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

The Square Root of Change

Change can be difficult, and usually when an organization undergoes change things get worse before they get better. I recently heard this phenomenon described as the “square root of change” – and I think it’s something that project sponsors and project managers too often neglect.…

We’ve Moved!

Highlands Consulting has outgrown our former office space on the 15th floor of the Wells Fargo Building in Downtown Sacramento. Our weekly all-staff meetings were getting crowded and our existing lease was ending, so we were pleased to find a new, larger office on the…

CalTech Announces New Project Approval Lifecycle

Last week, the California Department of Technology (CalTech) celebrated the release of the new IT Project Approval Lifecycle (PAL). A result of the State Technology Approval Reform (STAR) initiative, the PAL replaces the current feasibility study report (FSR) and procurement processes with a new iterative…

May is Bike Month

May is Bike Month in Sacramento, when everyone is encouraged to trade vehicle trips for bike trips. With one day left in May, Sacramentans have logged 1,557,929 biked miles! Truly impressive. Highlands Consulting had two “cyclists” logging miles this year: Eric Norton (me!) and Abby Darrah. Combined, we logged 18 round trips…

A Special Day for All at the Special Olympics

The Highlands Consulting Team and their families spent Saturday morning giving back to the community by volunteering at Special Olympics Northern California’s Spring Games Competition. The Spring Games were held at the Roseville Aquatics Center and featured swimming, track, and tennis competitions with athletes from…

Lessons Learned from Daniel Pink

Over 900 Change Management professionals gathered in Las Vegas for the annual ACMP Conference last week.  This year’s theme was Driving Business Results Through Effective Change Management. The conference keynote speaker, Daniel Pink, kicked off the session by discussing the rapid change of pace in…

7 Ways to Boost Creativity in the Conference Room

That moment during a brainstorming workshop when you ask for input and your team begins to avoid eye contact.  You ask, is it me or did the coffee pot suddenly stop working this morning?  Perhaps the problem is creativity within groups.  We’ve all met the…

Change Management and the Hawthorne Effect

The Hawthorne Effect was one of the first studies to evaluate organizational change, decades before formal change management methods emerged. The study showed that individual changes, whether positive or negative, could be successful when certain elements were present. The Hawthorne Studies were conducted from 1927…

Team Communication: Online and Off

In order to communicate effectively, just how entangled in the “World Wide Web” do teams have to be? My first time living abroad, I realized that my team was just a click away, even though I was 6,000 miles from home. Technology was my lifeline…

Teaching Our Clients to Fish

The proverb goes “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Perhaps one reason that Highlands Consulting routinely hears positive feedback from our clients, and one of the reasons…