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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 24, 2023 | Insights | Denise Gifford

An Interview with ChatGPT on Asking the Right Questions

ChatGPT gives wrong answers—for tips on preventing this, we turned to the source

The advances in artificial intelligence as demonstrated by OpenAI’s new ChatGPT chatbot are truly amazing. It suddenly seems like anyone can get answers about any topic, or can use the chatbot to write essays, compose poems, solicit advice, and create …

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  • January 26, 2023 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    ‘Managing By Projects’ is Different From Project Management, And Here’s Why

    Some organizations use a methodology called “managing by projects,” but it’s not traditional Project Management  

    As organizations scramble to adapt to rapid changes in the contemporary work environment – including increased automation – there is a new focus on improving work methods and getting results by whatever means necessary. In the realm of project management, …

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  • December 30, 2022 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    Building Effective Client-Consultant Relationships

    these 14 questions will help you assess the strength of the relationship

    Developing a partnership with your client—one built on mutual trust and understanding—is essential for establishing a long-term working relationship. If you aren’t trusted, your advice won’t be trusted. If you don’t understand the client as a person, you won’t know …

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  • November 30, 2022 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    In a Crisis, Project Managers Are Needed

    infamous tragedies remind us that the type of management matters

    There has always been a distinction between two ways of managing. The first type, operations management, requires managers to be directive and hierarchical to standardize routine organizational functions. The second, project management, requires managers to be more flexible, process-oriented, and …

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  • October 20, 2022 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    For Starting a New Business, Try These 5 Brainstorming Strategies

    new business ideas can be hard to come by, but these strategies are a good place start   

    For many, starting their own business seems like a wonderful dream, but it may also feel unattainable. Becoming your own boss, determining your own future, and having more freedom are some of the many attractions. In fact, most people have …

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  • September 17, 2022 | Insights | Denise Gifford

    The Future of Work: Freelancers Need Specialized Skills

    specialization paired with brand identity will help you compete

    If you had just a few minutes to convince a potential customer that you’re the perfect person for their freelance opportunity, what would you say? Which skills make you unique? Do you know your own value, and can you express …

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  • August 30, 2022 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    As the Economy Changes, Project Management Is Still In Demand

    economic transformations hit different industries in different ways

    Forty years ago, John Naisbitt, author of “Megatrends” (1982), predicted not only the shift of America’s industrial economy to less developed nations around the globe, but also the significantly reduced role of management in the U.S. workforce. Our economy moved …

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  • July 23, 2022 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    20 Questions Consultants Should Ask Their Clients

    These questions will clarify your client’s perspective, current situation, and future vision

    As a consultant, one of your key objectives is to fully understand your client’s situation so that you can offer advice, solutions, and support as needed. This means taking the time to not only understand your client’s current reality, but …

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  • June 25, 2022 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    How Project Managers Assess Project Value

    understanding value is one of the most important parts of the job

    One key aspect of project management is assessing the value of a project—but unfortunately, value assessment doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. As project managers, we all know it to be true: the definition of project success belongs in …

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  • May 31, 2022 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    Moving Beyond Stalemate in Your Business Negotiations

    these 7 tricks might convert your stalemate into a renewed relationship   

    If you’ve ever played chess, you know that sometimes you and your partner reach a “stalemate.” A stalemate is a position in which no action can be taken. You’ve likely experienced negotiating situations in life where there has been a …

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  • April 14, 2022 | Knowledge | Helen S. Cooke

    Five Strategies for Successful Stakeholder Management

    How to manage complex projects while keeping stakeholders happy

    Anyone who works in project management knows that a lot of planning goes into preparing a project team to do its work, before the project itself even begins. Deliverables are spelled out; estimates are made regarding how long the project …

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  • March 28, 2022 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Projects Need Strong Leadership and Executive Support & Need to Build That from Day One

    projects often focus on the end goal, but a strong beginning is just as important

    Why do organizations create a project? Projects are created when important objectives cannot be easily obtained by doing “business as usual,” and when getting results is important to organizational success. Whether the project is created by an executive or an …

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