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August 14, 2018 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

Five Tips for Freelancers Expanding Their Customer Base

It’s all about establishing value

One of the top challenges for freelancers, consultants and entrepreneurs is finding and keeping good customers. Growing a strong customer base can help you improve profitability and achieve your business goals. To build successful client relationships that will last, you’ll …

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  • June 28, 2018 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    Six Strategies Successful Businesspeople Use to Solve Problems

    Problem-solving is about embracing complexity and understanding the problem

    In business, as in life in general, problems crop up everywhere. Those who know how to think about problems proactively have an advantage, and problem-solving is arguably one of the most important skills a businessperson can learn. That’s true no …

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  • May 28, 2018 | Knowledge | Dr. David Hillson

    A Little Project Risk is a Good Thing

    risk shouldn't be feared if it's managed properly

    The novice project manager might be worried to learn that her project contains risk. Surely risk is “A Bad Thing,” and it would be better if her project had none? But her more experienced colleague would explain that there are …

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  • May 3, 2018 | 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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  • February 15, 2018 | Knowledge | Dr. David Hillson

    What is a Risk?

    Identifying real risks is critical for effective risk management

    The purpose of risk management is obviously to manage risks. But one of the most common failings in the risk management process is for the risk identification step to identify things that are not risks. If this early stage of …

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  • January 24, 2018 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    Five Steps to Effective Consulting Relationships

    Successful consultants are client-focused

    The word “consultant” encompasses more professions than many people realize. If you work toward changing or improving a business situation—without having direct decision power over that situation—you’re consulting. “Consultant” might be in your job description, or it might not. Business …

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  • January 8, 2018 | Knowledge | Dr. David Hillson

    Two-Faced Risk Management

    The benefits of lessons learned

    Welcome to 2018! In many languages the month January is named after Janus the two-faced Roman god of doorways, and the start of a new year is traditionally a time for review, looking back at the past 12 months and …

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  • October 19, 2017 | Knowledge | Dr. David Hillson

    Optimize Project Performance using Risk-Based Stakeholder Analysis

    Are your stakeholders advocates, hindrances, or something in-between?

    Most project managers understand that stakeholders possess and exercise various forms of power in the context of a project. The position adopted by stakeholders is likely to have a significant effect on whether or not a project succeeds, and stakeholders …

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  • September 21, 2017 | Knowledge | Dr. David Hillson

    Ten Things Every Business Needs To Know

    Risk and uncertainty are a part of business. Here’s how to face them head-on.

    Everyone knows that “business hates uncertainty.” Uncertainty poses clear threats to business, but it also contains significant opportunities. Sources of uncertainty must be understood so that these threats and opportunities can be effectively managed, allowing us to avoid and minimize …

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  • August 17, 2017 | Knowledge | Helen S. Cooke

    The Importance of Risk Management Plans in Project Management 

    Project managers should not only have them, but update them continually

    Assessing risk is an important part of a well-managed project, and project managers and team members should have a risk management plan in place from the project’s outset. Projects, in and of themselves, are risky endeavors because the project often addresses a critical need, resolves an existing …

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  • July 31, 2017 | 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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  • April 19, 2017 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    Three Questions To Help Solve Your Business Problems

    Begin by thinking creatively about the problem

    When you’re faced with a problem in day-to-day business life, what is your strategy for getting it resolved? All too often, business professionals make problems more difficult by jumping to conclusions and implementing “solutions” before the problem is fully understood. …

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