The Power of Project-Based Thinking

Steve Shu Consulting

As a consultant, 2010 has been an interesting year for me to reflect upon. I am thankful for the clients I have, and they have challenged me to perform my best in a very diverse set of circumstances and industries over the past couple of years. What was particularly interesting this year was the mixture of smaller, project-based clients versus clients that had more of a retainer-based model engagement structure with me.

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Perspectives on “The 24-Hour Customer” (Strategy, Marketing, and Innovation Book) in Context of Marketing Segmentation

Steve Shu Consulting

Adrian C. Ott, CEO and founder of Exponential Edge Inc. included me on her distribution list for an advanced reading copy of her new book, The 24-Hour Customer. I cannot say enough good things about this book. In my mind, the book is excellent for executives, strategists, marketing, and innovators. From a strategy perspective, the approaches are well-structured and remind me of timeless, Michael Porter-esque classics.

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Should You Seek Input or Help From a Third Party?

Steve Shu Consulting

People should view this post as a “food for thought” post. The idea for this post was triggered by things I have been increasingly seeing in companies as the recession bottoms out. The managerial situations are similar pre-recession, but anecdotally the occurrence seems more numerous as managers raise their heads-up to reassess their vantage point.

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Using The “Seeding” And “Facilitating” Approach In Management Meetings And Consulting Engagements

Steve Shu Consulting

One technique that I tend to use a lot in management meetings and consulting engagements involves the use of two slide types. The purpose of these slides is often to help the management team get aligned and make a critical decision about some set of issues. The first slide I call the "Seeding" slide. The second slide I call the "Facilitating" slide.

How To Help Ensure Strategy Scorecards Don’t Fail You

Steve Shu Consulting

For many strategy engagements, a lot of attention is paid to the detailed analysis framework. For example, should a benchmarking framework be used? Or will that framework lead us down a path of mediocrity? Or perhaps value-chain or Blue Ocean-like analysis should be used here? What method should we use for prioritizing brand associations and rectifying brand image versus identity? Regardless of strategy technique, one key output of these efforts is often a scorecard summary.

The Power of Using “We” In Client-Consultant Communications

Steve Shu Consulting

Recently I found myself in the doctor’s office seeking advice on a health issue I had been having with finger & joint pain. The way these conversations played out (with me in a reverse role as a client) triggered some thoughts about client-consultant communications that I thought I’d share here. Now as context, many services relationships with medical professionals can be viewed as similar to consultant-client relationships.

Consultant Ninja: Why PowerPoint is Bad: Management Consulting.

Consultant Ninja

Friday, July 23, 2010. Source: Microsoft Q4 2010 Webcast. The worst bit is obviously the line "office 2010 is off to a great start" I think it should be replaced with: "Office 2010 should be taken out the back of the chemical sheds and shot" July 25, 2010 at 5:10 PM. August 19, 2010 at 4:40 PM. October 14, 2010 at 10:29 AM. November 13, 2010 at 6:09 PM. Friday, July 23, 2010. skip to main | skip to sidebar.

A Peek At The Difficulties of Incubating New Initiatives Within Large Companies

Steve Shu Consulting

Entrepreneurial situations in large companies differ from that of startups, yet one thing that they seem to share is that they often represent “hope” in one way or another. In the case of large corporations, these new initiatives can not only turn out to be profitable “ventures” but also boost morale and reward key employees through growth opportunities. Yet many of these new initiatives have difficulty getting off the ground. Frustration is common.

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Consultant Ninja: How Consultants Manage Frequent Flyer Miles.

Consultant Ninja

Monday, September 27, 2010. September 28, 2010 at 10:41 AM. September 28, 2010 at 11:40 AM. October 10, 2010 at 10:40 AM. October 10, 2010 at 11:13 AM. October 28, 2010 at 11:06 PM. November 25, 2010 at 11:59 AM. November 25, 2010 at 12:52 PM. Monday, September 27, 2010. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Consultant Ninja.

Review of “Open Leadership” Framework (Leadership and Social Technologies Book)

Steve Shu Consulting

Charlene Li, founder of the Altimeter Group and co-author of the bestselling book Groundswell , was generous to include me on her distribution list for an advanced reading copy of her new book Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead. Open Leadership both motivates and provides an excellent framework & toolkit for changing and opening up an organization through support of social technologies.

The Business Plan Is Alive And Well But It May Not Be What You Think

Steve Shu Consulting

As many times I have written a “business plan”, it seems the flavor of it can vary quite substantially. I think the notion of this catches a good number of people by surprise. And why shouldn’t that be the case? Many textbooks and templates seem to cover business plan outlines with relatively similar structures. My suspicion is that the perspective that gets lost in the mix is intent. The intent of a business plan affects its format and content dramatically (more than outline).

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Using a “Frontier Chart” to Evaluate and Plan Project Portfolio Strategy

Steve Shu Consulting

The introduction of new product or service lines into an existing customer base is a challenge that companies often face with new business development. Sometimes the opportunities can be readily quantified using traditional financial analysis (e.g., using net present value, scenario, and waterfall buildup methods). At other times, there may be hazards of trying to quantify an opportunity too early in the process before conceptual alignment of the stakeholders.

Consulting MBA 101: Great Books, Magazines, and Websites

Management Consulted

This was a previously published article that I’ve since updated and expanded on, to include not only books and magazines but great resources from around the web. It’s important to be well-read when you apply for a consulting job, for… Read Article. The post Consulting MBA 101: Great Books, Magazines, and Websites appeared first on Management Consulted.

Charles River interview secrets from an ex-consultant turned CPG analyst

Management Consulted

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving everyone! Have a special treat for you guys – a 36 minute podcast interview with Shreenath Regunathan. Shreenath has a very interesting background – he graduated from a huge public school (UT-Austin), spent several years at Charles… Read Article. The post Charles River interview secrets from an ex-consultant turned CPG analyst appeared first on Management Consulted.

Consultant Ninja: Recommendation: Long BP Based on impending.

Consultant Ninja

Wednesday, May 5, 2010. But he also conceded that while he is familiar with the known law of physics he is "unfamiliar with the telekinetic potential of meditation." - Boulder Daily Camera , May 4, 2010 I love how the reporter got him to concede that all he knows about are "the law of physics.". May 13, 2010 at 5:40 AM. May 21, 2010 at 2:13 PM. June 22, 2010 at 11:00 AM. July 1, 2010 at 7:07 PM. August 15, 2010 at 5:47 PM. Wednesday, May 5, 2010.

Consultant Ninja: Company Vision Statement: Management.

Consultant Ninja

Wednesday, April 14, 2010. June 13, 2010 at 11:47 PM. Wednesday, April 14, 2010. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Consultant Ninja. Management Consultant | Excel Jockey | Slide Monkey | Corporate Insurgent | One-Eyed Man in the Valley of the Blind Mckinsey | Bain | BCG | Booz | Oliver Wyman. Company Vision Statement. I only had to take one identifiable word out of this client organizations mission statement. It was hung in a prominent corridor of the client office.

Consultant Ninja: The most fascintating news release you'll read this.

Consultant Ninja

Friday, April 16, 2010. April 16, 2010 at 2:22 PM. April 16, 2010 at 2:59 PM. Friday, April 16, 2010. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Consultant Ninja. Management Consultant | Excel Jockey | Slide Monkey | Corporate Insurgent | One-Eyed Man in the Valley of the Blind Mckinsey | Bain | BCG | Booz | Oliver Wyman. The most fascintating news release youll read this week. Undisclosed in the marketing materials and unbeknownst to investors, the Paulson & Co. hedge fund.

Consultant Ninja: Future Demand Borrowing, Revisited and.

Consultant Ninja

Friday, February 26, 2010. Friday, February 26, 2010. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Consultant Ninja. Management Consultant | Excel Jockey | Slide Monkey | Corporate Insurgent | One-Eyed Man in the Valley of the Blind Mckinsey | Bain | BCG | Booz | Oliver Wyman. Future Demand Borrowing, Revisited and Forecasted. This kind of closes my case on future demand borrowing , 2 months later.

Charles River interview secrets from an ex-consultant turned CPG analyst

Management Consulted

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving everyone! Have a special treat for you guys – a 36 minute podcast interview with Shreenath Regunathan. Shreenath has a very interesting background – he graduated from a huge public school (UT-Austin), spent several years at Charles… Read Article. The post Charles River interview secrets from an ex-consultant turned CPG analyst appeared first on Management Consulted.

Consultant Ninja: Future Demand Borrowing, Revisited.

Consultant Ninja

Monday, January 25, 2010. Monday, January 25, 2010. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Consultant Ninja. Management Consultant | Excel Jockey | Slide Monkey | Corporate Insurgent | One-Eyed Man in the Valley of the Blind Mckinsey | Bain | BCG | Booz | Oliver Wyman. Future Demand Borrowing, Revisited. Looks like my forecast on future demand borrowing was borne out. Source: Rolfe Winkler. Posted by Consultant Ninja. at 12:03 PM. Labels: Analysis. Related Posts.

How to land offers at Bain and Deloitte…from a completely non-technical background!

Management Consulted

Today, we’ve got a very special interview for you guys. Ryan first reached out to us after purchasing The Consulting Bible. He was able to secure summer internship offers at Bain and Deloitte – no small accomplishment in this economy… Read Article. The post How to land offers at Bain and Deloitte…from a completely non-technical background! appeared first on Management Consulted. consulting interviews bain job consulting interview deloitte job ucla anderson

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How to land offers at Bain and Deloitte…from a completely non-technical background!

Management Consulted

Today, we’ve got a very special interview for you guys. Ryan first reached out to us after purchasing The Consulting Bible. He was able to secure summer internship offers at Bain and Deloitte – no small accomplishment in this economy… Read Article. The post How to land offers at Bain and Deloitte…from a completely non-technical background! appeared first on Management Consulted. consulting interviews bain job consulting interview deloitte job ucla anderson

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Organizational Character and Leadership Development | Consulting.

Consulting and Organizational Management

Organizational Character and Leadership Development By Jim Smith on December 16, 2010. Library. Translate This. Home. Share » Connect » Blog: Consulting and Organizational Development. Library Blogs Home. This Blogs Home. Guest Writer Submissions. Policies. To Subscribe to a Blog. About. Feedback.

How Much Should the Client Be Involved in Consulting Projects.

Consulting and Organizational Management

By Carter McNamara on December 10, 2010. ” Jonathan Bernstein December 11, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Permalink. Carmen Gattuso December 27, 2010 at 10:52 am | Permalink. Library. Translate This. Home. Share » Connect » Blog: Consulting and Organizational Development. Library Blogs Home. This Blogs Home. Guest Writer Submissions. Policies. To Subscribe to a Blog. About. Feedback. How Much Should the Client Be Involved in Consulting Projects?

Types of Consultants - Free Management Library

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Foundations of Consulting — Part 4: Types of Consultants By Carter McNamara on November 15, 2010. Library. Translate This. Home. Share » Connect » Blog: Consulting and Organizational Development. Library Blogs Home. This Blogs Home. Guest Writer Submissions. Policies. To Subscribe to a Blog. About. Feedback. Part 1 of this series is What Do Consultants Do?,

Managing Boundaries in Systems - Free Management Library

Consulting and Organizational Management

Managing Boundaries in Systems By Jim Smith on September 28, 2010. Library. Translate This. Home. Share » Connect » Blog: Consulting and Organizational Development. Library Blogs Home. This Blogs Home. Guest Writer Submissions. Policies. To Subscribe to a Blog. About. Feedback. Organization Development is all about change in work systems. Everybody talks about systems but what does that mean? General Systems Theory is an organizational theory.

Types of Changes | Consulting and Organizational Development

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Types of Changes By Jim Smith on June 3, 2010. 2 responses to “Types of Changes” Stephan Klaschka June 10, 2010 at 11:47 am | Permalink. magesa deo July 3, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Permalink. Library. Translate This. Home. Share » Connect » Blog: Consulting and Organizational Development. Library Blogs Home. This Blogs Home. Guest Writer Submissions. Policies. To Subscribe to a Blog. About. Feedback.

What's a "Mature" Organization? - Free Management Library

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By Carter McNamara on April 23, 2010. ” Free Management Library and iBrand Masters Tweets 2010-04-25 | Marketing April 25, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Permalink. [.] Stephen R Ferriss April 26, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Permalink. Carmen Gattuso June 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Permalink. Library. Translate This. Home. Share » Connect » Blog: Consulting and Organizational Development. Library Blogs Home. This Blogs Home. Guest Writer Submissions. Policies.

Systems View: A Social-Technical Perspective | Consulting and.

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Systems View: A Social-Technical Perspective By Jim Smith on August 16, 2010. Library. Translate This. Home. Share » Connect » Blog: Consulting and Organizational Development. Library Blogs Home. This Blogs Home. Guest Writer Submissions. Policies. To Subscribe to a Blog. About. Feedback. We need just a bit more theory before we can take the next step, which is broadening this monologue on systems from theory to principles of re-design and change.

When Consultants Should Facilitate, Coach or Train | Consulting.

Consulting and Organizational Management

When Consultants Should Facilitate, Coach or Train By Carter McNamara on April 13, 2010. One response to “When Consultants Should Facilitate, Coach or Train” Beth Smith April 20, 2010 at 12:55 am | Permalink. Library. Translate This. Home. Share » Connect » Blog: Consulting and Organizational Development. Library Blogs Home. This Blogs Home. Guest Writer Submissions. Policies. To Subscribe to a Blog. About. Feedback.

Designing and Building Real-Time Learning Systems | Consulting.

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Designing and Building Real-Time Learning Systems By Jim Smith on May 17, 2010. Library. Translate This. Home. Share » Connect » Blog: Consulting and Organizational Development. Library Blogs Home. This Blogs Home. Guest Writer Submissions. Policies. To Subscribe to a Blog. About. Feedback. Marv Weisbord’s Model – Two Critical Paths to Change.

Systems Thinking- What's That? - Free Management Library

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By Jim Smith on July 26, 2010. Library. Translate This. Home. Share » Connect » Blog: Consulting and Organizational Development. Library Blogs Home. This Blogs Home. Guest Writer Submissions. Policies. To Subscribe to a Blog. About. Feedback. Systems Thinking- What’s That? It was 1968 when an obscure academic at the University of Edmonton, Ludwig Von Bertalanffy, publish the book General Systems Theory.

A Definition and Implementation of Organizational Change - Free.

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A Definition and Implementation of Organizational Change By Jim Smith on May 27, 2010. One response to “A Definition and Implementation of Organizational Change” Tweets that mention A Definition and Implementation of Organizational Change | Consulting and Organizational Development -- Topsy.com May 27, 2010 at 9:13 am | Permalink. [.] Library. Translate This. Home. Share » Connect » Blog: Consulting and Organizational Development. Library Blogs Home.

7 Options for "Success" in Consulting Projects | Consulting and.

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7 Options for "Success" in Consulting Projects By Carter McNamara on June 10, 2010. 2 responses to “7 Options for "Success" in Consulting Projects” Mohamed Hassan June 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Permalink. AKWERO BETTY OTTO August 11, 2010 at 2:30 am | Permalink. Library. Translate This. Home. Share » Connect » Blog: Consulting and Organizational Development. Library Blogs Home. This Blogs Home. Guest Writer Submissions. Policies.

Welcome to the Library's Blogs! - Free Management Library

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By Jim Smith on June 28, 2010. Library. Translate This. Home. Share » Connect » Blog: Consulting and Organizational Development. Library Blogs Home. This Blogs Home. Guest Writer Submissions. Policies. To Subscribe to a Blog. About. Feedback. Welcome to the Library’s Blogs! Development is hard pressed to interface with operations. Yet it is extremely important that this interface be workable because developments are not relevant until they find their way into operations.

Are You Doing OD? Training? Consulting? Coaching? All of These.

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By Carter McNamara on May 21, 2010. Janney May 22, 2010 at 7:28 am | Permalink. Barbara Saunders June 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Permalink. Library. Translate This. Home. Share » Connect » Blog: Consulting and Organizational Development. Library Blogs Home. This Blogs Home. Guest Writer Submissions. Policies. To Subscribe to a Blog. About. Feedback. Are You Doing OD? Training? Consulting? Coaching? All of These? OD vs. Training – Or Is It?

Be Careful About Proclaiming "Failed Management Movements.

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By Carter McNamara on April 28, 2010. ” Jonathan Bernstein April 29, 2010 at 10:32 am | Permalink. Carmen Gattuso June 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Permalink. Library. Translate This. Home. Share » Connect » Blog: Consulting and Organizational Development. Library Blogs Home. This Blogs Home. Guest Writer Submissions. Policies. To Subscribe to a Blog. About. Feedback. Be Careful About Proclaiming "Failed Management Movements"!

Foundations of Consulting ? Part 3: Primary Working Goals and.

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Foundations of Consulting — Part 3: Primary Working Goals and Assumptions of Consultants By Carter McNamara on April 19, 2010. 4 responses to “Foundations of Consulting — Part 3: Primary Working Goals and Assumptions of Consultants” Jack Prouty April 26, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Permalink. Rudi Roux May 4, 2010 at 1:24 am | Permalink. Natasha Carr June 28, 2010 at 10:44 am | Permalink. Bart Dolley August 6, 2010 at 9:22 am | Permalink. Library.

The Crazy Lives of Consultants: Office Annoyances and Jargon.

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

Monday, February 15, 2010. February 21, 2010 at 2:30 PM. February 26, 2010 at 7:40 AM. February 28, 2010 at 12:05 AM. March 3, 2010 at 1:47 PM. March 15, 2010 at 3:56 PM. March 17, 2010 at 10:45 AM. March 18, 2010 at 6:58 PM. March 21, 2010 at 4:08 AM. March 22, 2010 at 11:00 AM. March 28, 2010 at 5:45 AM. " April 20, 2010 at 11:52 AM. April 23, 2010 at 1:58 AM. April 26, 2010 at 11:29 PM.

What's Your Non-Profit's Bottom Line?

The Nonprofit Consultant

From Guest Blogger Nick Cooney. Nick is the author of "Change Of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change" (www.ChangeOfHeartBook.com) , and the founder and director of The Humane League, an animal advocacy organization based in Philadelphia, PA. Is your non-profit succeeding in its mission? How can you tell?