What Can The Fonze Teach Us About Managing Water?

I grew up watching the American Sitcom Happy Days, which followed the adventures of Richie Cunningham and friends, including the…


When the Problem is the Problem

Recently I’ve been observing a government agency charged with improving the environmental outcomes of a waterway that flows through an…


A Crazy Question for Water Managers

Here is a crazy question. In order to better manage our catchments should we ban all conversation about water? Why would we do that?…


Letting go of the need to know: an important water wise principle

I have been interested to read the IWA Principles for Water Wise Cities, designed to help leaders deliver safer water and sanitation…


The Project Manager Trap Part 2

I recently wrote about the Project Manager Trap, where the skills we seek in our project managers don’t match those needed to deliver on…


Making Every Drop Count

In March 2018 the UN HLPW published Every Drop Counts: An Agenda for Water Action. It makes a number of clear recommendations about the…


The Project Manager Trap

One of the most common things I see companies doing is asking their project managers, who are experienced and competent in one way of…


The Cost of Doing Things For Your Collaborators

If collaboration is about doing things with others, and command and control is doing things to others, what would you call doing things for…


Got solution-itis? You may need to visit the dilemma doctor

In my travels I see a number of common ailments including: Duck flu - recognisable by the persistent need to 'get our ducks in a row…


What can El Capitan Teach Us About Managing Complexity?

  In June 2017, climber Alex Honnold became the first person to climb Yosemite’s El Capitan without ropes.  If that feat alone isn’t…