Travel, Training and Mentorship

Tom Spencer

Three significant aspects in the life of a management consultant: travel, training and mentorship. Travel. When it comes to travel, different consulting firms have different policies. Management Consulting consulting formal training mentorship travel

For Independent Consultants, Business Development = Relationship Development

Successful Independent Consulting

The biggest stressor for self-employed management consultants is business development: how to cultivate meaningful regular work. It seems like a lifetime ago we worked together on the travel card rollout at NetApp. Money and Taxes Business Development

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How to Travel Less & Earn More Consulting Revenue

David A Fields

Some consultants love to travel for their consulting projects. Besides, when I’m on the road, there’s less time for marketing and business development, and I can’t play old-man hockey at the local rink. Me, I’m not a big fan. I prefer to be with my family, sleep in my own bed, eat healthy, home-cooked meals, and work in my gym clothes. But how do you build a booming, lucrative consulting practice while staying cozily ensconced in your home office?

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How Smart Speakers Are Poised to Reinvent the Travel Industry

Harvard Business

Travelers with an Alexa device at home can book a car rental or hotel through Expedia and Kayak. On many fronts, artificial intelligence-powered smart speakers and apps seem poised to become the world’s virtual travel agents. If consumers start turning regularly to smart speakers for their travel needs, they could end up interacting less and less with traditional airline, hotel, and even online travel agency brands. A voice-enabled travel era.

Importance of Developing Soft Skills in Consulting

Tom Spencer

What skills do I need to develop? Luckily, the answers that I received from countless individuals at various levels of seniority at the firm were the same: focus on developing your soft skillset. His free moments are spent traveling and enjoying sporting events with his wife and daughter.

Powered by data, driven by people: The travel sector’s future


Without human beings to develop and apply new technology, to direct the analytics, and to implement the findings, nothing ever happens. Our Insights

Just How Bad Is Business Travel for Your Health? Here’s the Data.

Harvard Business

I went with the pizza, but my lack of choices was annoying — so much so that, when I got home, I started looking into the data on health and travel for work. According to the Global Business Travel Association and American Express , Americans took more than 500 million domestic business trips in 2016. To investigate the link between business travel and chronic disease conditions, my colleagues and I turned to de-identified electronic medical record data from EHE, Inc.,

Taxiing for takeoff: The flying cab in your future


How big is the potential market for personal air mobility, and what will it take to develop it successfully? Insights on Travel, Transport & Logistics

Mythbusters: The Management Consultant Edition

Tom Spencer

Management Consulting career development career progression consulting industry sectors stress teamwork travel varietySo you’re interested in being a management consultant? Great! But what is it that they actually do? If you’re still not sure of the answer then read on, as I bust the myths and reveal the realities of what it truly means to be a “management consultant”.

How Living Abroad Helps You Develop a Clearer Sense of Self

Harvard Business

We developed a new scale to measure these reflections, and our data showed that people who had lived abroad had engaged in them more than people who had never lived abroad. ” International business Emotional intelligence Psychology Developing employees Digital ArticleFabien Butazzi/Unsplash.

Technology delivered: Implications for cost, customers, and competition in the last-mile ecosystem


What’s the outlook for the last-mile delivery ecosystem, given rapid development in technology? Insights on Travel, Transport & LogisticsHow will technological advances affect unit economics, customers, and competitive dynamics?

Taxiing for takeoff: The flying cab in your future


How big is the potential market for personal air mobility, and what will it take to develop it successfully? Insights on Travel, Transport & Logistics

Negotiation Tips for Independent Consultants

Successful Independent Consulting

She’s a world traveler who can often be found cycling in Colorado or asking the question, "What if you.?" Marketing Profit and Taxes Business DevelopmentNegotiating is typically hard for everyone, but it’s especially tough for consultants.

Developing a Strategy for a Life of Meaningful Labor

Harvard Business

Think travel, intense community service, launching products, or starting your own business. On Labor Day, Americans celebrate the value of work, community, and the activists who earned the rights and protections that U.S. employees enjoy today. But as Americans — and people everywhere — look ahead to a world of constant disruption, they will undoubtedly see both opportunity and uncertainty.

How Understanding the Employee Brain Will Make You a Better Leader - Interview with Josh Schneider

Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Josh spends his days traveling, writing, and speaking at conferences, and has developed this institute to fund research that matches the stories and examples that were being seen in the workplace, along with topics such as meaningful and fulfilling work.

I’m the boss now! Top tips for new managers to make a successful transition into management

The Management Centre

The result of these mixed messages can lead to two common management mishaps – being inappropriately friendly and time travelling. The time traveller. Blogs Developing Teams & People Insights Learning & Development blog emerging managers management managing teams tools

How One Startup Developed a Sales Model That Works in Emerging Markets

Harvard Business

Many of our target wood-burning customers lived on the outskirts of town and had no reason to travel to the central market, where our store was located. As the heat continues to blister during this summer in New York, I think back to the first time I ever bought an air conditioner: fresh out of college. It was a daunting investment, but well worth the quality-of-life improvement.

How Diligent Biz Dev Led to a Six-Figure Consulting Project

Successful Independent Consulting

It’s an 11-month project for one consultant: $320k in consulting fees and another $100k for travel expenses. The short answer: business development. The long answer: diligent business development that built a relationship over time. Business Development

Blockchain Will Transform Customer Loyalty Programs

Harvard Business

Loyalty programs have proliferated across travel, retail, financial services, and other economic sectors. See More Videos > See More Videos > All loyalty programs are vulnerable to a blockchain revolution, but the travel industry is perhaps the most at risk. In some cases, travel loyalty program points differ by journey component (flight, car rental, hotel, dining), leading to fragmented point collections. Marketing Technology Travel Digital Article

The Ansoff Matrix

Tom Spencer

THE Ansoff Matrix (referred to by some commentators as the Product/Market Expansion Grid) was developed by a Russian-American mathematician named Igor Ansoff , and first explained in his 1957 Harvard Business Review article entitled Strategies for Diversification.

178: Patrik Birkhane—Helping Us Live Healthier, Happier And More Peaceful Lives

On the Brink Podcast

I met Patrick when we were both traveling in Sicily. As we talked about our own life journeys, I learned that he has held successful positions in advertising, marketing, content development and event planning. Learn what wonderful things can come from a quiet mind.

Behind-The-Scenes Look At How To Deliver a TEDx Talk

Melissa Agnes

Developing my speech. After spending a good couple of weeks on the development of my speech, I began to rehearse. Knowing my own insecurities quite well, I took time on the plane to assess them and develop positive statements to counter them. Melissa's Speaking and Travel Fun

6 Skills for Consulting Success

Tom Spencer

Business Development and Management. It is important to develop these leadership and management skills as you progress in a consulting firm. The attributes that cannot be acquired and are mandatory for consulting are enthusiasm for the work, love for travel, and the willingness to accept long work-hours. Management Consulting business development consulting creativity intellectual curiosity interpersonal skills presentation skills skills structured thinking success

Boeing Starliner Failure: Lessons for Your Lean Program

Markovitz Consulting

I’ve seen companies create a Kaizen Promotion Office, develop a comprehensive Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training curriculum, and invest in expensive andon systems, but they’re not making any real progress towards their business goals. Front line workers focus on meeting takt time, while the C-Suite leaders are sequestered in conference rooms or traveling. Boeing’s Starliner failed an important test flight two weeks ago.

Airbnb Is Facing an Existential Expansion Problem

Harvard Business

” But how many travelers can “live there” before Airbnb accepts that it has become a vehicle for mass tourism, and that its users are tourists, no more and no less? Such developments are timely. Regulation Internet Hospitality Travel Digital ArticleHBR STAFF.

Newsletter or Blog: which is better?

Rod Burkert

The Guide gives you insight about matters like firm performance, compensation, billing rates, marketing, and practice development. She blogs three times a week to an audience of known and unknown people who want to know what we’re up to and get tips on how to travel with their pets.

Employee Burnout: How to Stop the Working Dead Apocalypse

Women in Consulting

A report stated that Japanese employees work longer hours than employees in the US, Britain, and other developed countries. As a way to deal with burnout, the Japanese government encourages people to leave work at 3 pm every last Friday of the month to spend time with their friends and family, go shopping, or travel. Thomas Cook India , a company that offers travel related services, has 24×7 jobs where its employees’ attendance is monitored.

The 6 Million Euro Man (or Woman): Sourcing Superior Talent

Confessions of a Consultant

Overcoming the ‘Halo’: Candidates with highly developed interpersonal skills are particularly difficult to assess. Case Example: One of our pharmaceutical clients decided to develop a systematic way to assess internal and external candidates for the role of Site Leader.

6 Research-Backed Reasons to Challenge Corporate Learners

LSA Global

The publication claims that 80% of CEOs view the need to develop new skills as their major business challenge. The importance of learning is not news to those of us in the field of professional learning and development. Blog Talent Development

So I got this phone call from the AICPA …

Rod Burkert

Along with the work we had done at my in-laws in Wisconsin, we will be in tip-top shape – inside and out – for our continued travels. But as a BVFLS practice development coach, I am a pragmatist. Practice development Practice management

LinkedIn ROI: how much engagement do you need to make it worth your effort?

Rod Burkert

Meanwhile, Amy is holding down the RV in Albuquerque, NM, our last stop before wrapping up this year’s travel season. Practice developmentGreetings from Brentwood, TN. I am in the middle of a whirlwind speaking tour … yesterday was North Haven, CT and tomorrow will be Baton Rouge, LA.

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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.

6 Ways to Change Your Organisation: A Menu of Choices

Confessions of a Consultant

In a recent project, we worked with an executive team to develop a range of ‘future options’ for their manufacturing business. The average age of people in the company was 29, so developing an inspiring idea of what we were trying to do would appeal to that particular demographic. Option 1: Perfect Plc: The core idea here is to develop a ‘Perfect’ Organisation. Positive Statements: This approach needs careful thought before you develop initiative.

Consulting vs. Coaching

Consulting Matters

A coach helps individual leaders develop clarity on what he or she needs to focus on and create action plans to achieve those goals. They also provide accountability and support to ensure effective implementation of development plans.

Recruiting versus reality

Tom Spencer

You’ll get great learning and development opportunities”. It’s hard to match the learning and development opportunities in consulting. You’ll get to travel”. International travel often relies on how busy your office or region is, on your performance, and your career stage.

Getting the Most from Consultants: The E-Tender System Sucks

Confessions of a Consultant

For example, Tandem Consulting won an open competition for a Management Development contract in a semi-State company. Unclear Specifications: In the Management Development proposal cited the specification was crystal clear. With tons of options, you talk to a travel agent who has actually been to the place you’re thinking of visiting. Organization development projects are not like supplying stationary; there are enormous variables. Organization Development

Stress = Fear

Back when air travel was still practical, if you were running late for a flight, you may have felt “stressed out” about catching the flight. Yes, please notify me about any upcoming release of the class on How to Develop Your Emotional Intelligence (EQ).