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The Best, First Goal for Your Consulting Firm in 2024

David A Fields

With the first rays of light from the new year peeking up on the horizon, you may be pondering the goals you’ll set for growing your consulting firm. The best, first goal may be one you’ve overlooked. By the way, if you haven’t started your annual planning yet, consider the 8-step process outlined in this … Continued The post The Best, First Goal for Your Consulting Firm in 2024 appeared first on David A.

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Strategic Hiring For Consultants – How To Build Your Bench For The Ultimate Consulting Success With Adam Oliver: Podcast #312

Consulting Success

Putting the right people in the right seats is crucial to any business, but for a consulting practice, it is a matter of life or death. Michael Zipursky talks about strategic hiring in this episode with Adam Oliver, Founder and CEO of Crafted, a product development consultancy employing over 26 people. Michael and Adam discuss.

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How To Identify Your Ideal Client In Consulting (4-Step Guide)

Consulting Success

Consultants: who is your ideal client? If you’re not clear on… Why you’ve selected your niche Your area of specialization The characteristics of your ideal client Whether you’ve properly validated your market …chances are you don’t have enough clarity on who your ideal client is. Success as a consulting business owner depends on deeply understanding.

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How to Activate Team Creativity and Innovation

Organizational Talent Consulting

Are you looking to level up innovation and creativity in your business to produce a competitive advantage? Maybe you're skeptical of whether it is possible to develop a creative and innovative team and believe you should just hire for it. It's the debate of nature versus nurture. A common argument presented in support of team development is that if people were born with creativity, we would observe more consistency in creativity among team members.

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PowerPoint Best Practices for Creating Stellar Presentations

Mastering data visualization in PowerPoint will help accelerate your career because it positions you as someone who can present data that drives business decisions forward. think-cell's PowerPoint Best Practices eBook was created specifically for professionals aiming to master the art and science of data-driven storytelling. What’s inside: Practical Insights: Uncover valuable tips for crafting engaging and persuasive presentations.

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How Leaders Can Create a Purpose-Driven Culture

Harvard Business

Companies are increasingly emphasizing a corporate purpose beyond mere profitability. The success of this integration largely hinges on organizational culture. Leaders, spanning all tiers, need to genuinely exemplify and articulate the company’s values, as demonstrated by companies like Netflix and LUSH. It’s vital for employees to perceive their daily roles as contributing to this larger purpose, with firms like Atlassian and Cisco offering noteworthy models.

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Changing the World (The Truth About Consulting)

Consulting Success

I recently published a short post on LinkedIn saying “I haven’t decided if I’m going to change the world yet…” That was a bit tongue-in-cheek. The truth is, my team and I are changing the world. I’m very proud of that. I believe many entrepreneurs feel the same way, yet don’t realize the impact they are.

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Podcast Stats Delay: What happened?

Buzzsprout

As many Buzzsprout Podcasters probably noticed, Buzzsprout experienced a delay with statistics on Thursday, November 2nd, and Friday, November 3rd. All download data was delayed from about 6:45 am EST on November 2, 2023, through 11:30 pm EST on November 4, 2023. During this 40-hour window, Buzzsprout’s primary source for podcast statistics did not report data as expected.

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Purpose Behind Networking as an Aspiring Consulting

Tom Spencer

A common adage within business states that “it’s not about what you know, but who you know”. While consultants do need strong analytical skills, the latter half of this saying holds true; you need to network. As any aspiring management consultant knows, networking is both an art and a science. It combines organic relationship-building as well as the pursuit of a logical end-goal.

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Simple Strategies to Create a High-Converting Website with Marty Greif

Consulting Matters

Transforming Browsers into Buyers Just Got Easier! Way too many consultants and coaches mistakenly believe that their website is nothing more than an online brochure or resume. I’m here to tell you – that’s far from the truth. You can turn your website into a client conversion machine , hard at work 24/7 attracting clients who are excited and ready to work with you.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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Software Consulting: How to Start a Software Consulting Business

Consulting Success

You can take your experience in software development and use it to create a software consulting business. We’ve helped a number of consultants do just that. Consider the case of Blake Waldon, founder of Black Owl Strategies. Blake combines his expertise as a programmer with his skills as a consultant to create customized software for.

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How Agile Managers Use Uncertainty to Create Better Decisions Faster

Johanna Rothman

Strategy and Product Feedback Loops Many of my middle-management and senior leadership clients want certainty about future work. That's one of the reasons they create huge backlogs and long roadmaps. Yet, even those backlogs and roadmaps don't offer certainty. One of these managers said, “I have so much uncertainty and ambiguity. I feel as if I can't make a good, final decision.” When I asked why he had to make a final decision, he said, “Because I need to show strength and res

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Servant Leadership Coaching Your Superpower

Rick Conlow

Servant Leadership coaching your superpower means you elevate people-first. It requires a genuine commitment to lead right by helping employees succeed. It demands ethics, integrity, character, and honor in dealing with people. It is hard work to be a Servant Leader. Yet, the benefits are life-changing for you and your team. As Author Ann McGee Cooper declared, “The true heroes of the new millennium will be servant leaders, quietly working out of the spotlight to transform our world.

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How Generative AI Will Transform Knowledge Work

Harvard Business

Generative AI can be a boon for knowledge work, but only if you use it in the right way. New generative AI-enabled tools are rapidly emerging to assist and transform knowledge work in industries ranging from education and finance to law and medicine. Companies are starting to introduce generative AI-powered innovations into their processes, and to promulgate policies on how to use the tools safely.

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Savings Consultants Are Needed in Today's Market More Than Ever

Savings Consultants are needed in today’s market more than ever. With an increase in expenses, businesses are looking for opportunities to save. Often unknown to businesses are savings in expense reduction, specialized tax savings, specialized savings including medical underpayments, health benefits cost reduction, zero cost processing, and more. Blue Coast Savings, with over 20 years in business, assists Savings Consultants in helping these companies move toward more profitable businesses.

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NetScaler ADC and NetScaler Gateway Security Bulletin for CVE-2023-4966 (Citrix Bleed)

Kraft Kennedy

NetScaler ADC and NetScaler Gateway Security Bulletin for CVE-2023-4966 (Citrix Bleed) Issue Additional action is recommended to address CVE-2023-4966, which is being called Citrix Bleed. Timeline October 10, 2023 – Citrix posted a security bulletin regarding CVE-2023-4966 and CVE-2023-4967 affecting NetScaler ADC and NetScaler Gateway. October 17, 2023 – Citrix updated the bulletin to indicate that exploits of CVE-2023-4966 on unmitigated appliances have been observed.

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60 Seconds of Johanna’s WIP November 9, 2023

Johanna Rothman

I'm surprising myself with this experiment and the fact that I am continuing it. I suspect I'm successful because it's just a minute of some in-progress writing. Transcript: I’m Johanna Rothman, and this is 60 Seconds of Johanna’s WIP for November 9, 2023, where I read an excerpt of just a minute of some writing in progress. This excerpt is from the Project Lifecycles book, almost ready for release.

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Addiction Treatment Centers Succeed With Digital Marketing

Business Consulting Agency

In an era where digitalization influences every aspect of our lives, the realm of healthcare, particularly addiction treatment centers, has embraced the power of digital marketing services to revolutionize patient outreach, engagement, and recovery journeys. The amalgamation of advanced technology and tailored marketing strategies has catalyzed the growth and effectiveness of addiction treatment facilities, facilitating their crucial mission to aid individuals battling substance abuse disorders.

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What the Next Generation of Project Management Will Look Like

Harvard Business

Traditional project management skills, such as project governance or project management methodology, aren’t sufficient to meet changing organizational needs. Gartner recently surveyed 373 project management leaders to identify the “next generation” skills — from organizational awareness to financial acumen — that have a disproportionate impact on performance.

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TOOLS and METHODOLOGIES for developing DECISION SUPPORT PACKAGES

This White Paper targets opportunities for Management to develop proficiency in the Decision Framing and Analyses element of input to Decision, & Risk Analyses for Major Project Funding Decisions.

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Microsoft Authenticator App Update

Kraft Kennedy

Update to Microsoft Authenticator App In the past few weeks, the Kraft Kennedy Support Team received numerus reports of the Microsoft Authenticator App failing to send Authentication requests. It turns out this is an intentional change on the part of Microsoft. For organizations using this form of Multi Factor Authentication, we’re sharing the instructions we are providing to users looking for the missing notifications.

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7 Critical Success Factors for Project Based Firms to Consider in 2024

Progressus

In today’s data-centric digital landscape, intelligence is central to any business strategy, especially as we look towards 2024. According to PWC , talent, technology and data will set winning professional services firms apart from the competition. Technology combined with data is a matter of life and death for professional services firms where the “product” is a combination of insights and expertise.

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Coffee, Cause, and Coincidence

Alan Weiss

The owner of the local coffee shop has never been able to master the modern cash register he purchased about a year ago when the old one broke down. He simply charges me a round number, like $4, and tucks the money away. I have no idea what he does about taxes. All of his employees can work the register perfectly. Yesterday, once again ignoring the machine, he told me proudly that the manufacturer had to declare bankruptcy, and is going out of business.

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How to Become a Better Strategic Thinker

Harvard Business

A common piece of developmental feedback is the need to move from tactical to strategic thinking. But what does that look like? The author, who has coached thousands of leaders to help develop their strategic thinking capabilities, has identified three core behaviors to work on: acumen (thinking), allocation (planning), and action (doing).

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Why You Need to Use Case Studies in Sales and Marketing (and How to Start Now)

Case studies are proof of successful client relations and a verifiable product or service. They persuade buyers by highlighting your customers' experiences with your company and its solution. In sales, case studies are crucial pieces of content that can be tailored to prospects' pain points and used throughout the buyer's journey. In marketing, case studies are versatile assets for generating business, providing reusable elements for ad and social media content, website material, and marketing c

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Creating a Product Line for Doctors

Business Consulting Agency

In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, doctors are not only healers but also innovators poised to explore new horizons. Establishing a product line tailored for medical professionals presents an exceptional opportunity for supplemental revenue, scalability, and an array of other advantages. Furthermore, when collaborating with proficient business consultants, doctors can significantly amplify their prospects for success in this domain.

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What is Project Accounting?

Progressus

Project accounting is an overly broad term. Its most general definition is processing financial transactions by project including costs, billings, and revenue. In reality, project accounting can be much more than that. What constitutes project accounting in a company is based on several factors including company type, the number of projects and company size.

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Conquering the Email Avalanche: The Quest for Inbox Zero

Chad Barr

During a strategy session with a client, a startling revelation emerged: their inbox was a digital Mount Everest, with over 20,000 emails looming large. This staggering figure not only sparked a crucial question: How can we conquer such an email avalanche, but also raised the imperative to implement strategies to ensure it never accumulates again? While Inbox Zero may seem like chasing a horizon, it’s a quest that embodies discipline and excellence in our digital age. “The key is not

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To Put Your Company Values into Action, Create Working Agreements

Harvard Business

Eighty percent of employees work for organizations that have stated values, but only 23% agreed that they could apply those values to their everyday work. The authors explore that disconnect and present a more effective, alternative way for leaders to foster shared understanding, language, and accountability in their organizations: working agreements.

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ABM Evolution: How Top Marketers Are Using Account-Based Strategies

In times of economic uncertainty, account-based strategies are essential. According to several business analysts and practitioners, ABM is a necessity for creating more predictable revenue. Research shows that nearly three-quarters of marketers (74%) already have the resources needed to build successful ABM programs.