Helping the Organization

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I just read Tom Catalini’s “Everybody Knows IT, But They Still Need Help” where he wrote: People know IT now. But they also need help. That’s not necessarily obvious to them, because it can be obscured by their comfort level and experience. It’s obvious to you, though, so don’t be afraid to take a leadership […]

An Educated Client Is a Better Client

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This is a guest post by Elmer Boutin.  I read with great interest Eric’s post of January 31, 2012 entitled Do things when you should … not when you have to. I agree with what he wrote, and it really got me going about something I’ve been mulling over in my head for several weeks: […]

Are we treating the symptoms, or the real problem?

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Lately, I’ve been having a lot of knee pain.  For the last few months, its been constant and regular and seemed to get worse when I would spend a lot of time on my feet.  My initial thought was that my years of powerlifting in high school was finally catching up to me and I […]

What’s your strategy?

Strategy & Implementation

Strategy. That one word can send shudders through many folks.  That one word has made millions and millions for consulting companies and consultants. Can you answer the question “what’s your strategy?”  Can everyone within your organization? If I were to talk to the front-line workers in your organization and ask them “what’s your strategy?”, will […]

Consultants and the CIO

This is a short one….lots going on this week. I got a lot of great feedback on a post I wrote titled “Consultants – Do we need them?“.  In that post I argue that consultants are necessary…not a necessary evil mind-you…but a necessity for modern day IT organizations. One of the lines of that struck […]

Consultants – do we need them?

I ran across an interesting post today titled “Why you don’t need Social Media Consultants” on the Brains on Fire Blog.  The main thesis of the post is: “social media consultants provide little value…they do nothing more than you already know how to do so you don’t need them”. In the article, Spike Jones says: […]

Common Sense and Technology Selection

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When did common sense get removed from the corporate technology selection process? For those that don’t know what it is, technology selection is the process by which an organization decides which technology platform (software, hardware, etc) will be used for a particular application and/or piece of the business. For example, selecting an organization’s Content Management […]

What I’ve learned as a consultant

So here I am….a consultant. I’ve been operating independently for a while now and have come to the following conclusions: The ‘problem’ is very rarely the problem. Consulting is an art, not a science. Of course, this applies to most careers, but I think some people lose sight of this. There are many people say […]

Finding the Ideal Client

Everyone wants to work with the ideal client, but how many consultants and entrepreneurs out there can afford the luxury of holding out for this mythical ideal client? Read on. Anne-Marie Nichols at The Write Spot has an interesting post titled “Identifying your ideal client” that I found interesting. In the article, Anne-Marie discusses how […]

Quought for the Day* – David Maister

Rajesh Setty at Life Beyond Code has been posting “Quought for the Day*” posts for the last few weeks (see the end of this post for the definition of Quought). These “Quoughts” are very thought provoking and interesting and are included in my daily blog reading. The “Quought for the Day” for January 1, 2007 […]