I was in a Jimmy John’s sandwich shop the other day and I saw a sign that said:  Honesty is not only morally right, it’s also highly efficient.   I like that.  I think it’s very true.  From personal relationships to business meetings to interviews to project delivery methodology – honesty is highly efficient.   So is direct communication.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a terrible liar.  I believe in telling the truth and being direct, sometimes to a fault.  I wonder if our clients and business contacts feel that same level of honesty and direct communication from Concord as a company.  If it means ending an uncomfortable interview after five minutes because the person is not going to get hired – be honest and end the interview – otherwise you are wasting your time and the candidate’s time.

More importantly, if it means telling our clients their project is going to fail if it stays on the path its on, tell them – even if it means ending our engagement early.  Use simple, direct communication whenever possible:  This will not work.  This is a bad idea.  I can do this.  I can’t do that.  I don’t think you should do that.  I have a better idea.  I think you’re wrong.  Be honest and be direct.

I want Concord to be known as an honest and direct consulting company.  I never want us to be part of the Demotivator poster:  Consulting – If you’re not part of the solution, there’s good money to be made in prolonging the problem.

My challenge to all of Concord’s employees and consultants is to be honest and direct whenever possible.  Be smart – I mean, don’t tell someone they look fat in their pants …and don’t tell a client they are dumb (that’s your manager’s job), but when it comes to business and consulting delivery, do yourself, your clients and your colleagues a favor: be HONEST. It’s highly efficient.

Chris Davis – COO, Concord


College seniors are invited to attend Concord College Day, an informative day to come and learn more about Concord and interview with high-level IT executives.

Goal: To provide four, qualified college seniors (expected graduation date: May 2011) with an entry-level job opportunity in a fast-paced and progressive IT organization.

Job Description: Are you:

·     A great coder, collaborator, inventor and communicator all rolled into one?

·     Willing to take charge of difficult situations and solve complex problems?

·     Able to tell stories, develop strong relationships with clients or co-workers and work in a highly interactive manner?

·     Entertained in your off hours by tinkering with consumer and personal productivity technology for fun?

Selected candidates will be highly invested in thru rigorous training and mentorship and will be on the fast track to becoming a Designer or Architect. Concord focuses on providing high-end architecture and delivery of SOA, Classic Middleware, Identity and Access Management, and Business Rules.

What Should You Do? Concord would like your school to submit a small number of student applications you feel would be the best candidates for our program.

The application should contain the following items:

–         College Transcript – GPA requirements 3.00 or above

–         Current Resume

–         A 1-2 page essay explaining their current activities and anticipated career path. This includes all activities, classes, projects, special programs, etc. This is their chance to tell us why they should get this position.

*All applications are due no later than April 1, 2011.
Concord College Day
Monday, April 18, 2011
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

Concord World Headquarters
509 2nd Avenue South
Hopkins, MN 55343
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About Concord: Concord is a privately-held consulting firm providing business and technology solutions to Fortune 1000 clients nationwide. Through proven methodologies, deep expertise and a seasoned team of national consultants, we deliver ‘world class’ solutions centered on the following practices arenas: Architecture, Data Management, Quality Assurance, Enterprise Integration, Management Consulting and Cloud Computing.

As one of the industry’s most innovative business and technology solutions’ providers, we leverage some of the smartest minds around to create tactical solutions that solve tough, enterprise-wide challenges. We have developed the expertise necessary to provide our clients with the highest level of service. Our standards are set high and we consistently work towards delivering products and people that are unparalleled in the industry.

Concord has more than 250 consultants servicing clients throughout the U.S. and Canada, and is headquartered in Hopkins, Minnesota. To learn more about Concord, visit www.concordusa.com.

More Information: For more information, contact Lauren Orcutt at 952.241.1069 or lauren.orcutt@concordusa.com.