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Leadership Lessons from the Race to the South Pole: Why Amundsen Lived and Scott Died

Unknown-3What could be more intriguing than a management book built around a gripping story of exploration? The 1911-12 race between British explorer Robert Scott and Norwegian Roald Amundsen to be first to the South Pole provides the rarest of case studies. Two teams carry out the same project. One is spectacularly successful; the other fails miserably. Just about everything about good-and bad-planning, management expert Fergus O’Connell maintains, can be learned from these leaders.

The results of poor planning are not always as dire as they were for Scott. But in business, poor planning can have serious consequences, often because the same mistakes are repeated. Starting with an introduction that details their exploits, the book goes on to use Scott and Amundsen as examples of good and not-so-good leadership. It contrasts the difference in how the two men planned and executed their projects and how they led their teams, highlighting things that must be in place for success. What can happen when those things are ignored is also spelled out. Readers will come away from this book entertained and with a in-depth understanding of a new method for assessing the health of any project-and running it successfully.



What You Need to Know About Project Management

What you need to know about Project ManagementWhat You Need to Know About Project Management Project Management is all about getting things done without spending too much or taking too long. But when you start hearing things like man–days, PSOs and stakeholders, it just makes it difficult to understand. So what do you really need to know about project management? Find out: Why setting clear goals matters How to estimate absolutely everything. How to get things back on track after they’ve gone wrong How to track big projects Why work/life balance matters when you’re running a big project This clear and simple approach will mean you’ll never panic when faced with a big project again. Read More in the Want You Need to Know Series and Get to Speed on the Essentials… Fast.


Fast Projects: Project Management When Time is Short

fastprojWe are all faced with projects going off the rails, veering far from what we initially set out to do, costing ten times as much and taking far too long to complete – this is just part of everyday working life. Honing our general skills in project management seems like the obvious answer, but Fast Projects promises a quicker and easier solution – cutting the time to get projects done in the first place.

Learning to operate within a short schedule not only cuts costs and improves revenue and cash flow, but it also sets you aside as a sharper and slicker operation. How to build, shorten and execute a realistic plan in the shortest time possible is covered in detail along with a specific focus on ensuring you have clearly defined goals and are making accurate project predictions with a successful tracking progress.

Using worked examples and tried and tested techniques, Fast Projects is your practical guide to ensuring projects not only succeed, but are delivered early. If you want to get the most out of your team and take control of your workload, resources and time, this book is for you.


How to Run Successful Projects: The Silver Bullet III

silverbulletThe essential elements of project success packaged in an easy to apply and common sense approach which thousands of readers will attest works.


How to Run Successful Projects in Web Time

webtimeNo matter what high-tech field you work in, but particularly in software development, shortening project time is of vital importance. Here’s the how-to book that describes a radical technique for doing just that.


How to Run Successful High-tech Project-based Organizations

hightechThis volume offers practical steps to creating a Structured Project Management (SPM) system in your organization. Based on the ten steps in Fergus O’Connell’s previous book, “How To Run Successful Projects”, it expands on that concept to offer a solution to keeping today’s high-tech companies competitive, on budget, and on schedule. Using SPM company-wide, you create a system wherein unforeseen challenges or problems occur on a localized level where they do not affect the system-wide enterprise. All project tasks are described as being both unique and part of a larger scheme, giving definition and a sense of importance to individuals, departments, divisions, and an entire company. From the individual on up, smaller projects are completed and compiled, layer upon layer, until your whole organization is producing at peak levels.


The Power of Doing Less: Why Time Management Courses Don’t Work and How to Spend Your Precious Life on the Things That Really Matter

doinglessOverloaded? I’ll bet you are. We all lead busy lives. You fall into bed exhausted at the end of the day, feeling that you’ve got a lot done. Perhaps you are getting lots done. But is it stuff that really matters? Or is it just stuff ? It’s time to wise up. You will never clear that list . Get used to the idea that some things will never get done.Not delayed. Not rescheduled. Not re–prioritized. But simply dropped. And from now on, instead of trying to clear that endless to–do list, you’re going to do a much smarter thing. You’re going to just do the important stuff . And the brilliant thing is, you already have the power to do this. That power is to do less . Soon enough, you’ll have the space to enjoy the moment, be creative, find new or better ways of doing things, get ideas, and spot opportunities you would have missed when you were running around. In short – you’ll be happier. Much happier. As soon as you stop doing, the power of doing less will begin to flow.


Work Less, Achieve More: Great Ideas to Get Your Life Back

worklessFor many people, a successful work/life balance is frustratingly elusive.Monday mornings fill us with dread, as we face increasingly long hours, constant stress, and the struggle to maintain a decent quality of life. Work/life balance is typically seen as a time-management issue, but that’s not it. Working harder in the little time you have won’t help. What’s needed is a change of attitude and approach, where you can stop tearing your hair out, and go home feeling happy, confident and stress-free. In the process, you will become much more productive, relaxed and an asset to your business. WORK LESS, ACHIEVE MORE shows you how.


How to Get More Done: Seven Days to Achieving More

sevendaysOverwhelmed by life and work pressures? Feellike there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done?

Not anymore. Light on theory and heavy on practice, this book shows you an easy and immediate way that not only gets you back on top of things, but helps you to achieve even more on a daily basis.

Based on a seven day week, each day you will learn a new principle,so in one week you will have mastered a set of practical set of skills that ensures you achieve more and feel less stressed. Plus extra chapters are included to give added support to your skill set – such as how to create extra time in your life and establishing what your workingpatterns are.

Manage your life.

Do everything you want to do.

Get more out of your day.


How to Do a Great Job… and Go Home on Time

gohomeontimeMostof ushaven’t been successful in achieving a work/life balance. It remains a Holy Grail shining in the distance, always out of reach. For those who feel they have it, it seems to have come down to overcoming the guilt they feel as they sidle out at 5pm while everybody else is still in the office. Small wonder that elusive balance preoccupies us all more and more.But what if it isn’t really a ‘balancing act’ at all?

What if we didn’t have to choose between work and life.What if we all needed to start thinking and acting in a different way, and if we did it would be possible to do a great job AND go home on time?

Bestselling author Fergus O’Connell says it is possible – and in this book he shows us all how to do it.



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