Consultant or Cheerleader?

February 12, 2015 by · Comment
Filed under: Agility, Leadership, People 

When you hire a consultant, you probably have an expectation of a specialized set of skills, or a particular value that you are looking for. That might be some expertise that you don’t have (or couldn’t readily develop) in-house, or an objective perspective to help you see things in a different way. Read more

What We Bring to the Table

July 13, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: People 

In many shops, I have seen situations where one person (or perhaps a few, but it is always a minority) appears to be getting in the way, and the perception is that they need to be sent on their way for the good of the team. While this actually is true in some cases, I think that more often than not it is more a case of failing to appreciate what others bring to the table. Read more

Why Wait for Value?

April 27, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People 

I have often heard different perspectives on how long you can expect to wait before a new hire is productive. Usually the numbers come in around 3 to 6 months, and in many shops where there isn’t a sound infrastructure for communicating the company’s business sector, products and practices, this seems a reasonable timeframe. What is important to recognize, though, is that in those initial months, we should at least make sure that this new hire is not a liability. Read more

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