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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...

Facilitation Technique: The Strategy Wall

Have you ever worked in one of those organizations that has gone through every kind of strategy exercise imaginable? They've built a Strategy Map, Balanced Scorecard, Brand Pillars, SWAT Analysis, Priorities Alignment, Yearly Plan, Three Year Roadmap, and possibly...

Does Technology Reduce Our Social Capital?

Are technology and social media reducing our social capital? Is our way of life in peril as our youth and culture become subservient specters to the soul-destroying harbinger of the social and biological apocalypse: the smartphone? Short answer: no. First, what is...

Is Your Cybersecurity Strategy Government Approved?

Just a few weeks back, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) fined Denver-based Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) $400,000 for failure to protect some 3,200 patient records that were covered by HIPAA. The attack? An employee fell victim to a phishing...

En Garde! A Unique Way to Coach Your Team

Coaching is hard. That’s true at all levels. There are effective and ineffective coaches on little league teams, on storied professional franchises, and on all types of teams and organizations in between. A big part of the challenge for any coach is that their team...

Staying Efficient in the Air

For those of you who know me, you understand my obsession with efficiency. I’m always trying to find ways to make myself, and others, more efficient. Which is why I decided to write this blog detailing how I stay efficient when I travel, because as a consultant, a big...

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