Insights

Commentary and opinion

November 28, 2018 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

The Future of Work and the Need to Adapt

be ready to welcome change and continuously innovate

Change has always been a part of our society and economy, but during the past several decades, the rate of change accelerated and continues to accelerate. Looking back on the past forty years alone, the changes were seismic. Companies that …

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  • October 24, 2018 | Insights | Dr. David Hillson

    Why Risk Includes Opportunity

    opportunities are important and need to be captured where possible

    Current risk management standards and guidelines use broad definitions of “risk” that encompass both threat and opportunity, but many people still find it difficult to understand why “opportunity” is included in the definition. And without understanding the reasons, there is …

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  • September 12, 2018 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Project Management and Team Happiness

    End products are important, but so is your team’s health and happiness

    Business projects are seldom discussed from the point of view of the “happiness” of their team members. Projects are recognized for getting things done, and projects are resourced for overall effectiveness. Sponsors, customers, and society at large look for valued …

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  • July 19, 2018 | Insights | Denise Gifford

    For Serial Entrepreneurs, Success is About Adaptability 

    the key to repeated success is an openness to learn from mistakes  

    Serial entrepreneurs repeatedly begin new companies and are willing to take on the risk of new ventures. They are often thought of as successful, but just because they have a history of startups, does that really improve their chance of …

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  • June 14, 2018 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    The Creative Process for Managing Projects

    6 surprising similarities between project management and art

    Sometimes people assume a project manager is simply an administrator who tracks the progress of a project team’s work against an established schedule. But that’s the role of a schedule administrator, not a project manager. Project management is actually, in …

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  • May 17, 2018 | 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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  • April 4, 2018 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Civility in the Workplace is Still Important

    In the smartphone era, civility is a vital skill to model and learn

    Trend-watching is a good way to spot issues that your organization may be facing in the future. A popular topic lately is the erosion of civility, and the accompanying uptick in rudeness, in our society today. New research about the …

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  • March 22, 2018 | Insights | Denise Gifford

    New Businesses and Cash Flow: What Every Entrepreneur Should Know

    Paying attention to cash flow helps you avoid disaster

    Whether you’re an entrepreneur or a freelancer, being responsible for your own business is empowering and exciting. The possibilities are endless, but so are the risks, particularly financial risk. In fact, one of the main reasons that new businesses fail …

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  • March 7, 2018 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Are Project Managers Generalists or Specialists?

    Strategic thinking and technical know-how are both important

    When discussing new hires, organizations often categorize candidates as either generalists or specialists. Specialists are typically sought for technical jobs while generalists are steered toward staff or junior management roles. But more and more, with businesses in a constant state …

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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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