Leadership

October 3, 2019 | Insights | Dr. David Hillson

Capturing Opportunities – Are You Ready?

How to optimize success for your projects and business

A few months ago, my wife and I were on a sunrise game drive in South Africa. None of the animals seemed to be awake yet, and all was quiet. I sat on the edge of the vehicle, my camera …

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  • September 15, 2019 | Knowledge | Helen S. Cooke

    Preparing for a Fast-Growth Project

    Three early planning phases and their unique challenges

    Any project manager knows that projects vary significantly: some last for years, with multiple phases, while others are sporadic, with periodic breaks that free staff and management to work on other initiatives. Some are important. Others are urgent. Some are …

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  • July 10, 2019 | Interviews

    Ellen Ruppel Shell on Jobs and Work in the Twenty-First Century

    A deep dive into the future of work with The Atlantic correspondent Ellen Ruppel Shell

    We’ve all been hearing a lot lately about the economy: unemployment is near a record low, the stock market is at a record high, and job creation numbers have been relatively steady. Yet behind these reassuring numbers lurks a troubling …

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  • June 19, 2019 | Knowledge | Dr. David Hillson

    Risk Management: Past and Future

    How we got here, and where we might be going

    Everyone agrees that the world is risky and that risk management is important. But where did risk management come from, and where is it going? When and how did we learn that managing risk was an essential life skill? And …

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  • May 22, 2019 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    Business Negotiations and the Element of Surprise

    6 tips for successfully managing surprise in a negotiation

    Like it or not, we are all negotiating, all the time—and at some level, all negotiations involve an assessment of the balance of power: how much do I want what the other party has to offer, and how much do …

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  • March 13, 2019 | Interviews

    Sophie Wade on the Future of Work

    An interview with Sophie Wade, founder at Flexcel Network and a leading authority on the Future of Work

    The Future of Work is something that everyone wants to understand, but few of us fully do. What we can all agree on is that in many ways, the “future” is already here. There are more freelancers, an increased need …

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  • February 20, 2019 | Insights | Dr. David Hillson

    Top Ten Risk Myths

    Since the dawn of time, mankind has used myths to make sense of the uncertainty that surrounds us. More recently, in the world of business and projects, risk management has performed the same role. Unfortunately, myths have also grown up …

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  • 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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