Making small-but-high-impact change in project teams' cultures


Why this course?


Imagine initiating small, high-impact changes to how project teams experience the main challenges before them.

Changes that help teams resolve familiar, recurring problems through new, self-made ways.


Changes that authentically build on the behaviour of teams that consistently deliver best-in-class performance.


Changes that use team members' skills to the full and create a culture they feel proud to be part of.

Think of culture as the overall feeling you and others get on a project. Call it the vibe.


At a low frequency it feels toxic. When high it feels as though almost anything is possible.


The quality of strategising, planning, managing risk, engaging stakeholders, procuring supply chains, learning, innovating and much more is dependent on culture.

The way you get things done is always more effective when in a high vibe as compared to a low, stressed, tense, pressured one.

Peter Drucker coined the phrase “Culture eats strategy for breakfast” to hammer this point home. Yet culture is misunderstood often. It’s thought of as a nice-to-have or something for HR to fix. Not something impacting the way all work gets done day in, day out.


While world-class cultures can’t be cut and pasted from elsewhere, they do have three common characteristics that help you craft your own.


Peel back the veneer to take a closer look at high performance and what do we find? You’ll see team members feeling..

and the skills they bring. They’re open. Honest: they neither sugar coat nor pretend they know it all. They have an insatiable curiosity for filling knowledge and skill gaps so as to give of their best.
They talk of “being their authentic selves.”
on difficult issues. They welcome differences: knowing they spur collaboration on finding innovative, new answers.
They know their commitment to decisions matters. It sustains them whenever they have to advocate or defend the way forward.
that's shared and crystal clear about who depends on and benefits from their work
Objectives are not viewed as a weight around their shoulders, more a catalyst to ingenious, agile ways of delivering them.

Getting to this point can feel daunting. The obstacles may seem significant. Until we experience them differently and find better answers compared to what's been available before. 

A popular belief is culture change takes a long time and is difficult. True if you're fighting against the existing one.

But what if you helped colleagues surface the long-standing, out-of-sight mindsets and habits that hold you back? Free of those which make discussing certain topics taboo, or make difficult situations even worse, could you swiftly lay the foundations of a new culture?  

This is where this course is focused.

Using a tried and tested, yet comparatively new approach - which draws from a combination of philosophy, psychology and neuroscience - its objective is to help senior project professionals be a catalyst for culture change by..

Pointing to why culture is misunderstood and how this impacts the way work gets done right across a project.
Helping colleagues see how relating patterns 
determine their ability to respond at their best to situations.
Raising a team's vibe so that no topic is off limits, listening reveals new answers and disagreements are handled well.
 Building support and confidence in the benefits a programme is striving to deliver. 


The wider benefits

Like you, where possible, we want to play our role in making budget overruns and delays the exception rather than rule on large programmes. We believe transforming the U.K.’s reputation for delivering benefits to stakeholders and building investors’ confidence matters. It's also do-able. It begins when project leaders shift their perceptions of the challenges they face, thereby increasing the probability they respond in new ways. It accelerates when their example sparks small-but-high-impact changes to the culture their teams operate from. 

At a time of great uncertainty, when chance-events occur frequently, we hope you too will see the central role culture plays in teams’ ability to respond. Starting with you let’s build our collective ability to seize the many new opportunities before us.

The World-Class Project Culture Course


What does the course cover?

The course lasts 8 weeks and has 8 online sessions as shown below. During the course you will also be a member of a closed WhatsApp group in which you can ask questions and share insights as the course progresses. 

Noticing helpful and unhelpful patterns of relating.  Exploring a new way of learning
Small-and-high-impact changes
Freeing up the what-you-see-is-all-there-is mindset
Small-and-high-impact changes
Creating emotional intelligence in the team
Small-and-high-impact changes
Courage and its impact on a team’s decisions
Small-and-high-impact changes
Prepping for difficult conversation & turning points
Small-and-high-impact changes
Making benefits central to stakeholder conversations 
Small-and-high-impact changes
Building a compelling narrative for your project
Reflections on a world-class culture and how it underpins performance.


Pre-course watching and reading 

Prior to Session 1 you will have access to a video and some written material about culture: what it is, isn't, why it's misunderstood and the characteristics found in a world-class one. 

You can watch a snippet of the video here


What learning method is the course based on? 

We’re using an experiential methodology. The video below explains why and how it differs from a conventional course.


Expect the pace of the course to be deliberately slow and relaxed. You'll see there's a good reason for this: our capacity to look at familiar challenges with fresh eyes soars when the mind isn’t busy or full of ‘mental noise.’

We've also chosen this method because you'll get to experience what a high-performance culture feels like during the course itself. This makes building one in real time that much easier.

Who is the course for?


It's designed for senior project professionals working on a cross-functional programme - e.g. an IT or business transformation - or a cross-business programme such as the construction of a building or piece of infrastructure.


You're in a position of influence because, like it or not, others take their lead from you. The course is designed to help you make several small-but-high-impact changes to a team's culture. Changes that are key to delivering success, however you measure that.

Job-title wise you're likely to be a Programme Sponsor, Senior Responsible Owner (or Public Sector equivalent), Programme Board Member, Programme Director/Manager, Project Director, Programme Head, Portfolio Director, Transformation Director, Business Change Manager/Director, Head of Profession for Project and Programme Management, Chief Information Officer, Head of Portfolio Office - or have aspirations to be in similar roles in the near future.


We’re expecting between 6 and 20 participants per 8-week course


Who is the course run by? 

We - Roger and Paul the Co-Founders of The Mindset Difference - are delighted to be joined by Kevin Parry who will take the lead in weeks six and seven.

Kevin is a consultant and author with more than 20 years' experience in running major programmes.

Booking your place

The next course begins of Dec 11th 2020 from 9am until noon and ends on Feb 12th 2021

The price is £1,650 +VAT with an early-bird discount of 20% if booked before Dec 4th 2020.

You can reserve your place on the next one by clicking the button below.

Tailor-made Programmes 

If you would like to know more about a world-class culture programme designed around the specific needs of you project team as an alternative to participating in this course please contact us direct.

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