Leadership

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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  • July 25, 2023 | Book Reviews | Denise Gifford

    For Business Negotiations, Chris Voss’ “Never Split the Difference” Has Unique Insights

    A veteran FBI negotiator, Voss knows what to do when the stakes are high

    The type of negotiating most of us do in our lifetimes doesn’t include life or death situations. We negotiate the mundane, like children’s bedtimes, or the important, like salaries or business contracts. So it’s intriguing to get a look at …

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  • June 25, 2023 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Project Managers Are the Leaders We Need

    in the age of job hopping and quiet quitting, project managers are a source of stability

    Those of us craving leadership in today’s work culture are having a hard time of it. We hear about “the great resignation” and “quiet quitting.” We see it among our friends and colleagues. We read about it in the news. …

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  • April 30, 2023 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    6 Ways Project Managers Can Advance Their Careers

    in a volatile market, impressing top brass becomes more important

    Projects tackle the urgent and important objectives an organization needs to thrive, so project managers tend to hold a special position of responsibility as well as a unique visibility in the work world. As a project manager, program manager or …

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  • January 26, 2023 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    ‘Managing By Projects’ is Different From Project Management, And Here’s Why

    Some organizations use a methodology called “managing by projects,” but it’s not traditional Project Management  

    As organizations scramble to adapt to rapid changes in the contemporary work environment – including increased automation – there is a new focus on improving work methods and getting results by whatever means necessary. In the realm of project management, …

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  • November 30, 2022 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    In a Crisis, Project Managers Are Needed

    infamous tragedies remind us that the type of management matters

    There has always been a distinction between two ways of managing. The first type, operations management, requires managers to be directive and hierarchical to standardize routine organizational functions. The second, project management, requires managers to be more flexible, process-oriented, and …

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  • June 25, 2022 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    How Project Managers Assess Project Value

    understanding value is one of the most important parts of the job

    One key aspect of project management is assessing the value of a project—but unfortunately, value assessment doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. As project managers, we all know it to be true: the definition of project success belongs in …

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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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  • March 28, 2022 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Projects Need Strong Leadership and Executive Support & Need to Build That from Day One

    projects often focus on the end goal, but a strong beginning is just as important

    Why do organizations create a project? Projects are created when important objectives cannot be easily obtained by doing “business as usual,” and when getting results is important to organizational success. Whether the project is created by an executive or an …

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  • December 22, 2021 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Managerial Roles Have Changed & Here’s Where Project Management Fits In

    as some management types disappear, project managers fill an important gap 

    As technology changes how we work, the workforce has evolved in many different ways. One of the major evolving areas is how organizations are managed and controlled. In past decades, layers of management were put in place to supervise and …

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  • October 5, 2021 | Insights | Denise Gifford

    The Hybrid Workplace Introduces New Challenges and Novel Solutions

    Employees working from home are at risk of becoming second tier

    The hybrid workplace seems to be here to stay, and many are welcoming this change to a model that mixes remote work with time in the office. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, workers stated a preference to work at home …

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  • February 28, 2021 | Insights | Scotty Hendricks

    Artificial Intelligence and Business Management: A Growing Partnership

    for now, many management decisions are too complex for AI

    Discussions about the economic dangers and potentials of artificial intelligence (AI) tend to center around the ability of AI to do specific, clearly-defined tasks quickly and well. This is of great concern to employees whose jobs solely revolve around doing …

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