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Leading Yourself to Better Remote Meetings

Name a common work activity that makes you feel uncomfortable. Was it leading meetings? If so, you’re not alone; many people find that leading meetings can be quite stressful. You might think, then, that remote meetings, with their web conferencing and dial-in lines,...

Business Transformation’s Parallel Universe

Early in my career, soon after I switched roles from software development to technology strategy, I worked quite a bit on business cases and strategic plans related to technology investments. I wondered why some of the best ideas, with the best-written business cases,...

The Psychological Pitfalls of Transformational Change

If you want your business to prosper long-term, history (and evolution) have taught us that you must (at critical points in time) transform in order to survive or risk wasting away into the lowly dust that the newer, more adept empires will build themselves upon. In...

“What Do You Actually Do Here?”

As a consultant, the question, “What do you actually do here?” comes up quite often. In answering this question, I’ve realized that my response has a slightly different flavor almost every time. When you work in consulting, it’s normal to jump from project to project;...

PowerPointers Episode 2 – Formatting

Last year, I wrote about why you shouldn't blame PowerPoint for your bad presentations. As part of my continued effort to help you make your presentations better, I've just finished Episode 2 of a ~6ish episode series I created with the intent of helping...

KonMari Your Business Strategy

If you were alive in 2014, then it’s likely you have heard at least some of the mania surrounding one of Time’s “100 most influential people,” Marie Kondo, and her New York Times best-selling book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, a book about decluttering your...

Great Thoughts Come from a Healthy Culture

Before I begin, I must admit some bias in writing this. I am a HUGE Amy Cuddy fan. I love her TED talk, and her book Presence is even better. I believe some of her research and writing on gender differences in body language are game changing. And, they’ve personally...

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...

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