Top 10 Traits of an Effective Project Manager

Project managers are the lynchpins of our industry. So, what does it take to be an effective project manager? Below, we have highlighted what we consider are 10 key traits: Inspiring a shared vision An effective project manager will always share the vision of trying to do the best they can for clients. Furthermore, they will ensure their colleagues buy into this vision and the vital role they play in…

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5 Essential Traits to Becoming a Future Leader

Having had the honour of being asked to be involved with judging for the Women in the City Future Leader’s award last year, it was very apparent that the candidates that went through to the finals all possessed 5 main attributes. Whether you're a man or a woman, if you want to become a future leader within your company and industry this is a must read. 1. Contribution beyond your…

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If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Manage It!

We never cease to be amazed by how many mid-large organisations we engage with that do not have effective tools and processes in place to forecast, plan, measure and report work. Yet these same companies expect their managers to drive improvements, to continue increasing revenue and profitability. To develop a useful forecast, a manager must estimate the volume, and the mix of work that is required to be completed over…

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Turning Assassins into Ambassadors

January 30, 2017 Team Management Comments Off on Turning Assassins into Ambassadors

Balcroft has provided operational consulting support to numerous companies across a multitude of sectors and organisations. Whilst we have been extremely successful in achieving the needs of our clients, we have always been faced with a recurring problem within each project. The common theme is the presence of at least one assassin within the organisation. There are a number of different reasons why an assassin is adamant that no change…

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Have you ever been “Trumped”

November 28, 2016 Team Management Comments Off on Have you ever been “Trumped”

Anger, sadness, confusion, apathy and happiness: just a few emotions that Americans are feeling as they continue to riot about the election of Donald Trump as their new president elect. And whilst we find similarities between the outcome of the presidential election and Brexit, one thing remains certain, he was fairly elected and resistance is forever futile. What about however, when you get a new manager who is as ideologically,…

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