Category: Blog

Put it on the “done” list

If you’re a knowledge worker, getting an accurate gauge of your progress is a challenge, since the fruits of our labors can quickly get buried by the next task. We don’t create sculptures or build houses. Often times, our work may not look any different…

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5 Steps to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution

In the business world, 70% of new initiatives fail, resulting in the frustration of going over budget, being late, and/or not delivering expected benefits. Unfortunately, we experience the same transitional heartburn in our personal lives. Over 70% of “resolvers” successfully change through the first week…

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Saying More with Less

“I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.” – Mark Twain When it comes to good writing, less is more. But, tightening your writing is harder than it looks. Which words should you omit? How can you write more…

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ACMP NorCal Change Symposium

A powerful energy flowed through the conference room in San Mateo, where approximately 100 change management professionals and 10 presenters gathered for the ACMP Northern California Chapter’s Change Symposium. It was a fun and eventful day, filled with engaging presentations and delightful conversations. We even…

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Celebrating 15 Years!

This month we will celebrate our 15th anniversary as a management consulting firm. The word gratitude immediately comes to mind. Thank you to our clients for the opportunity to build lasting, trusted partnerships. This is a source of great pride for us. As we look…

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How Many Balls Are You Juggling?

The Prosci ADKAR individual model of change (Awareness – Desire – Knowledge – Ability – Reinforcement) posits that people must first be aware of the need for a change before they can commit to it. Yet we all know situations where we firmly believe a change is…

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The Six Core Concepts of Business Analysis

In my current role as an acquisition consultant, I am helping California agencies plan and procure new information technology solutions. Starting with a structured approach to business analysis has set the stage for success. The Business Analysis Core Concept Model (BACCM™), developed by the International Institute…

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Organizational Change Management for a New Generation

For the past 12 years, I’ve been consulting and training in the growing field of Organizational Change Management (OCM). Recently I was asked to guest lecture for the McGeorge Law School, Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Public Policy (MPP) programs.  While I…

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Managing Change: The Quest for the Perfect Apartment

I am a tried and true “homebody” so when I am faced with finding a new home it can be a truly daunting experience! During my short time living in Sacramento, I have rented two drastically different apartments as a result of drastically different approaches,…

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Gardening for a Cause

A group from Highlands Consulting, along with families and friends, recently donated our time to the Sacramento Ronald McDonald House. We spent a few hours on a warm Saturday morning raking leaves, pulling weeds, and trimming trees and shrubs. The Ronald McDonald House provides a home-away-from-home…

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