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Best Places to Stay 2007

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Lots of travel means lots of business, and so far, 2007 is no exception. Well well well.as if each and every one of us couldn't have single-handedly crafted this article ourselves. That said.it's s kind of nice to know if my opinion is WAY OFF as compared to everyone else. I'm a Marriott gal, personally, and occasionally can be considered a Starwood whore if The W is even tangentially involved.

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The Great Pie Debacle of 2007

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I'm calling it the Great Pie Debacle of 2007. Let's be honest: this has absolutely nothing to do with consulting. NONETHELESS.it's s being posted. Here's the background: Back in 1996, just under a year after my grandmother died, my grandpa married grandma's best friend. He was 88, she was 85. Go Grandpa! He apparently likes the younger women. Enter the entire extended family with whom we now have to spend every holiday. Cough.I mean.step-grandma's extended family.

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Deep Subprime Auto Loan Delinquencies Reach 2007 Levels: The Next Big Short?

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Subprime auto delinquencies have staked up so much that we are back at 2007 milestone levels. more…). Economics

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Chinese Stocks Plunge 8.5%, Biggest Decline Since February 2007

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Shares on the Shanghai index plunged 8.48%, the Biggest One-Day Plunge Since February 2007. 27, 2007. The crash in Chinese stocks continued today following a respite last week. The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell 8.6 percent, to 3,818.73, while the Shanghai Composite Index SSEC lost 8.5 percent, to 3,725.56 points. The drops were the biggest since Feb. It wasn't immediately clear what caused such a sharp tumble in the afternoon session.

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You Know You're in the Right Industry When Chain Emails Compare Your Job to Prostitution

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If you are easily offended, please do not read on. Sent by an alert consultant in Florida: ARE YOU A CONSULTANT OR A HOOKER? You work very odd hours. You are paid a lot of money to keep your client happy. You are paid well but your pimp gets most of the money. You spend a majority of your time in a hotel room. You charge by the hour but your time can be extended for the right price. You are not proud of what you do. Creating fantasies for your clients is rewarded.

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Seven Years Later, Global Debt Keeps Piling Up, $57 Trillion More Than 2007

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In fact, rather than reducing indebtedness, or deleveraging, all major economies today have higher levels of borrowing relative to GDP than they did in 2007. Since 2007, government debt has grown by $25 trillion. China China’s debt has quadrupled since 2007. Fueled by real estate and shadow banking, China’s total debt has nearly quadrupled, rising to $28 trillion by mid-2014, from $7 trillion in 2007.

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The Crazy Lives of Consultants

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007. December 18, 2007 at 6:39 PM. December 19, 2007 at 11:11 AM. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Posted by. Crazy Consultant. 9:41 AM. 2 comments: Consultant Ninja. Reminds me of a recent project dealing with some CSC guys. Us: "Tell us what its going to cost to extend our clients IT contract for the next 5 years." CSC: "Well it depends on what you need." Us: "Were not the IT guys, you tell us what we need and what it will cost."

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The Crazy Lives of Consultants: Who Here Travels?

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Who Here Travels? And just how knowledgeable are you about this TRAVEL??? Hmmmm? Check this out: [link] and then leave us your score and your firm in the comment section. This is officially a contest, people. Posted by. Crazy Consultant. 11:10 AM. Labels: Randomness. No comments: Post a Comment. Newer Post. Older Post. Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom). Crazy Consultants. were type A (who, us?);

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The Crazy Lives of Consultants: Fun with Frequent Flying

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Thursday, December 20, 2007. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Fun with Frequent Flying.and there they were. The two well dressed business dudes, standing in the aisle. Right next to my coveted aisle seat. What did they proceed to do for an hour? Talk about work. Loudly. Woke up the baby sleeping in the row next to them (see previous post for dangers of waking sleeping babies on airplanes). They blocked the aisle so little kids couldnt use the restroom.

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Companies' Stock Buybacks at Biggest Pace Since 2007; Companies Rewarding Investors?

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billion of stock in the first half of the year, the most for any six-month period since 2007, according to research firm Birinyi Associates. Companies bought back the most shares in 2007, right before the crash, and the least shares at the most opportune time in 2009. In yet another sign of market over-exuberance, the Wall Street Journal reports Share Repurchases Are at Fastest Clip Since Financial Crisis. Corporations bought back $338.3

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The Crazy Lives of Consultants: The Year's Best (Actual) Headlines

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Friday, December 14, 2007. skip to main | skip to sidebar. The Years Best (Actual) Headlines. Crack Found on Governors Daughter [hmm!] Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says [No, really?] Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers [Now thats taking things a bit far!] Is There a Ring of Debris around Uranus? [Do Do they ever read what they write?] Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over [What a guy!] Miners Refuse to Work after Death [No-good-for-nothing lazy so-and-sos!]

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Business School Admissions

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This essay comes from an unknown writer, but apparently got the person accepted into a good MBA program. Sounds like they'd make a pretty damn good consultant, too. ESSAY IN ORDER FOR THE ADMISSIONS STAFF OF [OUR BUSINESS SCHOOL] TO GET TO KNOW YOU, THE APPLICANT, BETTER, WE ASK THAT YOU ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTION: ARE THERE ANY SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCES YOU HAVE HAD, OR ACCOMPLISHMENTS YOU HAVE REALIZED, THAT HAVE HELPED TO DEFINE YOU AS A PERSON?

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Stock Buybacks Peaked With Stock Market in 2007: History About to Repeat?

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Interestingly, the peak in buybacks was also the peak in the US stock market in 2007.) - Revenues are closely linked to nominal GDP, and our US leading indicator sees this as lacklustre at best going forward. Shiller 10-Year PE Following the massive rally over the past several years, stocks are at one of the highest 10-year smoothed PEs in history exceeded only by the bubbles in 2000, 2007, and 1929.

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This Really Appeared on Craig's List

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No - I am not making this up. This entry appeared on Craig's list last week in the greater NYC Metropolitan area. The best part is the response. Honestly - if I could figure out who this guy is I'd want to recruit him. He'd make a GREAT consultant! Subject: What am I doing wrong? Okay, I'm tired of beating around the bush. I'm a beautiful (spectacularly beautiful) 25 year old girl. I'm articulate and classy. I'm not from New York, but live in the City.

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People Who Could Really Use a Consultant.

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Today's Person: Jorinda Sullivan REASON: She Lost her Job Because She Wore too Much Perfume LOST JOB 'OVER MY PERFUME' October 1, 2007 -- She wore too much Red Door, so they showed her the door. That's the claim of a Brooklyn woman who says she was fired as a customer-service rep because she wore too much perfume. Jorinda Sullivan, 24, of Canarsie is suing her former employer, Mindpearl, a customer-service center in Melville, L.I.,

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Drastic times call for drastic measures.

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The flight from philly to phoenix on us scare, i mean air, is about 5 hours. It's so long, in fact, that you can actually take a nap, get all your client work done, do some reading for pleasure, and take another nap. I've flown this route for 2 years. When I boarded the flight, I was so exhausted on Thursday I fell asleep the second I buckled my seat belt. Many of you have done the same after a long week (read: beating) at the client.

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Stocks More Overvalued Now Than 2000 and 2007 No Matter How You Look at Things

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The idea is from Ned Davis, but written up by Mark Hulbert in Opinion: Stocks are more overvalued now than at 2000 and 2007 peaks. Median NYSE Stock’s Current P/E and P/S Ratios Sparks Concern The stock market currently is even more overvalued than it was at the bull market peaks of both March 2000 and October 2007 — according to not just one, but two, valuation measures. in October 2007 and even lower in March 2000.

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Troubled PMs: View Once and Call Me in the Morning

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This was created by an astute colleague: [link] V. inspirational

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Yet another unhelpful Lotus message. Damn Lotus!

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I'm Going to Strangle A Contractor. Wait.

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Sent by an alert Government Consultant based in DC: So here's the deal.I work at an Army site, mixed uniforms, enlisted and officers, with contractors in a giant cubeland. Just overheard being said by a Chief Warrant Officer as he stormed down the hall through cubeland , "I'm going to strangle a contractor!" as he is making the universal strangling gestures with his hands. Seriously. Client Weirdness

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People Who Could Really Use A Consultant.

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Today's person: Kellie Pickler. People Who Could Really Use A Consultant

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Unhelpful Lotus Notes Message #428

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Rules about Getting into Cabs

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Lessons learned from a cab ride home from the airport last night: 1. Always do a "lean-in sniff test" of the cab before just jumping in, to see if said cab smells like pee. If it does, once you're in and the door is shut, you're screwed. You'll have pee-smell emanating from your body for the rest of the day, no matter how much travel-size Marriott lotion you might have in your bag to try to cover the odor. It doesn't work.

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A Moment to Celebrate

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Several weeks ago, I was the esteemed recipient of a rarely awarded privilege. For those in the consulting field, you’re probably thinking this means some sort of award, recognition, bonus, special thank you or other sort of accolade. Not in the consulting field? Well, you live lives too normal for me to relate, so, I have no idea what this sort of thing would mean to you. In the consulting field? The accolade? No, it certainly wasn’t that.

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DHS employee put on leave after wearing 'offensive' costume

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And this is why I don't work at DHS anymore. The Secretary of DHS actually had a press conference to discuss an offensive Halloween costume. Insanity. Here's my favorite quote: "Here is the bottom line: People do dumb things," Chertoff said. Like give press conferences about Halloween costumes. On the taxpayer's dime. Chertoff also says "The idea that you are going to come and impersonate someone of another ethnic group, I think, is completely unacceptable." Again - it's Halloween. Flawed logic

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Deep Thoughts.

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Demotivation

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You Know You're in the Right Industry When.

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Sent by an alert Bain consultant: (this actually happened) "You know you are in the right industry when. your boss sends an e-mail apologizing for not giving you ENOUGH work". Firm Craziness

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Deliverable Madness

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Erase that and you're DEAD.

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Sent by an alert Consultant in Chicago: courtesy of The Onion. Firm Craziness

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Alexander Hamilton & Organizational Design

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Yesterday I’m at my first engagement kickoff in a room with a firm partner, VPs and Managers. They all have MBAs from Wharton and Georgetown. I have a mini-MBA diploma photocopied from the back of my 10 Day MBA book. a.k.a. I have no idea what’s going on). At one point, I was confused about the difference between a centralized and a decentralized organization. Apparently my confusion was obvious by my face, and a Level 4 noticed. Level 4: You look confused. You studied political science, right?

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Procrastination is a Beautiful Thing.

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Demotivation

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The Proverbial Work-Life Balance.

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Sent by an alert consultant in London: Firm Craziness

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The Unfolding Mug Saga

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The following email was sent out to a consulting firm’s entire listserv with a Red Exclamation Point denoting its High Priority. Not joking.) Addressed to the firm/unknown mug thief: “You were clever enough to leave my mug out in the kitchen unbeknownst to me and then retrieve it back to the hideout just before I learned of its whereabouts. You win. You are one step ahead of me. Now, please return it. I am no match for you. My mug is white, has my last name on it and was a recent family gift.”

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Are YOU An Idiot?

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I definitely am. This took me wayyy too long. THE TRICK IS TO FIND THE MAN IN THE COFFEE BEANS: It's bizarre - after you find the guy - it's so obvious. Once you find him - it's embarrassing, and you think, why didn't I see him immediately? Doctors have concluded that if you find the man in the coffee beans in 3 seconds, the right half of your brain is better developed than most people. If you find the man between 3 seconds and 1 minute, the right half of the brain is developed normally.

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I'm a Rock Star.or just Insane. And this hotel doesn't have wireless.

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I’m officially insane. Not that there was really any doubt before, but here’s a story that basically tells you what a maniac I am. Or…as I like to think of it…more how die-hard, dedicated and just generally cool this crazy consultant is. So cool, in fact, that I get to end sentences with “is.” Yesterday, at approximately 3pm, I was put under anesthesia. I had this medical procedure that I needed to have done (I’ll let your imaginations run wild with that one), and they knocked me out for it.

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New Addition to the Consultantese Dictionary

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Sent to us by an alert consultant in Washington DC: The new term is: "ORGANIC GROWTH" Does anyone know what the heck this actually means? People are apparently using it left and right. Makes me think of some sort of parasitic tumor, or maybe a weed. Consultantese

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Billability - An Engineering Perspective

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Consultants who are easily offended

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Faulty Logic

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The following conversation took place at 2:23pm this afternoon. Setting (in the interest of providing a visual): I am sitting at my desk in cube I share with another consultant. Two computers are in front of me - my laptop and my client desktop. Because I'm "not allowed to access the firm's network on the client desktop, but I AM allowed to access it on a laptop if I bring the laptop from home." That's faulty logic piece #1.

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People Who Could Really Use A Consultant.

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Today's People: The Engaged Reason: For Not Thinking Before Getting Engaged. Let's hope they don't hyphenate their name(s). People Who Could Really Use A Consultant

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The Saga of the Client Site Bathroom Continues.

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Since it has been nearly a week since the cockroach-tapping bathroom incident, my confidence in using the client site bathroom has increased. I should know better. This is the same logic that we use right after we get a speeding ticket. We've just had our hand slapped, so we drive 10 miles an hour on the freeway for approximately three days, until somehow we feel we've "Done our due diligence," and we can now go back to our normal, illegal, speeding ways. Such is with the client site bathroom.