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Obliquity – Why Our Goals are Best Achieved Indirectly

In business as in science, it seems that you are often most successful in achieving something when you are trying to do something else. I think of it as the principle of ‘obliquity’.

James Black

Why targets make organisations worse and controlling costs makes costs higher

The wonderful John Seddon.  An hour well spent.

Social Networks are What Dreams are Made Of….

Bradford PMN Programme for 2010

I am pleased to say that PMN and Gumption Centres in Bradford are partnering together to give you the opportunity to become an outstanding manager in 2010.  If you want to get better at managing people to improved performance then this is the programme for you:

February 3rd – How to Be an Outstanding Manager – Free Introductory Event

March 24th – Brilliant 121s

April 14th – Giving and Getting Great Feedback

May 12th – Practical Coaching for Progressive Managers

June 9th – Effective Delegation

July 7th – Effective Time Management

Each session will run from 10am till 12 noon at the lovely Gumption Centre in Bradford.

Places will be limited so register your interest now.

Prices (subject to confirmation) will be £120 plus VAT per workshop.  We will be offering discounts for booking early – £99 plus VAT for bookings received 4 weeks before the event.

Or you can book on all 6 events for £475 plus VAT.

You can book your place online here or contact me through this page for further information.

PMN 2.0

In some very exciting conversations with Reach Further about bringing the Progressive Managers’ Network online.

Potentially become a blend of webinars, videos, face to face, e-mail and telephone support.

Looking forward to making this a reality over the summer.

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What if Work Was Social Again?

Giving them a reason to choose you…

In a world of vanilla businesses one way to develop a loyal customer base is to give them something to remember you by.

A reason to choose you.

Ideally a reason that costs nothing.

South West Airlines get this.  Here is the proof:

Understanding Twitter through the Medium of Song

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Hoops and Yo Yo – Watch, laugh and reflect…

Check out some more Hoops and Yo-Yo here

If your at work and people ask questions – just tell them it is part of your professional development with the Progressive Managers’ Network.