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Welcome to our blog.  Our blogs feature thought leadership around business issues, focusing on helping our clients see the unexpected end benefits that operational process improvements and successful project management deliver to our clients, including radically enhanced innovation and creativity, world-class customer service and accelerated time to profit.  We look forward to sharing our insights with you so please return often and be sure to share your feedback with us.

Build a Successful Change Management Process

Change initiatives are a vital component of keeping a business competitive. To ensure a successful outcome, two sets of processes are necessary — those which are constructed as part of the change initiative, and the processes that are used to manage the implementation of the initiative itself. The importance of the latter processes is often overlooked, despite their impact on the success of the the initiative’s outcome.

I’ve posted a new guest blog, “Build a Successful Change Management Process,” in the New Hampshire Business Review. Read more…

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How to Master Change

These days, the old adage about “change is the only constant in life” is a concept you can’t ignore. Upgrades to your business – whether to keep up with product innovation, technology, business models, your competition, your evolving customer base, industry dynamics, or something else – are necessary to keep your business thriving.

However, people typically don’t process change easily. Transformational change – which may be what your business requires – can be especially challenging. Still, some organizations succeed in managing it very well. Here are some tips to help your organization be one of those.

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“Springboard” Your Change Initiative

When managing new change initiatives within an organization, I use a productive process called “springboarding” to launch the project in the right direction. Essentially, I repurpose the well-known project “post mortem” exercise and use it at the start of an initiative to evaluate and avoid possible weaknesses in the process.

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Read all about it in my guest blog for the New Hampshire Business Review.

Diversity and inclusion in today’s workplace

Across our country and certainly here in New Hampshire, the Skills Gap and Workforce Development tend to monopolize a lot of conversations I am hearing. And although the impacts of the gap are felt across industries, it seems that it is especially a critical area of focus when it comes to Technology.

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As we focus on solutions, I felt it imperative that organizations ensuring that their workplaces reflect the diversity of adults in the population – it is simply a socially responsible thing to do. In addition, there is now proof that diversity provides tangible business benefits as well: numerous research studies are concluding that a focus on diversity helps a company’s bottom line; these studies are finding direct correlations between employee diversity and positive business results. Read more here on this topic in my article for the New Hampshire Business Review.

Wanted: Women Angels – A Continuation

This is the third of three installments featuring the insights of a panel of speakers present at the New Hampshire High Tech Council (NHHTC) TechWomen Power Breakfast called, “Wanted: Women Angels.” The panel discussed women’s involvement in angel investing. Read the first installment of the blog here that was covered by the website Stay Work Play.

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It is powerful enough to repeat here that according to the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Venture Research, in 2015 in the United States, only about 25% of angel investors were women. Further, women-owned ventures accounted for only about 29% of the entrepreneurs who were seeking angel capital, and only about 14% of these women received an angel investment in 2015, representing, in effect, less economic opportunity for women. A similar scenario exists for racial minorities.

It was fascinating to discuss the impact those statistics have had on our economy, particularly for the women in the audience involved in funding for start-ups. Here is the last of three parts about the panel’s insights on the website Stay Work Play, check it out here.

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Candice Benson, PMP®, is an internationally recognized management consultant and CEO of Benson Consulting Inc.  She specializes in change management, process improvement, and project management, and has recently completed Change Intelligence (CQ®) certification. Connect with her here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/candicecbenson

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Wanted: Women Angels

A strong relationship between women and money is not as easily envisioned as that between men and money. That is, cultural biases exist that result in women being underrepresented in financial leadership positions, as well as in their having less confidence about money matters than men. Read more….Women-money_510513-700x400

 

How to Map the Course of Your Next Initiative

When you’re taking charge of a new initiative, it’s tempting to grab hold of its various complexities and get moving. This is especially true when your company’s leaders are very busy or just want you to handle it.

However, a critical step in strategizing a plan for your next initiative is to reach agreement with the key stakeholders as early in the process as possible. Failing to do so can impact the timeline and/or results, or at the least it can require portions of the project to have to be jettisoned and redone.

What you may not be taking into account are varying (even dissenting) viewpoints, and strategies about which you’re not aware, and these can cause you to derail.

Read more here about this topic in my article for the New Hampshire Business Review.

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About the Author:

Candice Benson, PMP®, is an internationally recognized management consultant and CEO of Benson Consulting Inc.  She specializes in change management, process improvement, and project management, and has recently completed Change Intelligence (CQ®) certification. Connect with her here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/candicecbenson

https://www.facebook.com/BensonConsulting

https://twitter.com/Bensonconsult

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What Does It Mean to be Visionary?

Recently I had the pleasure of hearing Jeanne Dietsch, Founder of Sapiens Plurum, speak about her personal journey in the technology field. I published a blog about it here.

Two of the things that are remarkable about her story are the extent to which her vision was underestimated, and the perseverance required to continue the journey.

Contemporary business wisdom encourages leaders to articulate a vision as well as a mission. One definition of those terms is that a “vision” is where you’re headed and a “mission” is what your business does and how you’re going to reach your vision. (However, you can find numerous different philosophies on the matter.)

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