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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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  • October 3, 2017 | Insights

    Esther Choy on Storytelling for Business Success

    There are techniques to storytelling, and businesspeople can learn them

    Everyone loves a great story. Stories help us to connect with others more effectively, whether one-on-one or in a group. This is as true in the business context as anywhere else. But what, precisely, makes for a great story, and …

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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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  • 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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  • June 6, 2017 | Insights

    David J.P. Fisher on Hyper-Connected Selling & Sales Skills of the Future

    According to Fisher, sales has changed, and we need to keep up 

    The internet has fundamentally changed the role of today’s salesperson, and this is a reality that can’t be ignored. In a world where consumers can purchase anything from diapers to high-end jewelry with a simple click of the mouse, the contemporary salesperson must …

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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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  • May 4, 2017 | Insights | Denise Gifford

    Building More Trust in Today’s Business Landscape

    Leadership, business, and the need for trust

    A leader seeking success needs to be trusted. In study after study, research on leadership lists trust as a top trait, and studies have shown that when trust in a leader increases, productivity goes up and costs go down. As …

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  • March 29, 2017 | Insights | Denise Gifford

    What Fake News Teaches Us About Project Management

    Critical thinking pitfalls allow us to easily believe what’s untrue

    Fake news, it seems, is everywhere. It’s a term we didn’t know just a few years ago, but after this political season it’s become difficult to figure out what’s real and what’s not. “Pope Backs Trump,” “Hillary Sold Weapons to …

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  • March 14, 2017 | Insights | Denise Gifford

    Bots, Creativity, and the Value of Human Skillsets

    The skills that make us human will be at a premium in the new age of automation

    Today, as almost every day, I was asked by a website to prove that I’m human. You’ve probably had the same experience: in order to access a webpage, you must perform a task that only a human can do, like …

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  • March 3, 2017 | Insights

    Warren Berger on the Power of the Question

    An interview with bestselling author Warren Berger about questions and the importance of Question Week 

    Are we asking the right questions? Can asking better questions spark innovation and creativity? How can asking better questions help us in our personal and business lives? Exploring the power of inquiry is the focus of Warren Berger’s 2014 bestselling …

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