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Case study: Leadership in Action - Reed Elsevier Technology Services

'I'm not sure if it matters if you are a supply chain supervisor, a project manager, a military commander or a technical team leader, I think this course, more than any other I have done, reinforces the values and strengths you need to be a great leader in whatever field you choose.' 

IT Support Manager, Reed Elsevier Technology Services

 

Find out more about the Leadership in Action Programme

Not prescribing - The hardest thing about coaching?

We all know as a coach our role is to create awareness and enable our coachees to see new options without being prescriptive or leading. So why is it so hard to bite our tongue and hold onto our ‘advice’ when coaching?

I have trained many managers and budding coaches where the common question is always the same – ‘How do I stop giving them advice?’ Understanding this in a logical way seems easy, they can all tell me why it’s important the client comes up with their own way but demonstrating this through practice seems to be a lot harder.  

Another Award!

We have done it again! We have won The Award for Service Leavers Training Company of the Year at the Nationwide Resettlement Awards 2016.

Pathfinder magazine hosted a fabulous black tie evening at Hotel Football to celebrate all things Service Leavers resettlement. We met inspiring Service Leavers who have achieved incredible things in their civilian lives and witnessed the impressive support networks that help them get there.

The importance of external leadership training

We are sharing great insights from Chistopher Lowden, Government Services Program Manager at Boeing Defence UK on the importance of professional external Leadership training and the the strengths of learning through doing. 

Chris says "Now I work for a big corporate company Boeing, who run their own proprietary leadership and management training courses "which are great" but this little "Gem" run by Quanta will compliment anything and probably everyhting else out there..."

Finalists again!

What a year! This time 12 months ago we had just been awarded ‘Service Leavers Training Company of the year’ at the Nationwide Resettlement Awards. And here we are again – on the eve of such a prestigious event the black tie dress is out the wardrobe and ready for another outing.

Windows 10 and Azure AD: A first Look

I found you can sign up for a free 1 month trial of Windows Azure this week and was impressed with its ease of use. You have to enter a credit / debit card and be careful not to let your trial over run. The phone support was very good - I got a call back within 1 hour after I raised an issue and the support staff assured me (azured me?) that when the trial period ends Microsoft  will not charge me unless I explicitly opt in to a paid scheme.  If I don't opt in they said they will keep my set up / data for a period afterwards in case I want to change my mind.

Resettlement Award Winners!

We are extremely proud to announce that Quanta has won The Award for Service Leavers Training Company of the Year at the Nationwide Resettlement Awards 2015.

We have been recognised for the high quality training and service we provide to Service Leavers who are starting their journey of leaving the armed forces and resettling back into civilian life.

Conflict is inevitable, combat is optional

Questions I am commonly asked include, ‘When are you going to finally get round to sorting out the patch of damp in the hallway?’, ‘Why do you keep buying 10% fat mince when you know I don’t like it?’ and ‘What rubbish have you bought off eBay now?’

In work, however, in my capacity as a project management trainer I am often asked why in PRINCE2, there is little focus on personnel management issues.

What is RESILIA?

The problem with IT security is in the name: traditionally it focussed too much on technology, concerning itself with controls and mechanisms, forgetting the very reason behind it: safeguarding organisational assets. The net result being disproportional protection measures: either safeguarding every asset which bore a high cost, or insufficient protection failing to save valuable assets - their value only realised once a security incident occurred.

Traditional project management vs Agile

Within traditional project management, we're all familiar with the time-cost-quality diagram. Let's consider that we want to build a stadium; the features are fixed and agreed on at the start. Let's consider for example that we'd like a stadium with 20,000 seats.  It's the time and cost which no matter how well they're estimated will be the variables; there might well be a delay in delivery of concrete which is likely to extend the duration of the project or the price of steel has suddenly gone up which will increase the project's cost.

Blog Post by Tim Finch on 24 September 2015

Top online project management tools

With technology moving at such a fast pace, the saying: 'there's an app for that' can most definitely be applied to project management. Here are a few online tools we've handpicked which should make your project management life easier:

 

For managing the whole team

 

SharePoint 2013 - changing the order of User Profile properties

We had a request come in recently to allow staff to add some custom text to their email signatures. Simple, thought the Systems Admin, we'll just put it in an Active Directory property and then bring that into the rules that create the signatures. Sorted.

But how do we get the text in there? Are we really going to have IT Support update Active Directory every time someone wants to change their text? Of course we're not! We need a way to allow the staff to update this for themselves.

Supporting business growth

Helping people and businesses achieve extraordinary things is what we stand for - and this by no means stops at training. We are passionate about helping businesses grow as in turn it keeps people in employment and strengthens the British economy.

 

What's your type of Agile?

Do you like the idea of Agile but don't know your Scrum from your Kanban or your AgilePM from your PRINCE2 Agile?

Fear not - we've put together a small set of multiple-choice questions asking you about how your team currently handles projects. Our Agile Assessment Methodology Tool will indicate what mix of Agile methodology is best-suited to you and your team. 

Agile meet-up West Midlands

On Monday 5th October, we'll be holding an early-evening meet-up for all the Agile enthusiasts in and around the Worcester area.

It's a chance to rub shoulders with fellow admirers of Agile, whether you've only just embarked on your Agile journey or you're a fully-fledged Agile convert, everyone is welcome.

Joining us will be Howie Bartrip and Tim Finch, Quanta's own Agile experts. The event give you the chance to network with others, watch a short presentation and participate in a workshop.