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The Forgotten Art Of Questioning.

Why do we go from asking hundreds of questions per day as a child, to only a few as an adult? What if we focused less on ‘telling’ and more on asking the right questions? Imagine the outcomes you could achieve... people would think more for themselves, there’d be more creativity, higher workplace engagement, increased learning, more lateral thinking, more problem-solving, we’d stop repeating the same mistakes, there’d be greater in-roads in every facet of life - science, maths, business, psychology, neuro science etc. The potential is unlimited. STS Project Manager Kristy Fairbairn discusses her favourite processes that use questioning techniques to elicit more information and deepen our understanding of situations, people and even ourselves:

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Creating Change Through Psychometric Assessments and Coaching.

Psychometric Assessments have been used in the corporate world for decades. In fact, most of you reading this post will have done some form of work based personality profile or test in their career. Psychometric Assessments can be used in recruitment and selection processes to identify individuals with desired traits and validate the interviewer’s perceptions. They can be used in team development programs to enhance a team’s conscious understanding of the group’s strengths, limitations and dynamics, or as part of individual development to enhance self-awareness and improve an individual’s behavioural control.

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Project Leadership - Thought Paper from the latest STS Seminar

STS Consulting Australia were pleased to host a number of project leaders from major resources and engineering construction organisations to explore research and ideas on the topic of Project Leadership.
A summary of research on project leadership was provided before an open discussion allowed all attendees to share experiences and explore important issues relating to project leadership. a thought paper has been prepared to capture the key points emerging from this session.

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Accelerating High Team Performance - The Pressure Cooker Approach

High performance teams are fundamentally different from most teams. Most teams pursue modest goals and interact in a completely different way than high performance teams. In today’s landscape where 60% of major infrastructure projects fail (Deloitte Access Economics Report, 2014 ), mediocrity clearly doesn’t cut it.
So how do we accelerate high performance?

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Moving Beyond Managing Change to Leading Change?

Change Management. It’s a tough path to walk for any leader, but leading a team along the pathway of change can be especially difficult to navigate. It’s full of road blocks, people drag their heels and the litter of failed change initiatives are strewn along the path, making the most seasoned leader nervous. In this month’s STS Blog article, STS General Manager Marcus Carroll, explores the human side of leading change. He goes beyond implementing the systems and processes of managing change towards understanding and influencing human behaviour to achieve innovation and performance.

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Ego Check - Is Yours or Someone Else's Out of Control?

Picture this, a multibillion dollar project is going bad. The designs aren’t right, industrial issues are causing angst, they’re already over budget and falling further behind the schedule. The company decides it’s time to bring in the big gun – the “Fixer”. This "Fixer" knows there here to do a job - save the project. But they also carry with them a huge sense of self importance, ego and arrogance. So how can you manage this person's behaviour before they hurt the project further, and what can you do if (*gasp!*) you're actually the arrogant "fixer"?

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7 Secrets to a Successful Business Partnership

Executives and scholars ponder why there are so many Partnership failures and disappointing results. Partnerships (think multiple companies coming together e.g. alliance, JVs, consortiums etc) are becoming more complex, often with multiple cultures, languages, and on a mega scale.
Throughout my years of experience working and consulting in large construction organisations I’ve had the opportunity to work within good partnerships and in some cases great partnerships . Of course, with the good and the great, comes the other side of the coin, the ugly partnerships. By witnessing both the good and bad, and realizing what does and doesn’t work, I can now share with you the 7 key fundamental elements required to achieving partnership success.

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How Much Are Your Employees Spending with Your

Executives and scholars ponder why there are so many Partnership failures and disappointing results. Partnerships (think multiple companies coming together e.g. alliance, JVs, consortiums etc) are becoming more complex, often with multiple cultures, languages, and on a mega scale.
Throughout my years of experience working and consulting in large construction organisations I’ve had the opportunity to work within good partnerships and in some cases great partnerships . Of course, with the good and the great, comes the other side of the coin, the ugly partnerships. By witnessing both the good and bad, and realizing what does and doesn’t work, I can now share with you the 7 key fundamental elements required to achieving partnership success.

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