Posts Tagged: Consulting

Do Good, Build Your Career

Pro bono consulting –the delivery of professional services undertaken voluntarily– is a great way to enhance your professional skills while doing public service for your community. According to the Taproot Foundation, one of the larger organizations in this space: “Most organizations tackling social problems don’t have access to the marketing, design, technology, management or strategic… Read more »

5 Things I’ve Learned as a Consultant

I’m a city manager. I’ll always consider myself a city manager. I work with other city managers and local-government professionals. But instead of working full-time for one municipality, we now help government leaders create the change their organizations need. Sometimes they need financial analysis or a strategic plan. Sometimes they want to improve their business… Read more »

The Secret to Successful Organizational Transformations

One method of teaching is the use of negative examples. To get my important point across to top management, I will turn to some real life examples. The first not-so-successful example was a financial services firm with thousands of employees. It started down the path to adopting an inclusive approach to improving operations that would… Read more »

Best Practices for Top Leaders in Organizational Transformation

There are some common practices undertaken by leaders to ensure successful organizational transformation. We will share some of these from our many years experiencing different organizations in type, size and sector. In one instance the owners of a small family-owned manufacturing company embraced an entirely new concept of order taking and production. A team-based and… Read more »

Gather Stakeholder Inputs

Your organization consists of much more than just your employees and managers. Clients and customers, providers, contractors and others are also included in the role of “stakeholder.” When you’re ramping up for a transformation initiative, it’s important to gather the inputs from all stakeholders, not just those who are most obvious. Touch on topics like… Read more »

The Road to Transformational Leadership

This article outlines the four main qualities of a successful transformational leader. Here’s an interesting excerpt: “Research evidence clearly shows that groups led by transformational leaders have higher levels of performance and satisfaction than groups led by other types of leaders. Why? Because transformational leaders hold positive expectations for followers, believing that they can do… Read more »

How does a successful leader drive innovation?

This article offers unconventional tips to jumpstart business innovation. Using real examples from companies like Union Pacific, the article reinforces that the most effective leaders know when to think outside the box. http://www.informationweek.com/global-cio/interviews/5-contrarian-tips-on-innovation/240154681 Personally speaking, last week my consulting firm, Boxer Advisors, completed two projects that helped clients find original strategies to A: address transformational… Read more »