Blog

We enjoy sharing our experiences through blogs posts, as we continuously seek new ways to serve our clients.

Our Differences Make Us Stronger

At Highlands Consulting we believe that being diverse and inclusive makes us more innovative, engaged, and productive. Three years ago, we formed a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) committee to: 1) define a our goals and objectives, 2) build our internal awareness, 3) expand our recruiting…

The Unsung Heroes of COVID-19

I’ve been fortunate to work with the California Department of Public Health on COVID-19 related initiatives since April 2020. Going into this, as a public sector consultant with over 15 years’ experience, I thought I knew a thing or two. But working alongside doctors, epidemiologists,…

Beyond the Basics of Project Management

Since our founding in 2002, Highlands Consulting has provided project management services for public sector clients, including many large-scale projects for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, California Department of Public Health, and California Department of Water Resources. A key factor in our success is…

3 Success Factors for Virtual Process Improvement Teams

Working remotely isn’t always easy, especially during real-time business process improvement (BPI) efforts involving many stakeholders. In the past year, we’ve evolved three success factors for facilitating BPI sessions virtually: Take time to scope the effort to avoid rework. Though it can be tempting to…

Let’s All Rise to the Challenge

For over a year now, I’ve had the privilege of helping the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) respond to the COVID crisis. It’s been a colossal effort by CDPH and its partners to stand up new systems and processes to support the testing, contact…

4 Reasons Why We Develop Custom Videos for Training

Video is a powerful and effective way to train staff and develop a team. Here are four reasons why: Videos are flexible You can customize videos for unique audiences. Different people learn and absorb information differently, and video accommodates everyone. You can make the video…

Focusing on Our Strengths

At Highlands, we have a passion for learning. In fact, it’s one of the top five values we share as a firm. Each of us has a yearly training stipend to grow in our chosen areas, but to kick off 2021 we came together as…

With Gratitude and Hope

As this crazy year comes to an end, we have much to be grateful for: our ability to keep working remotely, be responsive to our clients, support our friends, and care for our families. We are also grateful that we can give back to our…

Impact of COVID-19 on Transportation in California

Highlands Consulting has long served State transportation clients and has been closely following the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on this area. In September, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released a new transportation policy post on the “Impact of COVID-19 on State Transportation Revenues.” It…

Doing Organizational Change Management Remotely

“Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end.” –Robin Sharma For most organizations, teams are facing a flurry of change in 2020 – not just technology and business changes, but also lifestyle changes due to the pandemic and working…