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Habitually Excellent – 3 Steps to becoming an effective person

Traditionally, when people aim to make positive changes in their lives they will throw themselves into guides such as “Become successful in 30 minutes!” Or “My secret to becoming an overnight millionaire!” But the long-term goals involved in such guides are perpetually vague and provide little in the way of short-term, moment to moment answers in your current role. That’s where being effective as a person can produce real results. At Quanta we wanted to write about this and saw a golden opportunity to make the following examples more relatable – the rugby world cup!

Taking a leaf from the All Blacks – Building a high performance team

A team is a team. It doesn’t matter much about what level said team is performing at – they all have the same needs that must be fulfilled to reach their purpose. A professional rugby team needs to put points on the opposition in the same way that any business needs to tear market share from its competitors. We bring up the rugby comparison not only due to the gloriously relevant timing of the rugby world cup, but also because of how intrinsically linked the two examples of high performing teams can be. However, there are (hopefully) less knocks to the head in your office than on the field. Here are some of our guidelines and other theories that can maximise team cohesion and overall performance!  

Best practice vs real life

So there I am teaching an MSP class when one of my delegates asks, “do I need to disregard real life when I do the exam?” And that’s a dangerous question for those of us teaching any best practice framework. While technically the answer is “yes” – because it is the book and how it is applied to a given scenario that is tested, this can be dangerous. It can lead to people saying, “oh OK; then it has nothing of value to add to the workplace”.

Upcoming Quanta Webinars

Do you work in a school, college or university? Do you use Microsoft Office 365? Are you using it to its full potential? Or… Are you looking to add IT certifications to your apprenticeship schemes? You may just be in luck! We are holding 2 webinars covering these subjects on 8th October delivered by one of our expert trainers!...

SOS – Save Our Security

Last year 58% of companies left over 100,000 folders open for the world – and any maliciously interested parties therein – to see. The sensitivity of these folders varies, but with cyber-criminals becoming increasingly savvy in their approach to data theft it is becoming increasingly harder to protect yourself. Read on to find out how to combat this threat.

The Pickle with Procurement

When I reach any section on procurement in one of my courses, I regularly ask the question “What is procurement?”. The answer I am often given is “buying stuff”! To programmes, we often need to procure something from an external company. The more complex the programme the more likely you will need external help or materials.

Quanta now offers Scrum Alliance® Certified ScrumMaster!

We’ve made a change here at Quanta with regards to our Agile portfolio and we wanted to be open with our clients as to what those changes mean and why we have made them. Since starting our Agile offering in 2011 our Scrum courses have always been set to our own learning objectives, with an eye on helping people prepare for Scrum.org’s Professional Scrum Master I and Professional Scrum Product Owner I exams. As of June this year one of our Agile coaches, myself, has been accepted into the fold of another accrediting body, Scrum Alliance® – you can read more about Scrum Alliance® here. This is going to have some limited impact on our clients – but we hope it will offer a host of benefits too.

What's happening with ITIL4?

ITIL 4  - We haven’t had a real update from AXELOS for a while….but we expect to hear BIG news shortly so in anticipation here is a reminder of things as we see them at Quanta.

Armed Forces Day at Quanta

Yesterday marked the first day of #ArmedForcesWeek which leads up to Armed Forces Day on 29th June 2019. Here at Quanta we celebrated a little early, opting instead to celebrate it last Monday as we had a large number of Armed Forces delegates in the building.

The power of a positive mind…

One of my favourite quotes in life is attributed to Henry T Ford – “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t – you are probably right”. When I did one of my courses on training at the excellent TAP academy, I was taught that “Belief creates reality”. In short, I must as a trainer approach each delegate as someone who can get the material and will excel at it. As a trainer, I am blessed with a new set of delegates each week. A new course...

How healthy is your organisation?

We aren’t talking about finances. We are talking about your workforce. Healthy people are happier, more engaged and more productive. Stress, anxiety and depression are the biggest cause of sickness absence in our society. Mental ill health is responsible for 91 million working days lost every year. It affects 1 in 4 people each year...

Estimates are not reality

Estimates are not reality - no matter how much we might hope them to be. You know the scenario: Roadworks are put in place. An end date is scheduled. The end date is then missed. ‘Why can't we plan these projects so that we deliver the work on time?’ is the common cry! A number of us in the Midlands have seen this scenario with the roadworks on the M5 at Oldbury Viaduct (between Junctions 1 and 2). The project started in January 2017...

A Day In The Life Of A Quanta Delegate

Here at Quanta we pride ourselves on the learning experience that we offer our delegates when they choose to attend a course at our Worcester training centre. This is everything from having expert trainers and engaging learning material and exercises to having great coffee and a slice of toast on your arrival. We believe that if you feel relaxed and at home those pre-learning jitters will soon disappear and all you have to do is concentrate on the course as we take care of the rest. Recently Charlotte, from our Operations team, enrolled on to our HTML & CSS Fundamentals course and she wanted to give you a taste of what you can expect on a visit to our Worcester training centre…

What’s in a name?

On a recent PRINCE® course of mine, one of my delegates asked me about the Project Plan. He wanted to know if this document was the same as the Blueprint document he used at his work. However as there is no such document as the Blueprint in PRINCE® he was unable to find the relevant document when trying to translate the terminology in his workplace to that in the method.

 

Is this what's killing your business?

One the biggest killers of projects and business is the HiPPO- Highest Paid Persons Opinion. This is something that our business has witnessed over the last 30 years across many different companies in different industries and sizes. 

The HiPPO was first coined by Avinash Kaushik in his web book Web Analytics: An Hour a Day. It describes the phenomena in meetings when the highest paid person in the room makes decisions made on their own opinion and does not utilise their team and the data at their disposal.