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Rebooting Analytics and CAO

I really like a recent article by McKinsey about Rebooting Analytics Leadership and Moving Beyond the Math. Like many, I see a lot of opportunity with data and analytics. I believe insights in context will bring more value to business than any previous iteration of report, self-service reporting, visualization, etc. The combination of AI, API’s, […]

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Sometimes You Need to Manufacture Momentum

The past few months have been very busy in all aspects of my life and it has felt like one of those grind it out kind of periods. A major project was stalling, I hadn’t put out a blog in a while, and I wasn’t feeling great about my accomplishments. Work/life balance was ok, but […]

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Check Your Ego: Adapting to the Business World

Being a paramedic during the formative years of my working life, I’ve been surprised at how many of the lessons that I learned on the job have translated to the business world. Working as a paramedic, it is easy for your ego to grow to an unhealthy size. The job is one in which you […]

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Failure as a Teacher

Being a paramedic during the formative years of my working life, I’ve been surprised at how many of the lessons that I learned on the job have translated to the business world.   I remember the first time I performed CPR like it was yesterday, though it was more than 25 years ago – July […]

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Birth and Death: The Life Cycle of Employment

Being a paramedic during the formative years of my working life, I’ve been surprised at how many of the lessons that I learned on the job have translated to the business world. Watching EMS on TV and movies, especially when it’s fictional, is always entertaining. Everything goes smoothly, there’s very little blood (or anything else), […]

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Write it Up – Lessons from My Days as a Paramedic

Being a paramedic during the formative years of my working life, I’ve been surprised at how many of the lessons that I learned on the job have translated to the business world. Paperwork is perhaps universally a dirty word among those who have to do it. I have many a fond memory of sitting scrunched […]

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Remain Calm – A Lesson I Learned During My Days as a Paramedic

Being a paramedic during the formative years of my working life, I’ve been surprised at how many of the lessons that I learned on the job have translated to the business world. Being a paramedic is a surprisingly boring job. There can be a ton of downtime (a running joke was that EMS stood for […]

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Everyone Gets a Pillow and a Blanket

Being a paramedic during the formative years of my working life, I’ve been surprised at how many of the lessons that I learned on the job have translated to the business world.   An encounter with EMS is generally a life-changing one. The actions of the various teammates across agencies can make a profound impression. […]

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Are You Book Smart or Street Smart? Maybe Neither!

Back in 2011, I was getting to know my new team on a project.  I’m not exactly sure how the conversation started, but the question came up if we thought we were book smart or street smart?  So rather than make up my rationale for one or the other, I thought the best answer would […]

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7 Ways My 3 Year Old Improves My Relationships at Work

My wife and I met in college, married after 4 years, waited 13 years before having children, and we now have 2 daughters.   We have a 3-year-old (Maggie) and 18-month-old (Addie).  I knew that I would continue to grow as a parent, but had no idea the impact kids would have on my professional development […]

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Top 10 Most Reputable U.S. Banks

Reputation Institute, a research and advisory firm that focuses on tackling and analyzing the reputation of companies worldwide, released its annual ranking of the most reputable U.S. banks. According to the report (and a basic understanding of human nature!), a company’s reputation has an effect on: Customers buying your products and services Policymakers and regulators […]

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Oracle Leaders Circle Focus on Women’s Leadership

For Day Two of Oracle’s Leaders Circle, participants had the option to again select from a series of Industry summit programs or the Oracle Women’s Leadership Summit (OWL). I selected the OWL Program, not really knowing what to expect, hoping that it would not be more of the same ‘woe is me – a woman […]

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Insights from Oracle’s Leader Circle Program at #OOW14

I wanted to take an opportunity to share excellent insights while attending the Oracle Leader’s Circle Program while at Oracle OpenWorld 2014. Let me start with the Finance Session that kicked off Day One. This segment was co-sponsored by Deloitte Consulting. The morning’s first presentation – Modern Finance Best Practices in the Digital Age – was […]

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How Organizations Help Their Technical Talent Grow

One of the benefits of being a technical professional is that organizations often invest heavily in training their staff to gain new skills and move into leadership roles. A recent McKinsey & Company article summarizes best practices for developing talent within large organizations. They found that organizations with the most success in terms of projects being completed on time […]

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Estimating Hints for Cognos TM1 Report Development

Typically, a TM1 project will include work to create reports. Most finance groups will have a number of Excel workbooks that they are using for both their forecasting and planning as well as for reporting. These workbooks will become the “templates” for designing your TM1 input sheets and reports. For the reports, you will be […]

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Lessons Learned – Transitioning from an FTE to a Consultant

A little over 3 years ago I began what I would call an internal transformation as I started to reevaluate my career and personal life.  I had been working as a Full-time Employee (FTE) in two large corporations over the course of 10 years and I was very proud of what I had accomplished.  I […]

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Implementing your Centre for Excellence

 Vision To build a CoE, it is absolutely essential to have a clearly defined vision. History proves that this grand, overall vision (or    plan) is critical to developing dominance in a specialty area. Once you establish a plan, specific strategies can then be developed based upon this plan. If strategies are not utilized in connection […]

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Leadership: be the future; don’t just talk about it…

I recently spent some time in Hilton Head, SC with my family recharging and refocusing. Although the company and the scenery were more than inspiring enough to me, I came across the following article “6 Steps to Become Amazingly Inspirational” by Mr. Simon Stapleton, July 18, 2012 and would like to share its message. In his […]

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Doing the impossible

– It’s kinda fun to do the impossible – Walt Disney Doing the Impossible  Everyone’s been involved in a seemingly impossible situation. Sooner or later as a professional consultant, we find ourselves there. Impossible deadlines, endlessly changing requirements, lack of skilled resources, technical limitations – whatever.  In these circumstances, what makes the difference between success […]

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A Case for a Center of Excellence

Center of Excellence (CoE)   A Forrester survey (“The EA View: BPM Has Become Mainstream”, Forrester Research, Inc.) indicated:   “Of companies experiencing clear measurable improvement in FPM, 49% have a CoE in place”   With that in mind, I attended a presentation by Sandy Kemsley, (an accomplished FPM Analyst and Consultant) entitled, “Maximizing FPM […]

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