Surviving Economic Busts

These are such scary times, both personally and professionally,  that the easiest thing to do would be to crawl into a shell and stay there until everything sorts itself out.  Unfortunately, life goes on and so must we, as we maneuver through this pandemic and try to...

What I Learned Recording the FIZZ! Audiobook

When my publisher, Wisdom Editions, asked me to consider recording the audiobook for my recently published book, FIZZ! How to Succeed as an Independent Consultant, I thought, sure!  How hard could it be? I know how to read! As it turns out, it was much harder than I...

Focusing … and Dealing with Competing Needs

Welcome to the world of 24/7/365 – where the average leader and professional are constantly available via their smart phones, the piles of work are higher than ever before, and everyone is judged on how well they accomplish it on a timely basis. As I write this, I am...

How IBM made me a good consultant

My first career at IBM taught me how to be a good consultant. That’s where I worked hand-in-hand with customers to plan and install large mainframe systems in cavernous rooms to support their business. Lead times were often 6 months to a year, and downtime was not an...

A Consultant’s Initiation

Me in my 20’s at IBM – gotta love that 80’s look! I always knew that I wanted to be a consultant, ever since age 25 when I met Bill Tinney, a Senior Systems Engineering Consultant for IBM in Cleveland, Ohio. He always seemed to be jet-setting around the world,...