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Employee Enmity

May 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

What do you do when you have to supervise someone you can’t stand? We’ve all been there. You hire a new employee, thinking that they will be perfect for the position only to find out that you really can’t stand them. They perform their job well; they might even be perfect for the position, but something about them just grates on your nerves. It might be as simple as finding their communication style offensive. So what happens when you find yourself with a direct report that you cannot stand? Many managers would be tempted to find a way to terminate
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The Hammock Principal

May 6, 2013 in Consulting, General, IT

The Hammock Principal Balance + Support = Relaxation “It’s better to be busy than bored I guess!” This is an actual phrase uttered recently by a seasoned IT Consultant. On the surface, it may look benign, but if we really stop and think about it, from an IT perspective, it may actually indicate something more. In a professional services organization, we often think about business from the wrong perspective: “If I am busy I am generating revenue for my company, meeting client needs, and being pulled in a million directions, I am being more effective as a consultant!” Often times
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The Centipede’s Dilemma

April 19, 2013 in Consulting, General, IT, Management

A centipede was happy – quite! Until a toad in fun Said, “Pray, which leg moves after which?” This raised her doubts to such a pitch, She fell exhausted in the ditch Not knowing how to run. – Author Unknown Have you ever felt like you keep tripping yourself up? Have you ever worked in a job where you never felt like you got “into a groove?” The reason may actually not have anything to do with your boss, your position or even your company. The reason just might have something to do with the Centipede’s Dilemma. In this classic poem,
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Personal Growth: The Key to Your Success

April 19, 2013 in Consulting, General, IT, Management

Consulting is a many faceted profession. There are so many facets, that consulting requires an extremely well rounded personality. More so, perhaps than most other professions. This is not to say that consultants are better than people in other professions, but rather that, in order to be a great consultant you have to be great at a host of very different skillsets.  Think about it as it pertains to IT Consultants. We have to be great at: IT, Verbal Skills, Written Skills, Problem Solving, Troubleshooting, Vision Casting, Personal Interaction; the list goes on and on. IT consultants even have to
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