A Giant tells a story to fairies and forest friends Once upon a time by James C. Christiensen

Detail from “Once upon a Time” by James C. Christensen

Someone once told me, “Alan your natural communication mode is a story.” She didn’t mean it as a compliment.

Some of my stories come from my mistakes or from everyday people with extraordinary insight. Some are retellings of old fables, Celtic fairy tales or Sufi stories.

I told some in leadership meetings or training classes. I wrote some as leave-behinds for clients. Someone suggested I publish. Now I’m a writer.

Traveling the Consulting Road Available on Amazon -Link

Traveling the Consulting Road: Career wisdom for new consultants, candidates and their mentors.

So you want to be a consultant? This book dissects consulting with specific advice on how to get hired, how to be successful, what to expect, and what skills and methodologies you’ll need over your career, like preparing for “up or out” and whether, when and how to go independent.

These are the funny stories and lessons-learned-the-hard-way from a work-a-day consultant’s thirty-seven year career. Do you want to both get results and be the kind of consultant whom clients perceive as helpful? My advice is often, “Don’t do what I did!”

This book is what I wish I understood sooner.

Consultants at heahrow

So You Wanna Be a Consultant

I was extraordinarily naïve when I decided to go to business school to become a consultant This post is an anti-naiveté primer on a consulting career.

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Plqanning the path to  change

Change Leader? Who Me?

A managers’s job is to “get the work done.”. . .. in a steady state. . .
A leader’s job is clarify destination and attract followers in times of change.

A description of how I learned to lead change.

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Change Leader?   Who Me? 

For those new to leading change

These are funny stories and personal essays about many aspects of change (innovation, integration, improvement) and leadership (values, skills and change levers). They come from thirty-seven years of helping leaders make strategic change.

For the neophyte and anyone who is thinking about improving their leadership.

Change Leader? Who Me? book cover draft
An old man finds a shining under a rock

Wisdom from Unusual Places?

  Workin’, Lovin’, and Livin’ wisely

Let’s be clear. I am more wiseguy, wiseacre, or wiseass than anything resembling a wise man. In my youth I routinely rejected those who wanted to help me and did lots of truly dumb stuff.

Everybody grows up sometime and somehow, in spite of myself, I encountered wisdom. Perhaps it came in the form of an extraordinary story told to me by a seemingly ordinary person. Perhaps it came on later reflection of my mistakes.

I was rarely seeking wisdom, but I knew it when I saw it and wrote it down.

These are those stories of workin’, lovin’, and livin’ wisely.

Wise Old Owl -are owls wise?

What is Wisdom?

Are owls wise? Sure an owl can snatch a nervous mouse running across a wheatfield on a moondark night, but are they wise? What is wisdom anyway?

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