Insights

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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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  • 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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