People SIG gala evening: keep calm and carry on
Posted by APM on 29th Nov 2012
About 75 members of the People SIG, and including CEO Andrew Bragg enjoyed a fascinating Gala Evening at the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms in Whitehall this week.
Phil Reed is the Director of this historic piece of Britain's heritage, which has won many awards including the 2006 Council of Europe Museum Prize and he explained some of the background and history of the Cabinet War Rooms including many nuggets about what life was like for those who worked there during WW2. APM delegates were then free to explore the complex using the Museum's audio-visual aids which brought many of Phil's points to life.
After dinner, Stephen Carver, of Cranfield University delivered an engaging keynote talk that showed how the Battle of Britain had many features in common with projects of high complexity and requiring great resilience; this was made all the more poignant by the venue, and the fact that he was standing in front of a huge portrait of Churchill at the time.
Stephen has hands on experience of projects and programmes in many business sectors from banks to oil and from construction to law firms; his message to the audience was that process works up to a point, and after that, factors such as psychology are the difference that makes the difference.
Of all the APM's many Specific Interest Groups, the People SIG are probably best placed to put that into practice!
Stephen's presentation can be downloaded here.
Feedback from one of our guests: "the best APM presentation and presenter I have ever experienced (member for 10+ years)"..