It’s the nightmare of consultants and project managers everywhere – you made a mistake of some kind and caused a big, fat emergency with your project. Oh no!
Without an ounce of exaggeration, I tell you that moments like this can make or break business relationships, and sometimes entire careers! We all make mistakes from time to time, but how you handle the mistakes – particularly the out-and-out emergencies – will determine whether you are viewed as a cool-headed professional fixer or a ham-fisted screw-up artist after the smoke has cleared.
Here are 5 steps that have served me well in my long career of managing, implementing and building projects of various types… Keep Reading…
A bunch of you have asked me the same question over the past year: “when are you going to do another podcast?”
The honest answer most of the time was “I’m not sure”. But today, that changes. Because today, I just launched a new show. Keep Reading…
At the start of 2016, I had a very specific view of where I wanted to go professionally, and a huge sense of possibility. Standing here at the end of 2016, I have a very different view of where I want to go, and what I regard as possible. The months between were a time of difficult choices, strong transitions, and value adjustments, all while maintaining a busy consulting schedule.
2016 was also a big year in terms of producing and shipping projects. Here’s a list of what I shipped in 2016: Keep Reading…
As the year draws to a close, it’s only natural to reflect a bit on what has transpired, and what is yet to come; this is true both in our personal lives and in our businesses. Problem is, far too few freelancers start a new calendar year prepared to do anything different or better than the year before. Let’s see if we can reverse that trend.
Every year over here at Cogeian Systems, I try to take some time to look ahead and make sure to be prepared for what’s coming. Sometimes all it takes is a quiet moment at my laptop with a cup of coffee, and other times it takes a bit more research, but finishing the year strong and having a plan for the new year is always worth the effort.
I’ve distilled my own yearly process into a series of 9 simple steps and questions, broken down into 3 broad categories: Keep Reading…
Once upon a time, I spent many years building up a nice consulting business that was consistently putting 6 figures in my pocket every year. I was very proud of myself.
- I wasn’t working too many hours.
- The company wasn’t too big to manage.
- I didn’t have to book an unreasonable amount of work to make my nut.
- I liked my clients.
- I had a great team.
Sure, the workload was a little bit treadmill-y and sure, there was some degree of ebb and flow with receivables, but both of those are pretty typical in consulting, and neither was significant enough to be a real problem. Overall, life was pretty good.
“I’ve made it” I thought. “This is exactly the career I’ve always wanted to have“.
Then I began to notice that many of my peers were moving away from consulting and launching products instead. Keep Reading…