Thinking vs reacting

Work is an interesting animal.  There are many things that I want to do, many things that I need to do, just plain many things that need doing.  But often times, I find that I'm “too busy” to actually accomplish what it is that needs doing.  The worst part of the situation is that, looking back, its not that there was so much going on that I didn't have the time, its that I was too busy doing something else.  It might seem that those are the same thing, but fundamentally, they're not.  Realistically, most ... more ...

Risk tolerance and the consulting man

When negotiating a contract, there are many factors to consider as you wind your way to a working agreement.  Some of these factors are quantifiable, like duration or rate, but others, like trust, are harder to pin down.  Signing a contract with a new client is a process of weighing all those factors, finding some quantifiable measure of risk inherent in the contract, and deciding what your tolerance for that risk will be.  There are a number of forms of risk to consider too: financial, reputational, and even physical.  We recently went through the process of negotiating a contract with ... more ...