Tag: community

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…

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What Changes Will Stick?

I recently had the opportunity to lead a Change Management discussion with a local graduate school class.  During the Question and Answer portion, the discussion naturally turned to the changes that we are experiencing during the COVID-19 timeframe. The one question that stood out to…

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Unexpected Change

In just two short weeks, all of our lives have changed in ways we never predicted. This post from Jason Kottke offers a list of how we are all experiencing COVID-19 in different ways. It’s a 2-minute read that helped me think beyond my individual…

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Trees for a Cause

Highlands Consulting continued its tradition of donating decorated Christmas trees to the Sacramento Children’s Home this week. We organized into teams, brainstormed ideas, decorated the trees, and invited impartial judges to vote for the best tree! We were able to put our competitive instincts to…

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A Special Day with Make-A-Wish

On August 17, the Highlands Consulting team walked to support the Make-A-Wish | Walk for Wishes. It was a special day, indeed. We were inspired by a happy, courageous young boy who battled a critical illness. We witnessed firsthand the amazing work of Make-A-Wish, and…

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Thinking about Change Globally, Acting on Change Locally

I recently attended the 2019 ACMP Global Conference in Orlando with a new perspective this year. Having recently been appointed as Treasurer to the ACMP NorCal Chapter Board, my mission was twofold: to absorb the latest global thinking about change management, then to bring those…

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O Tannenbaum!

Highlands Consulting donated five Christmas trees to the Sacramento Children’s Home this week. To make things fun, we divided into teams to decorate the trees and had an internal competition before donating them. It turns out we’re a pretty competitive group, at least when it…

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Showing that We Care!

During this holiday season, legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden’s words come to mind: “Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference.” Since our founding in 2002, Highlands Consulting has embraced this philosophy and made it an essential part…

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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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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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