Monthly Archives: August 2009

REVISED: A new look at FranklinCovey's 4 Disciplines of Execution…

I HAVE BEEN A LONG-TIME STUDENT of Stephen Covey’s philosophies since the  mid-1990’s, when I was lucky enough to work for a company (RR Donnelley & Sons) which sent me off for “First Things First” training… That said, I find … Continue reading

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The Wise Consultant avoids "leveraging" friendships…

The Wise Consultant understands that friendships can and will be leveraged by The Colleagues to influence The Wise Consultant’s judgment. He endeavors to avoid this, as it is almost always toward the detriment of The Project, and The Balance.

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What is "The Balance"?

“The Balance” is just that – BALANCE. It is the term I use to denote that sense of peace with one’s self, one’s chosen profession, one’s daily activities and one’s decisions (of any kind) amidst all the turmoil that fills … Continue reading

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The Wise Consultant avoids all requests to provide "The High-Level Estimate"…

High-Level Estimates are great theories, but they rank right up there with 3-walled shark cages, 4-fingered snakebite gloves, and cheesecloth condoms in terms of the protection vs usefulness they offer. High-Level Estimates are always demanded up-front, are given only minutes … Continue reading

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H.A.N.D.S. – Mark's Secret to a Great Golf Swing

So I’ve re-fallen in love with Golf, thanks in no small part to my newfound colleagues. As a result, I’ve taken an interest in helping one of colleagues who is a fledgling golfer, by providing him with just a few … Continue reading

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Why I hate Dilbert…

AM I THE ONLY ONE who has grown to despise the Dilbert cartoon strip? I’m not saying I ALWAYS hate it… but over the years one trend which has become IMPOSSIBLE to ignore is that Dilbert has never ever EVER … Continue reading

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What's REALLY attracting CIOs to Off-Shore Development, and how to avoid OSD and keep America working

I’ll warn you all up front that this posting is pure opinion – but that does NOT make it INvalid, so listen up, because this is a topic that needs sincere, honest people to really start THINKING… I’ve been in … Continue reading

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