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Wow! It’s Easy to Improve Every Part of Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

You can boost the fortunes of your consulting firm in numerous ways. Improve your processes, adopt better techniques, dial up your leverage, incorporate dessert breaks… the list goes on and on. Amongst these, there’s one, (fairly) easy shift you could make today that will help every aspect of your consulting firm. How cool would it … Continued. The post Wow! It’s Easy to Improve Every Part of Your Consulting Firm appeared first on David A. Fields. All Articles Consultants Consulting

5 Soft Skills that are Critical in Consulting Interviews

Tom Spencer

Most consulting firms are wrapping up their recruitment process for this year and offers have been sent out. The hard skills help you do the analysis, but once you’ve got an answer, you need client buy in. To get client buy in, you almost always need exceptional soft skills. As a result, the consulting firms want to see strong soft skills demonstrated in the interviews. So what skills really matter? Which ones will interviewers be looking for you to demonstrate? Communication.

Small Firms, Big Problems

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

The first thing you notice when you move to a smaller firm is how much more freedom everyone has. No process, no approvals, no problems, right? After a while, you start noticing how much more personality everyone has.

BCG: Synergies take center stage

Consultants Mind

M&A continues to boom; 36,000 deals announced in 2017 BCG published a report on 2017 M&A called M&A: Synergies Take Center Stage (Sept 2018) here. 2.7Mb pdf). It’s 33 pages, and gives a run down of all the major deals and trends. Here’s my take.

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Michael Zipursky on Conscious Millionaire: How To Achieve Success As A Consultant

Consulting Success

Michael was recently featured on Conscious Millionaire for the second time. You can listen to it here: Michael Zipursky on Conscious Millionaire: How To Achieve Success As A Consultant How do you achieve success in your consulting business?

5 Essential Competencies for Executive Leadership

Consulting Matters

It’s a common career trajectory: An employee becomes a front-line supervisor, then a manager, then a leader of leaders and then eventually an executive over a department or an even broader entity. From that perspective, leadership is leadership and executives merely have a larger scope and span of control. Despite common perception - executives are not simply managers with a broader scope and span of control.

Building digital ecosystems in Japan

McKinsey

Two Merck Healthcare digital specialists explain their company’s transformation and the impact it has had on patients. Insights on Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products

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Selling $7 Million In Consulting Services Within 12 Months with Shannon Adkins: Podcast #61

Consulting Success

For the ten years being in industry, Shannon Adkins was a buyer of consulting services and of multimillion-dollar contracts of consulting services. Shannon is the president and CEO of Future State Inc.,

Just Show Up

CaseInterview.com

“Eighty Percent of Success is Showing Up.”. Woody Allen, Actor. I first encountered this quote by Woody Allen decades ago. At the time, the idea that the majority of success involved merely showing up seemed overly simplistic and surely an exaggeration. I’ve since come to the conclusion that his statement is more true than not. If you want to be in great physical shape, show up at the gym for your workouts.

How leading CEOs manage their middle tenures

McKinsey

Five principles are useful in guiding CEOs in their third, fourth, and fifth years on the job. Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights

When the Open Office is Closing In

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

Everyone has seen an "open plan office" setup. A bunch of my clients had them, especially Out West. I actually liked the look, minus the dogs and yoga balls, but I hadn't really worked in one until now. Open plan offices suck.

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7 Creative Ways to Boost E-commerce Sales

Tom Spencer

Your website is live and you’re ready to sell, but you just can’t seem to attract enough customers. Even when you get shoppers to your site, they’re just not converting. Sound familiar? Don’t give up hope for a bustling business. Here are 7 e-commerce marketing techniques to boost your online sales.

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You can’t fix stupid. But you can vote it out!

The More Clients Blog

Election day is the most important day of the year. It’s the one day when every single adult American has a say in who will run our government. Voting is a sacred duty. So I urge you to make your voice heard at the polls. And by the way, if you think that your candidate is way ahead in the polls and your vote doesn’t matter, you’re not thinking straight. So many elections are won or lost by very small margins. Your vote counts. If you’ve already voted or planned on doing so, thank you!

New demand, new markets: What edge computing means for hardware companies

McKinsey

With over 100 edge use cases identified, the fast-growing need to power connected devices demands a custom response from vendors. High Tech Insights

Who is in your scene? (get better, faster in a group)

Rod Burkert

When it comes to your practice, who is supporting and challenging you to get better? Because getting better – REALLY better – will happen faster if you work with people who understand your journey. When it comes to your practice, don’t overlook the power of belonging to a group.

If At First You Don’t succeed…Then quit

Confessions of a Consultant

Consider re-writing your success software. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.” ” W. Fields. The flight to Faro was particularly bumpy.

The Fit Between Talent and Organization

Kates Kesler

Talent is priority number 1, 2 and 3 in most corporate human resources functions today. It’s no surprise, forced by … Blog

Banks in the changing world of financial intermediation

McKinsey

Banks sit at the center of a vast, complex system that intermediates more than $250 trillion in global funds. What happens when the system itself is significantly streamlined and reshaped? Insights on Financial Services

Today is Election Day. Vote!

The More Clients Blog

Election day is the most important day of the year. It’s the one day when every single adult American has a say in who will run our government. Voting is a sacred duty. So I urge you to make your voice heard at the polls. And by the way, if you think that your candidate is way ahead in the polls and your vote doesn’t matter, you’re not thinking straight. So many elections are won or lost by very small margins. Your vote counts. If you’ve already voted or planned on doing so, thank you!

Change Behaviors to Change Corporate Culture

LSA Global

To Change Corporate Culture, Change Behaviors. Change behaviors to change corporate culture. Difficult as it may be to change corporate behavior across the workplace, it can be done.

Best Business Books 2018: Leadership

Strategy+Business

This year's best business books on the subject of leadership all deal with the vital topic of finding meaning and purpose in the workplace. But they approach the topic from fundamentally different and illuminating angles.

The executive's AI playbook

McKinsey

It's time to break out of pilot purgatory and more effectively apply artificial intelligence and advanced analytics throughout your organization. Our interactive playbook can help. Analytics Insights

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Importance of Developing Soft Skills in Consulting

Tom Spencer

As I start my consulting career, some of the questions that I keep coming back to are: How can I stand out amongst all of these high achieving and well educated individuals, especially in the beginning? What skills do I need to develop? What are the keys to longevity at my firm and the greater consulting world? These are questions I routinely asked myself as I approached my starting date.

Building a Culture of Transparency in Health Care

Harvard Business

Blend Images/ERproductions Ltd Creative/Getty Images. In health care today, the conversation around transparency centers on the consumer. The consumer is empowered to ask for treatment options and costs, potential treatment risks, realistic outcomes, and much more.

Best Business Books 2018: Strategy

Strategy+Business

How can you innovate to avoid irrelevance? How can you nurture your best people, especially the rebels? And how can you set goals and objectives effectively to make sure your company succeeds? These are key questions for anybody charged with developing strategy for a large organization.

Black Friday 2018: Consumers are eager, more digital, and willing to spend

McKinsey

This annual survey helps companies better understand changing consumer attitudes about Black Friday retail and how shoppers are planning for the 2018 holiday season. Marketing & Sales Insights

When Word of Mouth Isn’t Enough

Martinka Consulting

On this podcast I discuss why word of mouth marketing isn’t always enough, even though it’s great, necessary, and I believe in it. The post When Word of Mouth Isn’t Enough appeared first on Martinka Consulting. Audio Podcasts Business Buying Exit Strategies Increasing Value

If You Want to Get Better at Something, Ask Yourself These Two Questions

Harvard Business

Mike Hewitt /Getty Images. It was the last race of the ski season. My son Daniel, 10 years old, was at the starting gate in his speed suit, helmet and goggles, waiting for the signal.

Top Shelf Picks: Best Business Books 2018

Strategy+Business

Our writers select the year's best business books in seven categories: leadership, management, innovation, economics, strategy, narratives, and marketing. THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS LICENSED IMAGES

How to lead a successful government transition

McKinsey

The government transition period between an outgoing and an incoming government leader is a remarkable opportunity to capitalize on the momentum of the election and lay the foundation for success. A six-step approach can set an incoming administration on the right path. Public Sector Insights

Asking Why – A Great Question

Martinka Consulting

I’m known in my family for constantly asking, “Why?” Others will say something about what they’re going to do, what they want to get, etc. and I’ll ask, Why? Sometimes I get the answer, “Because.” And no, that’s not a reason why you want to do something. A client told me if he had the money (at the time) he’d like to buy a larger machine. It turns out because he likes big machines, not because the business needed it. Years ago, one of my clients bought a business with way too much inventory.

If Your Innovation Effort Isn’t Working, Look at Who’s on the Team

Harvard Business

Andy Roberts/Getty Images. An all-star team is making headway with a new initiative that could alter the future of the organization. Spirits are optimistic and the team is successfully maneuvering through new, yet very promising, territory.

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Simplicity, Synergy, and Scale

Strategy+Business

Tata Sons, one of India's oldest companies, is a global powerhouse in multiple industries, including automotive, steel, technology, and tea. It owns steel plants, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Tetley Tea.

Five enterprise-architecture practices that add value to digital transformations

McKinsey

Enterprise-architecture teams can play an integral role in transforming companies with technologies. New survey findings and firsthand experience highlight the practices that matter most. Digital Insights

3 Essentials of Effective Strategy Execution

LSA Global

Effective Strategy Execution Matters. What good is a new strategic direction without effective strategy execution? The best growth plans, unless implemented, are worth very little.

Is Your Company Ready to Protect Its Reputation from Deep Fakes?

Harvard Business

t_kimura/Getty Images. After a public outcry over privacy and their inability — or unwillingness — to address misleading content, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms finally appear to be making a real effort to take on fake news.

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Top Shelf Picks: The Best of Best Business Books 2018

Strategy+Business

Our writers select the year's best business books in seven categories: leadership, management, innovation, economics, strategy, narratives, and marketing. THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS LICENSED IMAGES