September, 2018

The overlooked essentials of employee well-being

McKinsey

If you really want to increase employees’ health and well-being, focus on job control and social support. Insights on Organization

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Website or No Website? Answers and Help for Independent Consultants

Successful Independent Consulting

As a self-employed consultant do you really need a website? I’m asked this a lot, particularly if a consultant gets most business from referrals or they contract through agencies or boutique firms.

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Why Playing with Your Food is Critical for Consultants

David A Fields

When you stood well under three feet tall, you chortled with unbridled glee at your father’s silly faces and merrily tried to ride the family dog. You’d also play with your food; catapulting carrot sticks and fashioning finger art with your mashed potatoes. What a hoot!

4 Ways To Get Your First Consulting Client (Without Cold-Calling)

Consulting Success

Many consultants have trouble finding their first client. I want to offer you a few ideas to help you to go out and win your first consulting client. Here are 4 ways to get your first consulting client.

ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

A Better Way to Visualize Hoshin Plans

Markovitz Consulting

The hoshin kanri X-matrix makes my head hurt. I mean, kudos to the person who invented it for creating something so incredibly compact and information-dense. But I’m not sure it’s the easiest way to convey the information in the hoshin plan.

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Demystifying AI and machine learning for executives

McKinsey

In this interview, Tamim Saleh cuts through the hype around artificial intelligence with guidance for executives about where and how to employ AI in their businesses. Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights

The Four X Factors of Exceptional Leaders

Strategy+Business

All great leaders share four special factors that make them stand out, according to the authors, who identified these distinguishing traits after analyzing the performance of 2,500 senior executives over a decade.

Take off Your Happy Face! Why Consulting Clients Love Disagreeable Consultants

David A Fields

Your consulting clients walk into each engagement holding bouquets of helium balloons they want to release to the sky. Metaphorically, unless your clients are clowns.) Each balloon is an assumption, preconception, hypothesis or dream that only requires your confirmation.

5 Simple Steps to Win More Consulting Projects (Make Sales Easier)

Consulting Success

Here’s how to win more consulting sales. People often refer to it as “closing” more sales. I’m going to offer you some insights, some mindsets, and ways of thinking about this to help you actually win more business.

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Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Speaking the Language of Your Team

Markovitz Consulting

I started using Mike Rother’s Toyota Kata approach at a new client in NYC recently. The mechanics are young (18-25 years) old, and the education level is low. No one has been to college, and not all of them have even completed high school.

Consulting Applications – Preparation is key to success

Tom Spencer

As Alexander Graham Bell once uttered: before anything else, preparation is the key to success. The saying may sound clichéd, but there is still much truth in it almost a century later.

Why data culture matters

McKinsey

Organizational culture can accelerate the application of analytics, amplify its power, and steer companies away from risky outcomes. Here are seven principles that underpin a healthy data culture. Analytics Insights

Leaders: Break Through Your Learning Blockers

Strategy+Business

Spot and resist the bad habits that hinder your innovation potential

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The 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations

In this report, ZoomInfo substantiates the assertion that technographic data is a vital resource for sales teams. In fact, the majority of respondents agree—with 72.3% reporting that technographic data is either somewhat important or very important to their organization. The reason for this is simple—sales teams value technographic data because it makes essential selling activities easier and more efficient.

The Source of Consulting Projects, in Order from Easiest to Most Difficult to Win

David A Fields

Projects could flow into your consulting firm from a slew of different directions: from current clients requesting follow-on engagements to out-of-the-blue inquiries generated by your dazzling, on-stage presence.

How To Productize Consulting Services with John Warrillow: Podcast #55

Consulting Success

To productize consulting services and build a sellable company, the ultimate challenge is to try to find something that you offer which is truly unique to what you do. It’s very likely that if you canvas your customers, there is one or two things that you do better than anybody else.

MECE

CaseInterview.com

What is MECE (Mutually Exclusive Collectively Exhaustive)?

From the Bench and Bedside to the Boardrooms (How to transition from academia into consulting, Part 2 of 2)

Tom Spencer

As a former advanced degree candidate who applied to consulting while finishing medical school, I would like to share my experience with those of you who are in the middle of making a similar jump out of academia. As I stated in part 1 of this series , many of my M.D. and Ph.D.

The Time-Saving Power of Intent Data for Sales

By using the power of intent data, capturing buyer interest has become more feasible for sales. Not only that, but using it will save immense time during your workflow; a win-win on all fronts.

The lending revolution: How digital credit is changing banks from the inside

McKinsey

Faster credit decisions, vastly improved customer experience, 40 percent lower costs, and a more secure risk profile. Here’s how to get there. Risk Insights

7 Steps to Getting a Great Client Testimonial

Women in Consulting

By: Judy Dang. :: You’re doing great work. Adding huge value to your clients. Now is the time to get feedback and ask for that testimonial. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to ask for and craft a winning testimonial. Step 1: Invite for Coffee/Lunch. Go for coffee or lunch.

The Effectiveness Quilt – A Surprising Way to Improve Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

You’ve probably heard the expression, “Good is the enemy of great.” Yes, that saying arose to justify eliminating “chocolates” made with carob. (I’m I’m pretty sure.)

4 Reasons Why Consultants Fear Specializing (And Why They’re Mistaken)

Consulting Success

Let’s talk about specialization for a moment. I did a podcast interview not too long ago with a consultant, now based in Scotland who has a wonderful specialization. There are some lessons in there that I think that all consultants, including you, can benefit from.

How ZoomInfo Enhances Your Database Management Strategy

Forward-thinking marketing organizations have continuously invested in a database strategy for enabling marketing processes. Download this ebook to learn how to maintain a strategy that includes refreshed information, database cleanses, and an accurate analysis at the same time.

2018 Open NYC Consulting Bootcamp

Management Consulted

Open NYC Consulting Bootcamp As you get ready for the highly competitive consulting field, do you ever wish you could just get some face-time with an expert to get all the best tips and advice about your case interview skills, … Continued. The post 2018 Open NYC Consulting Bootcamp appeared first on Management Consulted. consulting bootcamp

From the Bench and Bedside to the Boardrooms (How to transition from academia into consulting, Part 1 of 2)

Tom Spencer

Introduction. With the 2018 application cycle in full swing for a number of top-tier consulting firms, many of my MD and PhD colleagues have been inquiring about how they can leave academia, if only for a few years, and pursue a career change in management consulting.

Smarter analytics for banks

McKinsey

Banks have a strong foundation in using data. New research reveals how they can get even more from their analytics investments. Insights on Financial Services

How to Turn Intangible Concepts into Tangible Services

The More Clients Blog

What are you actually selling? Some say a concept, an idea, a benefit, or value. But one thing is for certain, if it’s not tangible, it can’t be sold. This is the second of five articles about the 5 Pillars of Marketing, my marketing model that helps get your marketing on track.

How ZoomInfo Enhances Your ABM Strategy

For marketing teams to develop a successful account-based marketing strategy, they need to ensure good data is housed within its Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software. More specifically, updated data can help organizations outline key accounts for their campaigns. And to begin the targeting process, marketing teams must develop an Ideal Customer Profile (ICP) with appropriate firmographic and behavioral data to ensure they’re going after the correct audience.Download this eBook to learn how to start improving your marketing team's data!