Winter 2014 East Coast Tour Recap

Management Consulted

On our January 2014 Consulting Bootcamp tour, we travelled to several universities up and down the East Coast – Duke, Georgia Tech, UGA, Penn, Harvard, McGill, Dartmouth, Columbia, and Cornell. *.

What Business Travelers Want Most From Loyalty Programs: Stealthy Luxury

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

So let’s talk about what paying business travelers like me really want. I can request a National reservation from any admin or travel department yet roll in a real car. These aren’t cheap and it’s just about impossible to finagle one from a wary travel agent, but if the client lets me book my own reservation online I always go this route. I guess I sounded like a dick in my last post, torching “manufactured spend” and other stupidity while offering a rich white-guy toast.

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Self assurance checklist for the anxious traveler

Seth Godin Blog

Travel has always meant possibility and change, and for some people, that means anxiety. There are people who will tell you to just get over it and enjoy travelling, but for some people, the real benefit happens if they can eliminate the things that trigger the biggest issues.

Saxo Bank Outrageous Predictions for 2014 Steen Jakobsen - My Comments


Saxo Bank''s Outrageous Predictions for 2014 came out last month, but given that Steen Jakobsen, Chief Economist for Saxo Bank will be speaking at Wine Country Conference II on May 1-2, a review of Saxo Bank''s predictions is in order. percent in 2014.

Thanksgiving Travel Nightmare: Over 700 Flights Canceled, Major Storms; Black Friday Ice; Please Drive Safely


If you are traveling tonight or tomorrow, please take extra time. If you are traveling by plane, please check your flight schedule. As snow rapidly exits the Northeast into Thanksgiving Day, there will still be some travel trouble spots in the wake of the storm.

#CrisisRoundup of Awesome Links: Week of September 8, 2014

Melissa Agnes

This week I’ve been trying to jam two work weeks into one as I’ll be traveling to the middle east next week – Dubai to be precise – to speak to healthcare delegates at a GCC government conference. Welcome to this week’s #CrisisRoundup! How is it Friday already?

Starwood Hotel and Resorts takes Aim at Business Travelers with SPG Pro

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One of the perks (or drawbacks depending on your perspective) of being a reporter is traveling on assignments. I''ve been sent to conferences in Cologne, Germany; New Orleans; Las Vegas, and Minneapolis among other cities in my career. There’s more… To read the rest of this blog posting click here or visit Customer Loyalty homepage

UK 2014 Consulting Bootcamp Tour Recap

Management Consulted

It’s good to travel with an ex-consultant! We’re excited to be back again soon (in April and October 2014) – if we didn’t see you this time, invite us for a visit! *.

My Tour of L.A.’s Emergency Operations Center – So Cool!

Melissa Agnes

Speaking and Travel Fun Last week, while I was in L.A.

Business Book Review: The McKinsey Way

Management Consulted

Consultants work long hours, travel a lot (especially at McKinsey due to their global staffing model), and put up with significant pressure to deliver in their jobs.

Women Book Business Travel Earlier, Saving Companies Millions

Harvard Business

The demand for business travel is gender-independent, but men and women demonstrate different travel habits that impact the bottom line. We know from previous research that women react more strongly to unforeseen events and are more stressed than men when traveling for work.

Gallup Consulting Interviews and Culture

Management Consulted

Unlike other firms, there is not that much traveling necessary – because Gallup conducts so much primary analysis, they are relying less on internal data for client firms. 2014 Salaries. GALLUP CONSULTING INTERVIEWS AND CULTURE.

Revenue Roadblock

Joellyn Sargent

Next time you bump into a wall along your own travels, let it be a reminder: be on the lookout for similar roadblocks in your own company’s customer journey. Meet the business prevention department. It’s the place great opportunities go to die.

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Management Consulted Goes to London (and Beyond)

Management Consulted

As if traveling across the ocean on the plane wasn’t enough, we felt it necessary to use as many forms of transportation as necessary…so we took a train up to Durham University.

Stretch for Business Success

Joellyn Sargent

To alleviate this problem, I’ll extend myself by reading and writing more, engaging more (see “Connect”), and traveling whenever possible. In recent blog posts I shared some insights on my three words to live by this year.

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B2B Salespeople Need to Act More Like Travel Agents

Harvard Business

Consider what’s happened with travel: With the explosion of internet travel sites in the 2000s, consumers took charge of their own travel, and travel agencies hemorrhaged business. According to the travel and leisure marketing firm MMGY, the use of travel agents increased by 50% from 2014 to 2015. Just as with travel, a wealth of easily available information has made it possible for buyers to do much of the work themselves.

Business Book Review: The 4-Hour Work Week

Management Consulted

Timothy Ferris provides an abundance of great viewpoints, possibilities, resources and tips for time savers, travel, eradicating office interruptions, increase productivity in whatever field or position you are in. Top 5 myths about travel as a management consultant.

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Uber Surpasses Rental Cars for Business Travelers; You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet


Since 1st quarter of 2014, Uber’s percentage of ground transportation business booked on Certify, the second-largest provider of expense software … Continue reading → Economics

Improve Business with Technology!

Women in Consulting

Business Travel. TripIt – TripIt’s trip planner keeps all of your travel plans in one spot with a master travel itinerary. By: Renee Daggett. Technology can help increase productivity and provide convenience in running a business.

Manufactured Spend and Other Stupid Games, or, "I’ve Got A Real Job"

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

Constant business travelers like me spend lots of time studying the nuances of “loyalty” programs. We make sure we maximize our airline and hotel status, we have a wallet full of credit cards, and we pick our travel providers accordingly.

Making Sense of Globalization


Less than 25 percent of the world''s economic activity travels across national borders. The DHL Global Connectedness Index, now in its third edition, shows that not all flows of trade, capital, information, and people are alike.

Greece Gets Sudden Influx of 50,000 Refugees in July (More Than 2014 Total) Seeks Help From EU


Almost 50,000 people entered Greece in July alone – more than the country received during all of 2014 – according to Frontex, the EU’s border agency. The already high misery index in Greece is about to get worse.

Gold is the New Silver: How American Airlines is like Trojan and Starbucks

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

So American Airlines (née US Airways) just announced their 2015 elite program, and the travel bloggers are starting to exhale. It''s not awful unless you flew more than 75k but less than 100k miles last year.

Police State USA: Civil Forfeiture Under Presumption of Guilt


The police officer told Lee " I have concluded my investigation and am keeping the money because you are traveling to California to buy drugs. " It is incredulous to believe someone would travel all the way from Michigan to California to buy a mere $2,400 in drugs. Traveling to the USA?

Analyzing the CDC’s Crisis Communication In U.S. Ebola Outbreak

Melissa Agnes

Yesterday evening it was announced that an American who had recently travelled to Liberia has been diagnosed with Ebola and is under intensive care in the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. — Dr. Tom Frieden (@DrFriedenCDC) September 30, 2014.

A Commercial Pilot’s 2-Year Plan to Break into Consulting

Management Consulted

People will just take a little bit of time and travel, or something like that. So I’ve just spent some time sending in applications to Georgia Tech for Fall 2014. So I pushed that back to fall 2014 and put in an application at Georgia Tech because all the firms I’m interested in recruit out of there. They have a location here in Atlanta, and it looks like a lot of their consultants don’t travel as much.

IRS Audits: What Do You Do?

Women in Consulting

Certain amounts on the return can trigger this: high mortgage interest, high charitable contributions, high business expenses, business losses for many years, no W-2s for Officers, high travel expenses, etc.

Gasoline Expenditure Forecast at Lowest Levels in 11 Years


household is expected to spend about $550 less on gasoline in 2015 compared with 2014, as annual motor fuel expenditures are on track to fall to their lowest level in 11 years. per gallon from its 2014 peak in late April and the lowest price since October 2009.

Meet "Ray" Your Valet Parking Robot


tons) 249 parking spaces are reserved for robots The service costs 29 euros a day and targets business travelers but is open to anyone Ray''s forklift method (with the car turned off) circumvents the need for an exchange of keys with a human attendant.

Bed and Breakfasts: Creative Accommodations On the Road or Nightmare on Elm Street?

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

But I’ve had a couple of co-workers choose a different route when they travel, and I’m curious what you all think of it. I stay at big chain hotels too often. I’m diamond in one program and platinum in another, so now I’m working towards gold in a third.

Simple Man's Macro View of the World


EM is under pressure as we end 2014 forced into the defensive by lack of reforms, but also a much stronger US Dollar, which means the “mean-reversion” trade is for 2015 is for a weaker US dollar to rebalance towards EM growth as the path of least resistance.

France Collective Depression; Growing Demand for Protection from Immigrants; Only 35% Think EU is Good for France


Outrageous Predictions Points one and two in the above "key stats" speak volumes about Saxo Bank 10 Outrageous Predictions for 2014 - Steen Jakobsen. Wine Country Conference II The second annual Wine Country Conference will be held May 1st & 2nd, 2014.

Time to Short the US Dollar? Go Long Commodities?


Safe travels, Steen Jakobsen Short the Dollar? Is it time to short the dollar? Saxo bank chief economist Steen Jakobsen thinks so. Via email from Steen. What is wrong with changing your mind because the facts changed?

Wine Country Conference May 1st & 2nd, 2014; Nothing Like It!


I am pleased to announce the second annual Wine County Conference , to be held May 1st & 2nd, 2014. Conference Details For further details about the 2014 conference, please see Wine Country Conference May 1st & 2nd, 2014 Nothing Like It! Stay an extra day and golf or travel. We have an exciting lineup of speakers for this year''s conference. John Hussman : Founder of Hussman Funds, Director of the John P.

Shifting Time

Tom Spencer

We can also travel forwards in time. THE wonderful thing about humans is our ability to move through time and space, without going anywhere at all. The ability to think about the past allows us to reflect on experiences, our own or those of others, and to learn from them. Your author used to wonder at length during his high school history classes about the value of studying history.

Indianapolis Airport Unveils Roaming Customer Service Robot on Wheels; Next Big Thing in Airport Customer Relations


The robot was rolled out Thursday, with a staffer guiding it remotely around the baggage claim area greeting travelers and looking for anyone who needed assistance.

Schoolgirls Aged 14-16 Leave France, UK, Germany for Syria to Join ISIS Jihad


Girls as young as 14 or 15 are travelling mainly to Syria to marry jihadis, bear their children and join communities of fighters, with a small number taking up arms.