March, 2019

What are interviewers from consulting firms really looking for?

Tom Spencer

So maybe you’ve gotten to the second round, maybe you’re still waiting to hear back, or maybe you’re hoping to interview again in the next recruitment cycle. Regardless of whichever bucket you fall into, it always helps to see things from the interviewers’ perspective.

There are 3 kinds of newsletters you can write – which one is best for your audience?

Rod Burkert

Several people emailed me to say they found last week’s conversation about getting more done by changing up their routine to be really helpful. (I I love the feedback!) Because at the end of the day it’s really not about finding more time to get more things done.

Successful Strategy Execution – What Matters Most?

LSA Global

Successful Strategy Execution Is Not the Norm. Sadly, IBM found that less than 10% of well formulated strategies are successfully executed. When it comes to successful strategy execution, how can you beat the odds? We define successful strategy execution as a corporate strategy that: Outlines clear and compelling choices about where to play and what actions to take. Is carried out in a way that aligns with the company’s cultural values and beliefs.

One, Powerful Model that Explains Why Your Consulting Firm Wins Projects

David A Fields

From your clients’ perspective, engaging your consulting firm is an emotional decision. The notion that “people act on emotion then justify with logic” has become clichéd.

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.

Strategy: Getting back to basics

Consultants Mind

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How To Dominate Your Industry with Robin Fisher Roffer: Podcast #78

Consulting Success

Nothing connects people with brands than stories. Master storyteller and media brand strategist, Robin Fisher Roffer takes us into the power of storytelling to dominate your industry.

Lean is *Not* a Training and Development Activity

Markovitz Consulting

A prospect told me recently that he wanted to work with me to bring lean/continuous improvement to his company, but first he needed to “integrate it into his Training and Development” plans. I told him that he was making a mistake, and that he was likely to fail. If you frame lean/CI as a training and development activity, you won’t get the of buy-in and commitment from staff that you need.

Delta American Express Gold – The Gold Standard of Airline Credit Cards?

Management Consulted

Disclaimer: The MC Team is passionate about travel, and writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Management Consulted may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network. If you are a loyal Delta flier (like us!), we’re excited to … Continue Reading. The post Delta American Express Gold – The Gold Standard of Airline Credit Cards? appeared first on Management Consulted. consulting travel

Your Consulting Firm’s Worst Enemy

David A Fields

It’s easy to imagine your consulting firm’s worst nemesis is a competitive consulting firm, a procurement department, your prospects’ internal staff, or gingivitis. However, the biggest threat to your consulting firm’s growth is much closer to home and much more personal.

Berkshire Hathaway 2018 Letter to Shareholders

Consultants Mind

Huge fan of Berkshire Hathaway. What investor would not appreciate a 50 year run with a 20% CAGR? The fact that the #3 richest man in the world is humble beyond comparison, eats McDonald’s, and drinks Coke only cements the allure. Full letter dated Feb 23, 2019 here.

What Marketing Strategy Is the Best for You?

The More Clients Blog

If you pick the right marketing strategy, you’ll be like that little guy in the middle of my diagram above. Winning! Fist pumps! The problem with marketing today is that there are way too many options and it’s much too confusing.

The Power Of Accountability In Consulting with Sam Silverstein: Podcast #81

Consulting Success

Accountability expert, keynote speaker, and author Samuel Silverstein aims to continually cultivate accountability in diverse organizational cultures. When he left the corporate world and sold his business, he started to hasten skills in writing, speaking, and consulting.

The Smart Intern – Practicing Self Observant Leadership

Tom Spencer

‘I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.’

What is MECE?

Management Consulted

MECE is one concept you must be aware of when preparing for the case interview and joining the consulting industry. The term stands for “Mutually Exclusive, Collectively Exhaustive” and it is a seminal concept in consulting. Consultants work, eat, drink, … Continue Reading. The post What is MECE? appeared first on Management Consulted. Case Interview

5 Steps to Overcome Fears That Hold Back Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

It turns out your consulting firm’s worst enemy isn’t a competitor, a procurement department, or a Rottweiler nicknamed Bitey. No, the greatest impediments to your consulting firm’s forward progress are your personal fears. Every time you transcend your doubts, you open yourself up to a breakthrough.

d.School bootcamp bootleg deck

Consultants Mind

Stanford d.school is the gold standard for all things technology, Silicon Valley, VC, experience, design, and honestly, cool. What do you expect when you combine smarts, engineering, money, risk, and graphics.

Digital India: Technology to transform a connected nation

McKinsey

Indian consumers have strongly embraced digital technologies. Now India’s companies must follow suit. Digital Insights

LA Consulting Mastermind

Consulting Success

Would you like to hang out together in the beautiful hills of Los Angeles in a private villa for a full day of building your business with “the Zipursky cousins”?

Interview Season for New Grads

Tom Spencer

It is easy to put a lot of pressure on yourself during interview season, especially when your classmates are receiving interviews for firms you’re interested in. Have patience though, your time will come and the wait will be worth it.

Marie Kondo Business Inspiration: A journey to becoming a professional organizing consultant

Management Consulted

This month, we’re lifting the veil on the consulting business of organizing and the KonMari Method with Cassidy Nasello, a rockstar independent consultant with an interesting angle on consulting who has capitalized on the Marie Kondo craze. She’s turned people’s … Continue Reading. The post Marie Kondo Business Inspiration: A journey to becoming a professional organizing consultant appeared first on Management Consulted. business consulting consulting interviews

A More Powerful Way to Communicate Your Consulting Firm’s Promise

David A Fields

Is your consulting firm like toothpaste? In case you’re scratching your head, trying to figure out where this is going, there’s an easy answer: No. Of course not. Your offering isn’t creamy and there’s no limit to how much consulting you can bring on a plane.

Executive status reports

Consultants Mind

Successful client service means doing great work AND exceeding the client’s expectations. If the client worries unnecessarily, gets surprised, or is somehow unaware of the scope of work, the consultant has done a poor job of communicating. For experienced principals, this sounds like a platitude.

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China Brief: The state of the economy

McKinsey

Welcome to the first edition of China Brief. In this series, linked to our monthly podcast, McKinsey on China, our China-based partners share the latest insights from this dynamic market. China

Consulting When The Stakes Are High with Bill Coletti: Podcast #80

Consulting Success

Sometimes, it is exactly the comfort that keeps us from pursuing what we really want.

Tips for Undergrads Pursuing the Consulting Track

Tom Spencer

As a business major in college, I became familiar with the world of consulting early on. But for those who come from non-business majors (science, engineering, arts, law, etc.), the path to consulting may seem daunting.

Apollo 11: A Symphony of Work, a Ballet of Knowledge

Markovitz Consulting

I’m heading to Houston tomorrow for the LEI Summit —always an exceptionally inspiring and educational event. I’m particularly excited to visit Houston because I just saw the new documentary, Apollo 11. It’s amazing. Composed of video taken by NASA and the Apollo 11 astronauts, along with Walter Chronkite’s actual description of the events, the movie provides a kind of fly-on-the-wall perspective of the now 50-year-old mission. It’s riveting.

Airline Status Match: A Complete Guide To Status Match Challenge Options

Management Consulted

Disclaimer: The MC Team is passionate about travel, and writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Management Consulted may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network. Airline Status Match & Status Match Challenge Options An airline status match … Continue Reading. The post Airline Status Match: A Complete Guide To Status Match Challenge Options appeared first on Management Consulted. consulting travel life as a consultant

Elite University Scandal

CaseInterview.com

A few days ago, the FBI charged dozens of high profile celebrity and wealthy families with attempting to use bribes to get their children admitted into elite universities, including Stanford and Yale. There’s been a lot of discussion around this topic, and I thought I’d add in my comments as well. My first (tongue-in-cheek) reaction was: Why would someone illegally bribe their way into an Ivy-caliber university when they can do so legally by donating a building instead?

The platform play: How to operate like a tech company

McKinsey

For tech to be a real driver of innovation and growth, IT needs to reorganize itself around flexible and independent platforms. Digital Insights

Leading Sales Expert Shares How to Sell More And Feel Good About It with Anthony Iannarino: Podcast #79

Consulting Success

We all want to elevate our brand and get to that next level of success. Anthony Iannarino, coach, consultant, and entrepreneur, believes that everyone has greater potential to make a difference. Over the last few years, Anthony’s brand has grown significantly.

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Marketing Writing: From My Dog’s Perspective

The More Clients Blog

For the purpose of this article, there are only two things you need to know about me: 1. I’ve been writing in my business for 35 years. And pretty much regularly, once a week for 22 years. I own two very adorable, wonderful dogs, Dylan and Meera. One of them, Dylan, is pictured below.

How to Lay Off the Cognitive Donuts

Markovitz Consulting

Maggie Jackson, a journalist focusing on the effects of technology on the nature of our humanity, and author of the book Distracted , recently highlighted research showing that the mere presence of a cell phone—even if it’s turned off—lowers “fluid intelligence.” That is, the phone essentially siphons our attention away from what’s in front of us, making it more difficult to solve unfamiliar problems.

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Deloitte Consulting Summer Internship: 3 Takeaways

Management Consulted

Why do consultants spend so many hours traveling to client sites, running complex analyses, building lengthy presentations, and working for (sometimes) demanding clients? The expensed dinners and travel perks are nice, but arguably, the most important aspect of the job … Continue Reading. The post Deloitte Consulting Summer Internship: 3 Takeaways appeared first on Management Consulted. consulting internship deloitte consulting