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January 23, 2024 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

12 Questions for Evaluating Business Solutions

these questions can help you select the best solution to a problem

In solving any problem, the goal is to come up with a solution that will work. But sometimes it’s not easy to evaluate a solution’s worth. It might also turn out that there are multiple, alternative solutions that are credible. …

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  • October 23, 2023 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    21 Questions: Understanding Project Stakeholder Expectations

    Asking your stakeholders the right questions is central to successful project management

    Understanding the expectations of project stakeholders is absolutely critical to successful stakeholder management. Do you know what your stakeholders expect? If not, your project may already be heading down the wrong path. In order to pinpoint stakeholder expectations, it’s important …

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • August 13, 2021 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    5 Ways Consultants Habitually Improve Their Game

    learning from each gig and client should be part of your process 

    Becoming a better consultant isn’t something that has to be a major effort. Instead, it’s all about small, subtle changes in focus. It means highlighting areas where incremental improvement can lead to big payoffs, and using what you’re already doing …

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  • May 20, 2021 | Knowledge | Helen S. Cooke

    Project Management Interviews: What to Expect and How to Spot Red Flags

    Emphasize your past successes while ensuring the project matches your skills

    One of the interesting aspects of searching for project management positions in today’s employment market is that sometimes you’re not really being interviewed for a project manager position. Project management might be the title proposed, but the role might diverge …

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  • April 17, 2021 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    Reaching Agreement in Client-Consultant Relationships

    These 13 questions will help you navigate difficulties and disagreements 

    Clients and consultants sometimes encounter difficulties when they don’t share a common understanding of how to improve a situation. They may not have a clear handle on the goals. The client might have a better understanding of their business than …

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  • March 19, 2021 | Knowledge | Helen S. Cooke

    Are You a Project Manager?

    the definition of Project Management is not clear to everyone         

    The term “project management” has become a buzzword. And like any buzzword, it’s thrown around freely without much common understanding of what it really is. As a result, people who aren’t actually doing project management are given that label, and …

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  • October 21, 2020 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    14 Questions Consultants Ask to Improve Client Relations

    It’s all about communication

    Consultants work with their clients to provide advice and support. Whether it’s just a short-term project or a consulting engagement lasting over many years, the best consultants know how to add value to the client relationship. They understand that the …

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