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4 Essential Tips on How to Grow Your Consulting Business

Brian Horn | Posted 07.05.2014 | Small Business
Brian Horn

For many successful entrepreneurs, the business that can deliver many lucrative rewards is a consulting practice.

Beyond Sage on the Stage Consulting

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 03.26.2014 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

While many patients, anxious about their well-being, simply want the doctor to tell them what to do, that is, ultimately, a prescription for failure. Sustainable change only happens when people take full responsibility for their own condition.

What All Good Clients Have in Common

Lisa Rinkus | Posted 03.10.2014 | Business
Lisa Rinkus

"This business would be great if it weren't for the clients." A partner at the PR agency where I got my first job made this statement. While not exac...

Grabbing Every Opportunity

Michael Kaiser | Posted 02.01.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Here is troubled organization which has a thin staff and a modestly involved board with an ambitious plan for survival and growth. Can this group really afford to grab at every opportunity?

Why Company Owners Are Saying Goodbye to Consultants and Hello to Interims

Robert Jordan | Posted 01.26.2014 | Business
Robert Jordan

Owners say it all boils down to shoveling out a lot of cash to an outsider without being sure that it will pay off.

The Pros and Cons of Hiring Consultants

Kate Gale | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Kate Gale

In an ideal world, a consultant would work like a running coach or a marriage therapist. There are good consultants and bad ones, but the important idea to start with is: Are you ready for a consultant?

3 Ways to Build a Trust-centered Consulting Practice

Robbin Steif | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Robbin Steif

Filling up a leaky bucket is an expensive proposition. Ultimately, a customer-trust business is end to end. It's about your receptionist being helpful and open when s/he answers the phone. It's about not landing large accounts and then scrambling to find any warm bodies you can to put on the project.

Entrepreneurialism: Is It a Help or a Hindrance?

Dan Russon | Posted 08.26.2013 | Business
Dan Russon

When it comes to entrepreneurialism, even within the same organisation there will be roles and functions where this trait is essential and others where it will be anathema.

The Joy of Heckling

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

The person who is heckling you (at work, on the street, in your home) is most likely having a bad day, week, month, quarter, year, or life. If Jesus, himself, was to make a sudden appearance, your heckler would probably find fault with JC's hair, clothes, or accent.

About Leadership: Consultants Can Make You Powerful

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business
Bernie Bulkin

As new initiatives arise, the environment changes or questions are raised about whether to continue an ongoing activity, how do we find the resources to answer these questions?

About Leadership: Getting Advice -- The Advisory Council (Part 2)

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 04.27.2013 | Business
Bernie Bulkin

A first question is the balance between external and internal members. For the Technology Advisory Council of BP we started with a structure that was about an equal number of internal and external as regular attendees.

Could Newt Gingrich Attack On Rove Signal Beginning Of Public Intra-Establishment Fight?

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

Newt Gingrich has a unique position in the Republican Party and in conservative politics. He's been the Speaker of the House. He's run for president. ...

About Leadership: Getting Advice on the Advisory Council (Part 1)

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 04.09.2013 | Business
Bernie Bulkin

What is the next thing to think about? You have to decide to whom the council is advisory. For example, if it is a technology advisory council, does it advise the chief technology officer, or his/her boss, or the CEO and managing directors?

An Open Letter to Big Companies Requesting RFPs of Small Companies

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 12.19.2012 | Small Business
Mitch Ditkoff

As a public service to you, our prospective clients, and all the other "boutique" consulting firms out there who have long since pulled out their hair, here are 10 simple guidelines to improve your RFP process in 2013 and beyond.

10 Tips for Giving a Kick Ass Keynote

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 11.10.2012 | Small Business
Mitch Ditkoff

Actors want to direct. Directors want to produce. And consultants want to be kick ass speakers. And why not? The pay is good. It doesn't take much time. And it's a lot less heavy lifting than most consulting gigs.

Your Start-up Life: Best Business Books to Groom Your Team

Rana Florida | Posted 07.24.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

Insights about business can be gleaned from almost any good book -- whether it's a memoir by a professional athlete or a page-turning account of the ups and downs of a frenetic political campaign.

When 'Good' Advice Is Bad for You

Kathy Caprino | Posted 07.01.2012 | Business
Kathy Caprino

If you don't get want you need, be prepared to walk away from the relationship when you sense that this partnership is not for you or for your highest good. Don't wait to ask for what you know you need and want.

Buyer Beware: 5 Steps to Consider Before Hiring a Small Business Consultant

Chitra Nawbatt | Posted 05.27.2012 | Small Business
Chitra Nawbatt

Many entrepreneurs turn to small business experts or those who offer small business consulting services. But beware of the small business consultant, for you do not want to be creating a money pit where your dollars disappear into a black hole.

Why Your Frequent Flier Miles May Soon Vanish

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 05.05.2012 | Travel
Blake Fleetwood

While consumers are dutifully stacking miles and points, the airlines may be counting on those "rewards" going bad before customers can cash in.

Janell Ross

Bankrupt Jefferson County Relies On 'Volunteer' Staffers For Election

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 02.16.2012 | Business

In bankrupt Jefferson County, Ala., the financial situation has grown so grim that the county does not have the money to hire enough elections divisio...

Goldman Employee Under Fire Over Leaked Info

Reuters | Posted 04.15.2012 | Business

Feb 15 (Reuters) - A Goldman Sachs technology analyst is under investigation by federal authorities for leaking inside information to hedge funds, t...

Why Asking for Money Is So Hard

Kathy Caprino | Posted 03.17.2012 | Women
Kathy Caprino

For women to be successful entrepreneurs, consultants, and small business owners, they must find new ways to strengthen their ability to authoritatively command the fees they deserve.

Why Herman Cain Won, and Why You Might See Rick Perry in Mickey Mouse Slippers Next Week

Christopher Ingram | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics
Christopher Ingram

Voters are looking for someone who calls a socialist president a socialist, not whatever euphemistic poll-tested answer Mitt Romney calls President Obama.

Ethics For Artists

Karen Atkinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Karen Atkinson

With every artist rushing to the top, and with only so many slots to fill, ethics often get overlooked. Here are some things I see often, and want artists to consider when deciding how to proceed.

They Took My Ideas and Gave Somebody Else the Job

Fred Whelan and Gladys Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Fred Whelan and Gladys Stone

We're not saying that you should never give out ideas, especially when you're interviewing. But it's better to give them a "taste" rather than "serving up the whole meal."