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Breaking News:

The Project Management Institute (PMI) together with its partner, International Publishers Group (IPG), has introduced a Cyber Monday/End of Year sale through to the year end. This means that you can receive a 30% discount on the top-selling 'The Business of Portfolio Management - Boosting Organizational Value'. The book is available in a range of formats to suit your needs. The book is specifically geared towards those looking to increase organizational value, improve portfolio management, and simplify organizational change. Leaders of EPMO/PMO's will gain compelling insights that will assist position those entities at the top of their organizational hierarchy. Grab your copy today but also grab one for a colleague or business client (it is the festive period!). Order link is here.  Remember to use the special discount code at checkout.

Nov 21 - Global publisher Routledge, via its CRC Press imprint, has revised (lowered) all its pricing of 'The Business of People - Leadership for the Changing World' book including the paperback and e-book versions. This is part of its website rebrand where the book is included under the 'Business Improvement' section.  This is great news for all leaders and managers wrestling with organizational challenges post-global pandemic. Purchases can be made in a range of currencies. Book details and purchasing steps are here.

Nov 21 - Iain has been selected to speak at a symposium series in New Zealand. These are being organised by PMI NZ and will take place in February 2022 in Wellington, Christchurch, and Auckland. They will be in a face-to-face (yeah!) format and likely to be packed out. Quite different themes for each location means a varied and diverse programme of learning and other opportunities. Iain will be mixing it up with conversations on leadership, business improvement, and a technical presentation i.e. covering all of PMI's Talent Triangle. More here.

Nov 21 - Speaking: PMI's hugely respected Leadership Institute (LI) invited Iain to speak at its recent Alumni Annual conference. The virtual event took place on November 6th and was attended by leaders from across the globe. A packed agenda saw Iain in a 'lightening talk on leadership' session with the great Spencer Horn that set the tone for the the day that followed. The LI program is seen by many to have a mini-MBA focus that trains those with recognised potential to be strategic leaders of the future.  More here.

Sep 21 - Speaking: Iain delivered two seperate business based presentations during the month.

  1. The first was to the Delivery Leaders Forum group of PMI NZ. This wwas a virtual event and attened by people from across New Zealand. The webinar focussed on leadership in this volatile world, proved to be highly interactive, with a stimulating challenge for the breakout session. 
  2. The second was a presentation, webinar style, with a group of senior portfolio and EPMO leaders during the Twin Cities Portfolio Leadership Summit that was held in Minniapolis, USA. The event is virtual and at lunchtime on the 16th Sep. More information here.

Aug 21 - Webinars On-Demand: Well over 48,000 people from around the world have gained insight from one or more of Iain's webinars that are centered on his '3P's to Success' business philosophy. That philosophy is detailed in his two business books both of which continue to sell well. The five webinars, and other business improvement information, are hosted on PMI's platform. 

Aug 21 - Book Review: The August edition of the global 'PM World Journal' publication has included an independent review of Iain's leadership book 'The Business of People: Leadership for the Changing World'. The review was done in the USA and can be read here. 

The book can be purchased directly from the publishers (CRC Press) or via the usual channels.

Jun 21 - Whitepaper Award: Iain is delighted to mention that his 5-part series on portfolio management and business effectiveness has been awarded by the PM World Journal (PMWJ). The highly-respected PMWJ publication has a large global audience and is considered by many to be the global voice of portfolio, program of work and project management. The award is for the series titled 'Boosting Organisational Value Through Smarter Portfolio Management' which was influenced by the top-selling 'The Business of Portfolio Management' book authored by Iain. 

Older News:

Balanced Scorecard webinar: Since delivering the live webinar earlier this year, over 8,000 people have viewed the recording. This is in addition to the 2,500 that signed up for the live session. Hosted by PMIs' platform, the webinar relates to a value-driven portfolio management as a way of doing business that's anchored on the business philosophy of the '3P's to Success'. The webinar introduces a simplfied approach to building a scorecard that reflects value themes associated with a strategic plan. It will also provide guidance on how an EPMO can facilitate and coordinate. More here.

Dec 20 - SoftEd Interview - Iain was invited by SoftEd executives in the USA and NZ to participate in an interactive webinar that looked at the future of the project mamagement profession as part of its 'Better Work Project' series. Listen in for the 45minute dialogue here.

Global Advisor Appointment - Iain has accepted an invitation to join a small group of global advisors to the PM World Journal and associated PM World Library. Both are based in Texas in the USA with details available from this link -  To learn more about the advisory group go here.

Library Donation - Iain has recently donated a copy of his second book to his hometown Wellington City Library. This will join his first book and both will be listed in the business/leadership collection at the recently opened Te Awe venue in the CBD area of Wellington. This means that anyone in New Zealand can borrow either book and learn about modern business approaches at no cost. 

Latest Viewpoint and Perspective

Become a Value Amplifier...

Business value and its management are increasingly terms being used in the business environment. They should be! Whilst some organisations are chasing the latest thing or fad, courageous leaders are seeing the need to combat the VUCA-induced world in a proactive manner by focusing on business value. With that though comes the need to make sure that the culture of the organisation is sound, flourishing, and integrated.

To Iain business value and its management have gone beyond the traditional 'hard-wired' definitions associated with monetary or ratio aspects. Today value must be considered as "the perceived benefit, tangible or intangible, to stakeholders". This should include value to customers and value to staff & brand.  

Blending the above together with a philosophy of doing business that is based on the '3P's to Success' (purpose, people, performance) will see most organisations flourish and get ahead. 

Random Thoughts...

  • The disruptors of the VUCA world are forcing us all to change faster than ever before. This type of change requires courageous leadership using the combination of head, heart, and gut decision-making. Be strong!
  • Short-term nimbleness will lead to longer-term organisational resiliance.
  • Future leadership needs to focus more on purpose and culture and on populating those through the organisation.
  • Organisational governance needs more 'active directorship' so that directors are more in touch with change by being overlapped with ELT.
  • There are those that see the good in all, and then there are those that moan, complain, and find fault in just about everything. Unfortunately there seems to be more of the later than the former. Time for change!
  • Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part!

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