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Consulting firms continue
to struggle with combining process and content consulting:
Numerous publicized stories and the conversations I have with other
consultants recount story after story of firms trying this out once
again and then throwing in the towel.
For those unfamiliar
with the concepts of process and content consulting, the difference
can best illustrated by examples. Information technology consulting
like implementing SAP is content consulting - exacting, precise,
numbers and specifications driven. Change management, culture, or
organization studies are process consulting - based on soft skills,
sometimes with imprecise expectations of outcomes.
It's like combining
oil and water. I am not going to say it will never work, but all
of the models used to date that I know of have not worked.
and salary survey resources:
With some trying, Klemm
& Associates has logged 62 Web sites that deal with salary and
compensation surveys. There is lots of overlap with many of the
sites serving as links to others. In general, to get to information
that is usable for an employer, you will have to pay based on usage
by one scheme or another.
compensation and assessment systems:
I continue to get anecdotal
evidence that backs up an earlier posting about the fading of practices such
as competencies and broad banding. The usual causes are organizational
resistance, administrative burden, lack of strong executive backing
and push, and employees calling for simpler and more traditional
practices. Much of this fits with Klemm & Associates' "tolerance
for complexity" concept. Organizations have increasing low
tolerances for complexity, especially when it is inwardly directed.
ways of saying things that we have come across:
Brock's book will be
persuasive to minds not sealed by the caulking of ideology. - George
at any moment had multiple schemes up his ruffled sleeve, concealed
by layers of guile.
Undiluted by the tincture
(To gently express discomfort
with some one) "He and I have not become close."
an old friend of mine, Tom Dunham, in Golden, Colorado
Try this quiz:
1. Name the five wealthiest
people in the world.
2. Name the last five
Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five
winners of the Miss America contest.
4. Name ten people
who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize.
5. Name the last half
dozen Academy Award winners for Best Actor and Actress.
6. Name the last decade's
worth of World Series Winners.
How did you do?
The point is, none of
us remembers the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate
achievers. They're the best in their fields.
But the applause dies.
Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers
who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends
who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people
who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people
who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people
you enjoy spending time with.
6. Name a half dozen
heroes whose stories have inspired you.
Wasn't That Easier?
What's the Lesson?
The people who make
a difference in your life aren't the ones with the most credentials,
the most money, or the most awards. They're the ones who care.
Klemm and Associates