Tag: culture

Increased Productivity Through Vacation

It’s taken me 15 years to take a vacation. Even when taking one or two days off, I’ve felt afraid to fully switch off my computer and cell. My work ethic and fear has kept me tethered to electronic devices. What if something happens? What…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Our Differences Make Us Stronger

At Highlands Consulting we believe that being diverse and inclusive makes us more innovative, engaged, and productive. Three years ago, we formed a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) committee to: 1) define a our goals and objectives, 2) build our internal awareness, 3) expand our recruiting…

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3 Success Factors for Virtual Process Improvement Teams

Working remotely isn’t always easy, especially during real-time business process improvement (BPI) efforts involving many stakeholders. In the past year, we’ve evolved three success factors for facilitating BPI sessions virtually: Take time to scope the effort to avoid rework. Though it can be tempting to…

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Focusing on Our Strengths

At Highlands, we have a passion for learning. In fact, it’s one of the top five values we share as a firm. Each of us has a yearly training stipend to grow in our chosen areas, but to kick off 2021 we came together as…

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