Eight Secret Weapons of the Modern Consultant

Steve Shu Consulting

Although I’ve developed a number of blog posts addressing the practice of management consulting, I have spent little time tying things together into a framework of secret weapons of the modern consultant. Secret weapons are a spectrum of tactics and skill areas – while some may be used widely, they are often passed through mentorship or apprenticeship in bits and pieces.

Special Discussion on Starting Consulting Services Organizations Within Product Companies

Steve Shu Consulting

When people think about consultants, they often think about those that work for companies like McKinsey, Accenture, Deloitte, etc. These are companies that are essentially independent from product vendors.

List of strategy consulting firms in Hong Kong

Tom Spencer

List of strategy consulting firms in Hong Kong 2011. by Tom Spencer on September 29, 2011 · 0 comments. About. Book Shop. Archive. Definitions. Helpful Links. Quotes. Subscribe. in Management Consulting. List of strategy consulting firms in Hong Kong. Accenture.

How My Father and Fatherhood Have Transformed Me as a Professional

Steve Shu Consulting

On this Father’s Day, I wanted to give a short tribute to my dad, and reflect on his professional influence on me. My father is a great man. He received an education in electrical engineering, served in the U.S.

Management Consulting Manifesto

Steve Shu Consulting

Got an idea from Dan Wallace (Twitter handle: @Ideafood ) to write a manifesto (link to some other examples here ). As many regular readers may know, I am pretty passionate about the practice of business and management consulting. Without further ado, here is a working draft of my management consulting manifesto: Do what’s best for the client before the consulting firm. Lead and practice ethically. Love the client and commit fully or leave at the earliest, ethical moment.

How To Make Project Closure and Client-Consultant Transitions Smooth

Steve Shu Consulting

Eventually projects with consultants come to an end. Similar to completion of a good run as an employee of a firm, feelings at the end of a consulting project can be bittersweet. For me, the sweetness of successfully completing a project feels great, while the end of the day-to-day, close working relationship with the client can make one reflect for a moment longer.

Q&A On Management Consulting and Leadership Topics (On Quora)

Steve Shu Consulting

For those unfamiliar with Quora , it is one of the emerging “question and answer” sites on the Internet. Although its positioning is not quite clear to me yet, a point of difference relative to other sites (like Yahoo Answers) is that Quora integrates aspects of social networking technology. Throw in a carefully-honed, early-adopter market segment and some venture capital hype – the result for now seems to be a high-quality, professional dialogue hub.

Facilitation Technique: “Painting the Ends of the Spectrum”

Steve Shu Consulting

While I don’t often write about leadership, management, and consulting “techniques”, there’s one that I wanted to share as I’ve found it useful when facilitating a diverse group of folks. I call it “painting the ends of the spectrum”, although I’m sure there other varieties and names for this approach.

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What I’ve Learned From Buyers of Management Consulting Services

Steve Shu Consulting

Many blog posts and articles address when to use management consultants versus not. Some argue that using consultants for strategy development intimate incompetence by management (example here ). Others argue that consultants should be used in cases when expertise is higher than that of existing employees. Companies should definitely examine the needs and tradeoffs for using management consultants.

How Much Does Marketing Cost?

Joellyn Sargent

I just reviewed an RFP for marketing services. It was a very detailed, well written RFP. And the client was asking for everything. Which is not a problem. Unless you have a limited budget. Do you know how much marketing costs? How much should it cost?

List of economic consulting firms in Hong Kong

Tom Spencer

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Consultant Ninja: The Math of Jefferson County, Alabama's Sewer.

Consultant Ninja

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Business Development Chronicles – The Story of Us (Doesn’t Have to End in Tragedy)

Steve Shu Consulting

It’s a tale of Big Company and Small Company. Big Company likes Small Company’s: focus and style. entrepreneurial attitude and skills. Small Company likes Big Company’s: scale of resources. scope and number of customers. Big Company hates thing like: getting embarrassed by Small Company in front of customers. getting burned and stuck with Small Company’s software source code. worrying about loose cannons in Small Company’s organization. working with Small Company’s legal paper.

Consultant Ninja: Why the US Housing Market is still royally screwed.

Consultant Ninja

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Mankiw's 10 Principles of Economics - Tom Spencer consulting blog

Tom Spencer

by Tom Spencer on November 23, 2011 · 1 comment  ·  Image Source. November 23, 2011 at 11:04 pm. About. Book Shop. Archive. Definitions. Helpful Links. Quotes. Subscribe. Mankiw’s 10 Principles of Economics.

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Consultant Ninja: America's "Lost Decade" of Housing: Management.

Consultant Ninja

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Consultant Ninja: Consulting Verbatims: Management Consulting Blog

Consultant Ninja

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Economies of Scope - Tom Spencer consulting blog

Tom Spencer

by Tom Spencer on November 14, 2011 · 0 comments  ·  Image Source. For example, SMEs currently account for more than 99% of businesses in Europe ( Economist Intelligence Unit 2011 ). About. Book Shop. Archive. Definitions. Helpful Links. Quotes. Subscribe.

Best Business Books 2011: Ethics and Aspirations

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The Rule of Three - Tom Spencer consulting blog

Tom Spencer

by Tom Spencer on September 22, 2011 · 1 comment  ·  Image Source. September 30, 2011 at 9:59 pm. About. Book Shop. Archive. Definitions. Helpful Links. Quotes. Subscribe. The Rule of Three. in Management Consulting.

Free Money Day - Tom Spencer consulting blog

Tom Spencer

by Tom Spencer on September 14, 2011 · 1 comment  ·  Image Source. September 15, 2011 at 6:18 am. About. Book Shop. Archive. Definitions. Helpful Links. Quotes. Subscribe. Free Money Day. in Economics.

Best Business Books 2011: Strategy - Strategy+Business

Strategy+Business

We need you to lead us - Tom Spencer consulting blog

Tom Spencer

by Tom Spencer on December 14, 2011 · 0 comments  ·  Image Source. About. Book Shop. Archive. Definitions. Helpful Links. Quotes. Subscribe. We need you to lead us. in Leadership. You too can put a ding in the universe. THERE are three simple steps to being a visionary leader.

Who is responsible for your success? - Tom Spencer consulting blog

Tom Spencer

by Tom Spencer on September 19, 2011 · 0 comments  ·  Image Source. About. Book Shop. Archive. Definitions. Helpful Links. Quotes. Subscribe. Who is responsible for your success? in Business Strategy.

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The Three-Question Rule - Tom Spencer consulting blog

Tom Spencer

by Tom Spencer on September 24, 2011 · 2 comments. September 25, 2011 at 6:03 pm. September 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm. About. Book Shop. Archive. Definitions. Helpful Links. Quotes. Subscribe. The Three-Question Rule. in Management Consulting. “I

List of strategy consulting firms in London

Tom Spencer

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Interest rate on 10 year government bonds

Tom Spencer

by Tom Spencer on December 13, 2011 · 1 comment  ·  Image Source. December 14, 2011 at 8:09 pm. About. Book Shop. Archive. Definitions. Helpful Links. Quotes. Subscribe. Interest rate on 10 year government bonds.

Best Business Books 2011: Management - Strategy+Business

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The Road Not Taken - Tom Spencer consulting blog

Tom Spencer

by Tom Spencer on November 20, 2011 · 0 comments  ·  Image Source. About. Book Shop. Archive. Definitions. Helpful Links. Quotes. Subscribe. The Road Not Taken. in Business Strategy. Which path are you following?

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Improve Your Speech Writing with The Rule of Three

Tom Spencer

by Tom Spencer on September 23, 2011 · 0 comments. About. Book Shop. Archive. Definitions. Helpful Links. Quotes. Subscribe. Improve Your Speech Writing with The Rule of Three. in Management Consulting. The Rule of Three can make you more persuasive, memorable and entertaining.

Kim Jong Il ? farewell and good riddance

Tom Spencer

by Tom Spencer on December 20, 2011 · 1 comment  ·  Image Source. December 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm. About. Book Shop. Archive. Definitions. Helpful Links. Quotes. Subscribe. Kim Jong Il – farewell and good riddance.

Understanding Michael Porter: The Essential Guide to Competition.

Tom Spencer

by Tom Spencer on December 17, 2011 · 1 comment. December 19, 2011 at 9:58 pm. About. Book Shop. Archive. Definitions. Helpful Links. Quotes. Subscribe. Understanding Michael Porter: The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy.

Are you creating remarkable products? - Tom Spencer consulting blog

Tom Spencer

by Tom Spencer on December 15, 2011 · 0 comments. About. Book Shop. Archive. Definitions. Helpful Links. Quotes. Subscribe. Are you creating remarkable products? in Business Strategy. REMARKABLE products are products that are worth making a remark about.

Greek default in all but name - Tom Spencer consulting blog

Tom Spencer

by Tom Spencer on November 27, 2011 · 0 comments  ·  Image Source. IN OCTOBER 2011, private banks accepted a 50% writedown on Greek debt. About. Book Shop. Archive. Definitions. Helpful Links. Quotes. Subscribe. Greek default in all but name.

January 17th, 2012 #OWS - Tom Spencer consulting blog

Tom Spencer

by Tom Spencer on December 11, 2011 · 0 comments. About. Book Shop. Archive. Definitions. Helpful Links. Quotes. Subscribe. January 17th, 2012 #OWS. in Leadership. Things just escalated.

The Victor - Tom Spencer consulting blog

Tom Spencer

by Tom Spencer on August 27, 2011 · 0 comments  ·  Image Source. About. Book Shop. Archive. Definitions. Helpful Links. Quotes. Subscribe. Thinking. in Business Strategy. How great are you? If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don’t.

Monkey Economy - Tom Spencer consulting blog

Tom Spencer

by Tom Spencer on December 7, 2011 · 0 comments. About. Book Shop. Archive. Definitions. Helpful Links. Quotes. Subscribe. Monkey Economy. in Economics. Monkeys learn to use money – what can we learn?

5 Building Blocks for a Persuasive Pitch

Tom Spencer

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Death to Pennies - Tom Spencer consulting blog

Tom Spencer

by Tom Spencer on December 5, 2011 · 0 comments. About. Book Shop. Archive. Definitions. Helpful Links. Quotes. Subscribe. Death to Pennies. in Economics. Inflation erodes the value of real currency.

US Unemployment Rate Drops: good news?

Tom Spencer

by Tom Spencer on December 9, 2011 · 0 comments  ·  Image Source. About. Book Shop. Archive. Definitions. Helpful Links. Quotes. Subscribe. US Unemployment Rate Drops: good news? in Economics.