I'm a strategic Swiss army knife consultant. In 20+ years, I've combined swift, clear thinking with hands-on leadership, adeptly navigating disruptions and tech shifts. While many excel in strategy or execution, I master both.

In today's constantly changing landscape, traditional strategies, with their rigidity and resource demands, fall short. Conversely, lean methodologies, prized for their adaptability and cost-effectiveness especially in the startup realm, don't always deliver beyond the hype. Their challenges encompass scalability, potential quality reductions, and an overemphasis on immediate responses rather than future vision.

Modern strategy isn't merely about defining goals—it's about adeptly navigating fluctuating scenarios and seizing new opportunities. This approach demands the appropriate maps, mental models, and a breadth of experience across industries. As a leader, you drive daily strategic direction. When you need a co-pilot to navigate these complex waters, that's where I step in.

Key skills I bring to client engagements include:

Clear strategic vision then working collaboratively with others to translate ideas into practical actions for greatest impact.

Encouraging and enabling people and systems to find their strengths and resources: growing capacity for creativity, possibility and change and more productive relationships.

Ability to connect people and ideas. Influencing skills that bring together people and organizations to achieve common aims around complex problems in changing environments.

Perseverance. Solving problems through research, prototyping, testing, rebuilding, learning through failing, and contributing to real solutions.

High levels of optimism, positivity and creativity. Generosity with time and energy.

Ability to operate under ambiguity.

I’m always happy to explore opportunities.

Other ways
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If you have a question or a challenge and you aren’t finding the answer in the usual LinkedIn “thinkpiece,” I’d be happy to help. Here is a list of ways I think I can be of service, so if you see something here that may be useful to you, don’t hesitate to email me.

Thanks to Will Larson and Jacob Kaplan-Moss, whose “ways I’m available help” pages inspired me to write this.

  • Be a strategic sparring partner. Got a complex strategy question? Need a framework or a new lens? I can probably help you think through it. I love a complex question.
  • Anything in the vicinity of magazine publishing. I started my own magazine so I know a few things here! I can help someone who wants to venture into indie publishing.
  • Professional support. I can help smart, aspiring, and ambitious professionals who want to know how to position themselves in business. What kind of role, how to get more money, how to structure their career, etc. I’m not a business coach, but I’ve recruited a lot of smart rebels.
  • Personal change. I’ve been a lawyer, marketer, executive, and magazine publisher. In short, I’ve reinvented myself every 5 years for a quarter of a century, so I know something about perpetual movement. If you are looking to pivot in your career or make an important change of direction, I’d be happy to help you think through it.
  • Compensation check. Similar to “professional support” above, I can give you a quick gut-check on your compensation. 
  • Editorial opinion. I can give you feedback on that nice thing you are writing. I’ve published (and printed) more than 400 pieces of content so I have an opinion on what a convincing argument looks like. 
  • Join your advisory board. I can help companies who need to reshape their business model, brand, and/or operations to fit the modern, digital world. If that’s your company, and you think I’d have something positive to contribute as an advisor or board member, I’m interested.

Thanks to Will Larson and Jacob Kaplan-Moss, whose “ways I’m available help” pages inspired me to write this.