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Peter Parkes Ivor Lewis Bob Assirati Roy Cooper Michael Beale Mike Jones Richard Allen Sandra Parkes
I have held senior roles in project management in the public sector, private sector, public private partnerships and ‘big 4’ management consultancies. I am experienced across the life-cycle, from start-up to close-out, and have worked in many industries and sectors. My passion, however, is getting the best out of the team.
I have a Masters in project management (MBA) with a final dissertation on best practice for project management of technology while working in the nuclear sector. I am a Fellow of the Association for Project Management, certified to the highest level of practitioner (CPM), sit on the main board of the professional body and act as Board Champion for best practice groups (SIGs). I was a founding member of best practice groups for Governance, Assurance, and Portfolio Management, a co-author of several publications on the topics and a regular conference speaker on aspects of best practice. I sit on the steering group for the APM’s Body of Knowledge and contributed to several sections. After a lifetime of continuous professional development I am chartered by several professional bodies and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, BCS, RSC, RSA, and IBC. I am a committee member of the Institute of Directors. I started my journey in NLP in the early ‘90s and progressed to Master Practitioner. I wrote the book NLP4PM and developed the supporting training course to address a shortage in competence based training for aspiring project managers to balance the popularity of training in method and process. I am a Certified Coach and Mentor. I have a passion for peak performance and continuous personal and professional development and promise to infect you.
Starting our as an engineering apprentice with Rolls Royce, I spent a decade in international management consultancy before progressing to take up several board appointments, including: Production Director with JCB, Manufacturing Engineering Director of what is now BMW Mini, Managing Director of worldwide operations for Diageo, Business Development Director for Perot Systems (now Dell), and Managing Director for Birse Rail(now within Balfour Beatty).
Substantial improvements in performance required both cultural change and breakthrough management thinking and I have applied theory to practice in many boardrooms. I can help you to do the same.
Starting out as an operational research analyst with the National Coal Board, I moved through management positions with several companies to commercial director with what is now HMRC before being appointed as Chief Executive of CCTA. When that was no more, I became Major Projects Director of the Office of Government Commerce, and within the Cabinet Office when OGC was absorbed, taking responsibility for oversight of the UK government’s major projects. I remain a board member of the BCS. Benefits from large capital investments can be realised with the right blend of process, skills and behaviours, and I can show you how.
I have a long and established record in project management and business change working for companies including: EDS, IBM, CSC, Reed Elsevier, Welsh Assembly Government, Bupa, Xerox, Rolls Royce and Vodafone. Roles have included:
• Stakeholder management to executive board level
• Programme Management and portfolio management best practice implementation, including PMO setup
• Trouble-shooting Projects £1m – 200 million
• Managed strategic service organisations of 2 – 5000 people
• Managed global IT service contracts, TCV £2000m, through start-up & transformation
• Negotiated and managed IT Service, Outsource and SI contracts
• Designed and led EMEA wide Six Sigma Programmes
• Coached Business Leaders and Individuals to excellence, using certified coaching techniques, practices and interventions
• Managing major change and transformation programmes incorporating business wide systems implementation, end to end business process re-engineering as well as cultural and behavioural change.
I have excellent interpersonal skills, supported by a certification as Master Practitioner of NLP and Master Coach, enabling me to help build high performing skilled and motivated teams as well as effective value based relationships with stakeholders.
My early career was in buying for high street brands, culminating in General Buyer for the Do-It-All DIY chain. This gave me a strong background in negotiation skills as well as general management. From there I moved on to become Strategy Development Manager for BT (British Telecommunications) during the time when it was morphing from a government monopoly to a major commercial telecommunications company.
I trained under the founders of NLP, being a certified trainer under Richard Bandler and certified coach under John Grinder. I specialise in 1-2-1 training and coaching and executive support. I also run ‘Tribal Gatherings’ for like-minded NLP professionals.
I graduated in Computer Science and progressed through a number of senior project and management roles in the utility, rail and consultancy sectors, culminating in Managing Director for Energy Retail with ABB.
I completed a second degree in Psychology and now focus on executive coaching to develop Emotional Intelligence. I am an accredited 360 degree feedback assessor and EQ assessor.
My Project Management work over three decades has delivered business change through systems changes, mainly in the London financial sector. I’m qualified through APM and PRINCE2, and experienced in many waterfall projects, and I’ve also run agile projects as a qualified DSDM PM, and Certified Scrum Master.
I learned my NLP Master Practitioner through multiple well-known trainers, covering Systemic NLP, Time-Line techniques and Accelerated Learning style. I’m a certified Trainer of NLP, and a certified Co-Active Coach.
I’ve found that Project Management thinking fits well with NLP’s well-formed outcomes, logical levels, and time-line shifts, to help decide and follow-through on goals. While my Co-Active Coaching and Ericksonian language brings an enjoyable seamless way to align your inner conviction and energise your motivation.
My professional coaching has been a mix of personal career coaching, and helping people to face big challenges in their life.
I am an HR professional and trainer specialising in workplace wellness, leadership and performance management and have delivered these functions across Europe, Middle East & Africa for a global blue chip company.
I hold a PGCE in adult education and a Masters in Education specialising in Leadership and Management. I am a Fellow of the Institute for Learning (FIFL) and of the RSA, and a professional member of the Insitute of Leadership & Management.
I am a certified NLP practitioner and have completed and trained a wide range of personal development courses. I am also an accredited workplace wellness consultant and a leadership development facilitator (DDI).
Testimonials and Endorsements
Having spent the last 30 years in and around projects and programmes of all shapes and sizes, it is refreshing to read a book that provides insight into the critical aspects of project performance – the people. The effectiveness of project leaders is defined by their level of emotional intelligence in conjunction with real experience in end to end delivery. Peter demonstrates both and we are pleased to work with him. His new book gives away some of his trade secrets and all project professionals would benefit from buying a copy.
Consistent feedback when we released early drafts of PRINCE2 was the need to describe those vital behavioural competences (or soft skills) that project managers require for successful project delivery. But it is not the remit of PRINCE2 to describe such skills as PRINCE2 is just a method, so we took the approach of sign-posting the additional competences that those involved in projects require. At last there is now a book that describes those skills, and more importantly in a way that puts them in context of project management. This book provides practical and easy to follow guidance on how to apply NLP techniques to a Project Manager’s every day work. I recommend every Project Manager reads this book (in addition to PRINCE2!)
People, not process and tools, are the key ingredient in making change happen. Peter has vast experience in project leadership and has used it to create a useful read that can help project managers get the best out of their interactions with those they work with.
Soft skills are the difference that makes the difference in leadership of change. Getting change to work well is really all about people. Peter tirelessly promotes this in project management, both through Alchemy, and more specifically in this book, which is a major contribution to the discipline.
To be effective, project managers must learn the language of the boardroom. Peter and this book will help you to do that.
In this book Peter Parkes focuses on an increasingly valued aspect of project management. Soft skills have always underlain excellent project management performance, but the underlying concepts and techniques have not been clearly expressed. Peter has now demonstrated how NLP can help many of us, in a most helpful and engaging way. The benefits of applying, rather than just reading, his approach will become apparent to those concerned with supporting individual projects as to those governing major portfolios of programmes and projects. Knowing the depth of knowledge and experience on which this book is based I have no hesitation in recommending it.
There is still lots of room for improvement in project delivery performance in all sectors. In most cases vast improvement can easily come from all project players really understanding each other better and having higher quality relationships and interactions. NLP is a perfect technique to help all project players to improve in this area – enabling misunderstandings to be avoided or spotted and difficult issues confronted which will lead to better project outcomes. I recommend that all project players spend time to learn from this topic and improve their own capability and performance.
Method and process are important in project management, but knowing how to use them is even more so. Most project managers can increase their effectiveness most by developing their soft skills, recognising that finesse can be more effective than brute force. Once developed, they will find that their skills are much more transferable across not only project types, but whole industry sectors. This book showing the application of tools like NLP to develop competences will help you on that journey and will certainly whet your appetite for more. Peter’s lively style is compelling and benefits from his imaginative use of appropriate quotations and personal anecdotes. For me this book throws light on a major component of our journey towards greater professionalism in project management.
I was introduced to the world of Neuro-Linguistic Programming via my involvement with sports coaching. This exposure to NLP illustrated to me what a fantastic tool this could be for the Project Management profession. We generally recognise that our people are our greatest asset and that we operate in a world where relationships are key, however, so called ‘soft skills’ can often be the hardest to master. With NLP our people can learn to be even more effective in their dealings with their teams, clients and key stakeholders. The release of Peter’s book is perfectly timed and fills a large void in the market.
I first spoke with Peter about three years ago about the need to develop self awareness and soft skills in project managers in order for them to become better leaders, and I was impressed with Peter’s application of NLP at the time. It appears that this conversation seeded a book, and an excellent one too. Well done!