In today’s blog post, we break from our usual format to bring you an interview with Curtis Michelson, a consultant specialising in business analysis, architecture and change. Curtis’ career has spanned a wide range of industries from mobile apps to pharmaceuticals, and now heads-up Minds-Alert LLC, an innovative consulting company based in Florida, USA.
I first met Curtis when we were both blogging for bridging-the-gap.com. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Curtis on a number of projects and have always enjoyed his innovative style.
I recently caught up with Curtis for a ‘virtual’ chat and he shared some really useful insight:
Curtis, thanks for agreeing to be interviewed! So, tell us a little about your background….
We have an expression here in the States that might be apt – I’m a “jack of all trades, master of none”. Though I dislike the pejorative connotation of mastery over nothing, I’ve made peace with my Jack’ness and found its strength by realizing that curiosity and adaptability bode quite well for living in fast changing times.
Lately I’ve been doing some business model concept work for a large non-profit association of publishers here in the States and bringing some strategic support to a local group called GameChanger Orlando. And of course there’s IIBA and my local Orlando chapter, where I have worked in the Marketing role, then as Chapter president and now peacefully enjoying retirement as Past-President with Corona beer in hand in Acapulco.
Ha, just kidding! They’ll never let me go.
You’ve always struck me as a really innovative person. How would you describe innovation, and how does it fit within the discipline of business analysis?