this blog […]

Is “thinking outside the box” always better?

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(Image credit: pixabay.com) This article comes from Solitaire Consulting Senior Consultant, Corrado Anderson MBA. As a 30 year veteran of the technology and change management worlds, I have developed a healthy dose of cynicism when faced with revolutionary ideas or panaceas, doubly so if not supported by evidence.  A frequently misattributed quote states that if […]

5 Fundamentals for a successful project

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I am often asked about what makes a successful project, so I have put together these 5 fundamentals, which are, in my opinion, the most important aspects to managing business projects. I can’t guarantee your project will be a success, but I can definitely guarantee it won’t be if you don’t have these basics in […]

Is Your Business Ready for the New Professional?

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Change is happening within our businesses.  We know it has been going on for some time, but it can be difficult to pin down. Technology is always changing but this time it is different.  Professionals are getting fed up with some of the tools and processes being made available to them.  Instead of complaining they […]

NEWS: Launch of PragmaticChange

I am pleased to announce news of a new venture I have co-founded, called PragmaticChange. PragmaticChange is a collaboration of independent and established consulting professionals across the UK, Ireland and Channel Islands.  We are currently eight members, but are looking to grow over the coming months. We believe that by working together to combine our talents and […]

The Importance of Communication During Change

I have written before about communication (click here), where I stated the importance of adapting your message to suit your audience, i.e. communicating the right message, to the right people, at the right time. In this post I am focusing on the effectiveness of your communication and providing some techniques for improvement. How we listen […]

Case Study: Law Firm Preparing for High Growth

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The Client A law firm specialising in intellectual property within emerging markets.  They have a global client base of high profile bluechip companies.  The firm has approximately 400 staff with offices throughout Africa. The Problem Following some changes within the Senior Management Team, including the appointment of a new Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, […]

Are you Responsible or Accountable?

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I was discussing the question of responsibility and accountability with one of my clients recently and they were having difficulty distinguishing the two.  This was one of the contributory factors why many of the strategies and projects they initiated failed to achieve the outcomes expected.   So what is the difference between being responsible for something […]