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True Success is Making Others Successful

By |January 28th, 2019|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , , |

We all define success differently. While some measure success by the size of one’s bank account, investment portfolio or the square footage of one’s home, do those things really bring fulfillment and lasting happiness? What defines the indicators of real success? I believe true success is achieved w [...]

Curiosity Did Not Kill the Cat

By |January 8th, 2019|Categories: Learning|Tags: , , |

No one understands how powerful the mind of a child is better than a parent of a toddler. Ask any parent of a three-year-old what curiosity in children looks like and the answer will be: rapid fire questions, continuous talking, loud off-key singing, and a return back to the questions again. Nothing [...]

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 [...]

I Have Seen the Future, and it is Bright!

By |November 15th, 2015|Categories: Career, Leadership, Learning, Life|Tags: , , , , |

It is the day after the horrific attacks in Paris and the world is in shock. Paris holds a special place in my heart as I lived and worked there for a few months many years ago. I loved my time in Paris; the city oozes beauty, love, and dancing lights. Working in Paris, it was obvious to me that the [...]

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