A few weeks ago, I was told that I had a good example of an academic portfolio career. I love labels – they make wonky things sound so much prettier. So I obviously googled ‘portfolio career’ to see what I was doing. Having a portfolio career is where you don’t have one full-time job at one location – you have two or more (often more) … [Read more...] about How do you make a portfolio career work for you?
Last time, we looked at how to manage initial contact with your new client. In this post, Andrew Clappison expands on this to offer advice on what to expect after those initial discussions, and how to handle three possible scenarios: If your client is in a rush, then an initial talk might be all it takes to kick-start the project. However, it pays to … [Read more...] about Tips and tricks for managing new clients as an academic consultant (Part 2 of 2)
Managing clients is a key component of successful academic consultancy. In the first of two posts this week, our very own experienced consultant Andrew Clappison sets out a number of pointers to help you avoid common pitfalls on managing new client relationships. Avoiding such pitfalls will save you time and face, and ensure the relationships you are forming … [Read more...] about Tips and tricks for managing new clients as an academic consultant (Part 1 of 2)
Our guest blogger, Ian McCarthy tells us that research on environmental velocity highlights 'the importance of organisations operating “in time” with their environments and in synchrony across their subunits and activities'. (McCarthy et al. 2010: 618) This chimes with what Tim Rudd has been telling us about the possible need to work faster with partners … [Read more...] about Rethinking industry dynamics: what’s your velocity regime?
At Piirus we're trying out a collaborative working tool, namely the free version of Slack. We're using it for one of our many projects, as a communication tool. It is a way for us to keep people in Berlin (Germany), Warwick, Newcastle (England) and deepest Scotland in touch with the each other, as we progress on our project. Here are some of my thoughts at … [Read more...] about A collaborative working tool called Slack: thoughts on using it
Last week, in tips 1-6, Piirus member Dr. Alke Gröppel-Wegener shared some things she learned from putting together her first crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Here are some things to keep in mind once the campaign goes live, our tips 7-12. 7. The Notifications. Once the campaign is live, I found myself becoming obsessed with checking my email for … [Read more...] about How do you run a crowdfunding campaign? 12 Useful tips! (Part 2)
Dr. Alke Gröppel-Wegener, Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies and National Teaching Fellow at the Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies at Staffordshire University shares her experiences of a different route to publication on a project that was recently discussed in the Times Higher. For years I had a wanted to consolidate the teaching strategies I … [Read more...] about How do you run a crowdfunding campaign? 12 useful tips! (Part 1)
You did all the groundwork and your collaborative project is underway: great! Keeping it on track is now the priority, and it's all about planning and communication. What is the best way to keep in touch, and keep everyone informed? Image credit: Armchairbuilder.com, Flickr Creative Commons Each project has its own needs, but they may fall into one of … [Read more...] about Four issues when undertaking collaborative projects