Guest Column: What’s So Funny About Decision-Making?

What’s So Funny About Decision-Making? by Linda Henman, PhD In 1974, Mel Brooks directed the blockbuster comedy, Young Frankenstein.  In the movie, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein learns he has inherited his infamous grandfather’s estate in Transylvania, along with his manuals and lab notes. After initially resisting any connection to his grandfather, Frederick becomes fascinated by the idea of creating his own monster after he discovers his grandfather’s book, How I Did It. As Frederick discovered, understanding a researcher’s conclusions often starts …


Guest Column: Creating Great Leaders for Impact

Creating great Leaders: Consulting for impact  By: Myron Beard What we know about great leaders is that they are few and far between. According to studies, between 50-70% of executives fail within the first 18 months of moving into executive roles. This failure rate remains constant whether an individual has been promoted from within or came from the outside! In spite of all the books and programs that are available for developing leadership, and the explosion of executive coaching options, …


Running From Office

Community member for many years, Amy Showalter, has tried to make a case for me running for office in these strange times: Alan, Oh, I have it all figured out! Indulge me for 2 minutes. 1. You communicate concisely. Candidates (should) talk in sound bites. You would not have to be someone else to run for office. 2. With Trump’s “tell it like it is” style resonating (it changes by the day as we know), the time is right for your …


Guest Column: What Mick Jagger Can Teach You About the Consulting Business and Branding

By Gail S. Bower and Roberta Matuson They say you can’t always get what you want. But we disagree. While attending the 2017 Million Dollar Consulting® Convention, we spent an evening at “The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism delivered by DHL” at the Navy Pier in Chicago, an exhibit about the musical, business, and creative lives of one of the greatest rock bands in history. What a perfect companion experience to the Convention. The exhibit tells the story of The Rolling Stones …


Guest Column: Experience Matters

Experience matters     by Diana Jones                                                                                                  How do clients experience working with you? I was working with Andy earlier this week. His voice was so quiet I can hardly hear him although we are sitting close to one …


Guest Column: How to Find Nonprofit Partners that Support Your ROI

Guest Column: How to Find Nonprofit Partners that Support Your ROI By Karen Eber Davis   To create ROI around your partnerships and sponsorships: Be proactive. Create a short-list of potential partners.   To find great partners, explore the following questions. The questions come from my work with clients who have bolstered their performance and profits through partnerships and sponsorships.   Finding Excellent Partners Question 1: Who values what you value? You care about many issues. Narrow you focus to …


Guest Column: Finding the Holes in Your Wellness Plan

Finding the Holes in Your Wellness Plan By Debi Silber   Why is it that you may eat well, exercise and still struggle with your weight and health?   For many, making healthier food choices is a way of life. You read labels, you’re mindful of your portions, limit the amount of junk and processed foods you eat, limit alcohol intake and you make a concerted effort to eat well.   Many also commit to a consistent fitness schedule. You …


Guest Column: Consulting in High Stakes Transitions

Consulting in High Stakes Transitions   Dr. Constance Dierickx   Constance Dierickx is a member of the Million Dollar Consulting® Mentor Hall of Fame and a Master Mentor. Great leaders are decisive. They don’t wait for their feet to get wet before they realize the tide is coming in. They look up and out. When facing a gaping canyon or rough water, they quickly evaluate the situation, make a decision and take action. When the stakes are high, consultants can …


Guest Column: How to Become Thoughtfully RuthlessSM and Catapult Your Growth

How to Become Thoughtfully RuthlessSM and Catapult Your Growth by Val Wright   When you want to prepare for a marathon, you hire a trainer who has a few marathons under their belt. It applies when leaders hire external experts; they are investing in you, not your processes and your methodology. You become an inspiration and accelerate their business by becoming a role model for them. So you need to be hitting your own personal records in your personal performance. …


Guest Column: How to Grow A Business Outside of Where You Live

How to Grow Your Practice Outside of Where You Live By Andrew Miller When I started my consulting practice in 2006 I was nothing more than a glorified project manager. I left IBM’s consulting division, where I was project managing large system implementations, to do what? That’s right. Manage large system implementations. I was doing the same work for a little more money, but no more freedom or flexibility.   After two years of this, I decided things needed to …