Month: March 2015

Funny video about Risk, Scope and Communication with key Stakeholders

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In the below link you can watch a funny video about Risk, Scope and Communication with key Stakeholders and SMEs:

We remind our new seminars where you can earn 20 PDUs:

  • Thessaloniki: 24-25-26 April (1st part) and 8-9 May 2015 (2nd part).
  • Athens: 26-27-28 June (1st part) and 17-18 July 2015 (2nd part).
  • Distance learning from 19th May and for 9 three-hour lessons .

More information at:

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Νέα σεμινάρια “Risk Management in Projects” σε Θεσσαλονίκη, Αθήνα και εξ αποστάσεως

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Το 2015 βρήκε τους συμμετέχοντες των σεμιναρίων μας Risk Management  για την πιστοποίηση PMI-RMP να εργάζονται σε 9 διαφορετικές χώρες ανά την υφήλιο ενώ όσοι ήδη έδωσαν  τις εξετάσεις απέκτησαν την πιστοποίηση διαμορφώνοντας το ποσοστό επιτυχίας μας στο 100%!!!

Τα νέα μας σεμινάρια σε Θεσσαλονίκη, Αθήνα αλλά και εξ αποστάσεως που μπορούν να επιδοτηθούν εξ ολοκλήρου από τον κωδικό ΛΑΕΚ-ΟΑΕΔ και εξασφαλίζουν 20 PDUs:

  • Θεσσαλονίκη: 24-25-26 Απριλίου (α΄μέρος) και 8-9 Μαΐου 2015 (β΄μέρος).
  • Αθήνα: 26-27-28 Ιουνίου (α΄μέρος) και 17-18 Ιουλίου 2015 (β΄μέρος).
  • Εξ αποστάσεως από 19 Μαίου και για 9 συναντήσεις των 3 ωρών.


Περισσότερες πληροφορίες για τα νέα σεμινάρια στα:

Δείτε τι είπαν παλιότεροι συμμετέχοντες:

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Global Risks of 2015

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Hello to everyone.

Marsh & McLennan Companies issued the “Global Risk Report of 2015”.


Inside you can find a lot of interesting materials and templates such as a Risk Register, a P.I. Matrix and a number of tables where you can see the trends.

You can find it below and its worth reading it:

Report_Global Risks 2015_Marsh & McLennan Companies


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Νέα Προγράμματα και Πιστοποιήσεις της Human Asset AE

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Αγαπητοί φίλοι,

Ετοιμάσαμε για σας μια νέα σειρά εκπαιδευτικών προγραμμάτων με ιδιαίτερη έμφαση στην ποιότητα και στις πιστοποιήσεις με διεθνή αναγνωρισιμότητα και αξία.

Τα προγράμματά μας υλοποιούνται πλέον στην Αθήνα και στη Θεσσαλονίκη στις αίθουσες σεμιναρίων της Human Asset, ενώ στην επαρχία, αλλά και εκτός Ελλάδος, μέσω των πλατφορμών e-learning και με υποστήριξη απο blog. (Διαβάστε μερικά ενδιαφέροντα άρθρα)

Πλοηγηθείτε στα Νέα Προγράμματα της Human Asset:

Δημήτρης Τόλης                                                 Γιώργος Κυριακίδης

Διευθύνων Σύμβουλος                                       Διευθυντής Εκπαίδευσης


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The Risk of not running Risks!!!

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Since its birth, it seems that the human kind has to run risks for its own survival.  So we have to fight against risks but we cannot eliminate them.


On the contrary, if we try to eliminate them, they will be born again out of their ashes, like the mythical bird Phoenix! We have therefore to carefully plan how to properly fight or mitigate risk, through the right strategies and tactics. Strategies start first by recognizing that fighting risk means running risks at the same time, including the risk of failure, the risk of running short of resources, the risk of inter- and intra-personal conflicts on strategies and so on.

Disagreement among the people in command or slack leadership or too strict leadership can all result in poor fighting risk.

But risks are just like a bull in a Spanish or Mexican arena and we are the bullfighter.  I find this kind of fighting particularly cruel against the animal.  But I understand that either the bullfighter kills the bull or the bull hurts its adversary very badly. Risk is just like a bull and the arena is our management system, whatever it is.

But while bulls are grown up and trained to fight, risks are almost unconsciously fed until they grow to a size that cannot be controlled anymore. Nobody compels us to enter any arena to fight a bull but if and when we do it we must be prepared to run risks.

Tactics is a lower level approach to fighting risks as compared to strategy.  While strategy belongs to the people in high command, tactics belongs to a lower but not less important level of command.  In Wheeler’s words, strategic signals are immediately detectable while  the second’s a bit more subtle.

In my bullfight example, once the bullfighter has strategically decided to enter the arena, he has to be clear in his mind how he will deal with the bull. The operational level is a further more detailed practice that deals with “action” on the field.

Risk cannot be fought by sitting at a desk – strategical thinking – or looking at a map – tactically thinking – only.  It has to be fought on its own field, therefore running the involved risks.

Operations require – let me say – bodily intervention.  While strategy can be “played” “behind the enemy lines”, and even tactics too.   Operations require to look into enemy’s or risk’s eyes.

Our bullfighter will thus have to feel all of the bull’s powerful force and rage.   He will have to be physically engaged with the bull, one against the other.  Both have to forget there’s an audience watching them.

So it’s the same with risk.   In ancient Crete (Greece), prizes were given to those who took bulls by their horns.  So it is nowadays in Provence (France), where the young bulls’ horns are decorated with sausage and we have American rodeos.

There’s always a prize for those who successfully run risks.

The three process levels to deal with risk, that is 1. Strategy, 2. Tactics and 3. Operations, have to be clear in the mind of any risk fighter.  If he or she is not ready to run risks, they are going to fail and are simply nuts for even trying to fight risk. The song “Fight Fire with Fire” (Metallica) could be paraphrased to “fight risk with risk”.  I personally don’t see any other way to go about this problem.

There’s almost nothing in man’s activities that has no side effects or risks whether they are  diets, medicines, places to live, entertainment, social and private choices, just to name a few.

The worst risk of all is not to be aware of the risks that have to be run when making any choice.  Choices are all about intelligent risk taking.

And, besides strategy, tactics and operations when fighting risk, there’s the golden rule that can’t be ignored: “expect the unexpected”, or “expect the un-expectable”.

What above broadly applies to managing systems such as risk detection or risk prediction, the same applies to managing quality systems.   Also, risk is being applied to safety, security, food safety / HACCP management systems, medicine testing and production, medical devices development, testing and production and so on.

The use of non-oil based sources of energy will imply ever safer plant-producing energy, hydrogen or nuclear energy, thus making risk management an ever greater priority.

We can’t afford not to confront technical or scientific risk.  We are aware of its existence, that we aren’t risk-exempt.

I believe that now you understand these terms; however, if you still have some doubts, write in the comment box. I am ready to discuss.


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We can run our Risk Management courses worldwide by making training more convenient for you. To get more details, please contact us directly.

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Ακόμη μια επιτυχία στις εξετάσεις του Risk Management! Συγχαρητήρια Νίκο!

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Θερμά συγχαρητήρια στο Νίκο ο οποίος ολοκλήρωσε με επιτυχία την προσπάθεια του για απόκτηση της πιστοποίησης Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)!!

Ο Νίκος εργάζεται τα τελευταία χρόνια στη Doha του Κατάρ και παρακολούθησε το 2ο εξ αποστάσεως σεμινάριο Risk Management της Human Asset. Η επιτυχία των συμμετεχόντων στα σεμινάρια μας συνεχίζει στο 100%!

    Ας θυμηθούμε τι είχε δηλώσει ο Νίκος με την ολοκλήρωση του σεμιναρίου τον Δεκέμβριο του 2014:

“ Attending the Project Risk Management Professional training through Human Asset’s synchronous e-platform was a pleasant surprise. The 10 days training went smoothly, with me sitting comfortably in my house, thousand kilometers away from Greece, watching Mr. Athanasios Fourtounas presentations on the “challenging” subject of Risk Management.

  The interaction with both the instructor and the other three RMP candidates, sharing the platform, was care free and Mr. Fourtounas have managed to create a friendly but still professional atmosphere resembling to a classroom. Small talk between us was more than often used as a “risk management case” in the next lessons.

The slideshows used were helpful to go through the risk management processes and homework was always “handleable”. The classes were scheduled two times per week, which in my opinion worked better than going through all the processes in two weekends.

All our questions were properly answered by the instructor and now, at the end of the seminar, I think I have everything figured out and feel confident enough to complete my study and arrange for my PMP-RMP exam in the next months.

After successful completion of the PMP training seminar with Mr. George Kiriakidis and Business English couching from Mr. Robert Harris, that gave me the needed confidence to start working in a new country, Human Asset training was my first choice for the new RMP certificate training. Mr. Fourtounas class successfully met my expectations and I would highly recommend these sessions to everyone looking for the right training.”

   Ευχόμαστε κάθε επιτυχία στον Νίκο και υπενθυμίζουμε ότι το νέο εξ’ αποστάσεως σεμινάριο Risk Management μέσω της πλατφόρμας της Human Asset ξεκινάει στις 18 Μαρτίου 2015. Η ομάδα έχει σχεδόν συμπληρωθεί και απομένει μόνο μια ελεύθερη θέση! 
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Which is the best Monte Carlo add-in for Risk Analysis?

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In this post, I present six of the most common Monte Carlo risk analysis add-ins for Excel. You can download a PDF version of this document here. The range of Monte Carlo risk analysis software products has grown significantly in the last few years. Up until about five years ago there were really only two products available: @RISK and Crystal Ball – but there is now a much wider choice. Moreover, PMI asks a lot of questions regarding Monte Carlo at the PMI-RMP exam.

In this post you can find information about the following products (click to see the official introductory videos):

Our next seminar:

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Free Risk Management Presentation!!!

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Our next Risk Management Online Seminar starts at 18th of March 2015 and there is only one seat left open.

Find below a free presentation concering “Risk Management” which is also a sample of the topics of the seminar:
More info about the seminar at: