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: 75
10th Anniversary of J&S Tech Designs!

​J&S Tech Designs is celebrating its 10th anniversary. It’s hard to believe it, but it’s been ten years. We’ve grown and evolved quite a bit over that time.  Founded back in June of 2007 by Jim and Susan Nagy, the  company has accomplished a lot in the last decade.

  • 28 June 2017
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 178
Apple Falling Behind on AI

We’ve just had a big tech season. Between Facebook’s F8 conference, Google’s I/O Conference and Apple’s most recent Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) we’ve seen the big plans that these tech companies plan on focusing on over this next year. As a huge Apple supporter, I have to say, companies like Google in particular are giving Apple a run for their money.

  • 16 June 2017
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 384
The Value of the Retrospective Meeting

​The retrospective meeting is one that everyone thinks they want, but often times people don’t actually do.  It’s extremely important though, after you do something big, to pull everyone back together and ask, “What worked well? What needs improvement? What should we never do again?” The difficult part to having a retrospective meeting is doing it in a way that really stresses that the point of the meeting is to grow and improve and not to blame.

  • 5 June 2017
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 261
Life or Death Software Development

When people hear the term software developer, they probably don’t think of a career that involves individuals holding people’s lives in their hands.  The reality is though that for some who are writing software, it could mean life or death.  Consider things like autonomous software for Tesla –mess that up and it could mean death. Drug to drug interaction checking –this can also cause death.  There is definitely a difference in writing software for video games vs writing software that flies airplanes. We are going to hope that that is one that absolutely needs to be right.

  • 18 May 2017
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 151
Work Work Work - Life Balance

The work - life balance is a dilemma that plagues everyone in the working world.  It’s the concept of properly prioritizing between "work" (your career) and your "life" (health, leisure, family time, etc).  As a consultant, you are putting in about three times the amount of work vs life.  Why is this? You don’t have one job. You have multiple jobs and clients at once. There are multiple projects you are working on and only one life to balance against it.

  • 2 May 2017
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 352
Creating a Customer Service Culture

​Most companies will tell you that their main focus is customers.  Creating a company wide customer service culture is easier said than done.  It’s one thing to come up with a friendly tagline; it’s a whole other to set the tone of that throughout the whole organization.  We’ve recently seen some large corporations come under fire for the way they handled the customer service aspect of their business. The way these companies handled things, from a customer service perspective, was a nightmare.  You can’t just use customer service as part of some slogan –if you’re going to implement it, it has to be done correctly.

  • 20 April 2017
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 334
Working as a Consultant: Know Your Allies and Threats

One of the most difficult, and interesting, parts of being a consultant is stepping into a new company for each new client.  You have to be able to adapt, have perspective, and reconfigure your strategy based on what the current atmosphere requires.  A great way to give yourself a head start in this department is to know your strengths and weaknesses. This isn’t a self analysis.  This is looking around you and taking inventory of relationships in an organization.

  • 5 April 2017
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 324
Using Analogies to be a Successful Consultant

​When working as a consultant, an important aspect that we talk about is the fact that you’ll be dealing with different clients in unique situations regularly.  Effective communication is key when you’re entering into an organization where you are the outsider. You have a goal, you have projects and objectives that need to be completed, but you’re coming in as a new face with a fresh take. It can be difficult to get your point across or to make sure that everyone is aligned.

  • 27 March 2017
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 540
Consulting: Are you a strategist or a tactician?

As a consultant, ever changing roles and new projects are normal undertakings. One way that consultants can vary from one to the next is their approach to new projects, new clients, and new situations. To be a successful consultant, and to choose the best consultant for a business to work with, the individual consultant needs to know what type of approach it is that they can offer. Different styles work best in different scenarios.

  • 16 March 2017
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 632
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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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