Lost Keys

Lost Keys

“Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.” – George Santayana. In the absence of a holistic view of your entire portfolio of projects and lack of defined process, you rely on guesswork. Under pressure or through...
A Thousand Cuts

A Thousand Cuts

Imperial China was reputed to have invented a horrible torture as a means of example and execution: death by a thousand cuts. The victim died a slow and painful death. Each cut in and of itself would not kill, but the accumulation of cuts led to unimaginable suffering...
A Mouthful of Fish

A Mouthful of Fish

The Atlantic puffin is an agile creature, diving from the air or the water’s surface down into the depths of the sea to feed. Underwater, it is highly manoeuvrable and has a remarkable capacity to carry up to thirty small fish in its beak at one time. Question: When...
My Moment of Truth

My Moment of Truth

The event that changed my career happened on December 14, 1996, at precisely 6.30 a.m. I was commuting. The radio was on. I wasn’t paying attention until these words hit me like a sock to the jaw: do not go to your grave with your music still inside you. Then the idea...
Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence

What are the seven key elements required for successful strategy realization? Element 7: Business Intelligence There are seven core elements, all of which are essential to achieve portfolio success – and we will discuss each in turn in this series of blog posts. These...