Sat.May 11, 2019 - Fri.May 17, 2019

The True Meaning of Consulting Work/Life Balance

Management Consulted

I’ve been reflecting recently on my life and my work. It started 1 month ago at my Columbia Business School reunion. Reunions do that – make you evaluate if you are where you thought you would be – and where … Continue Reading.

Looking for answers? Keep sight of the questions

Jacq Hackett Consulting

As consultants, we are brought into organisations to solve problems or assist with a particular challenge. Exactly what the client needs will vary of course. It might be a review of a program or service; diagnosis of glitches in the system to identify solutions; an organisational restructure; a strategic plan; development of a new policy.

Conquering Fear: Defeat the #1 Enemy of Growth

Joellyn Sargent

Fear is the enemy of growth. It breeds hesitation and self-doubt, holding you back when you should be charging ahead. I’m on my third business so I know first-hand how fear-inducing the journey of entrepreneurship can be.

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5 Keys to Great, Consulting Firm Marketing

David A Fields

Sit back and imagine your consulting firm as pure, rich, creamy scoops of ice cream. Prospects and consulting opportunities are the hot fudge that pours onto your icy practice in a steady, glossy stream of chocolatey richness. When you put it that way, it’s hard not to like consulting, right?

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!

Innovating Your Consulting Business For Growth with Jeff Gothelf: Podcast #88

Consulting Success

These days, consultants take their profession too seriously and customarily that they tend to forget to make room for innovation. To innovate is to add value with an incredible hint of creativity to whatever you produce.

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How artificial intelligence will transform Nordic businesses

McKinsey

AI is driving a substantial part of the automation potential in the Nordics, and it could unlock $80 billion of value for businesses. Artificial Intelligence

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Brand Architecture – Overview (Part 1 or 2)

Tom Spencer

Having a great mentor is critical for personal skill development, especially early in your career, and so I wanted to share the guidelines that my mentor provided me to follow in 2019 to become a better consultant / strategist. As a brief introduction, my mentor spent two summers at Bain & Co.

Marvel’s Endgame or How to Be a Superhero

The More Clients Blog

I don’t know about you, but I happen to be a Marvel movie superhero fanatic. I’m one of those weird people who has watched all 22 of the Marvel movies over the past 11 years, several of them more than once, including the latest, Endgame.

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Fast Math: Quant Skills

Management Consulted

Fast math. Whether you majored in Economics, English, or History, you will be expected to be comfortable with math during your consulting case interviews. To be more specific, you’ll need to be good at fast math. If math isn’t your … Continue Reading.

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.

The journey to an agile organization

McKinsey

You know what an agile organization is, and why it’s important. But figuring out how to pull off an agile transformation is another question. Insights on Organization

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Brand Architecture – Selecting the Right Brand Architecture post M&A (Part 2 of 2)

Tom Spencer

When two companies are going through a merger or an acquisition (M&A), the branding strategy is often the last thing that senior management thinks about, wrongly assuming that it’s more a creative decision than a business call. This is a huge mistake.

Diversified Self-Identity

CaseInterview.com

When you take a finance class, you learn the principle of asset diversification. Diversification means you’re able to maximize your overall financial return across a wide variety of market conditions while reducing your losses. By diversifying correctly, you achieve the same level of return as a less diversified set of assets BUT have a lower risk of loss. Same upside. Less downside. That’s the underlying principle behind diversification.

Consulting service design: To bundle, or not to bundle

The Source

To bundle, or not to bundle, that’s the question: Whether it’s better for a firm to offer.

Shifting the dial in procurement

McKinsey

Procurement has an opportunity, indeed an imperative, to transform from an enabler of cost reduction to a creator of sustainable competitive advantage. Insights on Operations

What you need to know about the latest LI profile changes

Rod Burkert

Just because we’ve always done it this way doesn’t mean there isn’t a better way. I hope our last conversation about having all of your eggs in one valuation basket inspires you to strategize how you can augment your 1:1 BVFLS clients with a 1:many BVFLS product.

Ten Ways to Measure Your Customer Relationships

Henry DeVries

Here is an adage to grow your business by: The most profitable customers tend to be those you have long-term relationships with

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See, Think, Do

CaseInterview.com

Several years ago, one of my clients taught me a great framework to describe how to be influential with others in the workplace. It’s a communication approach you can use to manage direct reports, manage colleagues, and even to manage your boss. The framework involves three steps: See. Think. If you can alter how somebody “sees" a particular situation, they automatically “think" about the situation differently.

Expanding the economic pie in the Peach State

McKinsey

Georgia faces challenges to its growth from its uneven distribution of prosperity. More of the state’s workforce, regions, and firms need to be brought into the fold to extend the state’s success. Public Sector Insights

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Describe a Person or place that has Shaped you. (podcast)

Leadership Vision Consulting

On this episode of the Leadership Vision Podcast, we're asking you to wrestle with this Strengths question: Describe a Person or place that has Shaped you. How does this influence your Strengths today? Listen now and join the conversation! The post Describe a Person or place that has Shaped you.

Podcast with Kison Patel of M&A Science

Ben de Haldevang

Have a listen…it’s a reasonably coherent description of who we are at Agile Gorilla and what we’re trying to do…would welcome your comments as always. link]. Transformation

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Are You a Doer or a Manager? One is Much Better

Martinka Consulting

I was at an educational event and ended up talking to someone in a completely different industry than mine. When he heard what I do his comment was how one of the toughest things about small to lower middle market businesses is they have owners who won’t let go, i.e. the owner is a dependency. So true, and we all know many owners like this. It reminded me of a recent meeting with an owner who said, “I manage the managers. I get called when there’s a problem.”

The pros and cons of activist investors

McKinsey

Management teams that engage positively with attackers may find activist campaigns bring ideas that create value and improve shareholder performance. Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights

Is Technology Weakening Your Leadership?

Peter Stark

It is a given to say that technology has changed the way we communicate and conduct our daily lives. At home and at work.

Cost synergies are worth more than revenue synergies…really?

Ben de Haldevang

The final chapter (for now!) in our series on the unwritten rules of post acquisition integration. We’ve explored programme structures, leadership teams and the approach to acquired leaders and the fable of the business case! This last one is focused on the old favourite.

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Reach is overrated

Seth Godin Blog

It might be the biggest misconception in all of advertising. The Super Bowl has reach. Google has reach. Radio has reach. Why do you care if you can, for more money, reach more people? Why wouldn’t it make more sense to reach the right people instead? To pick an absurd example, you can use a giant radio telescope to beam messages to the billions or trillions of aliens that live in other solar systems. Worth it?

Recharging economies: The EV-battery manufacturing outlook for Europe

McKinsey

As uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) increases, the EV-battery market represents an opportunity for European players. We assess the potential and look at factors guiding the location of production capacity. Oil & Gas Insights

To Become Your Best Self, Study Your Successes

Harvard Business

Keep a record of positive feedback. Receiving feedback Career planning Psychology Emotional intelligence Digital Article

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How To Find Clients By Fishing And Farming

Henry DeVries

To attract high-paying clients I recommend the proactive fishing and farming style of marketing. Wealth manager Pete Benson of Beacon Capital Management shares some of his strategies

Toward abundant systems

Seth Godin Blog

Industrialism is based on scarcity. So is traditional college admissions. In fact, much of the world as we know it is based on hierarchies, limited shelf space, and resources that are difficult to share. This leads to a common mindset: if it’s yours, it’s not mine. Sharing is something we teach to little kids, but in real life, we’re much busier keeping track of who’s up and who’s down in an endless status game. But some systems are based on abundance.