The folks at Source for Consulting have been publishing insight on the consulting industry since 2007. Unlike a lot of firms that focus on the industry, Source for Consulting insists on a global perspective.
There are a lot of small businesses that self-identify as consultants. Like quality and beauty, the definition of what a consultant is depends entirely on the perspective of the observer. Most so-called consultants are actually just independent contractors or subcontractors providing outsourced labor. In my opinion, a true consultant is one who improves their client’s situation.
In the same way that few parents actively encourage their children to skip college to pursue joining the building trades, not too many folks pressure their offspring to become management consultants. Continue reading “Growth in demand for Consulting demonstrated in stock price of publicly traded ICFI”
Maintaining work-life balance is a frequent theme in the modern world that is a direct result of incredible advances in personal technology and mass adoption of those tools. High availability to corporate networks break down the formal walls that once separated work from home. Continue reading “In the pursuit of effective real-time business communication, context is everything”
The Chief Marketing Officer, or CMO, is a relatively new role at many companies, one that didn’t really take off until the rise of the internet. While not entirely different in function from the VP of Marketing role, the rise of the CMO coincides with the rise of the customer in shaping marketing goals and tactics for a company. Continue reading “What the “Rebirth of the CMO” means for businesses and marketing professionals”
I came across a wonderful quote from Steve Jobs on how great people and teams solve problems. What caught my eye was a tweet from user experience expert Jon Fox linking to a picture with text from Jobs’ quote overlayed on the photo. The caption for the photo, and the body (if you will) of … Continue reading Steve Jobs on solving problems
Colleague, friend, and leading economist, Alan Nevin, wrote a fascinating article for the San Diego Daily Transcript on the relationship between apartment construction costs and rental rates. The analysis shows the difference in the costs of developing three different types of apartment projects in San Diego County. The three types are a three-story garden walk-up, … Continue reading Alan Nevin: The Rents Need to Justify Apartment Construction Costs
Checking off one item on my bucket list, last week I had the sincere pleasure of seeing Gary Vaynerchuk speak live at PCBC 2014 in San Francisco. As usual, Gary covered a number of topics that are incredibly relevant to businesses everywhere. I want to highlight just a couple of those concepts here. Gary Vaynerchuk … Continue reading Gary Vaynerchuk – Live at PCBC 2014
Mitch Joel, podcaster, blogger, and digital marketing agency thought leader, recently featured the incomparable Nancy Duarte on the Six Pixels of Separation podcast. She leads the world’s greatest presentation design firm, Duarte, which has been responsible for producing such noteworthy presentations for folks like David Allen (of Getting Things Done fame), ESPN, Twitter, Citrix, Michael … Continue reading A new medium for communicating: Nancy Duarte’s “Slidedocs”
I recently started a new job at a consulting firm that is heavily invested in Microsoft products. It has been nearly 13 years since I’ve worked in such an environment. While one would have to pry my MacBook Air from my cold, dead hands, I still have to use Windows on occasion to perform certain … Continue reading Windows 8: An “Unprecedented Opportunity” or an unprecedented missed opportunity?
I am a big proponent of the Lean Startup approach to building a business. The concept of the pivot as a way of rapidly responding to changing business dynamics is an integral part of the approach. This is a story about a pivot that I just made in my business. As I’ve written about before, … Continue reading The Ultimate Pivot