November, 2018

How do you differentiate yourself from large firms?

Rod Burkert

I hope you found our last conversation about using HARO (Help A Reporter Out) inspires you to sign up and start growing your authority by sharing your insights with journalists who need your expertise for stories appearing in national news outlets. On to this week.

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Rebooting analytics leadership: Time to move beyond the math

McKinsey

To help their organizations capitalize on artificial intelligence and analytics, CAOs must do more than demonstrate their technical chops. They need to lead like a Catalyst. Analytics Insights

How to Uncover the Root Cause of Poor Performance

Consulting Matters

The most common go-to solution for any performance gap is to throw training at it. The truth is, while training is often necessary, it is NEVER sufficient. To move the needle on performance, you have to isolate the root cause to what is getting in the way. These questions are designed to help you get to the root of individual performance problems – which may or not not require training to solve. STEP 1: UNDERSTAND PERFORMANCE GAPS. Task/Responsibility performed poorly.

Michael Zipursky on Conscious Millionaire: How To Achieve Success As A Consultant

Consulting Success

Michael was recently featured on Conscious Millionaire for the second time. You can listen to it here: Michael Zipursky on Conscious Millionaire: How To Achieve Success As A Consultant How do you achieve success in your consulting business?

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.

When Implementing Behavioral Science, What Is the Role of a Choice Architect?

Steve Shu Consulting

This post is based on an answer I wrote in response to a question posed to me on Quora, “What do choice architects do?”

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BCG: Synergies take center stage

Consultants Mind

M&A continues to boom; 36,000 deals announced in 2017 BCG published a report on 2017 M&A called M&A: Synergies Take Center Stage (Sept 2018) here. 2.7Mb pdf). It’s 33 pages, and gives a run down of all the major deals and trends. Here’s my take.

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First, You’ve Got to Show That You Care

Markovitz Consulting

The overhead light in aisle two has been burned out for three months. It’s hard for the workers in that row to see the small parts they handle and repair. Workers sent a request to the facilities department when the light died, but for some reason nothing was done, and no one bothers to complain anymore. Fifteen percent of the stations are missing the adjustable stools workers sit on when they’re doing repairs. Workers at those stations either stand, or use folding chairs, or office chairs.

How to Uncover the Root Cause of Poor Performance

Consulting Matters

The most common go-to solution for any performance gap is to throw training at it. The truth is, while training is often necessary, it is NEVER sufficient. To move the needle on performance, you have to isolate the root cause to what is getting in the way.

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Is Leadership Consulting Dead? with Lance Secretan: Podcast #64

Consulting Success

So often people are spending a lot of time thinking about marketing and what they can do to get the next client. They don’t recognize that the next client is most often around them. Success comes from creating great value and results for those that you’re already serving.

Decision time: How I chose my 2018 Delta Choice Benefits

Management Consulted

Delta’s two highest Medallion Tiers – Platinum and Diamond – get a special bonus at the beginning of every new qualifying year: Choice Benefits. It’s like a bonus birthday present for frequent travelers – and man, do I wrestle every … Continue Reading.

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7 Assumptions that Might Be Sabotaging Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

You know the old adages about assumptions: “Assume makes an ass out of you and me,” and “Assume I’ll want chocolate when I visit, and you’ll be right,” and, of course, “Assume spelled sideways is almost masseuse.” Assumptions alleviate the strain on your brain.

The Internet is Thin

Consultants Mind

Pre-internet I am Generation X. This means lots of things – but for me, it means that I remember life pre-internet. Yes, 1994 was a pivotal year. Crappy job, serious career angst; but the dawn of unlimited information thanks for the Mosaic Netscape browser. Yes, some of you might remember home-made websites with Geocities. It’s […]. The post The Internet is Thin appeared first on Consultant's Mind. Learning Professionalism

10 Things Effective Leaders Do To Earn Trust Quickly

Tom Spencer

There are some office resources that you can’t just order off Amazon: and trust is perhaps the most precious of these. When you’re assembling a team to achieve great things in a short timeframe, you need to know your crew has got your back.

5 Essential Competencies for Executive Leadership

Consulting Matters

It’s a common career trajectory: An employee becomes a front-line supervisor, then a manager, then a leader of leaders and then eventually an executive over a department or an even broader entity.

Selling $7 Million In Consulting Services Within 12 Months with Shannon Adkins: Podcast #61

Consulting Success

For the ten years being in industry, Shannon Adkins was a buyer of consulting services and of multimillion-dollar contracts of consulting services. Shannon is the president and CEO of Future State Inc.,

MBA Internship Application Deadlines for McKinsey, Bain, and BCG

Management Consulted

Can you believe it’s already November? MBA first years: it’s crunch time! All top firms have released MBA internship application deadlines, and we’ve aggregated the relevant dates and links in one convenient location for you here, so you know exactly when you … Continue Reading. The post MBA Internship Application Deadlines for McKinsey, Bain, and BCG appeared first on Management Consulted. consulting internship

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Wow! It’s Easy to Improve Every Part of Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

You can boost the fortunes of your consulting firm in numerous ways. Improve your processes, adopt better techniques, dial up your leverage, incorporate dessert breaks… the list goes on and on. Amongst these, there’s one, (fairly) easy shift you could make today that will help every aspect of your consulting firm. How cool would it … Continued. The post Wow! It’s Easy to Improve Every Part of Your Consulting Firm appeared first on David A. Fields. All Articles Consultants Consulting

What if I didn’t get a consulting internship?

Consultants Mind

I work at a business school. That means we teach (yes) and also work to get students great jobs – set them on the way to satisfaction and success. Now that it is November, there are inevitably a cadre of students who did not get consulting internship. Let’s remember, a consulting firm will interview hundreds […]. The post What if I didn’t get a consulting internship? appeared first on Consultant's Mind. Consulting Career

How Google.org is helping workers prepare for a digital skill shift

McKinsey

Jacquelline Fuller, president of Google.org, shares how her organization is preparing for the future of work through online training that reaches those who need it most. Future of Work

5 Essential Competencies for Executive Leadership

Consulting Matters

It’s a common career trajectory: An employee becomes a front-line supervisor, then a manager, then a leader of leaders and then eventually an executive over a department or an even broader entity. From that perspective, leadership is leadership and executives merely have a larger scope and span of control. Despite common perception - executives are not simply managers with a broader scope and span of control.

Michael Zipursky on Sales For Nerds

Consulting Success

Michael was recently featured on Sales For Nerds. You can listen to it here: Michael Zipursky on Sales For Nerds “Marketing” and “sales” are dirty words to many consultants. If you’re like most consultants, you think of yourself as a technician.

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2008 Financial Crisis – Causes and historical context

Tom Spencer

My friends and I walked out of the Big Short several years ago feeling like a group of global financial crisis experts. We were shocked, how could no one have seen the collapse coming? It all seemed so clear.

Big Banks move internship recruiting back – what it means for consulting internship recruiting

Management Consulted

The potential for spring internship recruiting madness is over – at least temporarily. Earlier this week, Wall Street titans Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan announced (mercifully) that undergrad internship recruiting would move back from Sophomore spring to the fall of … Continue Reading. The post Big Banks move internship recruiting back – what it means for consulting internship recruiting appeared first on Management Consulted. consulting internship

Economist – November 2018

Consultants Mind

Read the Economist. Full stop. It’s well-written, free-market, slow-news, and entirely useful. If you pick up a copy from 6 months ago, it’s still relevant because they talk about trends, and key drivers. Not the day-to-day gyrations of public opinion, demagoguery, and lizard-brain stories about violence. No, it’s British, definitely libertarian, and measured. Like I […]. The post Economist – November 2018 appeared first on Consultant's Mind.

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Building the workforce of tomorrow, today

McKinsey

Software giant SAP is helping its workforce keep pace with technological change and new strategic thrusts. Insights on Organization

Best Business Books 2018: Strategy

Strategy+Business

How can you innovate to avoid irrelevance? How can you nurture your best people, especially the rebels? And how can you set goals and objectives effectively to make sure your company succeeds? These are key questions for anybody charged with developing strategy for a large organization.

4 Steps To Qualify Consulting Clients with Michael Norton: Podcast #63

Consulting Success

There are a lot of people who are working on building their consulting businesses. They may already have a process in place for their marketing or for their selling, yet they’re not getting the results that they want.

7 Creative Ways to Boost E-commerce Sales

Tom Spencer

Your website is live and you’re ready to sell, but you just can’t seem to attract enough customers. Even when you get shoppers to your site, they’re just not converting. Sound familiar? Don’t give up hope for a bustling business. Here are 7 e-commerce marketing techniques to boost your online sales.

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Consulting Insights: Interview with Joe Timko from Ernst & Young- Part 1

Management Consulted

Top Consultant Spotlight: Interview with Joe Timko, Partner at Ernst & Young (Part 1) Joe’s past roles: Partner, Ernst & Young’s (EY) Strategy and Customer Practices Chief Strategy Officer – ADP EVP, Chief Technology & Strategy Officer – Pitney Bowes … Continue Reading. The post Consulting Insights: Interview with Joe Timko from Ernst & Young- Part 1 appeared first on Management Consulted. life as a consultant management consulting mckinsey interview

Just Show Up

CaseInterview.com

“Eighty Percent of Success is Showing Up.”. Woody Allen, Actor. I first encountered this quote by Woody Allen decades ago. At the time, the idea that the majority of success involved merely showing up seemed overly simplistic and surely an exaggeration. I’ve since come to the conclusion that his statement is more true than not. If you want to be in great physical shape, show up at the gym for your workouts.

Building digital ecosystems in Japan

McKinsey

Two Merck Healthcare digital specialists explain their company’s transformation and the impact it has had on patients. Insights on Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products

United Air Lines: Five Lines, Two Lines, No Lines?

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

Although all airlines suck, you still have to pick one. So I picked United. I fly a lot so they pretend to treat me well (as long as it doesn't cost them anything). All I really want is the " stealth luxury " of being left as un-molested as possible at the airport.

Shopper Marketing Consultant Goes Global with Mike Anthony: Podcast #62

Consulting Success

Building your business is about building a group of people around you. You need employees and you need clients. From there, you can expand and grow your business to reach various markets. Mike Anthony of Engage Marketing Consultants is all too familiar with that process.