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JAMES CAROLIN
Announcing the Industry Leader Interview Series
September 23, 2013 | 1 Comment(s) | Leave a Comment

Exciting News! In the coming months we are going to sit down with key leaders in the consulting industry, to ask them how consultants can add more value in the world. The first interview is with Allan Gattenby, Director of Programs, Association of Career Professionals International (ACPI) Australia, which has already taken place and will be […]


9 Disciplines to Change the World
March 15, 2013 | 1 Comment(s) | Leave a Comment

We have identified three problems (organisations need clear direction, deep alignment and evolving capability), and three ways of thinking about how people in organisations deal with them (as individuals, members of a team, employees in an organisation). This gives us a 3×3 matrix, with nine specific challenges to address. The matrix is focused on helping […]


Do you want to change the world?
February 27, 2013 | 2 Comment(s) | Leave a Comment

We think it’s possible. We think you can change the world, for sure.This is not hubris. Lots of people are trying to do this. Some are succeeding, some are not. Microsoft wanted to do it by putting a PC on every desk. Now Bill and Melinda Gates are doing it by changing the nature of philanthropy. Apple […]


All you need is Trust: Part II
December 19, 2012 | 1 Comment(s) | Leave a Comment

In Part I, we discussed the importance of trust in building sustainable commercial relationships, rather than expertise alone. Part II focuses on FEAR. Fear is the primary destroyer of trust, and this blog entry discusses how to control and even overcome it. If you want your clients to treat you like a real partner and […]


All you need is Trust: Part I
November 20, 2012 | 0 Comment(s) | Leave a Comment

Thinking that a successful consulting career requires reaching a worlds-best level of expertise is a mistake that many prospective consultants make. In many ways, the goal of expertise actually undermines the development of trusted advisor relationships. What is a trusted advisor? Trusted advisors gain access where others can’t, enjoy shorter lead times and more repeat […]


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