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About Michael Stanleigh

Michael Stanleigh, CMC, CSP is the CEO of Business Improvement Architects. He works with leaders and their teams around the world to improve organizational performance by helping to define their strategic direction, increase leadership performance, create cultures that drive innovation and improve project and quality management. He has been instrumental in helping his clients increase productivity and profits with his innovative approaches and focus on quality. For more information about this article, please contact him at [email protected] or phone, 416-444-8225.

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Rapid Product Development Projects Using a Hybrid Agile Framework

Why Agile Matters to Consultants Combining traditional project management methodologies with hybrid models impacts the way projects are planned and managed.  A hybrid approach can increase the end results, delivering customer requirements and organizational strategic imperatives.  But a cultural shift within the organization is critical to its success.    It is easy to blame the traditional, […]

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Effective Business Planning Needs Strategic Thinking

Apply strategic thinking to create a business strategy that is coherent, unifying and strategically advantageous. What is Strategic Thinking? Strategic Thinking is a comprehensive planning model that covers innovation, strategic planning and operational planning.  It is a process that applies vision development, strategic planning and operational planning to develop business strategies that have a greater […]

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An Accelerated Strategic Planning Process

What if you don’t have 3 days to complete a full strategic plan? How can you still get a good quality strategic plan when you only have a day or a day and half for planning? The planning process I’m presenting here will get you a great plan in half the time. This process is […]

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A New Direction for Performance Management

The ideal process for managing performance is one that successfully motivates and supports staff to contribute to the achievement of the goals and objectives of the organization.  A continuing process that encourages on-going communication and coaching between managers and their employees has many benefits and advantages over traditional Performance Management.  The Problem with Traditional Performance […]

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Increase Organizational Effectiveness through Project Quality Audit Reviews

Corporations throughout the world are losing billions in wasted project spending owing to their mis-management, poor quality processes, lack of knowledge in how to manage projects, etc.   These projects are often not included in the normal auditing practices.  Understanding the process of auditing projects, in addition to their other best practices; will positively impact the […]

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Risk Management – Improving Your Project’s Success

What Is Risk Management? Risk Management is the process of identifying, analyzing and responding to risk factors throughout the life of a project and in the best interests of its objectives. Proper risk management implies control of possible future events and is proactive rather than reactive. For example: An activity in a network requires that […]

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How to Drive Innovation by Creating a Lion’s Den

If you are looking for an engaging and fun way to spark innovation among employees you will like this idea that I call “Lion’s Den.”  This interesting employee event is loosely built on the concept of the television shows, “Shark’s Tank” and “Dragon’s Den,” in which, hopeful entrepreneurs are given an opportunity to pitch their […]

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Organizational Change That Sticks

This is the true story of two organizations that have recently undergone significant change.  Economics forced them to re-examine their key business processes and staff allocations in order to continue to survive and hopefully – grow.  I have changed their names in order to protect the innocent.  We’ll call them Organization Opportunity and Organization Challenge.  […]

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How to Get your Employees Engaged

Employee engagement creates a powerful, positive force for change.  It helps break down departmental silos.  It leads to increased operational effectiveness and fosters an environment where innovations are more likely to happen. There are many benefits for organizations to have engaged employees: reduced turnover; which is a significant cost to organizations, enhanced commitment to business […]

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Boosting Project Bottom Lines through Effective Project Quality Reviews and Audits

Corporations throughout the world are losing billions in wasted project spending owing to their mis-management, poor quality processes, lack of knowledge in how to manage projects, etc.   These projects are often not included in the normal auditing practices.  Understanding the process of auditing projects, in addition to their other best practices; will positively impact the […]

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The 5 Critical Elements to Creating a Project Management Center of Excellence

Creating a Project Management Centre of Excellence is the driving force that takes an organization forward to realize their project management mandate.  It encompasses the process of creating a strategy for project management, re-shaping the culture to be more focused on the consistency in the management of projects and implementing a project management process. Creating […]

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