Project Management

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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  • August 21, 2019 | Insights | Denise Gifford

    Independent Consulting: Is the Gig Economy for you?

    6 questions would-be solopreneurs must ask themselves

    Recent business trends have made it possible to start independent work more easily, and with more possibilities, than ever before. There is strong support in the business world for hiring expertise on an as-needed basis, and as a result, the …

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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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  • April 5, 2019 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    Project Managers Can Leverage the Power of Artificial Intelligence

    The future of work is about integrating technology—not being replaced by it

    These days, there are many dire predictions about artificial intelligence replacing human workers. News specials and magazine articles speculate that no occupation is immune, or claim that whole fields of work, such as teaching or project management, might be replaced …

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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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  • January 23, 2019 | 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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  • December 19, 2018 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    Client-Consultant Relationships and the Need for Control

    recognizing your client’s need for control is key to a healthy relationship

    The client-consultant relationship can be complex, with hiccups and challenges experienced by both parties along the way. One of the most common challenges faced by consultants is balancing their client’s need for control with the need for some kind of …

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  • November 28, 2018 | Insights | Helen S. Cooke

    The Future of Work and the Need to Adapt

    be ready to welcome change and continuously innovate

    Change has always been a part of our society and economy, but during the past several decades, the rate of change accelerated and continues to accelerate. Looking back on the past forty years alone, the changes were seismic. Companies that …

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  • November 7, 2018 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    5 Ways Consultants Help Clients Understand Their Value

    Tips for communicating the value you provide to the client relationship

    To build effective consulting relationships, consultants must understand their own value and how it supports their client’s goals. What are the experiences, insights, and skills you have that will help your client succeed? If you’re working with an established client, …

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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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