The seven facets of leadership pt2: Creativity and pt3: Positive intolerance

Parts 2 and 3 of Spencer Holmes’ 7 facets of leadership are now available on training zone as we take another trip into ‘projectland’.

Spencer uses the first of these articles to review how creativity is often de-prioritised within the process of project management and discusses the benefits that a revival of the creative process may bring.

“…a good project leader should certainly value and work to develop their creative side. Indeed, isn’t the whole point of projects about “finding new solutions to old problems” or new problems?”

Part 3 focuses on positive intolerance: the extent to which the individual is able to sacrifice popular decisions to accomplish goals.

“We work in many organisations where people would be described as ‘accommodating’ and the preference is to avoid conflict, even when it’s blatantly obvious something different needs to be done.

Spencer uses the recent film Invictus to provide examples of how Nelson Mandella put good of the goal above his own person popularity before ending with some useful tips on how to your own positive intolerance.

To read the articles you can use the links below:

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Enjoy! 🙂


Project Management Training: A new approach by Spencer Holmes

Good training as we all know can sometimes be hard to come by. That’s why when you do find an excellent trainer you want to hold on and really utilize their experience, knowledge  and skills. That is exactly what PIXELearning have done.

Spencer Holmes, MD of Global Project Leaders Ltd,  was approached as a subject matter expert by us so we could extract all the awesome supply chain management knowledge he had for a serious game we are creating. As a world class trainer Spencer has vast experience in many areas of training not to mention Project Management which has led to this particular blog post. With the help Spencer has given us we wanted to do something in return. Therefore we would like to share with you the first in an 7 part series of his Project Management Training: A New Approach article on Training Zone. You will find the link here. Registration is needed  to view the whole article (its free – you know you want to – the article certainly deserves a PIXEL Hi-5!)

Game to Lead; how multiplayer games can aid in leadership development

It is often said that leaders are born; recent research however has shown that this is not the case. Leadership behaviour can be learned. Given the right experiences and opportunities, anyone can exhibit leadership potential. Games can provide these opportunities to practice behaviours which are fundamental to good leadership; team work, communication, problem solving, decision making and emotional management. The behaviours required to succeed in gaming environments are akin to the attributes leaders require in the real world. With the average age of gamers now extending into the mid 30’s many individuals in middle management positions are practicing leadership behaviours in their spare time. Up and coming leaders may show great interest in training applications that utilise elements from social networking and online gaming, where they can receive immediate feedback, take risks, experiment with trial and error and most importantly fail with no impact to the business in the real world. These behaviours will fortify their job specific skills which they will need to carry out in their day to day activities. Combined with traditional interventions, leadership behaviour can be practised in a safe, risk free and focused gaming environment which provides an opportunity to hone these behaviours allowing leaders to reach their full potential. Read more of this post