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    Never Get Too Comfortable in Business
    James Nagy
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    Never Get Too Comfortable in Business

    It’s a good feeling when you have a great working relationship with those in your organization. Especially as a consultant, every new client is a litmus test. You never quite know what the culture is going to be when you walk in as an outside source. Fortunately, at times, you end up having a great working relationship with your client. As with any great relationship, you start to get comfortable. It’s a great feeling, but it’s also dangerous territory.

    In business in general, and especially when working as a consultant, don’t give up best practices. When you get comfortable, things like proper documentation, getting things in writing, and official sign offs tend to start slipping. Are you doing anything wrong? No. The problem is, in business, things can all change in an instant. Management is often replaced, teams change, and suddenly you have new people coming in and wondering if you’ve delivered what you said you would. You have to consider how the working relationship would go forward if some of those key players you have such a comfortable relationship with were replaced.

    What can you do? By all means, maintain the great relationship you have. However, you should do this while simultaneously sticking to the book. Get written sign off on everything and be prepared to back yourself up in case it becomes necessary. You can keep a good working relationship while still auditing yourself to be sure that your progress can be tracked on paper as well.

    The unfortunate truth is that everyone is replaceable, even you. The next management member, executive or team coming in may not have the same great feelings about you. If this happens, can you back up the work you’ve done up until this point? Can you prove that you had sign off on everything that you’ve done? Are you completely confident in that? If not, you have to reassess your strategy and the way that you are documenting your moves. Get written sign off, even from the co workers that you’re going to lunch with and having a drink with.

    What is most important to maintain when you are comfortable at your job? Do you think it’s necessary to give yourself a paper trail or do you think that the moving parts of an organization aren’t something to worry about? What are your thoughts? Comment below!

     
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    As a strategic leader and entrepreneur, James Nagy has a record of generating growth by leveraging the latest technologies to drive sales, marketing, product development, and profitability. He is known for identifying and capitalizing on market trends, developing effective tactics for implementation, enhancing operating performance, and serving as a trusted advisor and business partner. Skilled at working across operations, James builds strong, cross-functional relationships and communicates complex technical information to diverse internal and external stakeholders.

    A big picture visionary, James identifies and reacts to market trends, providing disruptive strategies that go beyond IT to include sales, marketing, and product portfolio management. Building on his experience as Director of Software Development with premier companies Midas International Corporation and SXC Health Solutions, Inc., James launched two successful consulting companies, Sprocket Websites Inc. and J&S Tech Designs. As the Managing Director, he provides innovative solutions to clients in small- and mid-cap companies.

    When he is not advising other business leaders, James lends his expertise to a variety of organizations. He is a Founding Member & Committee Member of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce; he serves on multiple teams and committees for the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce; he is a Founding Member of the Chicago Area DNN User Group, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the New West Symphony. In his free time, James enjoys Sci-Fi, coin collecting, traveling and wine tasting.

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