Monthly: May 2010

Monthly: May 2010

Strategic Planning Requires Taking Risks


My husband is a traveling IT consultant and is a frequent flier on Southwest Airlines. Many times the flight attendants make flights more bearable with their sense of humor. Recently…

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Strategist vs. Consultant vs. Coach


I was recently asked, “what is the difference between a strategist, a consultant, and a coach?”  Although this is only my opinion, I’d like to share my response. A strategist is…

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Education vs Training in Systems Implementations


I recently met with a colleague that defines training as ‘teaching repetitive tasks’ and education as ‘teaching someone to design.’ This is perfect! Too many times we administrators expect managers…

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Strategic, Intentional and Deliberate


Being strategic means thinking intentionally and deliberately about your organization. That includes considering the impacts of any system change. Unfortunately, management consultants are usually called in as a reactive response…

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Strategic Planning is a Process


Strategic planning is the first step in any business long-term plan.  It’s the stage when the key players come together to discuss, brainstorm, and kick around new ideas and directions that…

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Vendor Management


Pre-Implementation Vendor management is a demanding part of the entire business software implementation planning process and should be delegated to someone within the organization who understands the overall plan. This person…

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System Selection


System selection is the second step of a system change or business software implementation. The first, of course, is conducting a thorough requirements analysis (See ‘10 Tips for a Requirements…

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