my Like Minds keynote on intrapreneurship (3/10)
On the 19th of October 2011, in Exeter in Devon, I delivered a keynote at Like minds. It is entitled “confessions of an intrapreneur”. There are 9 of these anecdotes and tips, which are all used to describe my preferred approach to change management. I have decided to publish the script of my presentation in this blog, starting from lesson number 9 and going backwards to lesson number 1 and then the introduction.
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lesson no. 7: murphy’s law should be your guiding principle
- This point is a thorny one because it is often misinterpreted,
- Good project managers, and change managers are able to foresee not the future, but most of the alternatives in store,
- This is what is described often as managing a project by Murphy’s Law: “if anything can go wrong it will!”,
- Good project managers therefore, can predict the ways in which projects might actually screw up, in order to take all the precautions which will help them avoid these issues,
- Bad project managers are 100% positive that the project will work beautifully, pay no attention to the things that could go wrong and therefore are ill-prepared for issues when they arise,
- it is therefore often misinterpreted that good project managers working with Murphy’s Law are negative or pessimistic, whereas in fact they are merely cautious and professional.
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