Leadership

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 26, 2018 | Knowledge | Dr. David Hillson

    Managing Both Sides of Risk: Threat and Opportunity

    Opportunities and threats are both uncertainties that matter

    The ability to manage risk effectively is recognized as an important contributor to business success, which is why it has become an essential part of the manager’s toolkit. Risk-based thinking is permeating the boardroom and discussions within executive committees as …

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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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  • August 28, 2018 | Knowledge | Jeanette Bordelon

    Maximize Change Adoption Using Persuasion and Influence

    Project success for change initiatives can depend on the ability of the organization to adopt change

    We all need to know how to use our influence and powers of persuasion to support needed changes, whether with family, work life, or life in general. For project managers who are focused on delivering and leading change initiatives, persuasion …

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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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  • 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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  • 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 31, 2018 | Resources

    6 Must-Reads About Leadership

    Recent opinions, perspectives, and research

    As anyone who has found themselves in a leadership role can tell you, there is no “one way” to become an effective leader. While there are truisms like “treat people with respect” or “listen and learn,” the formula that works …

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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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  • 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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