The following articles are written by Vicki Wright Hamilton.

Consulting in Corporate America Part II: From Internal Consultant to Employee

For those of us who have found ourselves transitioning from in-house consultants to full-time employees; the transition process is often bittersweet. On one-hand there maybe excitement about the new opportunity and security that a full-time position can bring. However, there is also the process of becoming accustomed to colleagues and work environment. I have compiled a short list of items that are important to remember during your transition. Tips for Your Transition: Corporate Culture: It is important that you assess the culture of the organization that you will serve prior to coming on-board as an employee. Serving as a consultant...

Mentoring Success: Melissa Koehler

For over 20 years I have had the honor of mentoring dozens of incredible men and women. Check out this awesome article featuring my amazing mentee Melissa Koehler, Senior Director of Technology Portfolio Management & Implementation for Turner/CNN Digital. How a Working Mom Learned to Stop Acting Like the Men Around Her in the Tech Industry  

Consulting in Corporate America: Part I From Freelancer to Internal Consultant

 Serving as a consultant in corporate America, provides some incredible opportunities as well as its own unique share of challenges. I have had the pleasure of working both, as a technology/business consultant for various industries and organizations for almost a decade. I have also been employed by large firms and had the responsibility of hiring consultants. As a result of these experiences, I have compiled a pretty comprehensive list of best practices. Please allow me to share a few of the tips that I have learned along the way, to help those of you who are transitioning from freelance consulting...

Divorce and Job Dilemma’s

During this time of year when most of us are filled with festive thoughts of sharing the holidays with those that we love. However, there are a lot of people that are still experiencing the everyday challenges of life while trying to balance careers, families, financial obligations and a host of other issues. Even though mentoring relationships are typically of the professional nature, there are times when personal challenges arise and need to be addressed. I was reminded of these challenges during a recent meeting with my mentee Sandra.  She is newly divorced and raising her two sons alone without...

Agile vs. Waterfall in Business

The concept of business agility is coming up more and more in my daily conversations with colleagues and mentees. For those of us that come from the technology world. We are accustomed to hearing the terms agile and waterfall as it relates to coding. However, this concept is also relevant in the ever changing world of business. Like projects in technology, businesses have to adapt to project like methodologies.   Have you ever found yourself in a situation in your workplace where you have been tasked with several different activities in a limited time frame?  We’ve all been there right....

Technology Thought Leader

Presented by WIT Vicki Hamilton is a Senior IT / Operations Executive who comes up with new IT strategies to take care of old workplace problems. An award winning technology executive with over 20 years of senior level experience, Vicki’s strategic, multidisciplinary competencies include conceptualizing, designing and executing innovative technology strategies for high value results ($20M+.) Since 2012, Vicki has consulted with a variety of companies, serving as Interim Chief Information Officer, Marketing Consultant, and Adjunct Professor. In 2013, Hamilton launched The Wright Answer, a global online match-making mentoring program for women from college through retirement. The Wright Answer helps...

Organizational Optimization

Understanding Why Lay-Offs Happen eBook by Vicki Wright Hamilton How many people do you know that have been affected by a company reorganization and found themselves out of a job? Perhaps this has happened to you. You find yourself asking many questions: What did I do wrong? Why me? I always got great performance ratings. How am I going to make it? I haven’t interviewed or looked for a job in ages, as I was loyal to this company. Yes, these are the thoughts that often arise when we are faced with the thought of losing our jobs and being...

How to Respond to Changes in Leadership

There are two things in life that can truly be counted on: the passing of time and the inevitability of change. Time will continue to march on and it’s something we can never get back. And as time passes, it’s extremely rare that everything will remain the same. It behooves us, then, to be purposeful about how we spend our time and how we manage the changes that life presents us.

Being a piece of the puzzle

How to fit in even if you aren’t involved in every decision.

I often meet with Sandy at our favorite local coffee shop for breakfast, to catch up on personal things, then to discuss any needs that Sandy might desire, this beautiful Fall Friday morning was no different. After we exchanged some personal stories and a few hugs we began to discuss what was on her mind.

Sandy’s organization was going through some major changes, not to mention, the industry as well. A lot of consolidations, market changes and increased competition for the same prices. She began to express her concerns about staying at her job and how to deal with all of the upcoming changes. However, the one thing that Sandy loved about her job is that she was finally being included and asked for input from the management and leaders of the organization, they were asking her questions about her thoughts and ideas.

Risky Business

 How to Know When (or When Not) to Take Calculated Risks.

The sun was shining brightly one beautiful summer morning, not too long ago. As I approached the breakfast spot where I was meeting one of my mentees, Alice, I happily anticipated connecting with her. Alice is very passionate and fun loving and she always puts me great spirits. I expected our time today to be like always.

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