Category Archive: Insights

June 2019

A Short Primer on Process Improvement

Process Improvement (PI) or Business Process Improvement (BPI) is typically used by Industrial Engineers and Consultants to analyze an existing process to determine bottlenecks, waste, inefficiencies or areas of time delay and then develop possible solutions for improving the process. Examples of improvements could be things such as implementing a new application or system (i.e. […]

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June 2019

Change is hard! Here’s what to do about it!

Change Management has been a hot topic since the dawn of time. Yet, despite the huge investment that companies have made in tools and training and the thousands of books available (over 183,000 on Amazon), we still see a 60-70% failure rate for organizational change projects. A similar proportion of projects do not deliver the […]

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June 2019

What is Management Consulting, Anyway?

Ok, I have been in the ‘Management Consulting’ business for many years and with several companies.  I have suffered for years at various family picnics and outings as my in-laws, as well as family members, still don’t quite know what I do.  This also happens with many people and companies I talk to in a […]

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June 2019

Have a failing project? Get it back on track!

The project from heaven has turned into the project from hell.  Nobody has said anything yet, but key milestones are about to be missed, it’s over budget, and now people are not even turning up for meetings.  Time’s running out! Matt Craig, Director of Consulting at Core Catalysts and resident Project Management subject matter expert, […]

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May 2019

Five Business Growth Questions You Should Ask Yourself

The 2008 recession put most businesses in ‘defense’ mode. More than a decade later, many are still thinking this way or have forgotten how to grow. Yes, it’s true that powerful forces are reshaping the world today, but as a business leader, you must ensure you are creating an organization that doesn’t just survive but […]

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May 2019

HOW COMPANIES WIN BY MAKING THE MOST OF INTERIM LEADERSHIP

How do you make the most of the interim executive opportunity? We’re all living in uncertain times: the only constant is change. Change in a business or market can leave you needing outside help. People at the top may suddenly leave or need to leave, resulting in planned or unexpected gaps in leadership, experience, and […]

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May 2019

How Many of the 8 GOLDEN RULES of Project Management Do You Follow

Managing a complex project can be a daunting task. Many consulting firms concentrate a lot on the ‘theory’ of project management and cookie-cutter methodologies versus real and practical approaches to implementing project management that works, borne from hard won experience. Here at Core Catalysts, we follow eight tried and true ‘golden rules’ to help our […]

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May 2019

We are the Sweet Spot…

“We are the Sweet Spot” – Warning – HUGE Sales message coming your way…firmly cemented in reality… Flexible resources – We have worked for years in identifying and hand selecting people that share some common traits: high intelligence (IQ), high emotional intelligence (EQ), multiple industry experiences, strong consultative skills and extreme team orientation.  These people […]

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April 2019

The Basics of PMO Maturity

I would argue the it’s important to every organization to first know at what level is their PMO operating.  It is equally important to determine what level their PMO should be operating.  In reflecting on the multitude of organizations I have had the pleasure of working with I’ve seen three basic PMO operating levels.  These […]

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April 2019

The Best Kept Secret In Kansas City…

Here is THE best kept secret in Kansas City for improving and growing your business.  Core Catalysts is a management consulting company that has some of the best handpicked minds in town. We have experiences across multiple industries and multiple disciplines.  We are supported by tools and templates that can be brought to bear and […]

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