Insights

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August 21, 2019 | Insights | Denise Gifford

Independent Consulting: Is the Gig Economy for you?

6 questions would-be solopreneurs must ask themselves

Recent business trends have made it possible to start independent work more easily, and with more possibilities, than ever before. There is strong support in the business world for hiring expertise on an as-needed basis, and as a result, the …

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  • April 5, 2019 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Project Managers Can Leverage the Power of Artificial Intelligence

    The future of work is about integrating technology—not being replaced by it

    These days, there are many dire predictions about artificial intelligence replacing human workers. News specials and magazine articles speculate that no occupation is immune, or claim that whole fields of work, such as teaching or project management, might be replaced …

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  • February 20, 2019 | Insights | Dr. David Hillson

    Top Ten Risk Myths

    Since the dawn of time, mankind has used myths to make sense of the uncertainty that surrounds us. More recently, in the world of business and projects, risk management has performed the same role. Unfortunately, myths have also grown up …

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  • 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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