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How to Make Your Consulting Joyful (Again)

David A Fields

If your consulting firm’s plate is overflowing with client work, you’re probably hustling long hours and stressing over deliverables, capacity and quality.

The future of Asia: Asian flows and networks are defining the next phase of globalization

McKinsey

The Asian Century has begun. Asia is the world’s largest regional economy and, as its economies integrate further, it has the potential to fuel and shape the next phase of globalization. Asia-Pacific

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Writing For Publications To Get Consulting Clients with Yuri Kruman: Podcast #106

Consulting Success

In the consulting business, nothing gets people to connect with you more than telling your stories. Yuri Kruman of Master The Talk Consulting leveraged his talent for storytelling to do that.

Your Lean Six Sigma Belt Program *IS* The Problem

Markovitz Consulting

I visited a company a few weeks ago that asks all of their employees to do a green belt project. It’s not mandatory, but completion of a project is part of their annual review. Not surprisingly, the management boasts that nearly everyone does a project. You know how many people do a second project? Less than 5%. This company is doing okay, but they definitely don’t have a culture of continuous improvement. Plenty of green belts, sure.

The Definitive Guide to Becoming a High-Growth Company

Why do some companies grow at a double-digit pace every year, while others experience nominal (or even flat) growth year over year? Discover the common attributes that your High-Growth Clients have in common as they outperform their competition in top-line growth!

How to glean insights from data and where to start?

Tom Spencer

This question comes up often. It is typically asked when you are thrown multiple data sources, running up to millions of rows. Sometimes you are lucky — you may be asked to solve a very specific and well-studied problem (e.g.

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Is technology a differentiator anymore?

The Source

Every year we survey thousands of clients, asking them to tell us about the world’s leading consulting firms. In the last few years, the likes of IBM Services and Accenture have topped the ranking when we ask clients about the quality of work delivered.

Navigating the Rapids of Your Mind

The More Clients Blog

Imagine you’re in a kayak paddling down a river. It’s a beautiful day and you’re feeling great. But then, up ahead, you see a fork in the river. To the right, the river is flowing smoothly; to the left, you see rapids and rocks. So, which way do you steer your kayak?

Mastering the duality of digital: How companies withstand disruption

McKinsey

McKinsey research shows that established companies win by addressing digital strategy’s dual imperatives: building new digital businesses while digitizing legacy operations. Digital Insights

3 Things to Remember as You Start Your Consulting Career

Tom Spencer

These are a few tips and tricks that I’ve picked up from my own personal experience as well as anecdotes for consultants a few years out. There are a lot of things to note when first starting your career, but these are the most broadly applicable. Be open-minded.

Assessing the Five Styles of Enterprise Business Intelligence

The world of BI and analytics has evolved. Discover the five styles of reporting and analysis, and learn the pros and cons of each in an enterprise scenario.

The Biggest Marketing Mistake Is Forgetting Lifetime Value

Henry DeVries

The biggest mistake in small business marketing is forgetting the phrase “lifetime value of a client.” Understanding this strategy can leave your cheaper competition in the dust

October 15 in Portland: Strategic Insights Gathering

Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Strategic Insights Gathering. On October 15th from 3:00-5:00 pm in Portland, Oregon, SME Strategy Managing Partner Anthony Taylor and Cascade Strategy North America CEO Carl Cox will be hosting a thoroughly interactive and thought provoking strategic planning event. SME Strategy Updates

Oiling Your Pipeline

Kai Davis

You care about your leads, don’t you? After all, you’re a thinker, a tastemaker, and a very important business person. Let’s talk about Oiling Your Pipeline. Regular inspection, maintenance, and oiling of your pipeline will help prevent it from going dry. Survey the scene.

Speak softly, make tough decisions: An interview with Alibaba Group chairman and CEO Daniel Zhang

McKinsey

The chairman and CEO of China’s e-commerce giant describes Alibaba’s approach to innovation and how he balances analytics and instinct to push himself to spot hidden opportunities. China

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Thought leadership: It’s all relative

The Source

Along with terrible haircuts, padded shoulders, and beige, French post-structuralist critical theory was really big in the 1980s.

Value and Impact: A tale of two practitioners

Rod Burkert

I hope you found our last conversation inspires you to fight industry disruption … to dig in … to strike out on your own if an Accounting/BV firm merger does not suit you … to fight the likes of big data valuation solutions.

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

CaseInterview.com

Imposter syndrome occurs when the skills required for your job exceed your inaccurate self-perception of your abilities and worthiness of the job. You know you suffer imposter syndrome when you feel like you aren’t good enough to keep the job you have or are constantly worried you’re going to lose it. Imposter syndrome occurs when competently skilled people have a damaged sense of self-worth and self-esteem. From a career progression standpoint, having imposter syndrome is a major liability.

Rest First

Kai Davis

Priority Number 1 is rest. When you’re building your calendar, schedule your rests first — pauses, breaks, silences, holidays, and time off. It’s too easy to schedule your work first and let a holiday, vacation day, or relaxed 3-day weekend miss you.

How to master the seven-step problem-solving process

McKinsey

Structured problem solving can be used to address almost any complex challenge in business or public policy. Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights

HR Analytics Tools

Consultants' Consultant

Consultants Consultant: Data analytics is the new black. If you’re not a data analyst or data. The post HR Analytics Tools appeared first on Consultants' Consultant. Consulting Well data scientists recruitment

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Achieve Full Visibility into Your Consulting Reporting and Business Intelligence

Management and IT Consulting

Learn how industry-focused reporting and BI delivers the critical ability to provide your firm’s leaders with a complete picture of engagement and business health, and the right foresight to enable well-informed, real-time decision-making

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The Critical Path

CaseInterview.com

In the world of project management, there exists a useful concept knows as the “critical path” for a project. A critical path is that part of the project which has the fewest available resources that also has the most downstream dependencies. In other words, it’s the step in the project that prevents many other later steps in the project to be started. For example, in a construction project, the critical path early in the project is the architect’s blueprint.

How Can We Help Each Other?

Alan Weiss

When you walk in through the office door and you don’t consider yourself a peer of the buyer sitting in that office, you’re not going to walk out through that door with the business you deserve. You’re not in this profession to “sell” services.

When you pick that pre-worn jacket, the environment wins too

McKinsey

Andy Ruben of Yerdle draws on his experience in sustainability to discuss how companies can enter—and thrive in—the circular economy. Insights on Sustainability

Solving problems themselves

Consultants' Consultant

Consultants Consultant: This podcast from Shane Parrish talks with Greg Walton from Stanford, specifically looking at. The post Solving problems themselves appeared first on Consultants' Consultant. Consulting Well culture Get what you want leadership learning Manage others questions

The #1 Challenge With Creating & Executing Strategic Plans

Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Have you already created a strategic plan? Were you able to execute it successfully? Let me share one of the great challenges you are going to face as you create and execute one

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“I know it’s bad – but everyone’s doing it”

Seth Godin Blog

The optimists who got excited about the ‘everyone has a microphone’ promise of the Net 20 years ago overlooked two flaws in human nature: First, given sufficient reward (money, attention, fame, notoriety) some people will show up and say and do things that they know are wrong. Second, if enough people are in the first group of bottom fishers, many other people may decide that those behaviors aren’t as wrong as they thought they were.

Extending the Language of Strengths through Purpose, Place, Peace, and People

Leadership Vision Consulting

On this episode of the Leadership Vision Podcast, hear our president and founder Brian Schubring recap our most recent Strengths Communicator Training by sharing a few of his personal leanings and three things anybody can apply to their own Strengths-Based work.

How dual-career couples find fulfillment at work

McKinsey

When both you and your partner have demanding jobs, it’s challenging to strike the right work–life balance. Can companies help dual-career couples juggle it all? Insights on Organization

What to Do When You’re Losing Your Audience During a Presentation

Harvard Business

Four tips for when the phones come out. Presentations Communication Digital Article

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