My Next (and Previous) Challenge

I was in Montreal last week-end, and a friend of mine (Rick is a faithful reader of my blog) asked me why I have been so quiet recently.  I want to apologize to you all for being a bit cagey about what was going on… and to the myriad friends on Facebook who expressed concern … Continue reading My Next (and Previous) Challenge

The Price of Quality

During the summer I was sitting with a student of mine having a drink after class.  For those of you who do not know me, let me reassure you that I have not in many years taught anyone who was not old enough to drink. We were sitting in a bar in Portland, Maine and … Continue reading The Price of Quality

Advice for IT Pros Planning to Open their Own Companies, Part III

In the first article of this series, Advice for IT Pros Planning to Open their Own Companies, I explained a bit of my own history, and why I was writing these articles.  The actual advice is split into sixteen points, the first eight were listed in my next article, Advice for IT Pros Planning to … Continue reading Advice for IT Pros Planning to Open their Own Companies, Part III

Advice for IT Pros Planning to Open their Own Companies, Part II

In my last article (Advice for IT Pros Planning to Open their Own Companies) I outlined the scenario, and gave some of the history of how I got to where I am today. If you don’t know, I am a Senior IT Consultant and Courseware Specialist with SWMI Consulting Group, as well as a Virtual … Continue reading Advice for IT Pros Planning to Open their Own Companies, Part II

Advice for IT Pros Planning to run their Own Companies

Earlier this month one of the IT Professionals who attended a couple of my sessions over the past few years e-mailed me and told me he had ‘written my last letter of resignation, and plan to work for myself from now on.’  It is a bold and brave decision, one that I made several years … Continue reading Advice for IT Pros Planning to run their Own Companies

Who Pray Tell is Jack Oprah: Missing pieces are easier to contend with than wrong ones.

As I peruse the articles I wrote over the past ten years, I am amazed in some cases how much I have changed.  This article, which amused me at the time, highlights the evolution in my career from putting out fires to serious consulting. -M <October, 2006>I was in my favourite cafe this evening and … Continue reading Who Pray Tell is Jack Oprah: Missing pieces are easier to contend with than wrong ones.

Skiing as a Parallel for Professional Life

As I peruse my old articles I keep coming up with things I wrote in 2002-2003 and reminisce about where I came from.  I have often told people about this article that I wrote about taking the professional plunge, but it had been lost until recently.  I hope you enjoy it! -M <March 31, 2003> … Continue reading Skiing as a Parallel for Professional Life

The Genesis of my Career as an IT Consultant and Trainer

I can’t believe it has been eight years… I wrote this article for TechRepublic while I was still working for IGS Security in Montreal.  These articles are the genesis of my career as a computer consultant and IT Trainer and Presenter.  The first article tells of how and why I began to transition from a … Continue reading The Genesis of my Career as an IT Consultant and Trainer