Is my company’s money worth less to you than Grant money?

The short answer is no, a dollar is a dollar.  We welcome funding from a variety of sources at our Institute.  If a private company was interested in funding our team to answer a particular research question, or wanted to donate to our general research program, this would be fantastic.

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What should we do about people who want to be a support service?

Mike – What should we do about people who want to be a support service i.e. they want to be involved but not to take ownership, are they just passengers? If I understand the question correctly I don’t have any problem with individuals or groups who want to be involved, without

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How do you start the day?

Andrea – What are your start of day routines that set you up for the rest of the day to achieve success? Answer:  My routine actually starts the night before, with my running clothes being set out next to the bed for the next morning. From keeping a journal I

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Is it really that easy?

Howard – In your talk you said that if we get the simple things right, everything will be OK, how can it be that easy? I  believe that the reason why the conference is so good is because we do what it says on the tin, all the talks start

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How do you instill the ‘good’ and ‘successful’ behaviours….

Howard – How do you instill the ‘good’ and ‘successful’ behaviours in middle management when it’s not led from the top down? I would suggest that most folks in organisations have the opportunity to try stuff out. Even if the environment is ‘top down controlling and suffocating’ there is usually

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To support BMT should we….

Open question –  move from matrix organisations to a more hierarchical ones? I have not seen any evidence of any matrix organisations that work really well. I worked in a project organisations that ran a loose matrix where the project manager always had a veto, that worked really well. Jack

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How does one influence…

Howard – How does one influence their line manager to address their negatively reinforcing behaviours? Its a question of balance, you need to make very pinpointed observations of your line manager’s poorer behaviours and write them down. Then you need to decide which message you think your boss will happily

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Why do you think people…

Howard – Why do you think people find it more reinforcing to play with their phone during a talk? I don’t know, I do know that I didn’t look at my phone during any of the talks, I found the whole day fascinating. Most of the people in the conference

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What’s the most common…

Howard – What’s the most common behavioural trait that you’ve come across that is easily fixed? I presume you mean dysfunctional ones. The easiest ones to fix are the home and social ones. We have lots of great stories about how people have got their kids to do their homework.

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High performing teams……

1. Have an equal balance of lead and lagging measures. 2. Don’t over-react when things go wrong and create worse conditions for the future. 3. Have frequent and short team briefs ‘for the room’. 4. Don’t have scheduled meetings longer than one hour or with more than 7 people. 5.

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