Monthly Archives: March 2010

Professionalism above the bar

Last night I had dinner at the bar of the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. (The Gazpacho is excellent by the way) Normally I would blog about consulting excellence but an incident occurred that I think is noteworthy on … Continue reading

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Being in Demand… How to make it happen

Today in Hollywood there is a good example of being in demand.  Here is the current list of Hollywood’s “most wanted”. They receive more offers for films and command more compensation on a consistent basis than any of their peers. … Continue reading

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The Chronically Perplexed Client

It must be terrible  to wake up each morning chronically perplexed. (CP) CP is a condition which affects a broad spectrum of the population. It occurs randomly in children, adults, blue collar, white collar workers and yes even in the … Continue reading

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The Great Question(s)…

Well actually it is not the great questions but more the great types of questions. We will leave the list of great questions for the philosophical blogs, not the ones on consulting excellence. The type of question is more important … Continue reading

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What’s the difference between a Janitor and an Enterprise Architect?

“What’s the difference between a janitor and an enterprise architect? If the janitor stops doing his job, eventually someone will notice.” “EA’s are the guys who program in PowerPoint." “We’re okay now, we just hired a TOGAF certified architect as … Continue reading

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Playing Favorites, Jumping to Conclusions and other Idioms

With the amount of jumping to conclusions that consultants do, you would think we would be the fittest occupation on the planet. “Few people like problems. Hence the natural tendency in problem-solving is to pick the first solution that comes … Continue reading

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The three faces of consulting

A great consultant is not two-faced but three-faced. In the above picture you should see a young lady, an older lady and a man with a mustache. It is still one picture though. A great consultant needs to be able … Continue reading

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Watching for the signs of project trouble…

You are on the beach in the tropical isle of St. Maarten. It is surprisingly quiet. In fact you seem to have most of this part of the beach all to yourself. Until ..   you find out the reason, … Continue reading

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5 “Consultants” and Behavior you won’t believe.

If you have been reading my consulting excellence blog you will note that I have a high degree of passion for the profession. I cherish the attributes of skill, professionalism, intellect, integrity, teamwork and action. Not all consultants are successful … Continue reading

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The Babelfish for the Interviewer

Doc. What are my chances? the patient asks. Well I’ve got great news! This operation has a 90% failure rate, and the last 9 patients have died. So it will certainly be successful on you! The importance of Track Record … Continue reading

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