I do high performance business executive advising, coaching, or hands-on management or your behalf. I typically work based on retainer agreements as a trusted executive advisor. I help solve hard business challenges, provide key strategic insight, optimize human and technological processes, and deliver genuine value for customers, employees and leaders.
What I do is pure, honest business management consulting centered on added value. I can help you with your business objectives such as:
…including tasks, responsibilities and areas of focus such as:
Branding and creative services can be fulfilled through my branding company's specialty services.
We have been hunting, trying, testing, examining, and interviewing people for this role for over a year, and I haven't seen anybody come even close to aligning with our philosophies AND having marketing and communications experience [like you do].”
— Todd W., CEO of a manufacturing company in the Sillicon Valley
With over 13 years of involvement in the Free Software community and open-source methodology, I have a particular affinity with this branch of the IT industry. This unique experience, combined with my background in business, lets me position myself as one of the very few publicly available free/open-source marketing & business management consultants on the planet who can claim expertise in the field with a straight face. I have a genuine, deep, understanding of how the FLOSS community works, thinks and feels, and can help your business integrate it the proper way.
That being said, while I do have deep expertise in Free & Open-Source software, keep in mind that I am a management & business generalist. I believe that acute expertise in only one skillset is better suited for day-to-day "dev/ops/delivery" employees, which I am not replacing—my strength lies in my versatility. After all, in business consulting you are seeking someone with broad knowledge to devise holistic solutions, not technicians and operators confined within a specific area of the system.
You and your business must want to:
You must have clear goals and ambition, and the willingness to look at your numbers and existing practices, with a constructive and positive attitude. If you want to grow your business, counterproductive processes and attitudes are no longer acceptable, and I will call you out on any of these things that are holding you back! Better get comfortable with the idea of being uncomfortable in order to reach the next level. If you aren’t going to implement any of the recommendations, there's no point in seeking a consultant.
For the past 17 years, I have been working with organizations of all sizes and budgets, including solo practicioners, 5 to 15 headcount startups, non-profit organizations, 50 to 100 headcount SMBs, and large governmental organizations and universities.
My fee structure is on a case-by-case basis, based on on the scope, complexity and involvement of the project. Therefore, if you are a small organization, know that I can work with you depend on your needs and capabilities.
When your business is on the line, billing you by the hour is wasteful and unethical, for you and for me. It puts us at odds in a silly "estimating and counting hours" tug-of-war and distracts from our shared goal, which is to solve your problem quickly and efficiently while generating outstanding value. I'm not here to empty your pockets, I'm here to improve your condition and help you succeed.
To define the value you will be getting, we will start by having a (free) initial discussion together, detailing what you would like to achieve and why (what is the value you will want to get). Along with a briefing document you may have provided me with, this will help in establishing a proposal that is tailored to your case. Any firm or consultant that does not at least ask you for a briefing document does not have your success at heart and merely interested in letting the clock tick and the money roll in. I, for one, am not interested in nickel-and-diming you.
Only when we mutually agree on the value I will provide to you can we determine the compensation I will get for my service.
Ready to work together? Contact me now, and we will meet (in person if you're nearby, or via telephone or appear.in) so you can get a free initial consultation to determine the fit between my offering and your business needs.
Note: I am mainly located in Canada and can travel almost anywhere in the world. As a Trusted Traveler, I can freely enter the USA for management consulting assignments when required, but depending on circumstances remote interaction may be recommended to ensure the security of your mission-critical business data.