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The InfoWorks blog helps today’s business professional adapt to the ever-changing work world of the twenty-first century, where critical thinking skills and an openness to learn and thrive in the face of change are paramount. Our book reviews, interviews, how-to articles, and essays explore topics such as entrepreneurship, the future of work, leadership, project management, and advances in tech and AI.
February 13, 2024 | Book Reviews | Denise Gifford

Warren Berger’s “A More Beautiful Question” is a Worthwhile Read

Berger’s examination of inquiry shows us where beautiful questions can lead

One question can make all the difference: asking the right question can get to the heart of the matter, paving the way for innovation and problem-solving. But what makes a question effective? How can we find and ask the most …

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  • January 23, 2024 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    12 Questions for Evaluating Business Solutions

    these questions can help you select the best solution to a problem

    In solving any problem, the goal is to come up with a solution that will work. But sometimes it’s not easy to evaluate a solution’s worth. It might also turn out that there are multiple, alternative solutions that are credible. …

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  • December 13, 2023 | Book Reviews | Denise Gifford

    In “Going Infinite,” Michael Lewis Chronicles Bankman-Fried’s Fall

    from wunderkind to convict, Lewis had a front row seat 

    If you’ve followed the case of Sam Bankman-Fried, recently convicted for his role in what prosecutors say was one of the biggest financial frauds in U.S. history, you likely already have thoughts about the defendant and what led him to …

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  • November 20, 2023 | Insights | Denise Gifford

    7 Reasons to Start a Business During a Recession

    the worst of times might actually be the smartest time to launch your company

    Starting a business during a recession may not seem like a great idea, but in fact it just might be the best time to launch your new venture. Companies such as Airbnb, Uber, and Venmo started during the recession that …

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  • October 23, 2023 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    21 Questions: Understanding Project Stakeholder Expectations

    Asking your stakeholders the right questions is central to successful project management

    Understanding the expectations of project stakeholders is absolutely critical to successful stakeholder management. Do you know what your stakeholders expect? If not, your project may already be heading down the wrong path. In order to pinpoint stakeholder expectations, it’s important …

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  • September 30, 2023 | Book Reviews | Denise Gifford

    “The Creative Act” by Rick Rubin is More Art Than Craft

    Rubin explores creativity through nuggets of inspiration and insight  

    Creativity is an in-demand business skill. It’s always been important, but as more companies seek to leverage the power of technology, especially AI, creativity is a must-have to stay competitive and know how to best leverage the new tech capabilities. …

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  • August 14, 2023 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    A Responsible Approach to Using AI in Project Management

    we want to preserve the professional capability while tapping a new tool

    Artificial intelligence is a topic getting a lot of headlines and airtime lately. The technological breakthroughs are likely to affect a lot of things in our work and in our lives. At this point there are more questions than answers, …

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  • July 25, 2023 | Book Reviews | Denise Gifford

    For Business Negotiations, Chris Voss’ “Never Split the Difference” Has Unique Insights

    A veteran FBI negotiator, Voss knows what to do when the stakes are high

    The type of negotiating most of us do in our lifetimes doesn’t include life or death situations. We negotiate the mundane, like children’s bedtimes, or the important, like salaries or business contracts. So it’s intriguing to get a look at …

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  • June 25, 2023 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Project Managers Are the Leaders We Need

    in the age of job hopping and quiet quitting, project managers are a source of stability

    Those of us craving leadership in today’s work culture are having a hard time of it. We hear about “the great resignation” and “quiet quitting.” We see it among our friends and colleagues. We read about it in the news. …

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  • May 30, 2023 | Book Reviews | Denise Gifford

    In “Peak,” Author Anders Ericsson Explored the Science of Expertise

    How does a person become an expert? Does it require talent you’re born with, or can you become an expert through practice? And what does it mean to be an “expert” in the first place? To answer these questions, psychologist …

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  • April 30, 2023 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    6 Ways Project Managers Can Advance Their Careers

    in a volatile market, impressing top brass becomes more important

    Projects tackle the urgent and important objectives an organization needs to thrive, so project managers tend to hold a special position of responsibility as well as a unique visibility in the work world. As a project manager, program manager or …

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  • March 29, 2023 | 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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