Post Some Good (and Readable!) Case Studies

The Clever Consultant

When done right, case studies are valuable marketing tools. We see quite a few case studies that don’t do any of these things. Peoples’ eyes glaze over and suddenly, instead of helping you drive new leads, your case study is taking up space at best, and exhibiting to potential buyers your poor writing skills at worst. Be strategic about which clients you’re going to exhibit as case studies.

Two Case Studies in Winning Consulting Business. Connect the Dots.

David A Fields

Two case studies reported to me by consultants in the past couple of weeks: Rich, in South Carolina, nabbed a $64,000 project from a state agency.

5 Core Case Study Principles Every Interviewee MUST Know

Management Consulted

The case study question is a fundamental portion of any consulting interview. When it comes to evaluating case studies, none of your other skills really matter. The bad news is that case study questions require a very particular way of thinking. case studie

Essential Consultant Website Pages Part 4: Case Studies That Win

Tsavo Neal

Unless your case studies show your potential clients that you’re capable of solving their problem, they are nothing but wasted space on your website. Your website’s copy certainly helps — but case studies provide an extra layer of credibility.

A case study in combating bias

McKinsey

Following several disappointing investments, the German electric utility RWE overhauled its decision-making processes. Learn how from the CFO who spearheaded the effort. Our Insights

Using people analytics to drive business performance: A case study

McKinsey

A quick-service restaurant chain with thousands of outlets around the world is using data to drive a successful turnaround, increase customer satisfaction, and grow revenues. Our Insights

5 Best Practices for Attracting Ideal Consulting Clients

Consulting Success

Better case studies. This allows you to create great case studies that resonate with the same type of ideal client and leads to attracting ideal consulting clients and winning more business. I’m in Mexico as I write this overlooking a beautiful tropical landscape.

Engage Employees in Change: A Mini Case Study

Gina Abudi

This mini case study shares that story. The post Engage Employees in Change: A Mini Case Study appeared first on Gina Abudi. One of Abudi Consulting Group’s client’s wanted to engage their employees in change. For this brief story, I’ll use the exhibit below. The client is a retail organization that had changed leadership at the top. The new CEO and other newly-hired top executives had experience engaging employees [.].

Case Study: When Two Leaders on the Senior Team Hate Each Other

Harvard Business

” Editor's Note This fictionalized case study will appear in a forthcoming issue of Harvard Business Review, along with commentary from experts and readers. kuritafsheen/Getty Images. The feedback in the 360-degree reviews was supposed to be anonymous.

Understanding Why Conflict Happens – A Mini Case Study

Gina Abudi

The post Understanding Why Conflict Happens – A Mini Case Study appeared first on Gina Abudi. I have been coaching a client around conflict they are having within their project team. In talking with my client, she shared the following information: “Conflict is happening more and more on the project team. It seems that even the smallest issue becomes a big issue in just a matter of minutes! We are getting [.].

Helping Too Quiet Employees: A Case Study

Gina Abudi

The post Helping Too Quiet Employees: A Case Study appeared first on Gina Abudi. Jack was concerned about Mary, one of his employees. He knew she had much to share and was very knowledgeable; but she was always quiet in team meetings. In fact, during the last team meeting when a problem was being discussed, and Jack knew that Mary had a few great ideas to solve it, she [.]. Leadership managing employees managing shy employees quiet employees team leadership

Learning to Delegate: A Mini Case Study

Gina Abudi

The post Learning to Delegate: A Mini Case Study appeared first on Gina Abudi. Consider this situation: This is the fourth project that Anna has delegated to Amanda and she is starting to feel she would be better off doing it herself! While Amanda is willing to take on additional assignments, she just doesn’t seem to be willing to be responsible for the assignment. She won’t do anything without [.].

How to rock a prepared case study for a consulting interview

Killer Consultant

The original question was: “How should I prepare and what should I notice when I get a case study sent to my email to be presented in and for a management consulting interview?” The case uses fictional data anyways. This post is based on an answer I gave on Quora.

Case Study: Can You Fix a Toxic Culture Without Firing People?

Harvard Business

Editor's Note This fictionalized case study will appear in a forthcoming issue of Harvard Business Review, along with commentary from experts and readers. Illustration by James Yang. The flight attendant had to ask her twice, “Anything to drink, ma’am?”

Managing the Complaining Employee: A Case Study

Gina Abudi

The post Managing the Complaining Employee: A Case Study appeared first on Gina Abudi. There is always one in the group – and Sarah had him in hers! Alex was really good at his job, but he was constantly complaining about something. Whether it was the time of the weekly team meeting, a customer on the phone, or that someone else in the group wasn’t working as hard as [.]. Leadership difficult employees managing complainers managing employees team leadership

A Mini Case Study: Team Problems – Part 2

Gina Abudi

Read Part 1 of the mini case study. The post A Mini Case Study: Team Problems – Part 2 appeared first on Gina Abudi. The team does not seem to understand, nor value, teamwork or the benefit of being on a team. Likely, team building did not take place early on in the initiative. It is just as likely that the team did not spend time collaborating on how they will [.]. Team Building leading teams resolving team issues team problems teams

Case Study: Resolving Serious Conflict between Team Members

Gina Abudi

The post Case Study: Resolving Serious Conflict between Team Members appeared first on Gina Abudi. Background: The members of your project team are in serious conflict. They have split into two camps. The last team meeting was a disaster with four members of the team sitting on one side of the table and the other four on the other side. You could feel the tension in the air. You ended [.].

Engaging Stakeholders – A Mini Case Study – Part 2

Gina Abudi

Talking with the Marketing Group and Developing the Communication Plan Read Part 1 of the case study. The post Engaging Stakeholders – A Mini Case Study – Part 2 appeared first on Gina Abudi. The day of the meeting with the marketing group arrived. Sam introduced Alex to the group and told them that Alex was leading the project to update the marketing portal. Sam also noted that Alex was interested in [.].

Engaging Stakeholders – A Mini Case Study – Part 3

Gina Abudi

Feedback from the Marketing Group Read Part 1 and Part 2 of the case study. The post Engaging Stakeholders – A Mini Case Study – Part 3 appeared first on Gina Abudi. The project launched and was certainly successful from the perspective of coming in on time and within budget. Additionally, the marketing group was regularly engaged throughout the project. Both Sam and Jacklyn told Alex that they were happy with the [.].

Case Study: An Office Romance Gone Wrong

Harvard Business

Editor's Note This fictionalized case study will appear in a forthcoming issue of Harvard Business Review, along with commentary from experts and readers. FROM THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY. Brad: Drink after the conference? Elizabeth: The whole gang? Brad: Just me.

A Case Study of Crowdsourcing Gone Wrong

Harvard Business

We have interviewed Quirky executives and studied each of the company’s product offerings, publicly available product reviews, and their development process. Marrion Barraud for HBR. For those who believe in the promise of open innovation, the 2009 startup Quirky was an exceptionally exciting company. Founded by entrepreneur Ben Kaufman, Quirky developed a platform that connected the company with outside inventors and project contributors.

Engaging Stakeholders – A Mini Case Study – Part I

Gina Abudi

The post Engaging Stakeholders – A Mini Case Study – Part I appeared first on Gina Abudi. Alex was about to undertake a project in the organization that impacted the marketing department. It was not a large initiative at all and was only expected to last 2 – 3 months in duration. The initiative was to update an internal portal used by marketing for managing campaigns. During a PMO meeting, one of [.].

Case Study: Should an Algorithm Tell You Who to Promote?

Harvard Business

Editor's Note This fictionalized case study will appear in a forthcoming issue of Harvard Business Review, along with commentary from experts and readers. nicholas blechman for hbr. Aliyah Jones was having trouble paying attention to the farewell toasts. Although she was sad to see her longtime colleague, Anne Bank, go, she was more consumed with trying to figure out who should replace her.

Consultant Ninja: How not to do a consulting case study.

Consultant Ninja

How not to do a consulting case study. I would never accept his answer in a case interview from a candidate; I would interrupt the candidate, and press them on why they think thats a reasonable assumption. Study Management. 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. Wednesday, January 21, 2009.

A Mini Case Study: No One is Perfect! – Part 3

Gina Abudi

The post A Mini Case Study: No One is Perfect! One leader’s story of how accepting he is not perfect led to stronger working relationships. <This <This story is about one of ACG’s coaching clients, the name of the leader as well as other information that may identify the leader or the organization has been changed. Read Part 1 and Part 2 of the story.> > Jack’s [.]. – Part 3 appeared first on Gina Abudi.

Case Study: Increasing the independence of an overly dependent workgroup

Gina Abudi

The post Case Study: Increasing the independence of an overly dependent workgroup appeared first on Gina Abudi. Background: You manage a workgroup of 15 people responsible for customer service for one of the company’s largest and most profitable products. You have recently been promoted to the manager role having worked previously in other areas of the organization. In your most recent role, you had 10 people reporting up to you and they [.].

Strategy, Simplified

Management Consulted

case studiesWhat sets great business leaders apart from merely good ones? What will cause us, as we navigate the daunting gap between good and great, to succeed or fail? Honestly, I don’t know. Books have been written on the topic, and … Continued. The post Strategy, Simplified appeared first on Management Consulted.

A Mini Case Study: Managing Your Stakeholders – Part 2

Gina Abudi

The post A Mini Case Study: Managing Your Stakeholders – Part 2 appeared first on Gina Abudi. Please read Part 1. How could Sarah manage this stakeholder? Sarah needs to have a one-on-one conversation with this stakeholder. She should, first, acknowledge that the idea is a great one! However, she needs to be clear about the potential risks of trying to add in this feature now, including: The cost of trying to [.].

A Mini Case Study: Managing Your Stakeholders – Part 1

Gina Abudi

The post A Mini Case Study: Managing Your Stakeholders – Part 1 appeared first on Gina Abudi. Sarah is leading a project to implement an online benefits management portal to enable employees to have a “one stop” location to view their health and dental benefits, get answers to benefits-related questions, and enable for changes to be made to health benefit coverage. The requirements were gathered over a two week time period at [.].

Case Study: A Founder Steps Back from Her Start-Up

Harvard Business

Peter Lourenco/Getty Images. Sitting on a bench in the dog park, Elena Pelc glanced at her phone. She’d hoped to escape from work for the morning, but as the founder and CEO of 2 Proud Pups, a maker of all-natural dog care products, she didn’t have much free time. She decided to ignore e-mail for a few more minutes. This was a rare outing with her pets, so she wanted to enjoy it. Maggie, a yellow lab, was rolling on the ground.

A Mini Case Study: Team Problems – Part 1

Gina Abudi

The post A Mini Case Study: Team Problems – Part 1 appeared first on Gina Abudi. From the minute the team was announced, several of the members were overheard telling their colleagues that they didn’t understand why they needed to be involved in this initiative. They wanted to continue to work alone, as they have been doing for many years. Some of the prospective team members were concerned they would no [.].

Case Study: Is Holacracy for Us?

Harvard Business

Editor's Note This fictionalized case study will appear in a forthcoming issue of Harvard Business Review, along with commentary from experts and readers. This was an old trick of Rogier’s: He would align two people who disagreed with him, knowing that the more moderate one (Derek in this case) might temper the other’s view. Rogier Maes, the CEO of Contect, wrapped up his year-beginning speech to all the company’s employees.

One Client’s Story: A Case Study – Part III

Gina Abudi

Results from Socializing Efforts Read Part I and Part II of the case study. The post One Client’s Story: A Case Study – Part III appeared first on Gina Abudi. James spent a bit of time getting acclimated to the organization, which including understanding the successes and challenges of departments as well as individual challenges in a growing organization. This was important to accomplish before ACG came in to help with [.].

Working Across Cultural Boundaries – A Case Study – Part I

Gina Abudi

The post Working Across Cultural Boundaries – A Case Study – Part I appeared first on Gina Abudi. Getting Everyone to Work Together – One Project Manager’s Challenge Michael was managing his first virtual project team. There were 12 people on the core project team. Team members came from a number of different countries and all had experience working on project teams, but this was the first time each of the team members [.].

My Colleague is Taking All the Credit: A Mini Case Study – Part 2

Gina Abudi

Read Part 1 of the mini case study. The post My Colleague is Taking All the Credit: A Mini Case Study – Part 2 appeared first on Gina Abudi. Here are some ideas on what Elena might do – tactfully and diplomatically – to ensure she gets credit for the work on this project. First, Elena should talk address Jacklyn immediately but rather calm down and wait until later in the day or the next day. [.].

Working Across Cultural Boundaries – A Case Study – Part II

Gina Abudi

The post Working Across Cultural Boundaries – A Case Study – Part II appeared first on Gina Abudi. The First Team Meeting Read Part I for background information. After the agenda went out for the team meeting, we asked team members to begin to make travel arrangements to ensure arrival prior to the dinner (during the cocktail hour.) We realized some members would be flying in rather early so we ensured the hotel [.].

Resolving a Team Conflict: Take These Steps – A Mini Case Study

Gina Abudi

The post Resolving a Team Conflict: Take These Steps – A Mini Case Study appeared first on Gina Abudi. About 2 months ago a client asked me to come in to their office to help a 5-person project team resolve a conflict they were having on the team. She had tried to resolve it herself but was having difficulty getting the team to agree on a solution and felt an independent party may be [.].

One Client’s Story: A Case Study – Part II

Gina Abudi

The post One Client’s Story: A Case Study – Part II appeared first on Gina Abudi. Socializing the Value of Learning and Development Read Part I for the first part of our story. James knew he had to build relationships to gain the trust of senior leadership. As with his last role at his previous company, the path was not easy and it took time. He also knew he couldn’t [.].

One Client’s Story: A Case Study – Part I

Gina Abudi

The post One Client’s Story: A Case Study – Part I appeared first on Gina Abudi. Challenges Ahead. Background James just started in his new role as head of learning and development at a large multinational firm. He had learned quite a bit about the company during the interviews and through research. Additionally, and even more valuable frankly, was his conversation with Amanda, who was the last person in the [.].

A Mini Case Study: Leading a Project as a New Project Manager – Part II

Gina Abudi

The post A Mini Case Study: Leading a Project as a New Project Manager – Part II appeared first on Gina Abudi. Best Practices for a New Project Manager to Establish Themselves and Build Relationships Quickly Read Part I for background information. In his part, we’ll share some best practices to help Sydney ensure her first project starts off well. As we learned, Sydney does have some base knowledge – she attended a week long onboarding program [.].

Case Study: How Would You Save This Farm?

Harvard Business

Editor's Note This fictionalized case study will appear in a forthcoming issue of Harvard Business Review, along with commentary from experts and readers. Pete Walker liked to start each morning with a drive around the fields.

Case Study: How Do You Compete with a Goliath?

Harvard Business

” Editor's Note This fictionalized case study will appear in a forthcoming issue of Harvard Business Review, along with commentary from experts and readers.

My Colleague is Taking All the Credit: A Mini Case Study – Part 1

Gina Abudi

The post My Colleague is Taking All the Credit: A Mini Case Study – Part 1 appeared first on Gina Abudi. Some background: Elena and Jacklyn have been working together on a fairly complex process improvement initiative for the last two months. At the same time that they have been working on this project, Jacklyn has been planning an upcoming surprise party for her husband’s 40th birthday party. Because of this, Jacklyn has not done as [.].