October, 2021

The Best 2×2 Matrix of All Time for Consulting Firms

David A Fields

As a consulting firm leader, you’re well aware that within every client presentation longer than 30 minutes, every white paper, and every compendium of content beefier than 20 pages, you’re required to present at least one 2×2 matrix. Failure to do so could cost you your consulting license.

The 5-Part Entrepreneurial Consulting Business Plan

Consulting Success

If you want to start a consulting business, then you need to write your consulting business plan. Or do you? I’ve watched countless starry-eyed entrepreneurs “start” their business with a 50-100 page business plan.

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7 mistakes new solo consultants make

Jacq Hackett Consulting

Being new to the consulting game can be challenging – especially if you’re going it alone. Here’s seven mistakes new solo consultants commonly make.

Boost Your Professionalism with a Business Logo

Successful Independent Consulting

Photo: Getty Images. As a an independent consultant you probably set your own rates. The more professional you are, the more likely you’ll be able to charge more for your expertise and services. Having a logo for your business will help you look like “the real deal” so why not get one?

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A Recruiter’s Guide To Hiring In 2021

With vaccination rates rising, consumers spending more money, and people returning to offices, the job market is going through a period of unprecedented adjustment. As the New York Times observed, “It’s a weird moment for the American economy.” And recruiting professionals are caught in the middle. To make the most of this disruption, you need to understand the economic drivers, develop a strong strategy for unearthing valuable talent, and use the latest tech tools to get the job done. Read this guide to get your recruiting practice ready to thrive in the new normal.

How Much It Costs to Start and Run a Consulting and Coaching Business with Jen Hamilton

Consulting Matters

How much does it REALLY cost to start and run a profitable consulting or coaching business? Jen Hamilton and I talk about what it takes. Jen Hamilton is a business coach that helps coaches and consultants build a business foundation that generates ongoing revenue.

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Your Consulting Firm Can Simultaneously Win More and Deliver More. Here’s How.

David A Fields

Running a consulting firm means constantly balancing the two sides of the consulting cycle: Winning Engagements and Profitably Creating Value for your clients. How do you build both sides of the cycle at once? Life’s great as your consulting firm is bustling through projects.

8 Metrics For Consulting Businesses: What To Track (And Why)

Consulting Success

What metrics for consulting businesses should you track if you want to grow? You’ve heard it before: what gets measured gets managed. But if you don’t even know what to measure, how are you supposed to manage (or improve) it?

Are you cut out for solo consulting?

Jacq Hackett Consulting

If you’ve had a successful career in the government or community services sector, you might be thinking about setting up a consulting business. But are you cut out for it?

Change management process: Kotter or Prosci which is better?

Strategic Planning and Management Insights

SME Strategy is a strategy consulting company that specializes in aligning teams around their vision, mission, values, goals and action plans. Learn more about how we can help you and your team create and manage organizational change with our strategic planning and implementation services.

Reaching Unreachable Candidates

Speaker: Patrick Dempsey and Andrew Erpelding of ZoomInfo

What is ZoomInfo for Recruiters? Find and connect with the right talent to fill roles fast with more data, basic search, advanced search, candidate and company profiles, and export results. Watch this On-Demand Webinar today to see how ZoomInfo for Recruiters can work to get your talented candidates results.

From C-Suite Executive to C-Suite Coach with Adam Schwartz

Consulting Matters

Adam Schwartz was an experienced Chief Communications Officer for a $3b global hospitality company when he unexpectedly got laid off. When he got opportunities, he knew he didn't want to take another corporate job. He wanted to do his own thing, but he didn't know what that was.

Pandemic to endemic: How the world can learn to live with COVID-19

McKinsey & Company

With prospects of herd immunity fading, endemic COVID-19 is upon us, and new “whole of society” approaches are needed. Insights on Healthcare Systems & Services Public health Health care services

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Could Hiring this Sales Pro Help Your Consulting Firm?

David A Fields

Meet Sheila. She’s a sales wizard. Fearless, charismatic, bright, resilient, persistent. Should you hire her to improve (or take over) your consulting firm’s business development efforts?

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Consulting Report Template (For Any Type Of Consultant)

Consulting Success

Have one of your clients requested you send them a report on a project you’re working on? Both writing and reporting are essential to being a consultant. Reports help your client understand the work you’re doing and the effect it is having on their organization.

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Going to Market Smarter in the New Economy

In 2021, as companies continue to move more functions online, employees will take a more virtual -- and flexible -- mindset and lifestyle in parallel to the digitization of businesses. To succeed, you must change the way you conceive and build new products as a digital business. Download the report today to discover more!

Five core consulting skills you need to master to build a successful business

Jacq Hackett Consulting

Making the move from employee to consultant can be extremely rewarding – financially, professionally and personally.

What is the best change management process?

Strategic Planning and Management Insights

SME Strategy is a strategy consulting company that specializes in aligning teams around their vision, mission, values, goals and action plans. Learn more about how we can help you and your team create and manage organizational change with our strategic planning and implementation services.

The Paradigm of Prestige

CaseInterview.com

There’s a worldview that says the rich people are more important than the poor, the elite are better than the average, and the special are better than the regular. I call this the paradigm of prestige. It is the default premise of many country, company, and academic-institution cultures.

Open-source e-commerce: The next wave of value for the enterprise

McKinsey & Company

Moving to open-source e-commerce has significant benefits, but companies must be willing to embrace a broader digital culture. Digital Insights High Tech & Internet Digital strategy and organization Sales

The Forrester Wave™: B2B Marketing Data Providers, Q2 2021

In our 24-criterion evaluation of B2B marketing data providers, we identified the 11 most significant vendors and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps B2B marketing professionals select the right one for their needs.

This Question Will Determine Your Consulting Firm’s Path Next Year

David A Fields

The route from your consulting firm’s current state to your desired future is absolutely crystal clear and straightforward. You could call it Easy Street. Well, except for the obstacles in the way. Those could slow you down.

Corporate to Consultant: How Managers & Executives Transition to Consulting with Tom Tonkin: Podcast #209

Consulting Success

Stories of executives who transition to consulting are not that uncommon. But how does one successfully venture out of corporate? Joining Michael Zipursky is Tom Tonkin.

Q&A with Sara Sheehan

Brimstone Consulting

Q&A with Sara Sheehan. Sara Sheehan shares the best advice she has been given and what inspires her. What are your areas of expertise? . Change Management, Executive Coaching, Organization Design, and Leadership Development . Which of our values do you most relate to? Why? .

SME Strategy Partners w/CIMA, on a mission to insulate homes around the world with environmentally-friendly cellulose

Strategic Planning and Management Insights

CIMA is a group of Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers that has been around for 30 years. They represent the cellulose manufacturing industry, as well as the owner/operators and entrepreneurs who are building the products*. Strategic planning strategy case studies strategic priorities client story

4 AI Hacks to Make Sales Teams More Efficient

Over the last two years, there’s been a 76 percent increase in AI adoption across sales organizations. For sales teams, AI opens up a world of new possibilities, including automating outreach, identifying best-fit buyers, and keeping CRMs flush with fresh data. Read on to learn the four AI hacks sales teams need to improve their performance. Download the eBook today!

The Value of Money

CaseInterview.com

Money can serve many purposes. It can be used to buy things for consumption. It can be used to buy objects that convey status (Rolex, Ferrari, Cartier diamond necklace). It can be used as a way to keep score, such as on the Forbes 400 list of richest people in the world.

Five trends reshaping European power markets

McKinsey & Company

Utilities, traders, and large power consumers face significant challenges addressing the next normal. Insights on Electric Power & Natural Gas Energy, Resources & Materials Europe Sustainability

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Isn't It Time For You To Take Care Of You?

On the Brink

Do you find yourself taking care of everyone else in your life before you? Do you feel guilty when you do something for yourself? Would you like to re-set your life's direction but you're not sure where to start? Now there's a way to do that, and all it takes is a few minutes a day for 30 days.

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The Science of Building Trust with Clients for Consultants with Sandra Sucher: Podcast #207

Consulting Success

Trust is the foundation of any relationship. This is exceptionally true when it comes to business. You need to establish trust within your team, clients, and customers to grow. So how do you build that trust?

How to Overcome the Pain Points of Your CRM

CRM software is a powerful tool when used correctly, yet another obstacle to a sales team’s efficiency when it’s not. Leveraging research and commentary from industry analysts, this eBook explores how your sales team can get back valuable time by overcoming some pain points with your CRM, such as low adoption rates, integrations, and data quality.

Q&A with Michael Hornsby

Brimstone Consulting

Q&A with Michael Hornsby. Michael Hornsby shares what brought him to Brimstone, what makes Brimstone distinctive, and his biggest mistake. What led you to Brimstone? Describe your journey. I started with Brimstone in 1995 – 26 years ago!

287: Jim Cornehlsen—Are You Passionate About Helping Leaders Release Their Inner Entrepreneur?

On the Brink Podcast

Hear how great execution is most often the key to growth. At times I have the pleasure of meeting interesting people who bring their breadth of experiences to share with our audience. Jim Cornehlsen is just that type of person.

Communicate Changes Before Implementing Changes

Leadership Planning with Liz Weber CMC

Managing change has become a never-ending but essential part of every leader’s job. It’s become ubiquitous.