Change Management: It’s Time to Change the Way It’s Always Been Done

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Consultants are often brought into organizations to help deliver innovative technology projects and drive operational efficiency. Companies implement new technologies for a variety of reasons, whether it’s to disrupt an industry, improve efficiency, competitive advantages, maintain compliance or improve human life. Regardless of the advantages for the organization, some employees may not immediately connect how…

5 Steps for Effective Leadership

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Leadership is a hot topic. A quick search on Amazon for books about leadership returns over 190,000 results. There are countless TED Talks addressing leadership, and it is not uncommon for organizations to conduct leadership seminars and retreats for their management teams. When it comes to being an effective leader, there is no magic formula.…

Universal Key Performance Indicators in the Professional Services Industry

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The Professional Services (PS) industry is facing an uncertain future, as most segments are facing consolidation, price pressure and increased competition. According to Service Performance Insight’s “2017 Professional Services Maturity Benchmark” report, revenue growth has dipped to its lowest rate since the great recession and job creation is at its lowest point in years. It…

The Different Hats of a Business Analyst

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The scene from the movie, Kindergarten Cop, where Arnold Schwarzenegger asks his class, “Who is your daddy, and what does he do?” plays in my head whenever anybody asks me, “What is a Business Analyst?” My passion for business analysis started out early in my career as a software developer. I remember the days of…

4 Practices to Manage Remote Teams

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Geographically dispersed or remote teams have become increasingly common in today’s work environment. You can have operations in Minnesota, innovation in Italy and a factory in Japan which creates numerous challenges for team leaders. I have dealt with these situations on a regular basis throughout my career and have learned a few key practices to…

Generational Connections

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For the first time in history, we have four generations working side-by-side. While generational diversity creates challenges for many, it also brings together the strengths of each generation. Each generation has different characteristics, priorities, work styles, work ethics and values. Quite frankly, you can find article after article citing the challenges of interacting with four…