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Business Strategy Lessons from Mad Men

Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Set in 1960’s New York City, AMC’s Mad Men features Sterling Cooper, a fictional advertising agency on Madison Avenue, while detailing the everyday lives of its members at work and at home.

M&A deals – benefits and drawbacks

Tom Spencer

Many consulting, corporate strategy, and corporate development roles require the interviewee to go through an M&A case study. Depending on the firm and specific role this case could be very strategic and operational like doing a market entry/growth-type case or very technical (i.e.

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We REALLY Need to Stop Talking About Lean

Markovitz Consulting

Lean advocates—and I consider myself one—might do better if they stop talking about lean. Let’s face it: When executives and workers hear “lean,” not a lot of good happens. They think it’s yet another short-term management fad. Or a cost-cutting program that will lead to layoffs. Or some Japanese thing that only works for car manufacturers. But when you look at many of the tools and concepts from the lean playbook, they’re really just good management that any leader would want to embrace.

The mythology of the consultant

The Source

Suppose I were to tell you that there were a group of professionals out there who spent every working day travelling to clients and proselytizing the gospel of innovation and transformation.

How Your Consulting Firm Should Deal with Clients that Cross the Line

David A Fields

When you, your consulting team and your client all stay on task and positive, consulting is a fun, challenging and rewarding profession. When consulting work veers off the rails, though, how should you respond? Lines are confusing. Let’s say you want to engage in outreach to your prospects.

Messaging That Actually Works For Consultants With Jill Konrath: Podcast #112

Consulting Success

If you want to succeed as a consultant, you have to decide to do something that you don’t exactly think is perfect.

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Power Outages and Mindsets

The More Clients Blog

Here I am sitting in my 54-degree frigid office, typing with numb fingers. . The power has been out since Saturday evening and we’re not sure when it will be restored.

Breaking down the M&A Case Study

Tom Spencer

M&A case framework. Now that you have a high-level understanding of why companies buy each other in the first place (refer to M&A deals – benefits and drawbacks ), let’s discuss the framework you should use to analyze the transaction.

The role of thought leadership in the client-consultant relationship cycle

The Source

Not the pithiest of titles, we grant you, but bear with us. Research we did a couple of years ago with marketers in consulting firms and the partners they worked with highlighted two areas of agreement between these groups.

The power and potential of AI in insurance claims


Githesh Ramamurthy, chairman and CEO of CCC Information Services, shares his views on the future of claims. Insights on Financial Services

How Understanding the Employee Brain Will Make You a Better Leader - Interview with Josh Schneider

Strategic Planning and Management Insights

In this episode of our Strategy and Leadership Podcast , we were joined by Josh Schneider , Director at the Millennial and Employment Engagement Institute.

Applying to McKinsey from a Non-Target School

Question: I wanted to thank you for your excellent materials, specifically the LOMS program. Using your frameworks and guidelines, I was able to recently secure offers from Oliver Wyman and McKinsey (I accepted the McKinsey offer). My school is a non-target and I am not sure if anybody from my school has received a non-MBA position at McKinsey in the past 10 years.

See Sooner, Act Faster – Do You Need To?


The post See Sooner, Act Faster – Do You Need To? appeared first on SchellingPoint Website. Blog Management Consulting

Alternative proteins and the future of meat


Four McKinsey experts share what they see—and foresee—in the evolving meat and protein market. Agriculture Insights

Your report meets spec … here’s why that’s a problem

Rod Burkert

Greetings from Big Bend, Texas. The RV is parked for the winter as another travel season (our 10 th ) has come to a close. In case you missed last week: Why you should charge a price that scares you – and then add 20%.

The Six-Minute Hypothesis Rule

Email: I am an MBA student at a leading Indian B-school and successfully secured offers following my AT Kearney interview and BCG interview for their [ City in India ] office last week. Thanks a ton for all the help in case interview preparation through LOMS and the regular posts sharing others' interview experiences with all the leading firms. I had three interview rounds each at both A.T.

Stop leaking leads

Kai Davis

The other day I realized I didn’t have a Standard Operating Procedure for “A Lead Appeared In Your Inbox, Kai!” ” I immediately went to work to remedy this oversight and stop leaking leads. Lead intake can be challenging and confusing.

Navigating the EU rail-market liberalization


The European Union’s liberalization of the commercial long-distance passenger-rail market will have sizable impact for both operators and investors, potentially benefiting the entire rail industry. Insights on Travel, Transport & Logistics

158: Peggy Smedley—What Lies Ahead For The Construction Industry?

On the Brink Podcast

Hear how blockchain, IoT and big data are transforming our world ! This spring, I was a guest on Peggy Smedley’s ConstructechTV , a highly influential TV show about technology, blockchain and the construction industry.

Lacking Confidence

I was recently holding office hours for my Inner Circle members. One of my members asked me what to do about lacking confidence in his financial modeling skills. He was concerned that his insecurity around this area would hold him back. I asked him a simple question. Are you good at financial modeling in Microsoft Excel? He said, “No.”. I said, “You don’t have a confidence problem. You have a competence problem. What you see as a self-confidence issue, I see as accurate thinking.

See Sooner, Act Faster – Perhaps You Should? Now You Can.


The post See Sooner, Act Faster – Perhaps You Should? Now You Can. appeared first on SchellingPoint Website. Blog Management Consulting

The future of packaging


McKinsey experts expect tomorrow’s packaging to be smart, personalized, and reusable. Insights on Paper, Forest Products & Packaging

Communicating Well in Spite of a Difference in Opinion

Rick Conlow

Today it appears that your opinion on whatever subject, it’s either black or white and no in-between. Many of us feel compelled to tell everybody how right we are in our views. Consequently, a difference in opinion is less and less tolerated. Have you noticed that?

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The Perceived Detour

Sometimes life throws us an obstacle. In the moment, most people’s reaction (mine included) is to get irritated at the obstacle and at the detours needed to overcome it. To paraphrase the late Steve Jobs, looking back, all the “detours” (my word choice, not his) make sense in hindsight, even if they don’t in the moment. Through the arc of my career to date, I’ve come to appreciate the truth and wisdom in this sentiment.

The Business Roundtable Creates a Snit Attack

Martinka Consulting

The Wall Street Journal (and I’m sure others) sure had a snit attack last week after the Business Roundtable came out with their latest report saying companies shouldn’t emphasize shareholder return over taking care of employees, customers, suppliers, and community. Taking care of people sounds like a good subject for Labor Day week. And what the Roundtable is suggesting sure sounds like the Costco model.

Reinventing the CFO for the digital age


Digitization raises the demands on CFOs, along with the scale and influence of the role. How should finance chiefs reinvent? Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights

Team Leadership & Facilitation Training Reflection (podcast)

Leadership Vision Consulting

Today on the Leadership Vision podcast, you're going to hear Brian and Nathan reflect on our latest training, about 18 hours after it wrapped up and was fresh in their minds!

McKinsey Offer vs. Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Offer

Question: I think your site is wonderful, and I really appreciate the work that you do. Yesterday I got the call from McKinsey and BCG and both have accepted me for positions. Now it comes down to weighing the options! Thanks so much! P.S. Do you have any thoughts on McKinsey vs. BCG? My Reply: Congratulations. Sounds like you had one really good day. Oh, you have a very nice problem. Both firms are great. You really can't go wrong.

Did the Houston Astros do the right thing, the wrong thing, or both?

Martinka Consulting

A female reporter with Sports Illustrated reported about how the Astros assistant general manager directed loud and profane comments towards female reporters in praise of an Astros pitcher whom they had recently acquired after he was on suspension for a domestic violence issue. When confronted on this the team first fought it.

The future of insurance claims


Four McKinsey partners describe their Claims 2030 vision. Insights on Financial Services