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  • Diary of a newly minted Social Media Content marketing manager: Week one

    Techni-HO Handbook
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    Started of 2015 with a new role at work, managing the content marketing process for my employer. And already I am not sure we are proceeding in a rational direction. It all got very messy right at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Time Management Tips for Consultants – Introducing the Pomodoro Technique

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    Sam Zipursky
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    It was mid afternoon, a rainy December day here in Vancouver and I was in my flow. I was working on design ideas and sketches for a new consulting website that our team is working on, and in the background I had a podcast by Jayson Gaignard playing. When I design, I often listen to […] Time Management Tips for Consultants – Introducing the Pomodoro Technique is a post from: Consulting Success
  • Why I Never Wanted to Go Into Business: Confessions of a Bain Consultant

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    jennyrae
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:19 pm
    This month, we’re kicking off a 12-part series for 2015. We’re calling it the “transparency” series, and it’s authored by none other than MC’s Managing Director, Jenny Rae Le Roux. MC grew from 50 to 50,000 to 1.5M readers in a really short period of time. Why? We didn’t do any fancy Google SEO ninja stuff, and we didn’t even have a good content strategy. We just wrote really insightful, really honest, and really (sometimes) funny articles to share about life before, during and after consulting. For almost 1 year now, I’ve been thinking…
  • Schmoozing is good

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    paul.mckey@redbean.com.au
    10 Jan 2015 | 2:53 am
    People often ask me what is the best method for marketing online? – and the answer is: schmoozing! Or in marketing speak, customer referrals. Runners up were website and social. This research by Implisit points out what many suspect but were too afraid to mention – Trade shows, paid advertising and even Google adwords are nowhere near as effective as word of mouth/keyboard. The moral here? Luv thy customer. Even if you only have one, according to this, they will soon bring two. https://www.implisit.com/blog/b2b-sales-benchmarks/
  • Explore Social Platforms Counter, Flapit

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    8 Jan 2015 | 11:45 pm
    Interested in impressing your offline community by showing your strength in online community? Then try Flapit, as it is the first physical counter that connects to many social platforms suchas FB, Twitter, YouTube, Google Plus and others. The following video shows how you can impress your off-line community by using Flapit. According to their website, ‘Flapit can be placed anywhere: in your store window, or on display at your agency or on the wall of your restaurant / hotel, you name it’. It can be tried by small businesses as well as corporations as it is an interactive marketing tool…
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  • Time Management Tips for Consultants – Introducing the Pomodoro Technique

    Sam Zipursky
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    It was mid afternoon, a rainy December day here in Vancouver and I was in my flow. I was working on design ideas and sketches for a new consulting website that our team is working on, and in the background I had a podcast by Jayson Gaignard playing. When I design, I often listen to […] Time Management Tips for Consultants – Introducing the Pomodoro Technique is a post from: Consulting Success
  • Create Your Consulting Client Magnet

    Michael Zipursky
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    The pool was cold today. At first that’s all I could think about. Then I began to swim lap after lap and as always my mind began to go into deep focus. Your marketing’s purpose isn’t only to attract your ideal clients. It’s also meant to repel clients that aren’t ideal. By the time I […] Create Your Consulting Client Magnet is a post from: Consulting Success
  • 3 Reasons Consultants Should Start Blogging Today

    Sam Zipursky
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Message from Michael Zipursky: I’m excited to have Sam Zipursky, my cousin and business partner share this article with you today. Sam plays an important role at Consulting Success. While much of his work has been ‘behind the scenes’ today that changes. Sam specializes in branding and design. It’s his work you’ve seen come to […] 3 Reasons Consultants Should Start Blogging Today is a post from: Consulting Success
  • 5 Keys to Increase Consulting Fees

    Michael Zipursky
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    “I don’t have the money to hire another employee” said the caller on the other line. I was speaking with a consulting firm owner from Jamaica. Would you prefer to work with more clients making less per project? Or fewer clients paying you more? If you’re like most consultants you opted for the second option. […] 5 Keys to Increase Consulting Fees is a post from: Consulting Success
  • Special Pricing Strategies Training: How to Increase Your Consulting Fees

    Michael Zipursky
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:04 am
    On January 29th I’m holding a special training on Pricing Strategies and How to Increase Your Consulting Fees. What would 200% or 300% more income allow you to do? For your family, employees, loved ones and for yourself? If you’d like to learn the latest strategies to maximize the value of every project you take […] Special Pricing Strategies Training: How to Increase Your Consulting Fees is a post from: Consulting Success
 
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  • Why I Never Wanted to Go Into Business: Confessions of a Bain Consultant

    jennyrae
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:19 pm
    This month, we’re kicking off a 12-part series for 2015. We’re calling it the “transparency” series, and it’s authored by none other than MC’s Managing Director, Jenny Rae Le Roux. MC grew from 50 to 50,000 to 1.5M readers in a really short period of time. Why? We didn’t do any fancy Google SEO ninja stuff, and we didn’t even have a good content strategy. We just wrote really insightful, really honest, and really (sometimes) funny articles to share about life before, during and after consulting. For almost 1 year now, I’ve been thinking…
  • An Ex-Consultant’s Jump into the Start Up World

    Jing
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Dennis is an ex- Altman Vilandrie consultant who made a jump from consulting into the tech start-up scene. He co-founded MobileSuites, an app that puts travel concierge services and hotel information at your fingertips, and which you can (and should) find and sign-up for here. Jenny Rae interviewed him to hear about his journey from Yale, how he knew he wanted to be in management consulting, his recruitment process (and why he chose Altman Vilandrie over Oliver Wyman), his decision to leave management consulting and the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship. Dennis, I’m excited…
  • A.T. Kearney Interview & Culture

    Jacob
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:51 pm
    A.T. KEARNEY INTERVIEW AND CULTURE A.T. Kearney, which was the original split from McKinsey & Company, has a storied and impressive history. Now known to be THE best sourcing, procurement and operations consulting firm in the world, A.T. Kearney is impressive on multiple fronts. However, the firm’s acquisition and re-independence in the last 20 years – plus its notoriously nasty work-life imbalance – make it a great but challenging place to work. KEY STATS FOR A.T. KEARNEY Website: www.atkearney.comU.S. Headquarters: Chicago, ILEmployees: 3,200Locations: 58 offices, 40…
  • Business Book Review: The Starbucks Experience

    Brandon Lahaie
    11 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    This week’s post is on The Starbucks Experience - written by Joseph A. Michelli (2006), the founder of Lessons for Success, a training, consulting, and keynote presentation company. He also hosts an award-winning daily radio show on KVOR-AM in Colorado and speaks to various organizations throughout the world. Our guest writer is Brandon, an MC intern who is focused on building out the MC Job Hub and Social Media programs. If you want to submit a review on a book you’ve been reading, we’d love to hear from you! Follow the format below, target 800+ words and send it over by email!
  • 2015 Management Consulting Salaries – Undergraduate, MBA, Interns and More

    Daniel Chawla
    4 Jan 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Welcome to our Consulting Salary post – the kickoff to 2015! As you’ve been busy popping bottles of champagne, watching the ball drop while fireworks shoot up in the background, or just flat-out ambitiously working through the New Year holiday, we here at Management Consulted have had our version of fun. We’ve published new consulting videos, planned speaking tours to aid students and experienced hires for consulting recruiting, and created several surprises just for our MC subscribers. As done in previous years, we’ve also assembled salary information for those…
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  • Schmoozing is good

    paul.mckey@redbean.com.au
    10 Jan 2015 | 2:53 am
    People often ask me what is the best method for marketing online? – and the answer is: schmoozing! Or in marketing speak, customer referrals. Runners up were website and social. This research by Implisit points out what many suspect but were too afraid to mention – Trade shows, paid advertising and even Google adwords are nowhere near as effective as word of mouth/keyboard. The moral here? Luv thy customer. Even if you only have one, according to this, they will soon bring two. https://www.implisit.com/blog/b2b-sales-benchmarks/
  • Is online learning learning or getting dumber?

    paul.mckey@redbean.com.au
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Online learning platforms are going through a bit of a resurgence. This is timely seeing I am interested in utilising one to share my hard earned ‘wisdom’. But I keep getting disappointed. Sometimes in my wisdom but mostly with the learning platforms. Having originally designed global learning programs in Hypercard (now reinvented as wikis) for Apple I have some minimal expectations of how these platforms should operate. I won’t go into detail here but let’s just say that of the (seemingly) hundreds I have browsed and tried only a few make it in my eyes. A couple of…
  • Tribes, subcultures and weirdos

    paul.mckey@redbean.com.au
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Some of you may know that my PhD is in organizational subcultures and this has led me to investigate tribes and how they are structured. It is a dark and mysterious world out there and tribes are a natural phenomenon that provide people comfort and meaning. So it comes as no surprise that the three dominant subcultures that exist within every organisation – executives, operators and engineers – are really just glorified tribes. And tribes are everywhere. You and I are members of many, both formally and informally, and possibly connected in ways we don’t fully appreciate.
  • Mobile has legs in *Digical disruption

    paul.mckey@redbean.com.au
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:42 pm
    I have always pondered when discussing mobile digital strategies with developers and vendors why the obsession with reducing the whole experience to a device. Yes any mobile access to a service or product should provide full functional access yet trying to squeeze the physical experience and amenity into an app as well is like trying to convince a cat to bark. Cute but inferior would be the cat’s response! Yet it doesn’t have to be all or nothing, particularly  between physical and online stores. In fact I suggest the best use of digital during a cultural transition, such…
  • RiverCIty Labs Brisbane – Implementing great ideas

    paul.mckey@redbean.com.au
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:12 pm
    As a new mentor at Brisbane’s River City Labs I attended my first lunch and learn event yesterday. The food was good and the short histories, from the room full of enthusiastic entrepreneurs, were fantastic. From international education to electronics switching systems there were some pretty innovative ideas being churned through the process of turning them into real businesses. The big issues – finance, talents and customers – were always present but in the discussions I had the issue of implementation continually arose. Implementation may include several elements such as…
 
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  • Diary of a newly minted Social Media Content marketing manager: Week one

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    Started of 2015 with a new role at work, managing the content marketing process for my employer. And already I am not sure we are proceeding in a rational direction. It all got very messy right at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Coach seats are getting even smaller???

    28 Oct 2013 | 5:03 am
    On my last flight to Europe on a Wide-body jet I had the honor of sharing my share of an 8 seat wide row with a decidedly non-personal space minded big framed guy. No matter what I did all flight... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New global phone: Droid Razr

    17 Sep 2012 | 7:51 am
    Entering a new era in my smart phone ownership. 4G along with the global access that I need for work. I just got issued a new Motorola Droid Razr for work. This is a welcome upgrade to my weathered... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Hipmunk.com taught me about engineering....

    29 May 2012 | 10:15 pm
    I have made some posts before about an idea of needing a more Comprehensive Methodology for Many engineering problems. Spefically, the windmill I choose to tilt at is Sheet Metal Stamping Process... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Addressing first order problems with third order solutions

    24 May 2012 | 4:28 am
    The sign shown in this photo is a none too uncommon sight in the restrooms of many places in the world. Necessitated by frequent blockages of the plumbing when coarse paper towels are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Explore Social Platforms Counter, Flapit

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    8 Jan 2015 | 11:45 pm
    Interested in impressing your offline community by showing your strength in online community? Then try Flapit, as it is the first physical counter that connects to many social platforms suchas FB, Twitter, YouTube, Google Plus and others. The following video shows how you can impress your off-line community by using Flapit. According to their website, ‘Flapit can be placed anywhere: in your store window, or on display at your agency or on the wall of your restaurant / hotel, you name it’. It can be tried by small businesses as well as corporations as it is an interactive marketing tool…
  • Happy NewYear 2015

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
  • Have You Explored Ello an Ad Free Social Network Environment?

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Ello is a social network that is just simple, ad free and hence cultureless. It is created by small group of designers and artists who promise not to sell your data to third parties. To remain ad free Ello converted to a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC). It works on mobile devices through web browser.                 The clutter offered in the updates of various social networks can be easily got rid of by choosing your connections between the options ‘friends’ and ‘noise’. This will enable you to view your friends’ updates easily and not having to search among…
  • Apricot Connecting Teachers, Students and Parents

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Today I came across new EdTech resource, Apricot, that connects teachers, students and parents to make everyone talking about your school. How Apricot Works Image Source: http://justapricot.com/images/howitworks@2x.png According to Apricot, ‘Teachers discover what students find interesting and challenging. Students feel empowered by giving feedback, and parents gain insight into what their kids are learning’. At present it is free, and offers an easy way to help students engage with their teachers and parents. As of now, they are doing a pilot study and those interested in participating,…
  • Broadcast Your Presentations on Any Device

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Today I came across Preso.tv that enables you to present on any device, be it desktop, mobile and projector screens at the same time. You can upload your Powerpoint, PDF or word files and broadcast it to room or anyone online with mobile devices. Image Source: http://www.preso.tv/Content/images/tourimages/tour1.png At present it is free and no registration required. Hence those interested can explore the tool.
 
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  • Hugh’s Words of Wisdom Wednesday

    Hugh Blane
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    There are four primary barriers that inhibit you from doing your best work and need to be overcome. They are: 1. Inertia. Inertia is seductive. It’s easy to get lulled in to doing your work in ways you’ve always done it even if it doesn’t work anymore. There is a tendency to become enamored with the simplicity of replicating the past and remaining content to do uninspired and pedestrian work. Work that is not creative, safe and predictable. 2. Ignorance. You can be smart and ignorant simultaneously. For example, a leader can be ignorant about an employees or customers hopes, dreams and…
  • Dispelling the Myth: The Time is Not Right

    Andy Daupert
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Video Notes This week I want to dispel a myth. The myth is: the time is not right. Ladies and gentlemen, that is absolutely a myth. Now you have certainly heard this if you are in a sales position and a management or leadership position. If you’re in a leadership position you’ve had people come and say, “that is a wonderful idea, but the time is not right.” If you ever hear that, I want you to say these words to the people that say that: “My overwhelming experience is that those who say that ‘the time is not right’ never find the right time.” the people who are…
  • Hugh’s Words of Wisdom Wednesday

    Hugh Blane
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    There are four primary barriers that inhibit you from doing your best work and need to be overcome. 1. Inertia. Inertia is seductive. It’s easy to get lulled in to doing your work in ways you’ve always done it even if it doesn’t work anymore. In far too many organizations leaders have become enamored with the simplicity of replicating the past and are content to do uninspired and pedestrian work. It takes conscious thought and effort to break free from inertia and to do work that is creative and valuable. 2. Ignorance. You can be smart and ignorant simultaneously. For example, a leader…
  • Are You Sitting on the Pity Pot or the Gratitude Bandwagon?

    Andy Daupert
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:07 pm
    Video Notes: What advice would you give to a friend that just got laid off? If you call me and want advice this is the advice you get. #1. Get on the pity-pot, and mourn the loss of your job…you may get angry, you may get upset, you may think that losing your job was unfair or unjust. But get on the pity-pot and feel badly for yourself; not forever, but get on there and get rid of it. #2. Get on the gratitude bandwagon…immediately. Shift from the pity-pot to the gratitude bandwagon as quickly as you can. Ladies and gentlemen, every day we can create a very extensive list of all the things…
  • Hugh’s Words of Wisdom Wednesday

    Hugh Blane
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    There are numerous reasons why leaders experience lower than ideal performance. When I pulled back the curtain with a CEO client as to why employees were underperforming in his organization I found the following ten reasons. 1. A market disruption that created significant pressure to retain market share but without a clear strategy for doing so. 2. Multiple changes in leadership due to transfers, retirement or termination. 3. Receiving a promotion after the leadership vacancies from #2 without the requisite skills to be successful. 4. Leaders saying one thing and doing another. (This is…
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  • New Year goals: how to get what you really want this time

    Greg Miliates
    2 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. In my last post, I asked you to tell me what your goals are for the new year. A lot of you emailed me, and I noticed most people made a key mistake. I’ll share both the mistake, and part 1 of a 2-part fix today (I’ll share the 2nd part in my next email). Before we even get started though, consider WHY you want to achieve your goals? For example, Richard M. emailed me this: I think we all share that feeling. For me, my dad died when he was 47 (shortly before I graduated from college). As I get…
  • A skyscraper nearly collapsed — what it means for you

    Greg Miliates
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. In June 1978, the engineers who built the Citigroup skyscraper in midtown Manhattan got a call saying their building was at imminent risk of collapse. The call came from a Princeton University student who’d done new engineering calculations as part of her thesis. Those calculations showed the Citigroup building wouldn’t be able to withstand the force of high winds. If correct, the building’s collapse would cause untold deaths and destruction in the heart of New York City. When the…
  • One of my students landed a full month’s salary worth of consulting work (while caring for twins)

    Greg Miliates
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. It’s Monday. How’s that day job going for you? OK, really fascinating stuff here: When I asked you how having a profitable consulting business would change your life: a FLOOD of responses When I asked how you’d find high-value consulting prospects: less than 10 responses Here’s what’s going on: People love to dream about something aspirational, like what kind of fancy car or vacation they hope to get. Basically dreaming about WHAT they want. But when it comes to HOW to get…
  • How one reader nailed a 50% consulting rate increase (see what he did)

    Greg Miliates
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. I got this email last week. It’s like lots that I get from readers & students who’ve taken action: How much did that technique boost Kieran’s consulting rate? A full 50%. Imagine if you got a 50% raise. And Kieran got it using my FREE material. In the last few emails, we’ve talked about getting clients. But getting clients, like we all know, is just a vehicle to creating the kinds of changes you’ve told me you want in your life: create some income on the side replace your…
  • How you’re poisoning your brain (and the secret antidote)

    Greg Miliates
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:16 am
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. Last time, I shared a technique to see whether your market niche is profitable: how you can see if your prospects are both able AND willing to pay for your services (without even contacting them). Today, I’m going to shift gears a bit to talk about WHY you aren’t getting the kind of results you want. But first, I want to share a famous quote, along with something that happened to me the other day. Here’s the quote: “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with…
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  • Free Editorial Calendar for Your Consulting Business

    Jason Parks
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:15 am
    If you’re like most smart people, you’ve got a million ideas for articles, guides, case studies and blog posts in your head. Unfortunately, your brain isn’t the best filing system. Marketers, bloggers and business owners who create great content actually plan for it. They keep a running tab of their ideas to grow readership (and […]
  • Hot Consulting Jobs – January 23, 2015

    Jason Parks
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Looking to take the next step? Want a fresh start? Here’s a roundup of some interesting consulting job opportunities for week #3 of 2015. Some are full time, others are contract work. Are you a recruiter or hiring manager and looking to post a job? Fill out this form and we’ll help you spread the […]
  • The Remarkably Simple Formula For Selling Without Being Salesy

    Jason Parks
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    Early on in my consulting career, I just could not wrap my head around the idea of putting on a “sales hat”. I avoided any words, body language or presentations that would give the slightest inkling that I was selling. After all, I was a consultant, not a salesperson! And, the mere thought of being […]
  • 4 Email Hacks You Need To Strengthen Your Brand

    Jason Parks
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    She showed me 6,782 unread emails. Six thousand seven hundred and eighty two! I didn’t know the little red dot on my friend’s iPhone could even handle a number that big. When I asked her how her inbox got so large, she sheepishly said that most of the emails were personal and she was on […]
  • 6 Terrific Reasons To Launch a Consulting Business

    Jason Parks
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:52 am
    Maybe you dream of working from your iPad while vacationing in Hawaii. Perhaps you have a taste for the finer things like champagne, caviar and bespoke business suits. Or, you just want to be a VIP at a TED conference. Go ahead and dream big. You can accomplish anything you want, if you are willing […]
 
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  • Pat Wade

    180 Systems
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:59 pm
    I am delighted to announce that Pat Wade has joined 180 Systems. Pat’s primary role is to coach our clients through their system implementation. Pat has 20+ years of experience to draw upon and our clients have already found her assistance invaluable. Pat is also assisting in the selection process through demonstrations and contract negotiation. Her previous experience on the other side of the table (as the vendor) gives her insight that few people can offer and that our clients also find invaluable. Prior to 180 Systems, Pat was President of Equation Technologies which implemented…
  • Technology investment survey

    180 Systems
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:58 pm
    January 1, 2015 from CPA Magazine by Michael Burns – “We all hear the bad news when a vendor is sued over a failed implementation. When this happens, we assume there are many other unhappy customers whose experiences do not get broadcast, because most companies would rather not litigate. But are there also many happy customers? And what makes a happy customer?  We have a created an online survey to determine just how successful — or unsuccessful — technology investments turn out to be…” 180 View – The survey which can be found by clicking here is for ERP, CRM and BI. Questions…
  • I Survived an ERP Implementation – Top 10 Gems of Advice I Learned the Hard Way

    180 Systems
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:56 pm
    November 10. 2014 from LinkedIn – “…Why is it that so many ERP implementations go so wrong? In my current role I meet regularly with ERP survivors and casualties. My best but unscientific estimate is that 90-95% of them have horror stories to share…” 180 View – There is a big difference between a horror story and bumps in the road. We would agree that there always bumps in the road. What you need is someone on your team that knows how to adapt or a coach to get you through it – someone like Pat Wade from 180 Systems who has managed ERP implementations for over 20 years. Pat can…
  • How Production Systems are Like the NFL

    180 Systems
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:54 pm
    December 16, 2014 from IndustryWeek – “I sometimes find it difficult to describe what I do to friends and acquaintances who have careers outside of manufacturing and rarely give much thought to how things actually get made. To the uninitiated, if I were to say “I help manufacturers to implement continuous improvement (CI) models” or “I support companies in their production system journey,” I might as well be speaking a foreign language because, while these statements resonate with those of us who live and breathe CI every day, they don’t mean much to the rest of the…
  • Survey Analysis: Customers Rate Their BI Platform Vendor, 2014

    180 Systems
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:52 pm
    October 9, 2014 from Gartner – “Based on customer surveys conducted on BI and analytics platforms, this research will alert BI leaders to the customer experiences of professionals across 42 vendors…” 180 View – If you are interested in Business Intelligence, this will be a great resource to get started. You should also check out our Systems Analysis Tool at http://www.180systems.com/tools/systems-analysis-tool/cpm/
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  • Want to Sell Your Consulting Practice?

    Tony Rice
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:12 am
    If you are hoping to sell your consulting firm, either now or in the future, it’s important to understand how the size of your firm can impact your ability to sell it. This guest post by Tony Rice, founding Partner of Equiteq, shares his insight and research on why the size of a firm matters when an owner wants to sell it. Equiteq, a leading Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) advisor for consulting firms, helps firm owners grow profits, revenues, and equity value. They also guide firm owners through the process of selling their firms for maximum value. Does Firm Size Matter? How large or…
  • Professional Services Marketing in 2015: What Will Firms Do?

    Lee Frederiksen
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:21 am
    Lee Frederiksen The article below by Lee Frederiksen, Managing Partner of Hinge, outlines the marketing challenges facing professional services firms and what firm executives plan to do to address those challenges in the new year. Hinge is a marketing and branding firm for professional services firms. Besides leading the firm, Lee also directs strategy and research for Hinge’s clients. The New Year is a time for making fresh business goals and reassessing priorities. After analyzing what worked and what didn’t in 2014, professional services executives are hard at work planning their…
  • Lessons from the Ukulele

    Michael McLaughlin
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Every other Thursday night, about six people show up at my brother’s house for a lively (but sometimes cringe-worthy) ukulele jam session. The most advanced “musician” in the group took clarinet lessons for four months in the third grade. For a couple of hours, the group belts out a dozen or more songs, while trying to keep straight faces. I’m pretty sure my brother’s neighbors would pay the group to stop screeching singing. Between 2010 and 2012, ukulele sales in the US jumped from 581,000 to more than one million. The genius of the ukulele is that anyone can pick up the…
  • Podcast: How to Become a Visible Expert

    Michael McLaughlin
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:58 pm
    A podcast with Lee Frederiksen, Managing Partner of Hinge Marketing It’s not news that the most successful consultants are also highly visible in their markets. Clients seek them out for help, and they ask for (and get) the highest fees for their work. But many people don’t know what those experts did to achieve their market positions. My guest on this podcast, Lee Frederiksen, managing partner of Hinge Marketing, decided to find out exactly how the leading practitioners got to where they are and how others could do the same. His team interviewed 130 “visible experts,”…
  • The Road to Somewhere

    Michael McLaughlin
    8 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
    For almost fifty years, the two main streets running through the tiny center of downtown Napa, California (the city where I live) were one-way. That changed recently when crews converted them to two-way streets. Nothing about the five-year, four-million-dollar project was easy. The city’s planners surfaced the idea of making this change years ago. In response, some people were shocked that the local politicians would propose such a “radical” change. There would be chaos downtown, traffic accidents, and a general subversion of everything that made the downtown area “special.”…
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  • How To Positively Motivate Employees To Fit Your Corporate Culture

    Greg Bungay
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:17 am
    Consensus: Motivation is the ability to influence one’s behavior in a way that they see and feel the value of the direction you’re suggesting. Have you ever had employees who just do not seem to be motivated?  You know the type – they do the... The post How To Positively Motivate Employees To Fit Your Corporate Culture appeared first on Performance Critical.
  • Effective Leadership: Being Your True Self Gets The Best Results

    Greg Bungay
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:08 am
    Effective leadership and authentic self expression go hand in hand. One of the perils of leadership is that one’s authentic self often gets traded in for power, prestige and self aggrandizement. Instead of manifesting authenticity and core personal values many become intoxicated with their role... The post Effective Leadership: Being Your True Self Gets The Best Results appeared first on Performance Critical.
  • Intrapreneurship: Going Back to the Garage

    Nick Perrin
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:13 am
    Almost certainly you have all heard of the term Entrepreneurship.  It is usually used in reference to individuals who decide to go it alone – professionally strike out into the world by themselves so to speak.  But have you heard of this term’s sibling, Intrapreneurship?... The post Intrapreneurship: Going Back to the Garage appeared first on Performance Critical.
  • How To Get Communication Styles To Work For You

    Nick Perrin
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Have you wondered why your boss wants to rush you whenever you talk with him? You think that people are too abrupt and don’t consider your feelings, making you feel left out. You get incensed by other people rushing you You are upset that some... The post How To Get Communication Styles To Work For You appeared first on Performance Critical.
  • Elearning or Emanuals: Which Works Best for You?

    Jason Gordon
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:13 am
    When delivering online training to employees, the best place to start is to determine their training needs. As Elearning or Emanuals can range widely based on these needs, knowing what they are is a critical starting point. Despite it’s unassuming name, online training can range... The post Elearning or Emanuals: Which Works Best for You? appeared first on Performance Critical.
 
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  • Free Tools for Survey and Data Analysis

    25 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    I love free stuff. I can even type “free download” in 5 different languages, and recently I am seriously teaching myself 2 languages solely with free online resources. In this article, I will introduce essential tools for consultants like us, who offer some services in more data-driven approach. Specifically, survey and data analysis tools! And I only focus on free stuff. If you are a consultant or professional searching for survey and stats tools, you came to the right page. Also if you are working at an organization internally while having strong research background in…
  • Essential Tools for Starting Up Small Business

    21 Dec 2014 | 7:24 pm
    This issue of blog is targeting very wide audiences. I believe it is beneficial to those who are thinking about launching a new business but have no idea how to do it by themselves. Also, I believe it can be very useful for my fellow consultants: young enthusiasts who are thinking about becoming independent as well as seasoned independent consultants who desire to upgrade their tools. I will not talk about process for incorporating because that is regionally different. Rather, I will focus on introducing the tools for your day-to-day operation so you won’t have to waste your time…
  • Cultural Issues: Agreeableness and Conscientiousness of Japanese

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:14 am
    Many of the popular psychological assessment tools were originally developed in English and in USA. Then, they were translated into many other languages, and currently used throughout the world based on the assumption that the traits and tendencies assessed in the instruments universally exist across cultures and languages. This assumption is actually well-tested, and yes, the constructs of interests assessed in many popular instruments are often indicated to be existential universal. The five factor model of personality, or what we often call as “The Big Five,” is one of such…
  • Assessment for Recruitment & Selection: The Process That Needs Cooperation

    3 Feb 2014 | 7:20 pm
    This issue of HITO Select blog addresses the gap of understanding between client populations and assessment service providers for development/improvement process of staffing and selection system. I welcome you to comment and share this post to reach relevant audiences. I hope it will contribute in some way to improvement of mutual understanding and effective partnerships between the two sides. If you want to find someone with high on intelligence and critical thinking, standardized assessment tools by themselves may identify someone with the attributes. But in business, you probably want…
  • How to Motivate Employees: Rewards That Help Them Love the Work

    2 Jan 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Many great leaders know that rewards are powerful instruments to motivate their followers. They seem to know by heart the effective use of rewards to boost the followers’ self-motivation for quality work. Yes, the effective use. Ineffective rewards can be even detrimental to good work motivation. And yes, good integrated self-motivation. Reliability and loyalty often come from such motivation. You cannot trust mercenaries to be loyal and reliable to your cause as they only work for themselves and money. Ideally, employers and managers should wish that employees would genuinely…
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