Signs That You May Be an Internal Consultant
I never thought of myself as a consultant. I was a director of training for engineering, not a consultant. The people who worked for me were technicians and engineers not consultants. The people I worked with were engineering managers, not clients.
Getting Beyond the Smoke and Mirrors
In Flawless Consulting, author Peter Block writes, “Most consulting projects get started because managers feel pain. When the organization feels the pain, managers start to describe for themselves why the pain exists.” It should be no surprise then that projects defined from an initial place of pain may be a…
Consulting Complexities: How Intention Gets Undermined in Change Management
This post on the complexities in change management work is the fourth in our series that looks at what interferes with our capacity to serve, even in the face of our best intentions. It speaks to the industry as a whole, though both internal and external consultants will recognize…
Consulting Complexities: How Growth Undermines Service
The growing marketplace for consulting services intensifies the complexities around the commercialization of our profession.
4 Principles for Building Influential Business Relationships
Learn to quickly build authentic business relationships that will help you grow and sustain your organization. We will share 4 principles from Peter Block's Flawless Consulting that you can immediately apply in your work and business relationships.
Consulting Complexities: The Commercialization of Service
When consulting becomes a business first and a service second, something fundamental about the work is changed.
Consulting Complexities: Introduction
Contrary to popular belief, the world’s oldest profession is consulting. The first consultant was the Serpent in the Garden of Eden, who – with the encouragement of top management –– assumed an advisory role with Eve.
3 Pitfalls that Cause Projects to Fail
Below you will find Peter Block's answers to all of the questions he did not have time to answer during "The 3 Pitfalls that Cause Projects to Fail" webinar.
Caring About Place
Does the setting we connect with each other in really matter? Has our love of technology overtaken our love for connecting with one another?
Your Boss Is Not Your Parent
Peter Block has never been one to avoid confrontation and denounce current business practices. In this year’s edition of the Visionary Leaders Summit, a yearly installation of interviews with the world’s top innovators, thinkers, and educators, Peter Block had the honor of joining host Nicole Farkouh for an insightful interview. Peter concisely dismantles the age-old business practice of bosses treating their employees like children. The mindset that it is the boss's responsibility to boost morale and maintain well-being is outdated and inherently detrimental to the progression of an employee. The simple reason for this is that the parent-child relationship in business diverts responsibility from the employee when in reality, the employee should ask themselves “What are you doing to contribute to the very thing that upsets you?” To learn more about why this and other popular business practices are lacking, watch Peter’s Visionary Leaders Summit interview here: