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ERP Project Deployment – Preparing for Surprises

Business and IT leaders have an endless list questions to work through when kickstarting an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. Do we have the right project team?  What’s the total …

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Consensus Is Not a Four-Letter Word

You might think – based on the noise of the day – that consensus is obsolete, dead and buried.  That in its place is unfettered, top-down decision-making.  Who needs buy-in …

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ThinkTank Quiz: Which Tech Mogul Are You?

“I have to lead according to my personality, according to what I think is necessary under any set of circumstances.” – Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard   Elon Musk. Mark …

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Customize Vs. Configure: The Upgrade You Didn’t Know You Needed

“I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created.  They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be …

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The Most Cringeworthy ERP Disasters

If you’ve forgotten what ERP is, you haven’t been paying attention. Enterprise Resource Planning has been re-taking the B2B tech industry by storm, now delivered from ‘the cloud’, with all …

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Lidl’s €500 million ‘Elvis’ Project Fail: A Textbook Example Of How Not To Approach A Massive Transformation Program

“Don’t wait until you’re in a crisis to come up with a crisis plan.” – Phil McGraw Failure. We cringe at the word, shy away from the thought of it, …

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Innovation and the War for Talent

“Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”  – Henry Ford Any top manager will tell you that a great team member is worth his …

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Why We Love Remote Workforce Productivity

“Yours truly has never worked out of an office, and never will.” – Richard Branson, founder of Virgin.   From virtual assistants to conference calls, the tools for conducting business …

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How to Implement a Successful Corporate Retrospective with Digital Engagement

“Don’t look back.  Something may be gaining on you.”  Satchel Paige Sometimes the only way to save our sanity is to firmly close the door to the past.  Shake the …

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The Perils of PowerPoint – Why It’s Time for Reboot

“To mark the occasion of his 30th birthday, serial entrepreneur and occasional Harvard spammer Ryan Allis decided to give back to the world that had been so generous to him. …

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NIH Syndrome – What It Is…And Why It Needs to Stop

Successful leaders know when to delegate.  They know they can’t do it all.  They know the value of creativity, diversity and innovation.  But delegation (a sort of ‘internal outsourcing’) is …

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AI For Business: Three Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Change Your Industry Forever

Artificial Intelligence.  What began as an futuristic concept in 1954, is now part of our daily lexicon.  In fact today, the field of artificial intelligence (AI) is moving so quickly …

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New Client Engagement Tips to Bring Your Consulting Game Out of The Jurassic Era

Summer blockbusters should be set in the Jurassic, but your client engagement strategies shouldn’t be! So, maybe it’s time to ask yourself if you’re as effective as you could be.  …

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Obsolete Before Go-Live: The Curse Of Enterprise App Implementations

For those of us who are involved in the selection and implementation of enterprise software applications (think CRM, HR, PLM or ERP), whether cloud or on premise, there’s one curse …

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Ode to the Poor & Underappreciated ‘Scribe’

Today we pay homage to one of the oldest professions in the world.  No, not that profession!  We are talking about the occupation known as a ‘Scribe.’ According to Dictionary.com, …

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Is the Best View Really from the Top?

“In the real, physical world or business world, most relationships are nonlinear.” ― Pearl Zhu It’s no secret that the 21st-century workplace is different from the business world 20, even …

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Why Poor Workplace Engagement is Killing Your Business

Employee engagement is different than employee satisfaction, though they both sometimes get rolled into one. Employee engagement refers to the inclusiveness of contributions among the team, while employee satisfaction refers …

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Authenticity the Rarest Gem of the Workplace

Personal branding, when done right, can be an effective tool to communicate your “mission statement” to the world. However, it can easily lead some down a path of appearing fake …

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Keep Everyone on the Same (Web)page.

Even with the everyone in one office, it’s easy for the team to become disconnected and their priorities scattered. Using some unexpected digital tools, your team can stay on the …

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Five Workplace Time-Wasters and How to Prevent Them

“We cannot waste time. We can only waste ourselves.” – George Matthew Adams Time seems to move slower when you’re bored at work. If only the weekend could seem this …

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How to Identify the “Working Dead”

What’s your worst nightmare? We here at ThinkTank have a genuine fear of “The Working Dead,” AKA teams or team members that go into a zombie-like autopilot mode. We understand …

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3 Tips to Engage Your Multi-Generational Workforce

There now follows a short, yet familiar, conversation you might hear on any given Sunday at your local hardware store: Me: “What do you think of these bamboo floors?  Are …

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Real News: Addressing Political Conflict at the Office

It’s no secret that we are living in one of the most turbulent times in American History. From official government meetings to casual coffee shop exchanges, disagreements over politics are …

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Why the “Squeaky Wheel” Doesn’t Always Need the Grease

You’ve heard it before – “the squeaky wheel gets the oil” – and probably assume that this age-old idiom will inevitably hold true in all aspects of work and life. …

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What Type of Modern Leader do You Work for?

Effective leadership in the 21st century relies most often on one principle: engagement. Just take a look at Forbes’ list of Greatest Leaders and you will notice that all of …

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Benefits Your Millennial Team Actually Wants

On what high-performing companies should be striving to create: “A great place for great people to do great work.” – Marilyn Carlson Carlson is certainly onto something here – employees …

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Are You up for our Challenge?

An ongoing theme in contemporary business dialogue is the value of saying no. The benefits, some claim, are plenty: less stress, improved time management, and better focus on priorities. We …

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The Rise of the Remote Workforce

Today’s technology has many of us wondering… how did we work 10, 15, even 30 years ago?   With our phones, laptops, and wifi hotspots we can work anytime from …

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The Diversity Question, and Why It Matters

“We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity life would be very boring.” — Catherine Pulsifer Diversity is one of the most talked about (and …

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Free to Be You & Me

“And you and me are free to be you and me” We’re guessing that you have no idea where that quote came from or what it means.  So, go ahead …

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Put These Tips on Repeat

The music business is one of the toughest there is, so it takes a lot of grit to make it to the top. Artists Drake, Brother Love (Sean Combs), Jay …

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Things Even Great Managers Can Forget

“Autumn… the year’s last, loveliest smile.” – William Cullen Bryant It’s officially autumn here in Denver, and the crisp air makes our office seem that much cozier! We know that …

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How to Run a Perfectly Good Change Initiative into the Ground

At our core, we’re a company of problem solvers and risk takers.  Our glasses are half-full and our hallways bursting with collaborative conversation.  We eat dessert first, embrace stretch goals …

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Meetless Mondays

The sky is blue, the sun is shining and someone brought in the good bagels (with real lox).   Welcome to Monday.  The start of a new work week.  Correction. …

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Risky Business

Roll the dice.  Go for broke.  Bite the bullet.  Take a leap of faith. Just do it.  But be careful.  Don’t overdo it.  It’ll never work.  Pace yourself.  Think twice. …

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Do You Have 30 Minutes?

Let’s put it in perspective. Did you know that there are 2,400 minutes in a work week? Let’s do some napkin math… A typical work week is about 8 hours, …

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5 Things Consultants Can Learn from Elon Musk

Elon Musk – he’s brilliant, innovative, controversial, and always in the news. The mind behind PayPal, Tesla Motors, and Solar Cities, Musk is endeavoring out of this world (he’s launching …

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Home Screen Confessions: What Your Smartphone Reveals About You

For better or worse,  smartphones have revolutionized human communication. Whether you prefer to make an old-school call or are a texting champ, you can use your smartphone to communicate anytime, …

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How About No? Negativity & Other Such Endeavors

We all have those days. We wake up after the alarm, pour milk on our eggs, salt in our coffee or board a flight, only to get off 40 minutes …

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What Kind of CEO are you?

“Susan” is a serial connector, a dynamic speaker and the CEO of a thriving company.  When she stepped into the wild world of executive leadership more than a decade ago, …

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How the Best CEOs Keep Their Employees Engaged

“The real damper on employee engagement is the soggy, cold blanket of centralized authority. In most companies, power cascades downwards from the CEO. Not only are employees disenfranchised from most …

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Weathering the Storm. Preventing Project Shipwreck

“There are no secrets to success.” “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” “Success is the result of perfection, hard work, …

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Congratulations! You’re Aligned. But Do You Have Buy-In?

As a leader, you know full well that building stakeholder alignment is your golden ticket. However, getting both the emotional and rational buy-in to your strategy or plan is essential …

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Cultivating an Engaged Workforce in Five Easy Steps

We’ve all heard it, “your employees are your greatest asset” – both for the health of your company and the success of your business. And at a higher level, as …

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Chameleons to Disruption: How Consultants Manage and Adapt to Change

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” …Mahatma Gandhi Successful people work hard, plan well, minimize procrastination and act quickly. They …

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Ignorance is Risk

We know Monday’s are probably not ideal for profound, philosophical questions but we must ask…. If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, …

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Mayday Mayday! #ProjectTitanic

“We have struck iceberg … sinking fast … come to our assistance.” Those words became the epitaph over the 1,514 souls lost on the Titanic that cold evening in 1912.  …

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Consulting Hacks #21: Use The Tools The Pros Use

Fancy yourself a foodie and a home chef?  Then no doubt a basic kitchen knife from your local grocery will not do.  Especially if you take your cooking skills seriously.  …

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Career Missteps Everyone Knows but Can’t Avoid

Screw-ups, miscues or missteps, we’ve all had our share.  The truth is, we all face difficult situations at work.  But bouncing back from roadblocks in your career is not as …

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The Power of Relevance: Four Ways to Get It & Keep It

What makes people tune in to watch a 71-year old singer in glitter and pasties belt out her biggest hit, circa 1989?  How about an 82-year old business legend who …

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Confessions of a Semi-Team Player

OK, we confess. We’re guilty. We’ve been working since the summer of our 16th birthday – grilling burgers at Johnny Rocket’s, stocking shelves at Target, and being the gopher at …

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Rage Against The ‘Meh’: Our Fight Against So-So, OK and “That’s Fine”

Hey, it’s fine. Really. You got 79% out of 100%? Sure, we’re ok with that. The burger was a little undercooked. Ate it anyway. Whatever. Just squeezed in under our …

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It’s Time for a Real Conversation

Ok, it’s hard.  The first sentence of the first paragraph of a brand-new blog on a brand new, updated website is hard.  What to say?  How to start?  We needed …

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