26/01/2020

The link between perseverance and motivation

Marakoudja has four core values that permeate everything we do: pragmatism, passion, transparency and perseverance. In this article I will be looking at the motivation that is essential if we want to ‘keep on keeping on’.

Here’s one dictionary definition of the word ‘motivation’: “A broad category of internal determinants that influence behaviour, thinking and mood”.[1]

You’ll agree that this is a relatively broad definition. To bring things down to earth, here is a real-life case that involved me.

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How to avoid being slowed down by resistance to change.

"She believed she could, so she did.” - R. S. Grey

Successfully bringing a project to fruition often means overcoming resistance and helping your team to see things in a different light. It means not giving up when facing doubt. Uncertainty is normal in a project and will help you pinpoint the challenges which you must rise above.

I sincerely believe that one success factor in project management is not being stopped in one’s tracks by remarks such as “Sounds nice in theory, but it won’t w...

09/01/2019

Yes, but what are they managing?

Last week I ran a workshop on project management with the management team of a company. Together we studied the role of the two agents in the project manager/sponsor tandem.

Everyone agreed that the project vision was the sole preserve of the project sponsor, while the project manager was responsible for seeing it through. This responsibility gives him de facto control of the project budget as well as the leadership of the individuals assigned to carry out the project tasks.

Everything was going well, and conse...

09/01/2019

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. – Ford

Project manager; what a great job! 

Each project has its own discoveries and opportunities for improvement – for the project manager and for all those working with them.

Provided we take the time to try new approaches, we can all discover new styles and learn a bit more about ourselves.

At the start of this new year, I recommend regularly taking time to think about your projects – whether these be personal or professional – and asking yourself these quest...

Help! My boss confides me which does not interest me – or that I don’t even believe in! This is a serious issue.

The success of a project implies that different people all work towards the same direction.

It’s the manager’s task to point towards that direction.

Along the way, some will get tired of working towards the common goal. It’s the manager who gives sense to the demanded efforts.

To succeed implies that the helm is kept to the right bearing even through the storm. It’s the manager who keeps a leveled head and remains hopeful.

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Michèle Richard | +41 79 770 65 86 | michele.richard@marakoudja.com