EP 031: Market shifts, relationships, industry conferences, and more with Tanya Stevenson

“Always remember, you never know you are meeting or working with, what their role will be the next time you meet them”

AMA (Ask Me Anything) interview with Tanya Stevenson, a seasoned independent consultant, author, and Founder of Stand Up & Deliver Consultancy based in Canada.   In this interview, Tanya shares her career journey as well as how she has been able to adapt to volatile market shifts as an independent consultant.

In today’s career dilemma, Tanya and I give advice to consultants attending their first industry conference and seeking to maximize their experience.

In this episode, I answer commonly asked questions about my upcoming book launch, The MECE Muse.

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030: The career journey of a go-getter with Bryan Falchuk

AMA (Ask Me Anything) with Bryan Falchuk, best-selling author, key level senior executive, Inc. Magazine contributor, and former MBB consultant.   In this interview, Bryan shares his perspectives on what makes a great consultant and highlights defining moments in his own career journey.

We also discuss Bryan’s concepts on the creative escape and the importance of a side hustle, his “must have-must not have” concept on decision making, and how he prioritized his own health and family life to lose over 100 pounds.

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EP 029: Taking control of your consulting destiny with Jack HM Wong

“Once we have the choice, we see alternatives and we see outcomes. Just realize that we always have this power of choice.”

AMA (Ask Me Anything) interview with Jack HM Wong, a former Big 4 consultant and now an entrepreneur with his own consulting firm and author of Cracking the Entrepreneur Code based in Singapore.  In this interview, Jack shares his career journey, providing candid advice and inspiring stories on his road to consulting greatness.

Jack discusses how he made the leap into the world of entrepreneurship. He also shares the differences between having an employee mindset versus entrepreneurial mindset and the journey he went through in order for him to be able to fulfill his destiny.  Jack also shares his opinions on the gig economy and what go-getters can do to make this transition.

Links from today’s episode:

Jack HM Wong website

Jack HM Wong Facebook Group

Cracking the Entrepreneurial Code

Pre-order The MECE Muse

Free download The MECE Muse Manifesto of Great Consultants

EP 026: Journey of a seasoned consultant and serial entrepreneur with Michael Beddows

AMA (Ask Me Anything) interview with Michael Beddows, a seasoned consultant, serial entrepreneur, and founder of the IT Consulting Group & Enterprising Group.

 

 

“Good consultants deliver value, but great consultants teach their clients how to deliver value for themselves.”

Michael shares his career journey going in and out of consulting and serial entrepreneurship as the founder of multiple start-ups.  He discusses four types of consultants – contractors, advisors, freelancers, and coaches- and how he did work in data mining, customer relationship management, content management, knowledge management, and enterprise collaboration. Michael now advises clients on customer experience and user experience.

Christie and Michael discuss the importance for consultants to have coaches as part of their career support system to go from good to great.  Michael shares his new venture, Enterprising Group, a peer to peer learning network for enterprise practitioners on various topics.   The first component of the Enterprising Group is called the IT Consulting Group, which focuses on providing coaching services to teach professionals how to be an IT Consultant.

“How can you achieve your 5-year plan in the next 6 months?”

Michael provides additional advice for younger consultants

  • Do not be intimidated by older, more experienced professionals
  • Begin working on your long term career plans now instead of later
  • Keep an eye on the impacts of artificial intelligence
  • Don’t underestimate the value of taking notes

Enterprising Group  | IT Consulting Group