Category: Blog

Manage Your Way to the Marathon Finish Line!

A few years ago, I set my sights on the California International Marathon. At that point, the longest race I’d ever done was a 5K, so getting ready in just six months seemed daunting. But I quickly realized that preparing for and running a marathon…

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Change Networks

A network, by definition, is a group or system of interconnected people or things. In a Change Management setting, we often times create a people-based network to introduce business change to the organization.  Change Networks provide many benefits, one of which is to increase adoption…

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Consultant Speak vs. the Nitty Gritty

For nearly 30 years, I’ve enjoyed working in the government technology industry, focused on serving the State of California. Along the way, I’ve met and worked with hundreds of amazing consultants with business and technical expertise. In recent years, I’ve become sensitive to what our…

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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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