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Perpetuum Training Limited: a journey towards becoming an APMG accredited trainer

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Introduction

Darren and I both served in the UK Armed Forces (Army and Royal Marines respectively), and both had distinguished careers as Officers serving across the globe on operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland and on training exercises in Germany, Caribbean, USA, Canada and Brunei to name but a few.

We left the military and went through our ‘resettlement’ process which is aimed at giving service personnel leaving the Armed Forces the necessary skills, training and confidence to embark on a second career outside of the military.

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Successful Change Management: Atlanta 1996 to Rio 2016

Question: Starting from there, how did we get to here?

Answer: Olympic success and effective Change Management

Scenario:

Atlanta 1996: 1 Gold, 8 Silver & 6 Bronze. Total 15

Rio 2016: 27 Gold, 23 Silver & 17 Bronze. Total 67

Over a 4x improvement in elite performance delivery and success.

Was Change Management involved?

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Highlighting the distinction between Leading and Managing effective Change

A cliché or cliche (/ˈkliːʃeɪ/ or /klɪˈʃeɪ/) is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, even to the point of being trite or irritating, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel. Cliché – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”

Peter F. DruckerEssential Drucker, Management, the Individual and Society

 When I’m asked about Leadership & Management, almost every time I start with Drucker’s attributed quotation above. These differences are important – as are a few words on cliché.

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How is IT influencing culture and ethics? COBIT 5 can help us assess

My last blog ended with an implied question: is information technology influencing culture and ethics?  It is certainly influencing behaviour.  Pokémon Go – need I say more?  But does it extend to culture and ethics?

And when does IT move from beneficial interaction to repetitive abuse?  The Institute of Ethics sets out some simple yet profound guidance in its ‘Ethics in the Provision and Use of IT for Business‘.  Since its publication in 2010, IT has advanced but the principles hold true.

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SDI Qualifications – what’s the value?

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Many years ago I was asked if SDI qualifications, or indeed, any IT support qualifications, were worth it. My answer then, as now, was: Yes, yes – a thousand times YES!

There are indeed many different types of support skills qualifications, ranging from interpersonal skills to the very technical – and all are worth having if they add value to the role of the individual and the team – and that the organisation benefits from the skills and knowledge acquired.

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Continual Improvement – Easy as 1-2-3 – using COBIT Implementation

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Our corporate visions including the words “continual Improvement” are a strong positive statement – a clearly defined goal.  To continually look for opportunities that fuel effectiveness and strengthen our company.

It provides us a direction to improve – and model our personal behavior and work culture.  A model that helps us deal with the accelerating pace of business with information and technology; and services.  It helped us create innovations such as Automated Teller Machines and Airport Check-in Kiosks, and will help us create new products and services in the future.

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Bob’s guide to successful Change Management: Creating & maintaining a high-performing Change team

How does this compare to forming Team GB for the Olympics? 

Before I get into this, I should let you know that I was thinking about high-performing teams and came up with the idea of linking to the highly topical Team GB success in the Rio Olympics. So that’s how we get to the starting point for this blog.

So every 4 years there’s a global change event called the Olympics. What an impact this makes on the host country, the global athlete community and associated commercial impact. But is it really every four years or is it always with us but surfaces to global consciousness in the fourth year?

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Bob’s guide to successful Change Management: Using Change history to shape the coming Change

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” : The Life of Reason (1905-1906)

George Santayana (16 December 1863 in Madrid, Spain26 September 1952 in Rome, Italy) was a philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist.

Wikipedia, accessed 2 August, 2016

plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose[1]—”the more it changes, the more it’s the same thing”, usually translated as, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”

Les Guêpes, January 1849 .

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (24 November 1808 – 29 September 1890) was a critic and author.

Wikipedia, accessed 2 August, 2016

So, for more than a hundred years, Karr and Santayana have been advising us to apply Lessons Learned.

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My experience with the Business Relationship Management Professional (BRMP®) course – BRMConnect Sydney 2016

Special thanks to this blog’s author Jason Ernst, Business Relationship Manager for Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University  

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Having always considered myself a business relationship expert, I was looking forward to attending the BRMP® course held at Sydney’s BRM Connect 2016 and gaining my certification, followed by the conference thereafter. The course, designed to help maximize Business Relationship Management capability in organizations, was set to deliver some interesting and challenging methodologies – not only regarding business relationship management, but strategy and planning as well. I was also keenly interested in the business development of converging IT and business partner requirements within my current workplace.

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Bob’s guide to successful Change Management: plans & reality are often different – a case for reality-based planning

Setting the scene:

PLAN: Written account of intended future course of action (scheme) aimed at achieving specific goal(s) or objective(s) within a specific timeframe. It explains in detail what needs to be done, when, how, and by whom, and often includes best case, expected case, and worst-case scenarios.

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