October, 2019

The mythology of the consultant

The Source

Suppose I were to tell you that there were a group of professionals out there who spent every working day travelling to clients and proselytizing the gospel of innovation and transformation.

A Simpler, Better Approach to Managing People at Your Consulting Firm (Including Yourself)

David A Fields

A small crowd of individuals touches your consulting firm’s work, even if you run a small consulting firm or a solo shop. There’s the experienced and savvy consulting team you assemble to create value on each consulting project, as well as any staff and contractors that provide support.

Be a Pro: Eliminate the Gray Square on Your LinkedIn Profile!

Successful Independent Consulting

As an independent consultant running your own business, good marketing is critical. No one is going to hire an unpolished freelancer to help solve their business problem, especially if they’re going to spend tens of thousands of dollars. Clearly, a professional image is vital.

Automation Tips For Consultants with Steve Glaveski: Podcast #109

Consulting Success

These days, technology has offered so many opportunities for businesses to grow at a much cheaper way. In the midst of this is outsourcing and automation. Steve Glaveski, the CEO of Collective Campus, outlines some tips on how you can employ these new strategies for growth effectively.

The Surprising Effects of Business Vs. Leisure Travel

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Women in the Workplace 2019

McKinsey

Five years in to our research, we see bright spots at senior levels. But companies need to focus their efforts earlier in the pipeline to make real progress. Gender Equality

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80/20 Content Marketing for Consultants

Tsavo Neal

This post is a guest post from Jake Jorgovan, founder of Content Allies and author of The Consultant’s Path to Thought Leadership. What’s the purpose of creating content?”. Depending on who you ask, you’ll get a variety of answers.

How Your Consulting Firm Should Deal with Clients that Cross the Line

David A Fields

When you, your consulting team and your client all stay on task and positive, consulting is a fun, challenging and rewarding profession. When consulting work veers off the rails, though, how should you respond? Lines are confusing. Let’s say you want to engage in outreach to your prospects.

We REALLY Need to Stop Talking About Lean

Markovitz Consulting

Lean advocates—and I consider myself one—might do better if they stop talking about lean. Let’s face it: When executives and workers hear “lean,” not a lot of good happens. They think it’s yet another short-term management fad. Or a cost-cutting program that will lead to layoffs. Or some Japanese thing that only works for car manufacturers. But when you look at many of the tools and concepts from the lean playbook, they’re really just good management that any leader would want to embrace.

Messaging That Actually Works For Consultants With Jill Konrath: Podcast #112

Consulting Success

If you want to succeed as a consultant, you have to decide to do something that you don’t exactly think is perfect.

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!

Rethinking the renewable strategy for an age of global competition

McKinsey

Renewable-based power generation is rising. As the market evolves, what will it take to succeed, and what kinds of players will win? Insights on Electric Power & Natural Gas

M&A deals – benefits and drawbacks

Tom Spencer

Many consulting, corporate strategy, and corporate development roles require the interviewee to go through an M&A case study. Depending on the firm and specific role this case could be very strategic and operational like doing a market entry/growth-type case or very technical (i.e.

Power Outages and Mindsets

The More Clients Blog

Here I am sitting in my 54-degree frigid office, typing with numb fingers. . The power has been out since Saturday evening and we’re not sure when it will be restored.

8 Weeks to Get Juiced – A Better Strategic Planning Process for Consulting Firms

David A Fields

If you develop an annual plan for your consulting firm, there’s a decent chance you sit down with your senior team and/or advisors for a day or two to hammer out your objectives, strategies and tactics. (If

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.

What Is Best Time Management Skill For Solopreneurs

Henry DeVries

We all get 24 hours in a day and 168 hours in a week. How do you spend those hours to get the most done

“McKinsey-on-demand”: Do clients still need gatekeepers?

The Source

The last decade has not been kind to “gatekeeper” organisations. In almost every facet of our lives, we seem to have decided that we simply don’t have the need for them that we once did.

Why your next transformation should be ‘all in’

McKinsey

Increase the odds of a successful business transformation by going “all in”—combining five big moves to improve your company’s performance and portfolio. Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights

The Future of Management (Part 3/3)

Tom Spencer

In the last installment , we looked at evolving with the times, some resources to reach for when undergoing change as well as some problems that may arise on the way to Teal.

Mastery of Marketing Campaigns

The More Clients Blog

The majority of clients who have come to me over the years want to know how to get more clients faster. And they’re often looking for a “silver bullet” that will draw new clients to them magically. The closest thing I know to a silver bullet is a marketing campaign.

5 Success-Stealing Distractions at Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

Clutter is the enemy, and not just in your clothes closet. Throughout your consulting practice, clutter and distractions are dampening your consulting firm’s success.

Shooting Yourself in the Foot

CaseInterview.com

Here in the United States, we have an idiomatic expression that says to avoid “shooting yourself in the foot.”. If you’re holding a weapon in your hand, you want to avoid accidentally firing it and shooting yourself in the foot. While such an injury won’t kill you, it will most certainly be painful. More importantly, such an outcome is entirely preventable. The expression is a metaphor for not being an obstacle to your own forward progress.

The role of thought leadership in the client-consultant relationship cycle

The Source

Not the pithiest of titles, we grant you, but bear with us. Research we did a couple of years ago with marketers in consulting firms and the partners they worked with highlighted two areas of agreement between these groups.

The helix organization

McKinsey

Separating people-leadership tasks from day-to-day business leadership can help organizations strike a better balance between centralization and decentralization, reduce complexity, and embrace agility. Insights on Organization

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Cracking Pricing Strategy Case Studies

Tom Spencer

Pricing strategy is one of the easiest levers CEOs can pull to increase revenues in their company. For instance, retail banks can raise interest rates (the price they pay customers for depositing funds at the bank) to quickly attract new balances and acquire new customers.

What Are You Really Selling?

The More Clients Blog

If you’re a self-employed professional, you know what you’re selling, right? Management development programs, executive coaching services, communication skills training, financial planning, etc. Right? No, wrong.

Use This Data to Shape Your Consulting Firm’s Future

David A Fields

You learned about an 8-week alternative to the traditional, gather-everyone-in-a-room-for-two-days approach to annual planning for your consulting firm. (It It was in this article.) Since publishing that piece, consulting firm leaders have lobbed in an array of queries: Is the process iterative?

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Feedback Loops

CaseInterview.com

One of the most useful management tools is the use of feedback loops. Feedback involves some mechanism that provides you with data on whether your actions are focused towards your objective. When you’re off track, a well designed feedback loop gives you some kind of indicator. When you’re on track, the same feedback loop provides confirmation to give you confidence you’re heading in the right direction.

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Leading a Strategic Planning Meeting Yourself

Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Have you ever experienced getting ready to lead a strategic planning meeting, but not knowing what to do? Don't worry - you are not alone. That's why we created a course called "How to Lead Your Own Strategic Planning Meeting - How to Create Your Own Strategic Plan

Automation and economic disparity: A new challenge for CEOs

McKinsey

The automation age could widen economic disparities between high-growth cities and struggling rural areas, thus affecting where companies hire, invest, and locate. Future of Work