Tell Me Something I Don’t Know…

Michael Gallagher, .

man on chair in fieldYou know you are a consultant if… you can carry on a five minute conversation about data warehousing.  Then you ask what it means…

There is the exceptional consultant out there who has mastered the art of knowing absolutely nothing about your business, and yet is an expert.  They talk about best practices, core competencies, deliverables, value propositions, and then they want to go offline and talk about it some more.  While hiring a consultant can mean the difference between working towards long-term success and succumbing to the intense pressures of today’s business world, it can also be an exercise in frustration and futility.

Executive Training That Works

Michael Gallagher, .

rows of chairsWhat if the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command trained in big lecture halls?  300 candidates sitting in a room, hearing lectures, seeing some slideshows and PowerPoint presentations.  Maybe there is a question/answer period or a group learning activity.  At the end of this “training,” do you think any of these candidates is qualified to be a member of CANSOFCOM? You would feel a little less safe, certainly, if this were the case.  This is not effective training for Special Forces, and it is not an effective training model for executives.  You do battle on a very different field, but you too need rigorous, hands-on, comprehensive, training.

The Need for Perspective

Michael Gallagher, .

man with thought bubblePhilosopher and poet George Santayana said, “Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds” and Einstein is quoted “the mind that created the problem is not the same mind that will solve the problem”. Sometimes we are overwhelmed by situations or complexities in which we see no rhyme, no reason, and no solution. What we need is not necessarily to fight against the chaos but to seek the order in it.

When Ego Gets in the Way

Michael Gallagher, .

businessman pulling off shirtA little ego is necessary in the business world.  After all, people with the entrepreneurial spirit aren’t renowned for great humility or meekness. They are known for the drive to take an idea and deliver a fascinating product or innovative service.  They are known for their fierce dedication and for the long hours they put in. Ego is a sense of self, of identity, which is crucial in our incredibly competitive business world. Ego is necessary – but a little goes a long way!