In Five Minds for the Future Howard Gardner sets out the personal capabilities and abilities that everyone will need to thrive in the complex and globalized future. After an introduction the author sets outs out the five minds:
The cover design and the writing style makes The Adventures of an IT Leader look and feel like a novel. As such it has many merits. The characterisation is good and the writing is engaging – it encourages the reader to keep reading - it is a better read than much pure fiction and it yet it still provides a lot of valuable advice.
Every ten years or so a book is published that provides fresh new thinking that challenges preconceptions about sustainable development, global poverty and, more lately climate change. Whilst such books in the past may have had some influence their approach is not sustained in the face of the need for the developed nations to make socially and politically unacceptable changes to their population’s lifestyles.
We were engaged by a director to review and improve the communications for his department of a major public company. We were to review behaviours and run communication skills workshops for staff. Our analysis showed that the key issue was the director’s approach to communications. We had to tell him some very difficult home truths; especially difficult as he had to approve our invoice. He disagreed but his staff reported that he did change his behaviour; and he paid our invoice.
Solidus has provided top level management for some of the largest business change and IT projects in the UK and Europe. Running or reviewing projects with budgets of over £250million ($400million) is not unusual for Solidus; as are those of less than a £1million.
On behalf of clients of all sizes, Solidus directs and manages projects and programmes from proposal and business case through to delivery. Solidus has particular experience with complex stakeholdermanagement challenges and turning round difficult projects.Solidus undertakes Project Health Checks to catch problems early.