It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers.
Organizations hire me to help them navigate an increasingly complex business world.
“We have contracted Phil a number of times because he is very knowledgeable, budget-conscious, honest, and productive. His work is nothing short of first-rate.”
—Karen Zuill, Controller, Hartwick College
The business world has never been crazier. Technology moves faster than ever with no end in sight.
Sure, you can hire a prominent consulting firm to help your organization explore its options, but consider the following:
- Are you just going to get the next man or woman up?
- What about your partner’s ultimate recommendations? Will they make any sense at all or will they consist of an inscrutable torrent of buzzwords and business jargon?
- How can you be sure that they aren’t just a bit jaundiced? After all, perhaps the consultancy’s partnership with Vendor X has influenced its decision to recommend Vendor X’s wares.
- Is the firm recommending a product, service, and/or methodology because they know of nothing else—not because it’s right for your business at this time?
I serve as an independent, vendor-neutral advisor. Over the last fifteen years, I have assisted organizations of all types and sizes in many ways. I have worked extensively in industries such as health care, retail, the public sector, manufacturing, professional services, and telecommunications.
I do several different types of consulting under the general umbrellas of strategy, communications, business model development, Big Data, and technology. Most of my clients hire me to explore options or to help operationalize a strategy or topic discussed in my books. Maybe one of my interviews or blog posts or talks set off a light bulb above your head. Perhaps someone recommended me.
I may very well be able to help your organization, group, or department get where it wants to go. (We’ll only know for sure after we have a conversation.) Today, I assist organizations of all sizes as they attempt to:
- Improving their internal communication
- Becoming a Visual Organization
- Understanding Big Data and how put it into action
- Embracing platform thinking
- Understanding social media
- Performing competitive research
- Evaluating their existing technologies
- Searching for the right emerging technologies
- Other areas
Note that I sign NDAs with my clients as requested. (That’s why you won’t find client logos at the top of this page.) You can rest assured that information exchanged remains yours, as does all work products.
What kinds of consulting arrangements do you offer?
A few types:
- Traditional or full-time, on-site consulting
- Milestone consulting (although I admittedly have my reservations about the effectiveness of this type of arrangement)
- Remote consulting
Do you sign NDAs with your clients?
If requested, sure. They just can’t be too onerous.
Will you work as a subcontractor?
Usually no. I want to maintain a direct relationship with my customers. I strongly prefer not having to deal with third parties as it pertains to billing and other administrative matters.