The IT Department is Dead. All Hail the Digital Enterprise!

In many companies, the IT department and its business counterparts just do not get along. In companies like these, when you want to do something with data and/or technology, you have to patiently stand in line and wait for your turn. Your request – be it a new website, new infrastructure, or application – is put into […]

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 […]

Activating the Digital Enterprise

The following article is co-authored with Keith Strier, Advisory Principal at EY. Click here to read more about Keith. Deployments are dead. The notion that implementations are a singular, pivotal, one-time event is over. Welcome to the “Age of Activation.” But what do we mean when we say “activation.” The idea of activation has been used in […]

Using Technology to Close the Global Education Gap

Hobbies are funny things. Some people do jigsaw puzzles or collect stamps; I like to build things that solve problems. I’m a tinkerer of sorts: one part developer, one part designer and a pinch “mad scientist.” One problem I have seen in my lifetime is the inequity of a good education – not only in […]

Do Your Job as if Someone is Watching

The only thing worse than painstakingly creating a complicated business deliverable – be it a deck, a report or a financial model – is doing it on a projector or TV in front of your colleagues or clients. “Can we center that text? Is that box vertically aligned in the middle?” “Is that Arial?  I […]

Remembering Dizzy: Wonderdog Extraordinaire!

On October 18, 2015 my wife Katharine and I lost our little dog of thirteen years, Dizzy. Dizzy was so much more than a dog to us; she was our little baby, affectionately called our “dog-ter.” You may remember Dizzy from the article I wrote about her last year where I distilled a few business true-isms […]

The Meaning of (Digital) Life

“Digital. Now, what exactly is that?” I deal with this question more times than I care to admit. Whether explaining to my mom what I do every day or conversing with clients about their portal and collaboration challenges, the word “digital” seems to be sprouting up more and more in all of our daily dialogs. […]

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 […]

The Things We Carry

I have a bit of a reputation as a travel pack-rat. I tend to pack for every possible contingency.  Not so long ago, I couldn’t bear the thought of carrying on my luggage for fear I would miss some precious toiletry or outfit combination. After multiple instances of lost luggage and missed meetings, I broke the […]

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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 […]