A Busy Day

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Money isn’t everyone 

Ideas are surprisingly important

But people carry the ideas.

And promote the ideas.

And analyze, and dispute, and contradict, and accep,t and reject, and all the rest of the things that you do with ideas.

In the process, the people find themselves carrying, promoting, analyzing, disputing, accepting and rejecting each other.  

The story continues with a meeting of of the HWMS staff in our slightly cramped conference room with its perpetual view of the Capitol Hill Power Plant.  Events start to unfold and they are the events of ideas, ideas that remind us what a busy day can actually be.  

 Second episode in the new series begins “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know” from the audio drama “How We Manage Stuff.”

 

Cast:

  • Sulley, HWMS Washington Director – Josh LaForce
  • Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor – Sahara Ale 
  • Anna  – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Vinny – Geoffrey Grier
  • Buckley Williams of FDF – Noah Masur

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Past is Prologue

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Only rarely do you see the big picture.  

Most of the time, it is a nightmare.  

15,000 people.  Running through the tunnel that lie beneath the US Capitol.  The share information, cut deals, plan strategies, and try to advance their own little agendas. 

Only once in while can they climb to the top and see how the pieces fit together.  

And so our story begins.  The director of the How We Manage Stuff Washington Office, takes two of our staff members to the top of the Library of Congress to show them the view.  Chaos is about to descend but for a moment, they can appreciate a clear day and a beautiful landscape.  

Except that one of them spies a strange building that they hadn’t noticed before.  

So begins our tale.  

First episode in the new series begins “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know” from the audio drama “How We Manage Stuff.”

 

Cast:

  • Sulley, HWMS Washington Director – Josh LaForce
  • Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor – Sahara Ale 
  • Anna  – Sarah Corbyn Woolf

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What Big Tech Doesn’t Know Big Time

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They don’t talk.

They don’t write.

They don’t really like dealing with each other.

Yet, they need each other, need each other in a fundamental, all consuming way.  

We’re talking about Tech and Government, in case there was any question.  

And do you know how we know, how we know this?  

Because this is one of the things we do at How We Manage Stuff.  We have a small policy office on the unfashionable side of Capitol Hill that is led by Sulley, our Policy and PR Director.  From this vantage, Sulley and his staff help Tech leaders understand why they need government and Washington policy-makers appreciate that tech is not quite as frightening as they thought.

So we’ve got a new client – a hapless Tech Giant called T&S – and we’re about to start a new story.  It features Debbon Ayer as the CEO Abby Alton, Kit Kuksenok as the CTO genius Ed Kowalski, Margaux Amie as Senator Christine Stassen, and Geoffrey Grier as government administrator Morris Fitz.  

 But before we start this narrative, the head of our Washington Office, Sulley, walks down the median of Pennsylvania Avenue to explain what is about to happen.

And so the new series begins “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know” from the audio drama “How We Manage Stuff.”

 

Cast:

  • Sulley, HWMS Washington Director – Josh LaForce
  • Fan in a car – Jake Minevich 
  • Bicyclist  – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Tour Guide  – Jake Minevich
  • Cop  – Jake Minevich

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How Not to [Suck] at Consulting: Epilogue

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The end.

It’s never quite what you expect.

In part, it’s really a beginning, though the beginning may not include you.

So we get only a hint of how the story will progress.  A family has been reconciled.  One troublesome employee has moved to the competition.  Another is still in the offices.

We have installed a new tech system but the benefits of that system are not obvious.  Not in revenue.  Not yet.

And so the series ends with the consulting team returning to their homes.  the client starting a new life, and How We Manage Stuff ready to progress to a new story.

The last part of our story on technology consulting.

Cast:

  • Kit, Director of Consulting – Kit Kuksenok
  • Evelyn, the Business Manager – Margaux Amie 
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Arndt, Rohit –  Noah Masur
  • Klara, Florian’s Niece – Sahara Ale
  • Florian Bohne  – Josh LaForce
  • Peter, Fritz-Bernard – Ron Bianchi
  • Sonja Pfeiffer, Ida – Debbon Ayer
  • Vinny – Geoffrey Grier
  • Victor of BKL, Max  – Jake Minevich
  • Leena, Florian’s other Niece – Zoe Anastassiou 

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How Not To [Suck] At Consulting: Act 3

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A bad decision.

A confrontational meeting.

Perhaps the worst first date ever, though one participant (and perhaps both) will deny that it was, is, or should ever be considered a date.

A niece coming from a conference on Electronic Dance Music.

Consulting gets tricky when you set it in context.  You’ve done the plans.  You know the requirements.  You’re ready to start writing your report.  And yet, you continue to find things that you don’t understand.

Consulting is about control – or at least determining what you can control and trying to find a way that you can ignore the rest.

And what is the proper business dress for a rising music producer?

The third act of our story on technology consulting.

Cast:

  • Kit, Director of Consulting – Kit Kuksenok
  • Evelyn, the Business Manager – Margaux Amie 
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Arndt, Rohit –  Noah Masur
  • Klara, Florian’s Niece – Sahara Ale
  • Florian Bohne  – Josh LaForce
  • Peter, Fritz-Bernard – Ron Bianchi
  • Sonja Pfeiffer, Ida – Debbon Ayer
  • Vinny – Geoffrey Grier
  • Victor of BKL, Max  – Jake Minevich
  • Leena, Florian’s other Niece – Zoe Anastassiou 

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How Not to [Suck] at Consulting: Act 2

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Can things be going well when you have to schedule a meeting with your attorney and her baby?

The team is gathering data, observing the client, makings and learning that there are a lot of things that it doesn’t know.

For example, who are the important people that need to be include?

Why is the CEO still in Switzerland?

And why is Henry Kissinger on the audio drama?

The second act of our story on technology consulting.

Cast:

  • Kit, Director of Consulting – Kit Kuksenok
  • Evelyn, the Business Manager – Margaux Amie 
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Rohit –  Noah Masur
  • Aravinda, the attorney – Sahara Ale
  • Florian Bohne  – Josh LaForce
  • Peter, Jurgen, Henry Kissinger – Ron Bianchi
  • Sonja Pfeiffer, Ida – Debbon Ayer
  • Vinny – Geoffrey Grier
  • Max  – Jake Minevich

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How Not to [Suck] at Consulting: Act I

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We arrive in Hamburg.

Port City.  International City.

World Headquarters of Coffee Logistics.

Things start poorly for the team.  They are tired.  One of there number is perhaps a little drunk.  There are some extra requirements and a dynamic that doesn’t make sense.

The operations manager seems to have an unusual control over affairs and the boss.

The boss?

He’s in Switzerland.

And with that, the story begins.

The first act of our story on technology consulting.

Cast:

  • Kit, Director of Consulting – Kit Kuksenok
  • Evelyn, the Business Manager – Margaux Amie 
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Direk, Rohit –  Noah Masur
  • Florian Bohne  – Josh LaForce
  • Sonja Pfeiffer, Ida – Debbon Ayer
  • Vinny – Geoffrey Grier
  • Max  – Jake Minevich

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The Prologue: How Not to [Suck] at Consulting

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Outside Tech meets Inside Politics.

That’s the story.

If you understand what it means, you can quit right here.

But you’ll miss the story.  And the lesson.

With this episode, we start the complete presentation of our recent series on tech consulting.  Two hours of drama in five easy episodes.

There’s something for everyone.  Good plot.  A few jokes.  Interesting characters.  Goats, always a welcome addition.  And a lesson, a lesson of our time: the lesson of what happens when outside tech meets in inside politics.

The preliminary episodes in which we set our stage.

Cast:

  • Kit, Director of Consulting – Kit Kuksenok
  • Evelyn, the Business Manager – Margaux Amie 
  • Herself –  Debbon Ayer
  • Himself  – Josh LaForce
  • Chuck, friend of Zippy  – Ron Bianchi

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