Consultants: The Importance of Being an Expert

​As a consultant, you’ll run into situations nearly daily where you are meeting new people who want to hear about what you do. I get questions regularly on topics that I consult on. Many times these conversations come up on the spot and out of a normal business environment.  So, what do you do when you’re approached, totally unprepared, and you have to talk about your business out of the blue? Do you know your business well enough that you can stop whatever you’re doing and come up with an intelligent informed conversation? As a consultant, this is a must.

  • 19 July 2017
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 18
Strategic Planning: Back to the Basics

​Businesses are constantly working to grow, change, and improve.  Strategic planning meetings pop up often to brainstorm and plan out the company’s direction and goals for the next few years.  The problem is, at times, you don’t actually know where you are headed in the next 12 months –let alone the next 5 years.  Sometimes, when an organization is searching for the “next big idea”, they should instead be considering bringing it back to basics.

  • 27 February 2017
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 478
The Business of Negotiation

​When building software, there are many times that you will be negotiating with other companies or clients.  Negotiation is a business within itself. If done properly, it can really benefit you. If done improperly, it can really hurt you. Negotiations will come up in countless areas of development.  For example, when developing software you may be negotiating with a company for the honor of using their own software inside of yours.  This type of deal is a mutually beneficial one.  My company will get the benefits of your software to add value to mine, and you will get money from every transaction that transpires or set of software sold. If you can negotiate properly, so that everyone is satisfied, it’s a win-win.

  • 2 February 2017
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 720
Consulting: Time Management

​As a consultant, you are constantly being pulled in different directions. Often, you have multiple projects, and people, who need your attention at once. It can be overwhelming and some consultants can drown in it.  The key to managing your workload, and your sanity, is effective time management.  For consultants, time management looks a little bit different than for those with one job.  You wear multiple hats, you juggle multiple roles, and you need to think outside the box a little to effectively manage your time.

  • 29 November 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 808
What the Election Taught us About Being a Consultant

We win some and we lose some. We all learned this the hard way during the latest election. Now that the political stuff is over, let’s get back to business. If any good can come from the crazy that was this last election, it’s that we learned a few things that we can apply to being a good consultant.

  • 17 November 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 903
Business Management Consulting: Unproductive Meetings

​We’ve all been there before.  The meeting that won’t end. The meeting that serves no real purpose. The meeting with so many important issues to cover and none that are getting fully addressed.  The meeting that is nothing more than a lecture.  All of these are unproductive, uninspiring, and unfulfilling.  What are the real costs of these meetings?  What are the consequences of an unproductive meeting?

  • 4 August 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1739
Business Management: Dealing with Change

One thing that you can always count on is change.  Change is a constant both in life and in business.  You can’t expect that the things that are happening today will be happening tomorrow.  Things change. Key team members get promotions. People move into different positions. Management shifts. Processes get overhauled.  I could go on and on.  The point here is that you have to figure out how to process and manage change for yourself and your team.

  • 27 May 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1135
How to Get People to Buy Into Your Great Idea

​Most people who think of a great idea want to hit the ground running.  While I can appreciate the sentiment, most people blazing a new trail are going to have a rougher start.  It may be rocky at the start, but eventually you CAN start running.  So, you have a great idea, and you’re hoping people will hear about it and think it’s great too?  But how do you take this concept in your head and convey it to others?

  • 19 May 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1214
How to “Manage Up” as a Consultant

When working as a consultant, there are sometimes instances where you have a new boss that comes onto a project that you’re working on.  This gives an interesting twist to the job because, although you’re not a permanent employee of the company, you’ve actually been working on the project for longer than the new boss has been on the job.  So, how do you handle the new leadership style without letting it get in the way of your consultant process?

  • 3 March 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1658
Working as a Consultant: Importance of "I" vs "We" in Consulting

As a consultant, I’ve found that the use of pronouns is actually a much bigger deal than you might think.  When I walk into a project, it stands out so people that I say “you” all the time.  “You” all need to do this.  “You” should be focused on this at this point. “Your” main priority should be this. The companies that I consult for often ask me why it is that I spend my time saying “you, you, you” when they believe I should be saying “we” or “us”.  Well, the answer is pretty simple.

  • 8 October 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1649
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Consultants: The Importance of Being an Expert

​As a consultant, you’ll run into situations nearly daily where you are meeting new people who want to hear about what you do. I get questions regularly on topics that I consult on. Many times these conversations come up on the spot and out of a normal business environment.  So, what do you do when you’re approached, totally unprepared, and you have to talk about your business out of the blue? Do you know your business well enough that you can stop whatever you’re doing and come up with an intelligent informed conversation? As a consultant, this is a must.
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