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2016, March

2015, December

2015, November

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2015, May

2015, April

2015, March

2015, February

2015, January

2014, December

2014, November

2014, October

2014, September

2014, August

2014, July

2014, June

2014, May

2014, April

2014, March

2014, February

2013, July

2013, May


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2015, February

2015, January

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2014, November

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2016, October

  • The IT Department is Dead. All Hail the Digital Enterprise! - October 17, 2016
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    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… Read More
  • Don’t Forget These “Four Gets” When You Start Your Job - October 10, 2016
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    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… Read More

2016, September

  • Discovering Your Purpose - September 16, 2016
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    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." [av_hr class='default' height='50' shadow='no-shadow' position='center' custom_border='av-border-thin' custom_width='50px' custom_border_color='' custom_margin_top='30px' custom_margin_bottom='30px' icon_select='yes' custom_icon_color='' icon='ue808' font='entypo-fontello'] Good evening and thank you for being… Read More

2016, August

2016, July

  • Passing the Podium - July 3, 2016
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    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… Read More

2016, April

  • Activating the Digital Enterprise - April 21, 2016
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    The following article is co-authored with Keith Strier, Advisory Principal at EY. Click here to read more about Keith. [av_hr class='default' height='50' shadow='no-shadow' position='center' custom_border='av-border-thin' custom_width='50px' custom_border_color='' custom_margin_top='30px' custom_margin_bottom='30px' icon_select='yes' custom_icon_color='' icon='ue808' font='entypo-fontello'] Deployments are dead. The notion that implementations are a singular, pivotal, one-time event is over. Welcome to the “Age… Read More

2016, March

  • Using Technology to Close the Global Education Gap - March 20, 2016
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    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… Read More

2015, December

  • Do Your Job as if Someone is Watching - December 13, 2015
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    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… Read More

2015, November

  • I Have Seen the Future, and it is Bright! - November 15, 2015
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    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… Read More

2015, October

2015, August

  • The Meaning of (Digital) Life - August 17, 2015
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    "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… Read More

2015, May

  • My Blogging Hiatus - May 8, 2015
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    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… Read More

2015, April

  • The Things We Carry - April 28, 2015
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    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… Read More
  • To MBA or Not to MBA - April 7, 2015
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    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… Read More

2015, March

  • The Method to Creative Madness - March 29, 2015
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    Where do creative and innovative ideas come from?  Is it a process or does a flash of inspiration strike some unsuspecting brainstormer in a moment of utter clarity? One day my wife, Katharine (Kat), brought home an interesting drawing from one of her colleagues, Lucy Flanagan, that explored her own creative… Read More
  • Flexibility Ain’t Easy - March 16, 2015
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    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… Read More

2015, February

  • Passive Aggression: Ebola of the Workplace - February 23, 2015
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    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… Read More
  • The War on “Busy”-ness - February 18, 2015
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    It’s no wonder we call it “Business,” though more often than not, it should be "busy-ness." Ask any business-person “how are you doing?” or “how’s it going?” and most will respond with “busy.” The word “busy” is an empty yet powerfully addictive word. Its use has become a reflex for many… Read More
  • Ace of Case: How to Conquer Your Case Interview - February 9, 2015
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    It's that time of year again!  Campus interview season.  Well, truthfully I'm not sure when it isn't interview season anymore.  Summer maybe? That aside...interviews can be stressful and take up a good deal of candidate "gut share" as they jockey for coveted internships and full-time positions in a competitive market… Read More
  • The Twelve Principles of Cybersecurity Warfare - February 6, 2015
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    The following is a collaborative article with Brian Kelly, Chief Security Officer at Rackspace in San Antonio, TX. All views are in this article are attributable to Justin and Brian and do not represent the views of Rackspace or any other company. [av_hr class='default' height='50' shadow='no-shadow' position='center' custom_border='av-border-thin' custom_width='50px' custom_border_color=''… Read More

2015, January

  • The Wonderful World of CES - January 12, 2015
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    The following article is a guest blog by Katharine Greis. Katharine is Vice President of Business Development and Event Production at Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG). The opinions expressed within this article are her own and do not in any way reflect those of SMG, their affiliates or partners. [av_hr class='default'… Read More
  • Five Universal Truths of Quality - January 5, 2015
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    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… Read More

2014, December

  • Five Easy New Year’s Resolutions Actually Worth Keeping - December 30, 2014
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    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… Read More
  • Sexy Versus Secure - December 26, 2014
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    The following article is a collaborative guest blog by Rohit Dasgupta, Cauvery Mallangada Kalaiah, Snehal Kasal, Nathan Layman, Aditya Sharangdhar, and Justin Greis. [av_hr class='default' height='50' shadow='no-shadow' position='center' custom_border='av-border-thin' custom_width='50px' custom_border_color='' custom_margin_top='30px' custom_margin_bottom='30px' icon_select='yes' custom_icon_color='' icon='ue808' font='entypo-fontello'] With the holiday season in full swing, many of you are shopping and… Read More
  • Introducing: #ForkTrick - December 14, 2014
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    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… Read More
  • Email Acknowledgment: 10-4 Good Buddy! - December 8, 2014
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    Those who have worked with radios use a system of speech codes called “APCO 10 Codes” or “10 Codes” (see APCO: Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials). 10 Codes were adopted to provide clarity and brevity for the operation of two-way radios. Perhaps the best known 10 Code is “10-4” which translates… Read More
  • Ten Tips for Success with Microsoft SharePoint Online - December 4, 2014
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    The following article is a collaborative guest blog by Eli Tsinovoi, Snehal Kasal, Brian Myung, and Justin Greis. [av_hr class='default' height='50' shadow='no-shadow' position='center' custom_border='av-border-thin' custom_width='50px' custom_border_color='' custom_margin_top='30px' custom_margin_bottom='30px' icon_select='yes' custom_icon_color='' icon='ue808' font='entypo-fontello'] As one of the top enterprise content management solutions, SharePoint provides business users with many fantastic features right… Read More

2014, November

  • Baking Thanks into Thanksgiving - November 26, 2014
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    In my family, we have a Thanksgiving tradition but it doesn’t start until the day after Thanksgiving. It’s called T2 which loosely translates to "Thanksgiving, Part 2." You see, we take all our leftovers and make even more delectable dishes out of the scraps of whatever remains after the "day-of"… Read More
  • The CIO and the T-Rex: Adapt or Die - November 18, 2014
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    We all know that Information Technology changes at break-neck speed; that's no secret. New disruptive technologies continue to make us more efficient, reduce cost, grow revenues and eliminate frustration. With new technologies introduced into the enterprise landscape every day, we are seeing signs that many IT organizations are changing into a "business enabler" rather… Read More
  • Resume Optics - November 10, 2014
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    A good resume can be your business calling card and should convey your experience and expertise to others. I've reviewed hundreds of student and experienced professional resumes and it always amazes me what people accomplish throughout their careers.  Yet often times the format of the resume fights with the content on the page. Much like… Read More

2014, October

  • Audience Advocates: Let Them Eat Apple Pie! - October 21, 2014
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    When was the last time you gave a presentation to a group of 20 or more people? Were you intimidated or did you own the room? Did you exude confidence or make the audience writhe in their seats? There are endless techniques you can use to perfect your delivery and… Read More
  • Four Things I Learned From My Friend, Brian Kelly - October 9, 2014
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    This week is a bittersweet week for me. My friend, mentor and colleague – Brian Kelly – left EY to assume the role of Chief Security Officer (CSO) at Rackspace in San Antonio, Texas. I am thrilled for Brian at the prospect of new opportunities and conquests. Hands-down, I believe… Read More

2014, September

  • Road Warriors: Don’t be “That Guy” - September 25, 2014
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    Last year I flew nearly 130 segments, spent the majority of my work-week in hotels and drove countless rental car miles. By most definitions I am a road warrior. Now that's a funny term: "road warrior." The words seems to imply some kind of soldier or militant deployed to the… Read More
  • Intern Advice: Gloria Chan - September 18, 2014
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    A few weeks back I put the call out for any interns willing to share advice from their internship and one of my students, Gloria Chan, answered the call. On an "Awesome Scale" of 1-to-10, Gloria is a 14. Why 14? Gloria's energy and positive attitude is infectious. In my… Read More
  • The Myth of Work-Life Separation - September 10, 2014
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    Anthony Weiner. Bruce Levenson. Donald Sterling. What do all these people have in common? They have all made headlines recently as a result of inappropriate behavior that revealed poor judgement, moral shortcomings, inner biases or downright bigotry. But in each instance, their behavior was conducted in the privacy of their… Read More
  • I ♥ Pivot Tables (And So Should You) - September 3, 2014
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    To an Excel jockey, true happiness is normalized data. There is nothing more satisfying than looking at a normalized data set and quickly snapping together a pivot table and drilling down on every imaginable column heading. Oooooohhhh, just thinking about pivoty goodness makes me smile. One of the favorite classes I took… Read More

2014, August

  • Answering the Tell Me About Yourself Question - August 28, 2014
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    I would venture a guess that the single most asked question in the month of October (other than "Trick or Treat?" of course) is: "Why don't you tell me a little bit about yourself?" Last week I attended my annual ritual kick-off of events on campus meeting students and getting… Read More
  • Of Consulting and Counseling - August 21, 2014
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    The Hybrid Roles of Lawyers and Consultants in the 21st Century The following article is a guest blog by Matthew Brockmeier. Matthew is a consultant (and an attorney) for Optimity Advisors based in Washington, D.C.  Click here to read more about Matthew. [av_hr class='default' height='10' shadow='no-shadow' position='center'] Technological advances and… Read More
  • What’s Your Window Seat? - August 14, 2014
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    There are two types of people in this world: aisle people and window seat people. I mean, no one is a middle seat person...what are you nuts? 🙂 For as long as I can remember I have always been a window seat person. I remember the excitement of flying when… Read More
  • The Power of Three Magic Words: I Don’t Know - August 6, 2014
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    The other day I overheard a conversation in the airport. Sure, I overhear a lot of conversations at many airports but this one struck me as I waited to board my flight. A sharp-dressed older man in a blue Burberry sport coat, perfectly pressed tan slacks and a custom-tailored shirt… Read More

2014, July

  • The World’s Greatest Presentation on Presentations - July 25, 2014
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    This week I have the privilege of featuring a talented management consultant and communications guru, Bryan Komornik.  Bryan is a Manager with Invoyent based in Chicago with an impressive track record of clients and projects under his belt.  A few weeks back, Bryan and I were exchanging tips and tricks for… Read More
  • PowerPoint Rules of the Road (Rule 3: Fiber) - July 16, 2014
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    This article is part three of a three-part series on PowerPoint Rules of the Road.  You can read rule one and two that covers recommendations and tips on slide deck format and flow. [av_hr class='default' height='10' shadow='no-shadow' position='center'] Fiber The Main Point Ironically, the content of the slides is the last… Read More
  • PowerPoint Rules of the Road (Rule 2: Flow) - July 10, 2014
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    This article is part two of a three-part series on PowerPoint Rules of the Road.  You can read rule one here that covers recommendations and tips on slide deck format. [av_hr class='default' height='10' shadow='no-shadow' position='center'] Flow The Storyline Imagine watching 2 minutes of a sitcom, 1 minute of a reality show,… Read More
  • PowerPoint Rules of the Road (Rule 1: Format) - July 4, 2014
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    It's not often that I rant (well, not THAT often at least) but I have a few things I have to get off my chest regarding slide deck creation (also known as PowerPoint).  Like many of of my consulting and professorial colleagues, I spend a lot of time working in… Read More

2014, June

  • Students – Start Your Summer Networking Engines! - June 28, 2014
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    Ahhh summertime…  The beach, the sun and no responsibility until the September start of the semester, right?  Wrong…  Years ago, campus recruiting began around October when companies came to schools in droves of career fairs and info sessions.  It was a veritable career buffet of choices all laid before you.… Read More
  • Building Trust in the Cloud: Creating Confidence in Your Cloud Ecosystem - June 20, 2014
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    Today EY released our whitepaper titled Building Trust in the Cloud: Creating Confidence in Your Cloud Ecosystem.  This piece of thought leadership represents the culmination of collaborative thinking from many of our firm's foremost leaders in technology and business and provides a clear set of considerations and recommendations for building trust in the… Read More
  • Turtles and Fence Posts: Sometimes We All Need a Hand - June 19, 2014
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    A few weeks back I was asked in a questionnaire "what is your favorite quote?"  I really had to think long and hard about that one.  There are so many great quotes and tattered books of underlined wisdom I have read over the years.  Nailing it down to just one was… Read More
  • Doers and Reviewers: Management Versus Governance - June 5, 2014
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    I was describing to a colleague the course I teach at IU the other day. The course is called IT Governance, Risk and Controls (IT GRC).  Even to those of us in the industry this topic can be confusing.  As I described the course and the topics we cover, my… Read More

2014, May

  • Destination Overdrive: Enjoying the Journey - May 22, 2014
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    One of my favorite places on earth is Maui.  I'm not sure if it's the sun, ocean, humpback whales birthing/mating or just the constant island reggae, but whatever it is, Maui has a way of melting away the stress and the cares of the world. No trip to Maui would… Read More
  • No Offense, But You’re a Terrible Person - May 18, 2014
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    The Dangers of “License to Kill” Phrases OK, so this may not be one of my best blog titles but I thought it very appropriate to illustrate an observation to which we can all relate.  After all, ‘tis the season for feedback!  Companies with June 30th year-ends are likely in the… Read More
  • All Leaders Screw Up - May 9, 2014
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    Have you ever sent out an email you shouldn't have?  It’s OK, we all do it.  It's natural and these kinds of things make us human.  Quite simply: we all make mistakes.  As I sat back and reflected on some of the mistake emails I have sent in my lifetime,… Read More
  • Four Business Lessons from My Dog - May 1, 2014
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    Meet Dizzy. Dizzy is our 12-year old, five pound Maltese. My wife Kat and I raised Dizzy since she was a pup and she has filled our life with love and happiness. We named her Dizzy because of her boundless energy; when she was young she made you dizzy just… Read More

2014, April

  • If Everything is Critical, Nothing is! - April 25, 2014
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    Every year I do an informal poll of colleagues, friends, family, students and clients about how they keep their tasks and to dos organized.  After all, most people have some kind of system that works for them.  Many people respond with: [av_one_half first] Post-It Notes Notebook that combines meeting notes and… Read More
  • Conversational Kung-Fu - April 20, 2014
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    Channeling Negative Energy Through a Positive Outlook Kung-Fu has been described as the study of energy redirection. One of the core tenets of this ancient Chinese martial art focuses on channeling the aggression of one’s opponent into positive energy used as a defense or counter-attack. Watching a Kung-Fu master execute a form… Read More
  • Well, What Do You Recommend? - April 10, 2014
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    The world is filled with problems, boundless problems!  Some problems are easy: what should I have for lunch? What color socks should I wear today?  Should I get gas now or see how far I can drive on the yellow light (well, maybe that one is not so easy)? And… Read More
  • Battlefield Leadership: Leadership Lessons from Gettysburg - April 7, 2014
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    This past March, I attended a fantastic leadership development experience organized by a company called Battlefield Leadership. The organization offers numerous programs but this one was called the Gettysburg Leadership Experience  and focused on exploring the leadership lessons on the historic battlefield grounds of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania. Battlefield Leadership teaches "...experiential leadership training… Read More
  • Congratulations, You Have a Job! Now What? - April 4, 2014
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    Last Friday, a colleague - Matt Blair - and I spoke to a group of masters students from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business about moving up in the corporate world. The ask from the students was simple: "What can we do to move through the ranks quickly as… Read More
  • Balancing the Risks and Rewards of Digital Technology - April 3, 2014
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    The latest issue of EY's Board Matters Quarterly is out and it focuses on Balancing the risks and rewards of digital technology.  The three articles discuss the perils and payoffs of cloud, mobile and social technologies from a board perspective. It summarizes the key questions board members should be asking management… Read More

2014, March

  • Mission Critical Cloud - March 29, 2014
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    It is not surprising that there is a lot of discussion in the industry today around cloud computing.  What once was a speck on the technological horizon is here in a big way.  In fact, many experts argue that cloud adoption is so widespread that we have reached a tipping… Read More
  • Leadership: Title Versus Trait - March 27, 2014
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    What is a leader? This question has been studied and written about at length. I usually kick off the leadership courses I teach asking the participants to think about a leader who has made a difference in his or her life. Coaches, parents, teachers, bosses, mentors and family are all… Read More
  • The Big Interview Question List - March 22, 2014
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    A few years back, I compiled a long list of interview questions from some of my current and former students. The list ranged from behavioral questions and case studies to those mind-twisting stumper questions. Over the years I posted this list on number of blogs and shared this list with… Read More
  • If You Do One Thing, Do More Than One Thing - March 20, 2014
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    I was thinking the other day about a speech I gave years ago titled Be the Spork where I talked to a group of incoming masters students about combining multiple competencies to make themselves indispensable and more attractive to their potential employers. I think this advice holds true for every… Read More
  • Slide Science - March 17, 2014
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    Do you create a lot of presentations? Slide decks are a reality of business these days. Love it or hate it, slide decks are a nice way to present complex topics in a simple format, or so it would seem.  Every year I spend many hours with my students discussing… Read More
  • The Rule of Three Questions - March 12, 2014
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    It has been said that everyone's favorite topic is themselves. After all, it's the topic we know the most about. Who better an expert about ourselves than ourselves? The irony of this observation is: in a conversation between two people who only discuss themselves, neither one gets to discuss their… Read More
  • The Secret Formula for Culture - March 4, 2014
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    The concept of "corporate culture" has been described as a mythical creature by many business executives. A unicorn or leprechaun of sorts, that only appears on the odd occasion at happy hours, team events or quarterly meetings. The truth is: culture is actually the bi-product of many aspects of an… Read More

2014, February

  • Getting to “So What” - February 27, 2014
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    This week I attended the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco and boy was it impressive! The lights, the sounds, the crazy vendor displays! It was a buffet for the brain and I literally walked away from the conference floor with a severe case of sensory overload. I had the… Read More

2013, July

  • Three Objectives of Your Job - July 29, 2013
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    I was speaking with a colleague the other day and we were discussing practical leadership advice for our consultants.  Sometimes this kind of advice waxes on at length about the various skills and competencies one must master while moving up in the ranks of an organization but this advice was… Read More

2013, May

  • Be the Spork - May 9, 2013
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    On February 28, 2009 incoming MSIS students and their families joined together for luncheon to celebrate their admission into the incoming MSIS class beginning this fall. I was one of the speakers welcoming the incoming and shared some words of wisdom in a speech I coined “Be the Spork.” The… Read More