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December 6, 2017 | Insights | Denise Gifford

Big Data Can Boost Business, But Only If We’re Asking the Right Questions

Mining the data is about strategy and curiosity 

Businesses thrive on data. Data helps them create new strategies to increase revenue and improve efficiency. Companies use data to predict who will buy, how to get products delivered cost-effectively, how to anticipate and plan for risk, and which strategies …

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  • November 9, 2017 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Leadership in Project Management Isn’t What You Think

    The skills that define leadership often arise organically, not by force

    When it comes to projects, we are often comfortable with identifying ourselves as executives or managers, but few of us describe ourselves as “leaders.” Others may put us into that category, but why are we hesitant to place ourselves under …

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  • September 14, 2017 | Insights | Barbara A. Trautlein

    The Future of Work is Here, and Leaders Must Be Change Intelligent®

    These three capabilities are key for success in the new world of work

    Contemplating “the future of work” is both exciting and daunting. Now and in the future, compared to our parents, we have a vast array of choices over how we work, where we work, when we work, and with whom we …

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  • September 9, 2017 | Insights | Denise Gifford

    Entrepreneurship and the Risk of Confirmation Bias

    How wishful thinking can be dangerous to your business

    It seems that starting a business has never been easier. Social media and crowd funding are just a couple of the developments that have eased the way for entrepreneurs. With online tools, an entrepreneur can now set up shop and …

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  • August 28, 2017 | Insights | Dr. David Hillson

    Business Uncertainty: Threat or Opportunity?

    When done right, risk management is a critical factor in business success

    Plato is quoted as saying that “The problem with the future is that more things might happen than will happen.” Or as Pliny said, “The only certainty is that there is nothing certain.” Nowhere is this more evident than in …

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  • July 10, 2017 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Project Managers Must Also Be Risk Managers 

    Ability to assess risk can improve project management outcomes 

    Some people seek out risk while others avoid it. Likewise, some organizations tolerate risk while other organizations minimize it. Whatever one’s particular strategy, we all face risk in our personal and work lives on a daily basis, and how we react to risk distinguishes those who are effective project managers from those who are less effective. In …

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  • May 17, 2017 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Project Managers Should Value Honesty Over Loyalty in Team Members

    It’s about results, not lip service

    There has been a lot of talk in the news lately — especially in the political arena — about picking leaders based on loyalty. It seems that sometimes, loyalty even takes the lead over ability and expertise. But then, that’s …

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  • May 4, 2017 | Insights

    Building More Trust in Today’s Business Landscape

    Leadership, business, and the need for trust

    A leader seeking success needs to be trusted. In study after study, research on leadership lists trust as a top trait, and studies have shown that when trust in a leader increases, productivity goes up and costs go down. As …

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  • March 29, 2017 | Insights

    What Fake News Teaches Us About Project Management

    Critical thinking pitfalls allow us to easily believe what’s untrue

    Fake news, it seems, is everywhere. It’s a term we didn’t know just a few years ago, but after this political season it’s become difficult to figure out what’s real and what’s not. “Pope Backs Trump,” “Hillary Sold Weapons to …

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  • March 14, 2017 | Insights

    Bots, Creativity, and the Value of Human Skillsets

    The skills that make us human will be at a premium in the new age of automation

    Today, as almost every day, I was asked by a website to prove that I’m human. You’ve probably had the same experience: in order to access a webpage, you must perform a task that only a human can do, like …

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  • March 1, 2017 | Insights

    Workplace Bullying and its response

    New study shows that men and women respond differently to bullying in the workplace

    Would you know if someone was being bullied at work? It’s not always easy to tell. Many years ago, I worked as a sales rep for a boss who managed by intimidation. He publicly shamed and embarrassed his employees. He …

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  • February 22, 2017 | Insights

    It’s About Time

    The Benefits of Taking Time Out in a Hectic Work World

    In today’s society, we’re made to feel that there’s something wrong with us when we’re doing nothing. We imagine the efficient, effective person we want to be, always on top of what’s going on in our workplace and in the …

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