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Could Your Watch Wear You Out?

Woo-woo warning: this may challenge some readers’ belief systems. A couple months ago, I started seeing a holistic doctor to help me recover from a persistent bug and to build up my immunity and strength. Part of what she does is nutritional response testing, which...

How to Remain Diligent with a Less-Than-Stellar Memory

I have never had a great memory. That is, except for a few random and pointless things that I can recall with great clarity for no particular reason. For example, I clearly remember when I was 12 my sister’s boyfriend telling me that smart people pressed “9-0” on the...

Socratic Selling

Socrates, as we all know, was a famous classical Greek philosopher who lived over 2,000 years ago. Primarily through the writings of Plato we have learned about his contributions to how we think about ethics, good vs. bad, and justice. But more specifically, he...

PowerPointers Episode 1 – Making Selections

Back in May I wrote about why you shouldn't blame PowerPoint for your bad presentations, so, in an effort to help you make your presentations better, I'm releasing Episode 1 of a ~6ish episode series I created with the intent of helping you unleash the power of...

Consulting Myths

“Oh, so you’re like the Bobs?” This is typically the first thing you hear from someone once you’ve told them you’re a consultant. Because even 18 years after “Office Space” debuted, that’s still the most culturally relevant image people have of consultants. And it’s a...

How to Make a Merger Work

It seems like every time you turn around companies are consolidating. Whether it’s an outright acquisition or a “merger of equals,” companies believe that they can create more value by joining forces than by moving forward alone. The latest attention-grabbing...

The Challenges With a Tech-Obsessed CEO

I caught up with one of my old friends last week who had taken a new CIO gig about a year ago. At his previous company, his bosses (first the CFO and then the CEO) were primarily focused on managing IT as a cost of doing business, but his new boss is a little...

A Fun Exercise

Look over your to-do list and pick a task that you’ve procrastinated on for a particularly long time. Spend the next 15 minutes working on that task with focus, but without an expectation of completion. Tell me about your experience in the comments below. Yes, as one...

Amara’s Law and Autonomous Vehicles

I’m a big believer in what is known as Amara's law, named after futurist Roy Amara: "We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run." I thought of this today when I read an article by a Senior Partner...

Conducting Business

I recently enjoyed a concert (the 2017 Honors Junior Performance) at the famous Carnegie hall, and somewhere during one of the pieces I found myself concentrating intently and trying to discern the points at which specific instruments came into and out of the...

Six Factors for Making Change Stick

In today’s ever-changing environment, I think we can all agree that managing change is important. Change management is becoming a key part of most organizations, and we are seeing an increasing number of clients implementing dedicated change management functions...

Working Anywhere, Anytime… But Not ALL the Time

It's 4:30 PM on a balmy Wednesday in July. I'm sitting on a blanket in the grass by the corner of 9th and York Street, listening to the soft whir of traffic and a buzz of happy people lined up in front of and behind me. Those of you Denver people may know exactly what...

Some Thoughts on Doing Fewer Things Better

In my previous blog, I wrote about some of the warning signs that your HR function might need a jump start. One of my points was that as organizations go from a smaller (sometimes start-up) size to becoming more of a “grown up” company, they often experience role...

When Your HR Function Might Need a Jump Start

The Human Resources function has come a long way from the days when they largely focused on payroll, behavioral interviews, and being the people you “logged a complaint” with. In many cases, they are now less of a stand-alone organization and more of an embedded...

My 4 Year Old on Change Management

About a year ago, my company held our monthly Thought Meeting in my basement. In preparation, I enrolled my husband Eric to help me move the couches around to set up the room for the group discussion. My 4-year-old Gus watched this activity and grew quite agitated....

Yeah!

I was cranky when I got to the airport today. Another car ride. Another security mob. Another Denver train yelling, “YOU are delaying the departure of this train.” Another flight . . .this time in a middle seat. And it's late. And then I saw a boy walking, holding his...

What Is Appendix X3 and Why Does It Matter to Your PMO?

I'm sure your mechanic is fantastic. He has probably repaired dozens of cars, of all makes and models. He knows just how long and how much any given repair will be, and most important of all, he is CERTIFIED! He has gone to some well-respected third party and...

Work Travel

Recently, I was traveling from Denver back home to Dallas and was sat next to an inquisitive individual that worked in the medical field. We started chatting and he became fascinated with consultants’ travel schedules. After speaking with him, I decided that a blog...

Stop Blaming PowerPoint for Your Crappy Presentation

People hate PowerPoint. A lot. You even say the word “PowerPoint” to any random group of 10 people and at least 6 of them will get triggered while the other 4 will have an expression like they just drank spoiled milk. But not me, I love PowerPoint. That’s right, I...

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