Sometimes personal service is the best option
If you need confidential advice and perspective to help you:
- Negotiate agreement between and among adversaries, colleagues and superiors
- Manage application development teams – technical and business stakeholders
- Extricate yourself from a toxic environment
- Get an informed second opinion
- Develop a solution to a unique business process or infotech problem
think about using my Personal Advisory service. There’s video of an actual session to give you a feel for what the service is like. Clients that have taken advantage of the 1-on-1 conversations have been pleasantly surprised at the outcome.
I also offer consultation on initiative management and adaptive leadership methods at the enterprise level. Some of the outcomes from this work are:
- Actionable road maps and plans synthesized from multiple sources
- Facilitated vision, strategy and consensus/buy-in sessions
- Current and future state process analysis and definition
If you’ve got questions about whether or not I can help in your unique situation, please reach out. I don’t take on clients I can’t help which is why my services are guaranteed.How can I help?
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I have actually worked with Cris twice over the years. Cris built a team of in-house and contractor developers that took an extremely manual customer on-boarding process and reduced it from 12 weeks to 2. Cris' leadership, collaborative work style and technical acumen were key to this success.
Cris not only posses technical acumen but at the same time understands business process and its best practices, which makes him a perfect person to carry projects of any magnitude. His skill to view any issue whether business or technical from a 360 degree angle as well as his leadership skill helps any project move ahead smoothly without delay.
Cris is a fantastic person, who is able to find the balance between the 'user' and I.T system worlds. He was instrumental (and patient) in assisting in the initial training of the business project team, development of procedures and training documentations and choreographing the entire project flow for the team. I cannot say enough about working with Cris and the insight and logic he would bring to anyone implementing a new system.
Cris was hired to assist with overseeing projects related to our legacy accounting system and with implementation challenges related to a new ERP. He always kept our thinking challenged, was very helpful, and professional. He can see the through all angles of opportunities - people, process and technology. If I had the chance I would definitely hire Cris again. He is a true friend and confidant.
I have known Cris for the better part of my entire life, going back to elementary school. Cris has demonstrated over the years and incredible consistency of character and discipline, someone who actually always delivers-upon what he says he is going to do. He is a deep strategic thinker, but someone who can convert complex problems into language that is clear, concise and actionable. The next best thing to having Cris inside a company, is to have him affecting change from the outside in.
In short, Cris has been thrown into a few fires where he has successfully handled crisis, resolved issues and provided solutions to get the job done. He has broad breath of technical know-how and understanding, with a good balance of hard and soft skills to tactically work with IT teams, as well as, act as a strategic advisor to our executive teams.
I've worked with Cris on sourcing global IT infrastructure. On one side he builds strong relationship with the team, stakeholders, vendors based on respect. On the other, he challenges pragmatically using his business and technical expertise and keeps everyone sharp. He is focused and effective in resolving crisis situations where mediation is required.
Cris inherited a difficult engagement with a very demanding client. He quickly established a strong rapport and gained the clients trust through his consummate professionalism.
Although he was introduced into the project team at a late date, Cris was able to balance the desires of the client while still establishing a solid working relationship with the existing project team, including the other project managers and team leads. Cris utilized his vast project management experience to pinpoint the critical project areas and to focus resources on the critical tasks within those areas in order to achieve the go-live goal date.
I know Cris to be a seasoned professional who always brings major value to any team effort; he possesses a keen ability to rationalise complex business problems / opportunities and provide clear direction to solution teams on how best to deliver value to the business.
How did he perform? Casey ran into a burning building, evaluated the situation, and created and executed an action plan that helped rescue a billion dollar account on the brink of collapse.
I’ve worked with quite a few consultants over the years but none come close to matching Casey’s commitment. When he is on assignment there is never a sense of ‘us’ and ‘him’ – he is on your team from day 1.
After working with Casey during stints with two prior companies, hiring him to manage the technology and process integration of one of our more complicated acquisitions was a no-brainer. Seamless execution in stressful situations is a hallmark of his service.
Having known and worked with Casey for more than 10 years, I can vouch for his professionalism and integrity. On more than one occasion he has spoken up when remaining silent would have put more money in his pocket.
The team Casey assembled for us, using both internal and external resources, was extraordinary. I’ve never seen so much productive output from so few people.
After the 2nd go-live attempt failed I was sure we needed help. In retrospect I should have called Casey sooner. Fortunately he was able to jump in, figure out the issues and put us back on a successful path.
Did I mention I’ve delivered over $1B in value by managing initiatives for quite a few companies, big and small?
Many of them you’ll recognize (and maybe work for).
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