Sunday
Feb092014

Time-Destroying Machine

The business of consulting is about burning hours.  Consultants make money by destroying time.  The more time we destroy, the more money we make.

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Sunday
Feb022014

The Calling of Innovation

Creation is not always innovative.  Often, what we create is simply a hobbling together of things we’ve found and dusted off for that moment.  Perhaps a new arrangement but not new components or new ideas.  Each day, embedded in our consulting work, we make decisions about how something will be created.  These decisions, the choices made to find a different way, a new path, or just recycle what’s come before, define the nature of our work.  Innovation or repackaging?

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Thursday
Oct112012

Agile for BPM

When the focus of a Business Process Management (BPM) initiative is to use technology to make process improvements in value chain activities (revenue generating) or management/administrative processes (cost reducing), there are a set of core practices that will help to ensure that expected results are realized.

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Friday
Jul062012

The Orpheus Model: Collaboration Builds Leaders

Leadership is learned through the experience of leading.  As illustrated by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (see video) building a leadership group where each has a sense of shared responsibility requires a collaborative environment where each is listened to and where the focus is on working together to solve problems and finding the best way to work together.   Creating such a group of leaders requires that one model the desired behavior, coach others to take chances, and encourage critical discussions that are focused on finding the best idea rather than lobbying for ideas.

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Friday
Feb172012

Choreographing Consulting

Early in my consulting career, I found myself crafting new methods and building methodologies.  This has continued over the years as I’ve moved from one consultancy to another, between technologies and various types of projects.  Throughout, I’ve found myself diving deep into method; never being satisfied with what was there, always looking for a better way to describe the tasks, milestones, and deliverables that made up my approach to a project or a type of work.

With practice my ability to craft methodology has gotten better.  Describing a method has become a familiar process.  I’ve built a library of past work which I’ll

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