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A Top Ten List – Things You’ll Never Hear from Your Consultant

January 17th, 2017 10:22am - Posted By: Rick Zwetsch

 A Top Ten List of Things You'll Never Hear From Your Consultant

1. You're right; we're billing way too much for this.

2. Bet you I can go a week without saying "synergy" or "value-added.”

3. How about paying us based on the success of the project?

4. This whole strategy is based on a Harvard business case I read.

5. Actually, the only difference is that we charge more than they do.

6. I don't know enough to speak intelligently about that.

7. Implementation? I only care about writing long reports.

8. I can't take the credit. It was Ed in your marketing department.

9. The problem is, you have too much work for too few people.

10. Everything looks okay to me. You really don't need me.

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interSectors Take Five for Friday

January 23rd, 2015 3:08pm

A weekly(-ish) roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends. Mostly professional, some personal – with a focus on the positive.

1.       L3C interest ebbs and flows – this month it’s flowing. Based on the number of downloads of Who is the L3C Entrepreneur? and inquiries to interSector from folks hoping to start an L3C, we know that interest in this LLC-based structure for social good is here to stay.

2.       A new book to support the above point. From our good friend and leader in the entrepreneurship, social enterprise and impact investing space, Marc Lane brings u ...

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interSectors Take Five for Friday

January 9th, 2015 5:18pm

A weekly(-ish) roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends. Mostly professional, some personal – with a focus on the positive.

Welcome Back and Happy New Year!  Kick-back, take five and enjoy our 2015 Predictions Edition.

1. Social enterprise and social change take center stage in Colorado this year. Between Colorado Impact Day this fall, the Social Enterprise Alliance Summit in Denver, new businesses launching through the Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange, and a slew of other exciting projects and initiatives, this will be a good year for doing good!

2. Innovative and creative sources of capital.

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interSector�s Take Five for Friday

December 19th, 2014 4:08pm

A weekly(-ish) roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends. Mostly professional, some personal – with a focus on the positive.

Our 2014 Holiday Edition toasts:

Holiday-themed nonprofit board humor with ‘Twas the Night of the Board Meeting, our good-natured take on board dynamics and fundraising. An annual staple since 2003.

Cohorts past, present and future. Celebrating the Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange Inaugural and 2015 Cohorts with friends, our new business mentors and

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interSectors Five for Friday

December 12th, 2014 11:23am

A weekly(-ish) roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends. Mostly professional, some personal – with a focus on the positive.

- Same name, (slightly) different game. interSector Partners, L3C may  have been the earliest adopter of the term “intersector” to focus on the evolving field of cross-sector work, but we’re excited to share the space with colleagues at The Intersector Project who are doing impressive work on the research side of cross- and tri-sector collaboration.

- Art Restart Redux. We’re just so darned proud to see Colorado Social Enterprise Exchange Inaugural Cohort graduate The Gathering Place get some amazing coverage in 5280 Magazine – and to learn that one of the artists received a royalty check ...

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interSectors Five for Friday

November 21st, 2014 11:35am

A weekly roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends. Mostly professional, some personal – with a focus on the positive.

1. Finding the intersection of your passion, economic driver and what you can be best in the world at, and the ability to fully accessorize your hedgehog.

2. The trials and tribulations of being a board chair and a new resource from Emily Davis & Associates Consulting to help build skills, seek support and discuss cha ...

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interSectors Five for Friday

November 14th, 2014 11:29am

A weekly roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends. Mostly professional, some personal – with a focus on the positive.

1. Awards. Including the Longmont Chamber’s Small Business of the Year for interSector’s weekly planning meeting location (and home to some really awesome people) Red Frog Coffee

2. Project Wrap-Ups. Completed our fifth year of facilitation and consulting services for the Denver HIV Resources Planning Council’s Ryan White Act Priorities and Allocation Setting Process and put the finishing touches on a comprehensive sustainability plan for Colorado Heights University. Grateful to engage with two groups doing such vastly different, but equally important work. ...

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interSectors Five for Friday

November 7th, 2014 6:02pm

A weekly roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends. Mostly professional, some personal – with a focus on the positive.

1.       As the NB3 Foundation executive director search continues, we had the pleasure of talking with some exceptional, talented, visionary candidates from around the country.

2.       One simple question: “Who’s selling pies?” opened a flood gate of Pie in the Sky enthusiasm. (Project Angel Heart board chair, Lorii, was fastest on the draw and earned our order.)

3.       Who can blame us if our co-branded Art Restart cards make us want to escape ...

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The Consulting Rodeo

May 26th, 2011 7:19pm - Posted By: Caryn Capriccioso

A while back a nonprofit client said, “I can tell this ain’t your first rodeo.” His fellow board members, Rick and I all had a knowing chuckle—yes, you are right. We’ve done this before. We’ve helped a group like yours with similar problem like yours; several times, in fact. We bring their experiences to helping you through yours. We understand and know just what to do…

I know that this board member made the rodeo statement with the most positive of intentions. He was simply shining a light on our expertise and using a humor to make light of their tough circumstances. And it worked.

But, it also got me thinking about two ends of the consulting continuum:

1.  Making sure the client feels comfortable and confident in your ability to help them through this (often) common issue, problem or situation they are not sure how to face. You can help because you’ve seen this thing many times, yo ...

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Outside Magazine Names Rally Software as One of America's 10 Best Places to Work in 2010

April 12th, 2010 4:19pm - Posted By: Rick Zwetsch

Colorado-based Agile ALM Leader Jumps to #6 on National List for its Employee-Focused Culture, Community Commitment and Sustainable Practices

BOULDER, Colo., April 6, 2010 - Rally®, the leading provider of Agile application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions, today was named to Outside magazine's (outsideonline.com) third annual "Best Places to Work" list. Rally Software was ranked No. 6 out of 50 selected companies, having moved up from No. 9 in 2009. The full list and related story will be published in the May issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands April 13, 2010.

"We are incredibly proud to be on Outside's list of America's Best Places to Work," said Tim Miller, Rally's CEO. "The Agile development practices we teach drive us to continually improve our business. Literally every day we work to create the kind of company that people want to be a part ...

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