Tag Archives: Travel

20+ Consulting travel essentials

I travel a lot.  Like most management consultants, I am a road warrior. According to Marriott.com, I have stayed 152 nights last year. Perhaps 10% of that is from my wife who also uses my rewards number, but needless to say, lots of hotel, plane, car. Funny sidebar – a friend was NOT traveling one… Read More »

Consulting tip: Use Waze

I am a huge fan of Waze. For those who have not used it, it’s a basic map app which tells you the most efficient route to your destination, which factors in traffic and construction. This simple 45 second video will give you a good taste for it here. For those who feel this is similar to Google… Read More »

Consulting travel: Red eye home

Consulting travel. This image tells a story.  Red eye. Business class. The good with the bad. Welcome to consulting. Strange life.  UBER driver #1. On the ride to the airport, I struck up a conversation with my UBER driver, who works at a local casino. After chit-chat about blackjack strategy, he gave me a deck of cards from the casino where… Read More »

Consulting week recap in 16 photos

Photos capture a lot.  Busy week shown in photos. Two projects and alternate travel today to the west coast. Good times. The collage app is called photogrid here. Guns and Roses and Queen on Pandora while waiting for security. Super long lines, but bearable with music and a good attitude. My stations vary from the… Read More »

Consultant 6am flight home: 3 photos

Travel means more to those who commute by plane. We are whistled in by clients, ready road-warriors, bringing news from far away.  Our time is “valuable”, marked by our bill rates and our inaccessible during travel times and Fridays. Travel also means less. We are not enamored by shifting clouds, airport displays of affection, the… Read More »

Working at the Hotel

It’s 1am and I am working on a proposal due this Friday from the hotel lobby. It has to go through multiple reviews, so I would be wise to get it 80% finished tonight.  Oy Vey. Walking around the hotel – to wake myself up – this is what I see. Hope you enjoy this visual… Read More »

Be different

Working in the hotel lobby – Courtyard Marriott.  No one else is here at midnight except the front desk. Be different. Oh, yes, those 2 Blue Moons are mine too. Related Posts: Direction, leadership, and trust Leadership quotations from Maxwell, Drucker, Roosevelt, and Wooden Links

Business travel in the winter

Yes, I am currently staffed on the East Coast in February.  #$^@#$ it’s #$%#$^ cold. A few words of wisdom for the newbie consultants traveling to into the cold: Staying warm Buy some 180s.  They are ear warmers that don’t mess up your great hair Win major points with your team by bringing the car up front… Read More »

Consultant complaints = first world problems

We all complain. Anyone used to living the good life – yes, including consultants – can find things to be unhappy about, even in the best of circumstances. It’s human nature. It’s first world problems. We should be grateful. It’s my observation that most of the things that consultants complain about are inconveniences, not problems. Annoyances.… Read More »

Loyalty Points: Thank You Client

Consulting travel is brutal, but one of the benefits is the mileage. We can thank our clients for the silver, gold, diamond, and platinum status we have with airlines and hotels.  Good ole’ Marriott loyalty points. Some places my wife and I visited using mileage: Toronto, Disney World,  Seattle, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Washington D.C., and Hawaii. … Read More »