Don’t Forget These “Four Gets” When You Start Your Job

I love this time of year. This is about the time when many of our new hires start their careers and begin the transition from smart, ambitious college students to smart, ambitious management consultants. I also love this time of year because it means lots of introductory phone calls from our new hires where we talk about all sorts […]

Discovering Your Purpose

Below is a speech I gave to the Kelley School of Business MBA Consulting Academy for their induction ceremony on September 16, 2016. The speech is titled “Discovering Your Purpose.” Good evening and thank you for being here tonight. It’s always a pleasure returning to campus and spending time with all of you. Thank you to […]

Time Management Ain’t Easy

A few months ago – April 14th, 2016 to be exact – I received a very nice note from a former student. It read: Good morning Justin, I am ardent follower of your blog – Art of Advice. We all in consulting look at you like super human when it comes to time management and […]

Passing the Podium

2016 is an end of era for me. After nearly a decade of teaching in the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business I have decided 2016 year will be my last year at the podium of the IT Governance, Risk and Controls (IT GRC) course. Since […]

I Have Seen the Future, and it is Bright!

It is the day after the horrific attacks in Paris and the world is in shock. Paris holds a special place in my heart as I lived and worked there for a few months many years ago. I loved my time in Paris; the city oozes beauty, love, and dancing lights. Working in Paris, it […]

My Blogging Hiatus

You may have noticed the pace of my blog articles have slowed a bit in the past month, and that has been somewhat intentional. When I set out on my blogging journey over a year ago, I made a goal to release at least one article per week. I did pretty well (for the most […]

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To MBA or Not to MBA

One of the most commonly asked questions I get from students, colleagues and mentees is: “Should I pursue my MBA?”  Like most questions in life that start with the phrase “should I…,” the answer I give is typically: “Well, that depends…”  🙂 Some people pursue an MBA to further their knowledge as a business-person while […]

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Flexibility Ain’t Easy

The idea of “flexibility” has become a proud flag flown atop just about every company in corporate America. But what is flexibility? In my mind, flexibility is placing value on the needs of your team and employees and recognizing that those needs must be balanced with the needs of the company/project. Those needs will vary […]

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Passive Aggression: Ebola of the Workplace

I apologize for the delay in this week’s article but it required some deep psychological research into the bowels of the human psyche. Last week I received an anonymous email through the website that read like this:  Hello – I am a regular reader of The Art of Advice and I thought I’d pose the […]

Five Universal Truths of Quality

Quality. That word has so many meanings. To say something “has quality” or is “of good quality” or is “quality made” seems to be, like so many things a function of the trust you place in the person making the claim combined with individual standards we each apply to determine “what is good” and “what […]

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Five Easy New Year’s Resolutions Actually Worth Keeping

Well friends, it’s that time of year again. That time when we reflect on the previous 364 days and take stock of the things we want to change in the next 365 days. I like the idea of new year’s resolutions. In fact, last year my resolution was to set up this blog and try to […]

Introducing: #ForkTrick

As a kid, I learned an amazing trick from a waiter that I have carried with me for many years. I have performed this trick at bars, restaurants, meetings, conferences, and get-togethers and it always generates a smile, a few bewildered looks and a whole lot of fun.  So, after many years of table-side lessons, I thought […]