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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 [...]

Flexibility Ain’t Easy

By |March 16th, 2015|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , |

The idea of “flexibility” has become a proud flag flown atop just about every company in corporate America. But what is flexibility? In my mind, flexibility is placing value on the needs of your team and employees and recognizing that those needs must be balanced with the needs of the company/projec [...]

The War on “Busy”-ness

By |February 18th, 2015|Categories: Communication|Tags: , |

It’s no wonder we call it “Business,” though more often than not, it should be "busy-ness." Ask any business-person “how are you doing?” or “how’s it going?” and most will respond with “busy.” The word “busy” is an empty yet powerfully addictive word. Its use has become a reflex for many people and [...]

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