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What We Learn from Overcoming: The Power and Pain of Transformation

By |March 19th, 2019|Categories: Learning, Life|Tags: , , , , , |

The beautiful butterfly is our society’s favorite metaphor for total transformations. Nature’s ultimate metamorphosis changes from a tree clinging, 14-legged pest into the regal flying butterfly. The metaphorical story of the caterpillar to the butterfly is both inspiring and positive. What is left [...]

Throw Out the Work-Life Scale: A Father of Twins’ Journey to Imbalance

By |February 26th, 2019|Categories: Career, Life|Tags: , , |

Work-life balance is the term used to describe the proportion of time we allocate to our careers versus other aspects of our lives such as personal interests, family, social or leisure activities. Whether you are just beginning your career or a seasoned executive, it’s hard to escape the mantra that [...]

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 [...]

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