Omni Speaks

When someone needs a physician, they call their doctor’s office. When they need assistance with a legal matter, they call an attorney. However, most people don’t think to call a management consultant when they have a business problem. For one, it can be very difficult...

Can you grow yourself out of business?

Many companies find themselves in the odd position of being in trouble on the heels of significant success and growth. Authors John Lambden and David Targett identified 6 common causes in their 1990 book Small Business Finance, which I am going to expand on here. 1. ...

On Being an Outstanding Scientist

One of the greatest questions for self or business development is ‘how can I become a better leader?’. Maybe you’ve been fortunate enough to work for a good, maybe even great leader. Wonderful if you have, but my sense is most of us haven’t...

Consulting Unplugged

Over the years I’ve developed fairly wide musical tastes – classical, blues, jazz, rock, techno, even a bit of working man’s opera from time to time. Occasionally I like my music loud and rough.  But, I remember hearing the music of Nirvana many...

Stepping Up

I recently attended the Alberta Annual General Meeting for the Canadian Association of Management Consultants. The agenda for the day was ambitious; the well-organized meeting included opportunities throughout the day to network and catch up with my peer group; an...

From Kenya to Consulting

In 1999 my wife Paulette and I had the opportunity to travel to Kenya in East Africa on a Starbucks sponsored tour to visit several international development sites through the Girl Child Network. I had recently started my MBA and had not yet decided what I wanted to...