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It’s been said, “the pace of change has never moved as fast as it is today and will never move this slowly again.” Businesses are transforming the way products and services are delivered to consumers, which is fundamentally altering the way we interact with one another at home, at work, and in our communities. Join us as we explore how companies are embracing disruption – internally and externally – to meet the challenges of tomorrow, today.

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A career is more than just a job; it’s a purposeful journey of honing your craft. And like all journeys, there is so much to learn along the way. From getting that resume just right and landing the perfect position, to winning that promotion and stepping into executive management; your career is and adventure filled with triumphs and trials. We explore insights, from proven leaders, that make the journey a little easier and a lot more fun.

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Effective communication can make the difference between: success and failure, winning and losing, or even peace and war. Well crafted communications articulate our ideas and have the power to turn cynics to optimists; however, this Jedi mind trick it is not easy and takes tremendous practice to perfect. We examine written and verbal communication tactics and highlight proven ways to get your message across.

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We believe in the power of arts and humanities and its transformative effect on us as human beings. STEAM is the new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and adds critically missing skills only filled by the Arts. Whether visual, musical, or physical, arts and culture has a profound impact on our lives and provides outlets for creativity that makes life more colorful. We explore the color around us that makes life so beautiful.

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Leadership is the art of influence. It’s an art without a shortage of books, perspectives an opinions on what makes a good leader. We believe leadership is built on a foundation of trust and a belief in a shared vision. We are surrounded by skilled leaders who elevate our collective performance to impossible levels. Our articles explore the traits, stories, and lessons from world-class leaders so we may learn from them and weave their behaviors into the fabric of our daily lives.

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Abraham Lincoln said, “It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” We explore the passions, talents, and relationships that make life’s journey so sweet. We feature stories of family, friends, and examine the defining moments that give our lives purpose. We dive deep into the hobbies and personal obsessions of interesting people to find out what makes them so awesome.

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Productivity is loosely defined as “the art and science of getting stuff done.” But with so many distractions and competing priorities vying for our precious time, how do we stay organized and attack our to-do lists in the most efficient way? From tools and apps to tactics and methods, we study how the most productive people take control of their day and stay on top of what is most important.

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Technology is moving us forward faster than ever before. Advances in consumer and enterprise technology have made it easier for us to rapidly perform complex tasks and improve our quality of life at work and at home. We explore the challenges and opportunities presented by all aspects of technology. From apps to enterprise software and gadgets to artificial intelligence, we examine the tech – and its associated consequences – that makes us smarter and better at what we do.

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Confidence Meets Chutzpah, a Tale of Entrepreneurship

By |November 20th, 2018|Categories: Business, Career|Tags: , , |

One morning, after returning from a week in Las Vegas for a big event, I had an epiphany; it was time for me to start my own business. It was the calling I had longed for since my days as a neighborhood door-to-door saleskid. I’ve always had the entrepreneurial spark. Growing up, I was master of le [...]

Cyber Resilience: Protecting Companies from Cyber-Triggered Business Disasters

By |October 24th, 2018|Categories: Business, Technology|Tags: , , , |

We live in a world where data breaches and destructive cyber attacks have become a daily headline. By now, everyone has received a breach notification letter or an email apology from a company impacted by cyber bad guys. Boards are asking, customers are asking, employees are asking, the whole world [...]

Never Forget

By |September 11th, 2018|Categories: Life|Tags: , , , |

Few will forget where they were, or what they were doing, 17 years ago today. As I was driving to work this morning I reflected on that morning and the years that have passed since. I can remember it in extraordinary detail. I remember who I was with, emotions, sounds, smells, colors, all of it. My [...]

Don’t Forget These “Four Gets” When You Start Your Job

By |October 10th, 2016|Categories: Career|Tags: , , , |

I love this time of year. This is about the time when many of our new hires start their careers and begin the transition from smart, ambitious college students to smart, ambitious management consultants. I also love this time of year because it means lots of introductory phone calls from our new hir [...]

Discovering Your Purpose

By |September 16th, 2016|Categories: Business, Career, Life|Tags: , , |

Below is a speech I gave to the Kelley School of Business MBA Consulting Academy for their induction ceremony on September 16, 2016. The speech is titled "Discovering Your Purpose." Good evening and thank you for being here tonight. It’s always a pleasure returning to campus and spending time with a [...]

Time Management Ain’t Easy

By |August 7th, 2016|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , |

A few months ago - April 14th, 2016 to be exact - I received a very nice note from a former student. It read: Good morning Justin, I am ardent follower of your blog - Art of Advice. We all in consulting look at you like super human when it comes to time management and productivity. You are managing [...]

Passing the Podium

By |July 3rd, 2016|Categories: Career, Life|Tags: , , , , , , , |

2016 is an end of era for me. After nearly a decade of teaching in the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business I have decided 2016 year will be my last year at the podium of the IT Governance, Risk and Controls (IT GRC) course. Since [...]

Activating the Digital Enterprise

By |April 21st, 2016|Categories: Business, Technology|Tags: , , , , , |

The following article is co-authored with Keith Strier, Advisory Principal at EY. Click here to read more about Keith. Deployments are dead. The notion that implementations are a singular, pivotal, one-time event is over. Welcome to the “Age of Activation.” But what do we mean when we say “activatio [...]

Do Your Job as if Someone is Watching

By |December 13th, 2015|Categories: Career|Tags: , , , , |

The only thing worse than painstakingly creating a complicated business deliverable – be it a deck, a report or a financial model – is doing it on a projector or TV in front of your colleagues or clients. “Can we center that text? Is that box vertically aligned in the middle?” “Is that Arial?  I thi [...]

Remembering Dizzy: Wonderdog Extraordinaire!

By |October 25th, 2015|Categories: Life|Tags: , , , , |

On October 18, 2015 my wife Katharine and I lost our little dog of thirteen years, Dizzy. Dizzy was so much more than a dog to us; she was our little baby, affectionately called our “dog-ter.” You may remember Dizzy from the article I wrote about her last year where I distilled a few business true-i [...]

The Meaning of (Digital) Life

By |August 17th, 2015|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , |

"Digital. Now, what exactly is that?" I deal with this question more times than I care to admit. Whether explaining to my mom what I do every day or conversing with clients about their portal and collaboration challenges, the word "digital" seems to be sprouting up more and more in all of our daily [...]

The Things We Carry

By |April 28th, 2015|Categories: Career, Life|Tags: , , , |

I have a bit of a reputation as a travel pack-rat. I tend to pack for every possible contingency.  Not so long ago, I couldn't bear the thought of carrying on my luggage for fear I would miss some precious toiletry or outfit combination. After multiple instances of lost luggage and missed meetings, [...]

To MBA or Not to MBA

By |April 7th, 2015|Categories: Business, Career|Tags: , , , |

One of the most commonly asked questions I get from students, colleagues and mentees is: “Should I pursue my MBA?”  Like most questions in life that start with the phrase “should I…,” the answer I give is typically: “Well, that depends…”  🙂 Some people pursue an MBA to further their knowledge as a [...]

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