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Week 8 Discussion 1:

So much information has been covered over the past six weeks, your brain might be spinning as a result. The information should begin to solidify as you put together the final project. The progressive case study has served as a practical application of the concepts discussed throughout the assignments, readings, and forums.

The Green Organization Executive Leadership has requested you provide a summary of your consulting work over the term of what has been 12 months of consulting. It is time to evaluate the effectiveness, impact, and results of their investment in performance improvement and performance consulting. Your colleagues have presented and summarized the processes used to achieve the reported results. They have explained what tools have been used and their effectiveness. See their feedback and recommendations for continued performance consulting if advisable.

Assignment:

Respond  to at least (2) two of your peers’ postings in one or more of the following ways:

· Share an insight about what you learned from having read your peers’ postings and discuss how and why your peer’s posting resonated with you professionally and personally.

· Offer an example from your experience or observation that validates what your peer discussed.

· Offer specific suggestions that will help your peer build upon his or her own virtual communication.

· Offer further assessment or insight that could impact your peer’s future communications.

· 3 – 4 paragraph responses per each colleague

· No plagiarism

· APA citing

· 48 hours

1st Colleague – Susan Christmas

Susan Christmas 

Week 8 Discussion 1

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This thread gives us a chance to review and reflect on what we have learned these past 8 weeks. We are asked to discuss the most practical and easily applied lesson, followed by discussing the hardest lesson to grasp. Finally, we are to discuss additional information that we need to know about Measurement and Assessment Strategies.

Most Practical and Easily Applied Lesson

I found the 8 Steps of the Strategic Performance Plan to be the most practical lesson because each step made perfect sense for making sure the performance consulting project would add value to an organization. As mentioned in Week 1 and again in Week 7, those steps are:

1. Step back and look at the reality of the situation

2. Discover the ideal scenario for the organization

3. Continue searching for the cause of the challenges within the organization

4. Report findings to the stakeholders

5. Create a plan for measuring success

6. Design and deliver solutions

7. Measure success

8. Determine how to report impact of the project to stakeholders (Oldham, 2018).

The steps are laid out well and easy to follow. As part of the lesson in Week 1, I added a 9th step at the end for reassessment. This final step was meant to ensure the implementation of the plan was meeting the goals of the organization and would give stakeholders the opportunity to make any necessary changes that would cover any gaps.

Hardest Lesson to Grasp

The lesson that took me the most time to grasp was the one regarding how much to charge for performance consultant services. I did come across an article that provided three recommendations on how to set prices for a consulting business. For consultants that are new to the business, and only for the first few consulting jobs, it is recommended to charge consulting services by the hour. Once a little more experience has been gained, the recommended method is known as the project-based method. The price is determined upfront by factoring in deliverables (list of things that can be offered to the client) and the amount of time each deliverable is expected to take (using past experience to make this determination). Those two factors are added together then multiplied by 1.5 to give a buffer. The third recommended method is known as the value-based method, and it is encouraged to be used by those consultants who have upwards of 2-5+ years of experience (Zipursky, 2021). Even with the various methods suggested, it still seems like a daunting task to come up with a figure and just hope your clients are willing to pay that amount. I think this was especially hard for me to grasp because I am not a performance consultant and I do not know realistic figures that organizations are willing to pay.

What Else is There to Know about Measurement and Assessment Strategies

I learned a great deal about measurement and assessment strategies during these 8 weeks, but I firmly believe we always have room to learn more. It is hard to say what I still need to know about this subject, but I plan to keep an open mind and soak up as much information as possible.

References

Oldham, B. (2018). Performance consulting: The ideal tool for ensuring a project adds real value. Human Resources Magazine, 23(1), 22-23.

Zipursky, M. (2021). Consulting fees guide: How much to charge for consulting (3 formulas & examples). Consulting Success. https://www.consultingsuccess.com/consulting-fees.

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2nd Colleague – Stephen

Stephen Jarman 

Week 8 Discussion – Review & Reflections

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Hi Everyone!

This discussion assignment states: “Review and reflect on what you learned in the past 8 weeks. What is the most practical and easily applied lesson you learned? What was the hardest to grasp? Why? What else do you need to know about Measurement and Assessment Strategies?”

The most practical and easily applied lesson from this course is the final project. For me and my consultancy, I needed to have this work done, and it is a very timely assignment. I pulled from material that I had hand-written while taking an 8-week 100x Leadership workshop, some things that I had formulated into my website as vision, mission, and statement of purpose, and two assessment process that I developed – one has three domains for operations, and one is a financial loss analysis.

The hardest thing, not so much to grasp but to navigate, was the field book. The assignments that referenced page numbers were not able to be used. And the call-outs for the assignments were not always in the book to find. 

Things that I would like to be able to know more about Measurement and Assessment Strategies is i) big data analytics (I”m learning PowerBI at my employer, very powerful), and to be better at performing due diligence for investors or such entities. I had been involved in two due diligence studies in 2003 and 2005 as the operations lead – one was focused on Dana Corp. when they were in chapter 13, and the other was Penske when they were building engines. The missing part of my learning was the number crunching.

Thanks for everyone’s interactions, and for Rob’s consistent guidance.

Stephen

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Week 8 Discussion 1:

So much information has been covered over the past six weeks, your brain might be spinning as a result. The information should begin to solidify as you put together the final project. The progressive case study has served as a practical application of the concepts discussed throughout the assignments, readings, and forums.

The Green Organization Executive Leadership has requested you provide a summary of your consulting work over the term of what has been 12 months of consulting. It is time to evaluate the effectiveness, impact, and results of their investment in performance improvement and performance consulting. Your colleagues have presented and summarized the processes used to achieve the reported results. They have explained what tools have been used and their effectiveness. See their feedback and recommendations for continued performance consulting if advisable.

Assignment:

Respond  to at least (2) two of your peers’ postings in one or more of the following ways:

· Share an insight about what you learned from having read your peers’ postings and discuss how and why your peer’s posting resonated with you professionally and personally.

· Offer an example from your experience or observation that validates what your peer discussed.

· Offer specific suggestions that will help your peer build upon his or her own virtual communication.

· Offer further assessment or insight that could impact your peer’s future communications.

· 3 – 4 paragraph responses per each colleague

· No plagiarism

· APA citing

· 48 hours

1st Colleague – Susan Christmas

Susan Christmas 

Week 8 Discussion 1

Top of Form

This thread gives us a chance to review and reflect on what we have learned these past 8 weeks. We are asked to discuss the most practical and easily applied lesson, followed by discussing the hardest lesson to grasp. Finally, we are to discuss additional information that we need to know about Measurement and Assessment Strategies.

Most Practical and Easily Applied Lesson

I found the 8 Steps of the Strategic Performance Plan to be the most practical lesson because each step made perfect sense for making sure the performance consulting project would add value to an organization. As mentioned in Week 1 and again in Week 7, those steps are:

1. Step back and look at the reality of the situation

2. Discover the ideal scenario for the organization

3. Continue searching for the cause of the challenges within the organization

4. Report findings to the stakeholders

5. Create a plan for measuring success

6. Design and deliver solutions

7. Measure success

8. Determine how to report impact of the project to stakeholders (Oldham, 2018).

The steps are laid out well and easy to follow. As part of the lesson in Week 1, I added a 9th step at the end for reassessment. This final step was meant to ensure the implementation of the plan was meeting the goals of the organization and would give stakeholders the opportunity to make any necessary changes that would cover any gaps.

Hardest Lesson to Grasp

The lesson that took me the most time to grasp was the one regarding how much to charge for performance consultant services. I did come across an article that provided three recommendations on how to set prices for a consulting business. For consultants that are new to the business, and only for the first few consulting jobs, it is recommended to charge consulting services by the hour. Once a little more experience has been gained, the recommended method is known as the project-based method. The price is determined upfront by factoring in deliverables (list of things that can be offered to the client) and the amount of time each deliverable is expected to take (using past experience to make this determination). Those two factors are added together then multiplied by 1.5 to give a buffer. The third recommended method is known as the value-based method, and it is encouraged to be used by those consultants who have upwards of 2-5+ years of experience (Zipursky, 2021). Even with the various methods suggested, it still seems like a daunting task to come up with a figure and just hope your clients are willing to pay that amount. I think this was especially hard for me to grasp because I am not a performance consultant and I do not know realistic figures that organizations are willing to pay.

What Else is There to Know about Measurement and Assessment Strategies

I learned a great deal about measurement and assessment strategies during these 8 weeks, but I firmly believe we always have room to learn more. It is hard to say what I still need to know about this subject, but I plan to keep an open mind and soak up as much information as possible.

References

Oldham, B. (2018). Performance consulting: The ideal tool for ensuring a project adds real value. Human Resources Magazine, 23(1), 22-23.

Zipursky, M. (2021). Consulting fees guide: How much to charge for consulting (3 formulas & examples). Consulting Success. https://www.consultingsuccess.com/consulting-fees.

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2nd Colleague – Stephen

Stephen Jarman 

Week 8 Discussion – Review & Reflections

COLLAPSE

Top of Form

Hi Everyone!

This discussion assignment states: “Review and reflect on what you learned in the past 8 weeks. What is the most practical and easily applied lesson you learned? What was the hardest to grasp? Why? What else do you need to know about Measurement and Assessment Strategies?”

The most practical and easily applied lesson from this course is the final project. For me and my consultancy, I needed to have this work done, and it is a very timely assignment. I pulled from material that I had hand-written while taking an 8-week 100x Leadership workshop, some things that I had formulated into my website as vision, mission, and statement of purpose, and two assessment process that I developed – one has three domains for operations, and one is a financial loss analysis.

The hardest thing, not so much to grasp but to navigate, was the field book. The assignments that referenced page numbers were not able to be used. And the call-outs for the assignments were not always in the book to find. 

Things that I would like to be able to know more about Measurement and Assessment Strategies is i) big data analytics (I”m learning PowerBI at my employer, very powerful), and to be better at performing due diligence for investors or such entities. I had been involved in two due diligence studies in 2003 and 2005 as the operations lead – one was focused on Dana Corp. when they were in chapter 13, and the other was Penske when they were building engines. The missing part of my learning was the number crunching.

Thanks for everyone’s interactions, and for Rob’s consistent guidance.

Stephen

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