Bob Dignen

About the Author

Bob Dignen is a director of York Associates. He specialises in delivering intercultural training and international team seminars. He offers coaching to international project leaders and is available to facilitate project (kick-off) meetings and run team-building events. He is also available as a keynote speaker for project meetings / management events / professional conferences.

He is an accredited facilitator of Fierce Conversations™, a licensed coach for The International Profiler (an intercultural profiling tool), and an advanced practitioner of TMP (Team Management Profile) an international team development tool.

As an author, his titles include Communicating Across Cultures (CUP), Communicating Internationally in English (York Associates), 50 Ways to improve your international presentation skills and 50 Ways to improve your intercultural skills published by Summertown. He is also co-author of Developing People Internationally, a multimedia international team training resource.

Published Titles

Bob's Recent Blog Posts

  • Finishing a project successfully

    If you Google the statistics on the numbers of projects concluding successfully, you might struggle to find any article with positive statistics. Overwhelmingly, it seems, projects struggle and usually to deliver on time and on budget. Here’s a typical report from KMPG: Type of survey:                Survey of 100 businesses across a broad cross section of industries [...]

  • Making sense of conflict in international projects

    Working in international projects is challenging, and with challenge comes the likelihood of conflict. Professionals working in projects need to understand the sources of potential conflict and have a range of solutions at their disposal to minimise risks to project goals. With this in mind, it can be useful to think about strategies to manage [...]

  • Managing projects – building better communication

    If you read any book on project management, you will very quickly come across a chapter on communication, both the challenges and the importance of doing it well. Here are five ideas to help you and others reflect on what might improve international project communication. Understand how to listen under pressure Projects require individuals to [...]

  • Managing projects – keeping a focus on goals

    Many professionals leading projects do so with a very strong goal focus. One of their core competences, as they see it, is to keep in mind at all times the budget, deadlines and scope which were specified in the original business case. This is what project controlling, the classical job of a project management office, [...]

  • Managing people in projects

    This is my second post in this series and I’m going to look at managing people in projects. Many people bring projects down to two simple things: it’s about organising a series of tasks, and it’s about managing a group of people to complete that series of tasks. Pretty clearly, this puts people management at the heart [...]