Stakeholder Management and Communication

I have been reading a book called Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.

I can’t say I agree with everything that is said in the book, but it makes a lot of excellence points and one of the things that stood out for me is when it notes how groups of people such as tribes, armies and empires that rise to power are not always the most powerful or have the biggest armies.

These factors can be very important, but the key thing is simply the relationships, deals, negotiations and comprises that the group makes. This key to building success.

I think this very much applies in business and the relationships you build with your colleagues, team members and stakeholders. Obviously not with any murders or wars! But a key thing to bare in mind here is that communication is often regarded as a soft skill, but in fact it’s a very hard skill to master and also to do well regularly. But one of the key points to working with stakeholders or team members successfully is communicating with them well, confidently and building trust. If required a person should push him or herself to communicate with transperancy, and face to face where ever is possible.

You cannot be lazy or scared in doing this; as that is often one of the faults in communication. You must step out of the safe zones and speak to people in good and bad situations. Also being clear, concise and listening to what others have to say is very important.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

How to: Generate Memorable, Secure Passwords

Some good advice on creating strong passwords

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On Passwords

You may have guessed that memory has never been one of my strongest suites.

Of course, in an environment where you’ve got to change your passwords every 3 months (read: most corporate offices), this won’t do.  So here’s a simple framework for quickly generating passwords that are easily-remembered, yet secure enough for office use.

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My current task management “system”

A good task management system. Although primarily for personal task management.

Dr Andus's toolbox

I’m just taking a moment here to reflect how I manage my to-dos these days. I’m not saying this is a great system. But currently it works for me. I work with three monitors on my desk. In the left monitor I have Firefox open with four tabs open all the time. I switch the monitor on and off, as needed. For times when I’m not at my desk, I have an iPod Touch and an iPad, which form part of the system.

The first open tab in Firefox has Google Calendar in Week view. The calendar contains all appointments, recurrent tasks (such as payments I need to make), and other important tasks that must be done at a particular day and time. It is not for managing small or detailed tasks or tasks that have not been allocated to a time coordinate. All Google Calendar tasks have an…

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