Sat.Feb 09, 2019 - Fri.Feb 15, 2019

Brand strategy: One size does not fit all

The Source

Brand is becoming ever more important to buyers of consulting services. In fact, when we asked clients what was most important when selecting a digital transformation partner, reputation with the board was more important than anything else.*.

The end of ownership for fashion products?

McKinsey

Business models capitalizing on preowned, refurbished, or rented products have hit the fashion market. The industry needs to pay attention as these models continue to evolve. Retail Insights

Volunteer Consulting: The Ultimate Consulting Career Gut Check and Primer

Tom Spencer

The clients won’t be household names. Compensation for your volunteer consulting work is at an exciting zero. Worst of all, it will be just another project that competes with school work, networking, and sleep for a piece of your time.

Marie Kondo is a Genius

CaseInterview.com

Over the last few weeks, my kids and I have been asking each other, “Does this spark Joy?”. What a simple yet profound question. If you’re not familiar with Marie Kondo, she is an international home organizing sensation. Here in the United States, she has a become a household name in the last 45 days. In addition to a best-selling book on organizing your home, her TV show appeared on Netflix at the beginning of this year. I’ve become a Kondovert. My kids think I’ve gone insane.

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!

How to Know if You’re Successful at Consulting

David A Fields

How do you know if you’re doing well at the consulting game? Revenue? Client feedback? Those are okay metrics; however, if you look around your office you’ll find a better clue.

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Lessons from Detroit: Three Reasons Why Your employees Resists Lean

Markovitz Consulting

In 2014, The Greening of Detroit (TGD), an environmental non-profit, was pushing hard to reforest the city after years of neglect. To their surprise, the tree planters faced stiff resistance—about 25% of the 7,500 homeowners they approached rejected the opportunity to have a free tree planted in front of their houses.

Three things I wish I knew going into my summer internship

Tom Spencer

As an undergrad embarking on my first management consulting internship, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. On campus, I was involved in a consulting organisation where we did project work for clients, but I questioned if the skills I gained would be transferrable and applicable.

It’s Time To Shake Things Up

Claris Consulting

Last week I received an email from a friend and colleague with a link to a Monday Morning Minute from June of 2013. I watched the video again and was reminded of a key point regarding creative abrasion. The year of construction was a year of significant growth for our firm.

The Fearless Landing

The More Clients Blog

Imagine that you are the pilot of a cargo plane during wartime. And you’re coming in to land your plane on the base’s runway. But as you approach, on the runway you see burned-out tanks, overturned trucks and crashed fighter planes. Obviously, the base has been attacked and because of all the debris on the runway, you can’t land your plane. You hail the control tower and say, “What’s going on down there? There’s junk all over the runway; I can’t land!”.

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.

Lessons from Detroit: Three (More) Reasons Why Your Lean Efforts Fail

Markovitz Consulting

In 2014, The Greening of Detroit (TGD), an environmental non-profit, was pushing hard to reforest the city after years of neglect. To their surprise, the tree planters faced stiff resistance—about 25% of the 7,500 homeowners they approached rejected the opportunity to have a free tree planted in front of their houses.

Client Buy-In – Practical Tips for Analysts and Junior Associates

Tom Spencer

One of the most vivid memories I have from my early consulting career was the time a Chief Operations Officer (COO) nearly torpedoed my first engagement.

Deloitte Consulting Senior Manager: how consulting set her up for entrepreneurship, nonprofit and public sector leadership, and industry impact

Management Consulted

The Story of one Deloitte Consulting Senior Manager Are you interested in Deloitte Consulting? Or just in good stories about how consultants transition as experienced hires? Have we got a treat for you today! Our team recently connected with Lynn … Continue Reading. The post Deloitte Consulting Senior Manager: how consulting set her up for entrepreneurship, nonprofit and public sector leadership, and industry impact appeared first on Management Consulted.

Accelerating late-stage construction: Mastering the sprint finish

McKinsey

Major projects in late stages of construction face unique challenges that can drive substantial delays and cost blowouts. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Insights on Capital Projects & Infrastructure

How to Be Taken Seriously

CaseInterview.com

In a meeting, two people can express the exact same idea, and one will be overlooked while the other will be taken seriously. If you’re like me, you’ve witnessed this phenomenon your entire career. You may have even been the person whose ideas were overlooked. Why does this happen? Clearly, the reaction you receive is not based solely on the caliber of the ideas you present. There’s obviously something more. But what is it?

The Short Life of Enlightened Leadership (and How to Extend It)

Strategy+Business

Idealistic values and socially admirable practices in business are often effective, but generally short-lived. They rarely survive through more than two successions of company leadership.

Hugh’s Words of Wisdom Wednesday: Controlling What you Cannot Control

Claris Consulting

A common complaint a lot of the leaders and teams I work with have is that they are overwhelmed, overscheduled, and overburdened. When you pull back the curtain on the beliefs and assumptions of feeling this way you find there’s a control issue at play.

The essential components of a successful L&D strategy

McKinsey

The ACADEMIES framework is a useful tool for conceptualizing learning strategy. Insights on Organization

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Does your website speak the right lingo? Here’s how you can tell.

Rod Burkert

I hope you found our last conversation about newsletter writing tips to be useful. While doing good work for the current clients you serve is important, your potential clients need a way to find you and understand your perspective.

Will the audit challenger brand of the future look like this?

The Source

Our recent report on the audit industry argues that there’s a role for a challenger brand in the audit industry. But what would it look like? We sent an intrepid analyst into the future to find out…. Winners and losers Audit Blog posts Challenger Brand Technology

Saying Farewell to a Great Audience: The Final Blog…

Confessions of a Consultant

Saying Goodbye. I started blogging for 2 reasons. Firstly, it would act as an aide memoir – helping to capture the learning from a diverse range of experiences. Secondly, it would be a form of marketing – directly answering the question: “Is that bloke still alive?”

Global Energy Perspective 2019

McKinsey

The Global Energy Perspective Reference Case provides our view on how the energy transition will unfold. Oil & Gas Insights

The Short Life of Enlightened Leadership (and How to Extend It)

Strategy+Business

Idealistic values and socially admirable practices in business are often effective, but generally short-lived. They rarely survive through more than two successions of company leadership. To break this cycle and leave a legacy of an enlightened company, three factors are critical: carefully articulated business philosophies, well-designed alternative governance structures, and nontraditional forms of ownership

Transforming Global Functions

Kates Kesler

We regularly work with leaders of complex, global companies who want to transform one or more of their functions (Finance, … Blog

The Importance of a Descriptive and Generative Approach to the Understanding and Application of Strengths (podcast)

Leadership Vision Consulting

On this episode of the podcast, Steph Wahlund and Nathan Freeburg dive into the meaning and importance of the terms Descriptive and Generative.

Building data-driven culture: An interview with ShopRunner CEO Sam Yagan

McKinsey

Sam Yagan, current ShopRunner CEO, cofounder of OkCupid, and former Match Group CEO, discusses the importance of culture for driving data-based decision making, innovation, and, ultimately, company success. Analytics Insights

Hey Deltek! – Purposeful Innovation for ERP and PSA Solutions

Management and IT Consulting

The best way for consulting firms to attract and retain talent is by bringing the latest technology to the workplace

Corporate Center Design in Complex, Global Companies

Kates Kesler

“How are you adding value?”. That’s the question Neville Isdell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Coca-Cola Company, … Function Design

When “Word of Mouth” Isn’t Enough

Martinka Consulting

I’m talking to an owner who’s pretty darn proud of the fact he doesn’t do any marketing or have any sales effort because it’s all “word of mouth.” He tells me this knowing I know his friend (with the same type of business) in a noticeably smaller market that has two to three times the revenue he has. My first thought was, maybe if you did some marketing, you’d be making more money, and more importantly, have a more valuable business.

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Cutting through the 5G hype: Survey shows telcos’ nuanced views

McKinsey

Operators see a marginally positive business case, expect rollout at scale to take until 2022, and don’t think the increase in capital-expense-to-sales ratio will be as big as skeptics claim. Telecommunications Insights