The Organizational Strategist

October 10, 2009

A bit about me

The internet, as I see it, is a meritocracy. This information superhighway often allows for everyone’s ideas to be given the benefit of the doubt until some sort of value judgment can be made. Having a reputation or credit can help tremendously in this avenue. For instance, the onion, while a fun read, will not give relevant research information like the NY Times might present. Reputations can be built in many ways. In this medium, it is harder to know the value of a person’s contributions quickly because the context, background, or other helpful information is not known.

  As such, I figured that having a background on me would be helpful to help balance and inform where I’ll be coming from in my posts. My professional adventures started in the Midwest with my technically based studies. I have a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Evansville (Evansville, Indiana). That degree and time lead to a handful of years experience working in small software companies with mostly antivirus/security, simulation, scenario planning, and visualization products. There I had a handful of roles ranging from quality/testing to development to project management/auditing. After that experience, I got accepted to Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management full time MBA program. That was a wonderful experience which opened up doors to big technology company work, consulting, and a vast growth of knowledge breadth and depth. There I worked with IBM for a short span in their Extreme Blue program in a project management and consulting capacity for Apache Geronimo and IBM’s other open source initiatives. My MBA also led to a Masters degree in Positive Organizational Development and Change from the same business school. The combination of degrees and experience has given me a good platform to work with people in many different roles and functions. During my time pursuing Masters degrees, I was consulting off and on in small and large projects from individual coaching to leading large scale change efforts. Soon after graduating from my second business degree from Case, I had a great time working with the Organizational Effectiveness group in Boeing doing Organizational Development (OD) consulting efforts.

  That only gives a fraction of my experiences. Further details can be found by going to my LinkedIn profile. In reading this blog, please do bring up any questions of interest. I am open to sharing from my experiences and background. However, there is much information that is not mine to divulge and so I may have to decline commenting or referencing information.

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