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Alan Pentz

Partner, Corner Alliance Alan Pentz is co-founder of Corner Alliance, a Washington, DC based consulting firm that focuses on helping government clients manage the fire hose of expectations, communicate their value, and stop the endless cycle of meetings. Before consulting, Alan worked on Capitol Hill as a speechwriter for Sen. Max Baucus. Follow him on Twitter at @apentz
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5 Tips for Hiring Federal Contractors

February 18, 2014 The process of hiring a government consultant/contractor isn’t easy, and most federal leaders and managers have to do it at some point in their career. Maybe they can’t get hiring authority to bring in new people. Maybe they need to jump start a new project or program with skills that ...

What a Snow Day Can Teach You About Your Organization

February 13, 2014 Here in Washington, we woke up to a thick blanket of snow from the largest snowstorm of an already active winter season. The federal government, schools and stores have closed. It got me thinking about what a snow day can tell you about your office, agency or company. It’s a ...

3 Ways to Feel Less Isolated as a Leader

February 6, 2014 Last month, we had a leadership team meeting at my organization. It had been a while since we’d had one. Things got in the way: the holidays, proposals, internal work and a lot of client work. I had set aside just the first 10 to 15 minutes of the meeting ...

5 Tips for Being More Decisive

January 22, 2014 Decisiveness is a core capability for any leader. No organization can move forward effectively without leaders who can resolve conflicts, set direction or distribute resources (i.e. make decisions) effectively. It’s a capability that leaders must learn to balance. I’ve worked with many clients who have difficulty making any decision or ...

Can Good Leadership Skills Be a Bad Thing?

December 27, 2013 The end of the year is a great time for reflection. Many leaders and managers are taking some time to make plans and resolutions for how they want to change over the next year. At the company where I work, Corner Alliance, we’ve been thinking about what kind of things ...

If There’s a Budget Deal, Will Things Get Back to Normal?

December 10, 2013 That’s a question I found myself asking while reading recent reports about a potential budget deal. During the shutdown, things definitely didn’t feel normal and I didn’t think they’d get back there again. But if we do get a two-year budget deal, I think a lot of us will greet ...

Why Do Government Projects Fail?

November 6, 2013 We’ve all been dismayed by the failures of Healthcare.gov. I wrote a recent blog about my frustration with government contractors who seem unable to take responsibility for their failures. But that leaves me with the question of why so many government projects fail. To be honest, most projects fail in ...

Do Contractors Need to Take Out Government Shutdown Insurance?

October 16, 2013 Now that it looks like a deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling is upon us, I’ve been thinking about where this leaves the government services industry. If the shutdown ends today, we’ll all get back to work, assess the damage, and begin digging out of the ...

The Government Shutdown: One Company’s Perspective

October 15, 2013 Now that we are into the third week of this shutdown, I wanted to give a perspective on the shutdown from a small federal contracting firm. My partner Ron and I have spent just over 6 years creating our company, building and serving our clients, finding and training amazing employees, ...

5 Reasons the Shutdown is the New Normal

October 8, 2013 "When will the federal government get back to normal?" As a partner in a small government consulting firm, I’ve asked myself this question several times over the last two years. Will contracts stop? What do we tell employees? How do we prepare? Can we do much of anything? And finally: ...