Ronald Kister: The Key to Succeeding as An Independent Consultant

Ronald Kister, a fifteen-year information technology professional, works as an independent IT specialist. He knows that many experts join the field to enjoy the ability to deliver work remotely and control the amount and type of work they take on. Kister’s consultancy work has enabled him to manage and build client relationships, while also delivering programs and projects to a wide range of users.

Ronald Kister: The Key to Succeeding as An Independent Consultant

Independent consultants, whether new or experienced, often go through common challenges. Some of these difficulties are explained below:

Setting a bill rate

You don’t want to set a very high rate, but neither do you want to go too low. So how do you get it just right?

There is a science and art to this. The science requires you understand that expenses, insurance costs, and profit margins all contribute to the rate. The art requires you to consider your skills, the economy, and the type of competition you’re up against. With these two aspects in mind, you can go about setting a billable rate that adequately compensates your efforts.

Do you do it all?

New consultants are sometimes guilty of this – trying to handle all duties and go after every new business they can handle. It’s important to maintain focus on your expertise and avoid distractions that can veer you off course. Doing this also helps you develop confidence.

Contract clauses

As a consultant, you will negotiate and review contracts with different clients. Some of the provisions you need to keep an eye out for include non-compete clauses (which limit your ability to go after certain business in the future); warranty (necessary for physical products where it’s easy to determine fault); and indemnity (can effectively make you an insurance company for the client if written in broad language).

 

Ronald Kister has experience in providing professional computer training, system upgrades and support for companies in Long Island, New York.

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Ronald Kister: Project Leadership Qualities You Should Embody

Ronald Kister’s career in information technology spans more than fifteen years, half of which were spent managing IT departments and budgets. He’s had successful spearheading, implementing and supporting application systems in complex environments. On multiple occasions, he’s been handed the leadership on tech projects. This experience has helped him understand some of the qualities necessary for good project leadership.

“I have a led a variety of successful IT acquisitions and subsequent technology integration projects,” he says.

What qualities are essential for a project leader?

Ability to inspire a vision

Ronald Kister: Project Leadership Qualities You Should Embody

An effective leader has a vision for himself and his team and articulates it well. Visionaries are open to change and often thrive in dynamic environments. A project manager also has to be inspirational – giving his team reason for working hard and making them feel part of the project. Such leaders motivate individuals to experience the vision and own it.

Excellent communication skills

Ronald Kister Project Leadership Qualities You Should Embody

Being able to communicate with people at any level is an important skill for project managers. You have to able to clearly communicate goals, performance, expectations and responsibilities to team members.

Also read: How important are soft skills in helping people achieve success in their job or career?

Lots of focus is placed on directness and transparency. As the project leader, you are the team’s link to the operating environment. You should have the necessary persuasion and negotiation skills to ensure project success.

Commitment to ethical practices

Ronald Kister Project Leadership Qualities You Should Embody

Project leaders must remember that their actions, not words, set the tone for the rest of the team. Effective leadership demands not just a commitment but also a demonstration of integrity and honesty. You are responsible for creating the standards, living by them, and also rewarding people who exemplify these standards. You earn people’s trust when you walk the talk.

Ronald Kister has been an independent computer consultant and applications instructor since 2013.

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Ronald Kister: Essential Skills Every IT Leader Should Have

Ronald Kister is an accomplished Information Technology (IT) professional who’s established himself in various capacities, first as an educator, then as a consultant. After completing a second master’s degree, he landed a job with Levittown Public Schools, a role that necessarily required him to oversee an IT department.

Ronald Kister- Essential Skills Every IT Leader Should Have

“I worked there for seven years overseeing everything that had to do with IT and Instructional Technology,” he says. “I was responsible for a department consisting of over twenty people and maintaining a budget of over five million dollars.”

To succeed in a position of leadership, especially in the IT world, requires a particular set of skills that are explained below.

Ability to learn

Ronald Kister- Essential Skills Every IT Leader Should Have

You have to continuously want to learn and acquire a broad range of technology and leadership capabilities. It requires embodying a mindset of constantly looking to develop your career. And even though you have an obligation to be proficient in tech-related matters, you also need to be fluent in business issues.

Cross-functional expertise

Ronald Kister- Essential Skills Every IT Leader Should Have

If you become proficient in disciplines such as virtualization and enterprise architecture, you may find these technical skills are valuable to a big firm, but only for a while. At some point, you may hit a wall, simply because what makes you an active tech contributor doesn’t necessarily translate into a leadership role.

The ability to shift gears is necessary at such a point. Having cross-functional expertise allows you to shift your focus to the situation at hand.

Assessing Risk

Ronald Kister- Essential Skills Every IT Leader Should Have

Odds are you didn’t learn a lot about risk assessment in college. But as you climb the career leader, it’s crucial to have this skill. If senior management respects your risk evaluation and mitigation skills, they’ll view you more positively when openings for senior roles become available. Being able to deal with risks also adds business value, making you a significant contributor to the organization.

Ronald Kister is an independent computer consultant who works with both large and small businesses.

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Ronald Kister is A Successful IT Consultant

Ronald Kister is a successful IT consultant from Mount Sinai, New York. He started his own IT consulting business, RKJ Consulting, in 2013 in order to help large and small businesses, schools, homeowners, and others solve their computer related issues.

Ronald Kister is A Successful IT Consultant

 

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Ronald Kister: Volunteer

Ronald Kister is a successful IT professional in Mount Sinai, New York. In 2013, he started his own IT consulting firm, RKJ Consulting. When he is not helping his clients with their computer issues, Ronald Kister likes to help his community by volunteering.

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Ronald Kister: Masters in School District Administration

Ronald Kister is a successful IT professional and owner of RKJ Consulting in New York. After receiving his Bachelor’s in Technology Education, he enrolled at Long Island University in pursuit of his Master’s Degree. Ronald Kister completed the program in 2006, earning his Masters in School District Administration.

Ronald Kister: Masters in School District Administration

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