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How to Combat Scope Creep While Delighting Your Consulting Clients

David A Fields

Picture yourself presenting your final results from a project to your client. The meeting is swimming along smoothly and you’re basking in the warm glow of another happy client. Then, your client asks, “Buddyboy, could you slice the data one more way so we can see impact by geographic area?”

How do you come up with a price?

Rod Burkert

Greetings! We are still in Wisconsin … still a few miles from the Mississippi … still at my in-laws … and still working on the interior RV furbishings and modifications. I hope you found my last video about 10x-ing (not 2 or 3x-ing) your goals to be useful.

Ensuring Good Performance: How Consultancies Keep Their Employees Motivated

Tom Spencer

How do you keep people motivated enough to perform well and work for long hours in a high-pressure environment?

Michael Zipursky on Peak Performers Podcast

Consulting Success

Michael was recently featured on Peak Performers Podcast, which you can listen to here: How to Market Your Expertise with Michael Zipursky As a consultant, there’s a lot that you can bring to the table.

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.

Making the most of marketing technology to drive growth


Winning in the martech revolution requires tech, of course, but leaders often forget that it needs a couple of key additions too. Marketing & Sales Insights

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A framework for understanding technology companies

Tom Spencer

The technology industry is booming: in 2008, Microsoft was the only tech firm ranked in the world’s top 10 public companies by market capitalisation. In 2018, tech firms take seven of the top ten spots (Financial Times Global 500).

Promoting Yourself As A Consultant The Right Way: Podcast #49

Consulting Success

Whether you’re an executive, a VP, a director, or whatever your level is within an organization, in most cases, it’s not about you. Everything that you do is about the company.

Tolerating the Truth

You have an enormous advantage in life when you have the capacity to tolerate the truth. Anyone can tolerate the truth when it’s positive and favorable. It’s much more difficult when the truth isn’t what you want to hear. Just because you wish something wasn’t true doesn’t make it any less valid. For example, it’s difficult to tolerate the truth that your skills just aren’t good enough (yet) to tackle a particular project.

Learning-Credibility Tension

Consultants' Consultant

Consultants Consultant: New client? You’re facing learning-credibility tension. You need to juggle the need to know more about the context with the all-important need to look credible.

How predictive analytics can boost product development


Complex product-development projects are plagued by schedule slips and cost overruns. The up-front application of advanced and predictive analytics helps companies build plans they can stick to. High Tech Insights

Labour Retention: How you can create ‘Sticky’ Talent

Confessions of a Consultant

Keep focused on your best people. Management consulting can be likened to a ‘fashion business’, in the sense that new ideas fall in and out of vogue all the time. At the height of the Celtic Tiger, labour retention was definitely ‘in’.

Workplace Presence for Consultants

MBO Partners

Presence is a valuable tool that can help self-employed professionals build better relationships and manage stress and anxiety. Here’s what you need to know about mindful awareness and how to practice it in your daily life

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Humanising the workplace

Consultants' Consultant

Consultants Consultant: [link] leah weiss Kelly sits down with Stanford University professor Leah Weiss whose [link] leah weiss Kelly sits down with Stanford University professor Leah Weiss whose new book How We Work looks at ways in which we can re-humanize the workplace.

Inside the strategy room: One CEO’s approach


Deanna Mulligan, president and CEO of Guardian Life Insurance, reflects on how she approaches strategy planning in an industry with strong headwinds. Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights

6 Tips for New Managers to be More Open to Feedback

LSA Global

There’s a Need for New Managers to be More Open to Feedback? Few people seek out and enjoy receiving negative feedback from their coworkers. We all want to hear the positive – how great we are at what we do. But think of it differently. Wouldn’t you like to get better at your job?

5 Client Management Tips for Independent Contractors

MBO Partners

Follow these five tips to build quality client relationships and establish a strong reputation for your business

Worker Representation on Boards Won’t Work Without Trust

Harvard Business

CSA Images/Getty Images. Senator Elizabeth Warren has proposed a novel way to reform corporate governance.

Shaking up the value chain


Data and digitization are creating a growing array of value-creation choices in industries as diverse as pharmaceuticals, mining, and energy. Digital Insights

4 Field-tested Steps for Better Sales Planning

LSA Global

High Performance Sales Needs High Performance Sales Planning. If you want better sales performance, you need better sales planning. The goal for most sales teams is pretty straightforward – grow profitable sales. To grow profitably however, takes more than wishful thinking.

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Which Employee Would You Want?

Martinka Consulting

A little after they opened at 9 am on the Friday before the July 4 weekend I went to get a haircut. I wasn’t the only one and was told it would be about 20 minutes. So, I walked across the street, got a cup of coffee, checked emails, etc. I came back 17 minutes later and instead of two stylists there was only one. After a few minutes another customer told me the other stylist didn’t feel good and was across the street getting food. (My

How to Email Someone You Haven’t Talked to in Forever

Harvard Business

Steven Puetzer/Getty Images. At some point in our careers, we find ourselves in need of help from others — whether it’s to make a direct connection to a hiring manager, to gather information on a prospective client company, or to get help in learning about a new industry quickly.

How data is changing the pharma operations world


Pharma companies have a great opportunity to turn a buzzword into exponential impact. Insights on Operations

The Costs and Cures for Employee Burnout

LSA Global

Employee Burnout. Sometimes you just can’t run fast enough to keep up with the pace of the work. We call it employee burnout when the stress of your job seems overwhelming, and you just want to give up. You’re not at all alone.

Suicide, The Secret Of My Client Marketing Success

Henry DeVries

Ironically, it wasn’t until Frank King came close to ending his life that he realized the purpose of his life. Today he is a speaker and trainer on suicide prevention as a workplace health and safety issue

How Women Can Get What They Want in a Negotiation

Harvard Business

VANDAL Photography/Getty Images. Tara, an MD/PhD who works for a large public university, contacted one of us (Suzanne) a few weeks after participating in a negotiation workshop she ran, wanting to share some positive news about successfully negotiating an 11% pay increase.

How traditional insurance carriers can disrupt through personalized marketing


Last year, our colleagues in the Marketing and Sales Practice published a piece on personalized marketing. We have adapted the framework they presented to the insurance industry. Insights on Financial Services

Consulting Business Management: When to Partner With Other Consultants

MBO Partners

Managing your own business is both rewarding and challenging. Here are four times to consider partnering with other consultants to ease your workload

A Conversation About How Your Strengths Help You Stay Curious (Podcast)

Leadership Vision Consulting

On this episode of the podcast, I’m having a Strengths conversation with my colleague and our Director of Business Development, Logan Joyce. More specifically, we’re having what we call a "push" conversation. These are dialogues between two people where you intentionally push Strengths to the center.

Boost Your Emotional Intelligence with These 3 Questions

Harvard Business

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From product to customer experience: The new way to launch in pharma


In increasingly crowded drug markets, a strong clinical profile is no longer enough to ensure a distinctive launch. To be successful, pharma companies need to launch not only products but also experiences. Insights on Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products

The Weekly Independent: August 13, 2018

MBO Partners

News and notes for independent professionals and their clients. This is the August 13, 2018 edition


4 Industries Leveraging Robotics & Automation For Future of Work

Cheryl Cran

Right now, if your business or role involves repetitive tasks it is likely that you have already or will be impacted by robotics and automation. It is irrefutable that we need to expand our perspective to seeing that robots, AI and automation are infiltrating all industries and everyday life. Let’s look at robotics/automation first and […]. The post 4 Industries Leveraging Robotics & Automation For Future of Work appeared first on NextMapping.

When Is Teamwork Really Necessary?

Harvard Business

Caspar Benson/Getty Images. Most leaders assume that they need to foster teamwork among the people whom directly and indirectly report to them. Teaming is now seen as the workplace equivalent of motherhood and apple pie — invariably good.