Blog

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

Tactics for Developing High Quality Reports

One of the most common deliverables we produce as consultants are written reports. In public sector consulting, report types can vary widely, from open-ended “Blue Sky” reports (such as this program findings report) to more standardized, structured products (such as IT planning documentation). Each has…

Translating Transportation Legislation into Action

On November 15th, 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). This landmark law includes federal policy direction and funding for climate action, zero-emissions vehicle deployment, social equity, and multi-modal transportation investment – all critical initiatives for our State. In January 2022, the…

Celebrating 20 Years!

This month we celebrate our 20th year in business and now coming to the realization that our firm is no longer a teenager. At the ripe age 20 we are just now coming into our own. We continue to improve our methodologies based on real…

Three Steps to Finding a Supportive Work Culture

Almost everywhere we look – LinkedIn, Twitter, and the news – we see mention of a trend called “The Great Resignation.” Large publications like the Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review are evaluating why people are leaving their jobs. These articles reach similar…

Time Flies With A Great Team

It seems like just yesterday I was meeting with Eric Norton at the Old Soul coffee house in midtown about coming to work for Highlands. Fast forward… and this year marks my 10th anniversary with the firm. While I wasn’t part of the “start-up” years,…

Grateful for the Triumph Cancer Foundation

At the end of each year, Highlands Consulting staff select a charity that has personal meaning, and the firm donates on their behalf. This was especially impactful during a year when fundraising was limited due to COVID-19. I am especially grateful for a local organization…

Reflections

At times, my career has taken me to places that I never thought it would. I never imagined embracing change management as a profession when I was in college – I didn’t even know what it was. I didn’t think I would love teaching change…

Change Management for Tough Times

How can organizations thrive during change, when individuals must navigate with urgency, unpredictability, complexity, and overall tough times? I have pondered these questions since the start of the pandemic, when we all began to experience change at home, school, work, restaurants, gyms, and pretty much…

ZooFest 2021!

Our Highlands Consulting team gathered last month for our annual summer family event, this year at the Sacramento Zoo. Amidst the pandemic, summer heat, and wildfire smoke – we managed to have a great day! The zoo’s redwood grove provided a shady escape for a…

The Value of My Summer Internship

If you were to ask a college student, “what do you aspire to be?” or “what career path do you want to pursue?” many (including myself) would say “I don’t know yet” or “I am still figuring it out.” I was fortunate to have had…