E40 Laura Burford with LAD Enterprizes and ASU Professor Andrew Maynard
How comfortable are you working with and managing risks? What tools and techniques do you use for managing risks on your projects as well as personally with your own career? How did PMI do with managing the risk of rolling our the new PMI logo?
Listen to hear Laura Burford and Andrew Maynard discuss risk management, innovation and entrepreneurship. Laura was a speaker at the recent 50th Anniversary PMI Global Conference. With all the buzz of the new PMI logo we heard from Laura how the rollout was received at the conference. Laura also shares her story and evolution from corporate employee to independent consultant and how she is now using those experiences to help others seeking to branch out on their own.
Andrew, as an Academic, Scientist and Author, enjoys breaking boundaries and examining risk specifically with social movements and personal attitudes. He is the Director of the ASU Risk Innovation Lab and shares how they are taking an innovation mindset and applying that to risk. Andrew and Laura also share how story-telling has become an important tool they use as authors and within their careers.
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As the founder of LAD Enterprizes and Laura’s Consulting Guide, Laura Burford leverages over thirty years of management consulting expertise and experience to help the independent business professionals grow their consulting businesses.
She does this by following her proprietary approach, The Consultancy Model©, a model that starts by clarifying a person’s focus enabling them to engage with and build relationships with the right clients. The model is supported by her signature system, the Consultant’s Jumpstart Blueprint©, and on-line courses found at “Laura’s Consulting Guide.”
Prior to starting her own business, Laura was recruited to start-up an international consulting operation, worked 10 years for two then different “Big 4” consulting organizations, Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse, and worked with or consulted to multiple Fortune 50 companies.
She has provided advice to profit and non-profit organizations leading large multi-million-dollar initiatives, established consulting organizations, and built project management offices. When she started her own practice, Laura decided to focus on smaller businesses and operations. In addition to providing seminars, she is a speaker, writer, and the author of Project Management for Flat Organizations, a 2013 Small Business Book Awards winner.
The Arizona State University School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS) is at the vanguard of ASU’s commitment to linking innovation to public value, as it pursues a vision of responsible innovation that anticipates challenges and opportunities, integrates diverse knowledge and perspectives, and engages broad audiences.
As part of SFIS, The Risk Innovation Nexus supports successful innovation through helping entrepreneurs and others navigate an increasingly complex land convolutes landscape between good ideas and their successful realization.
Andrew Maynard is a professor in the Arizona State University School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Director of the ASU Risk Innovation Lab, and head of the ASU Risk Innovation Nexus–an initiative focused on helping businesses and others achieve success through developing a risk innovation mindset.
As well as serving as vice-chair on the ILSI North America Board of Trustees, he is a member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research President’s Research Council, and a contributor to the World Economic Forum’s annual list of top ten emerging technologies.
Andrew’s work focuses on socially responsible and ethical technology innovation. His latest book is Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies.
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