Sat.Dec 08, 2018 - Fri.Dec 14, 2018

10 Ways to Have Fun in Consulting

David A Fields

You probably spend more time working as a consultant than you spend in any other role in your life right now. Holey shmoley. Can that be true?

The Case for the 6-Hour Workday

Harvard Business

zodebala/Getty Images. The eight-hour workday harkens back to 19-century socialism.

Leaders vs. Leading

CaseInterview.com

One of my favorite television shows is Inside the Actors Studio. It is a long-form interview show, where a famous actor or actress is interviewed for about an hour. The show is filmed before a live audience consisting of students at a well-known film school. What I like about the show is that it gets into real depth with the actor. They talk about their life story, early influences, and the technical work they did that led them to this point in their career.

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How to Find Purpose In Your Consulting Business: Podcast #66

Consulting Success

It’s a known fact that consulting firms tend to be small businesses with a small number of employees. Oftentimes, because of this, when a simple knock is at the door, we tend to burst it open, ever-willing to accept all the opportunities.

Which Airline Delivers The Best Consulting Business Travel Experience?

Management Consulted

Which airline is best for domestic consulting travel? Well, there’s a lot of different ways you could parse that question. Which airline provides the best rewards? Which airline will get you there on-time most often? Which airline provides the best … Continue Reading.

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Talent and technology in Africa today

McKinsey

African Leadership Academy cofounder Fred Swaniker explains why companies should invest in people and harness technology to take on the continent’s big challenges. Middle East and Africa

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How To Run A Million Dollar Consulting Business While Traveling The World For Five Months: Podcast

Consulting Success

Leaving your consulting business to spend time with your family or friends in some other part of the world seems an inconceivable idea, most especially if you are the type who worries about their business constantly. Learn how to be able to do just that.

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Five Standards for Responsible AI Use

Strategy+Business

Business leaders must implement artificial intelligence in a principled way to optimize customer experience and earn people's trust

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Distraction or disruption? Autonomous trucks gain ground in US logistics

McKinsey

As logistics goes digital, profound changes are coming to industry structure, operations, and profits. In the first of a series, we examine the impact of autonomous trucks. Insights on Travel, Transport & Logistics

Your 2019 BVFLS Practice Development Marketing Plan

Rod Burkert

This is not my “normal” Wednesday morning post. But I guarantee the information is just as useful. You know that “people don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan” saying?

Consultant’s Guide to Productization: How To Productize Consulting Services

Consulting Success

Productization is a hot topic today. What could be better than packaging your consulting services into products? No proposals. Minimal negotiations. A streamlined, predictable process. Sounds good, right? Yes — but that’s not the complete story. Productizing your consulting services can be an incredibly profitable move. It can help you scale your consulting business. It can be your ticket to creating a consulting business you can sell. But productization doesn’t come without risk. Risk that.

How (not) to win consulting work in the future

The Source

THE SCENE: A bar in midtown Manhattan. It’s late and two men in their 50s sit hunched over their beers. Matt is the corporate risk officer for a major pharmaceutical company. Greying and a little broad around the middle, he no longer aspires to be a professional ping-pong player.

Learning from digital threats

McKinsey

Incumbent companies are finding they have strong hands to play as competition intensifies. Digital Insights

Long Live the Human Network Effect

Strategy+Business

Scaled-up, spontaneous networks can help solve tough problems when people come together

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Focus On Customer Success Like Disney, Not Like MoviePass

Henry DeVries

What are you doing to ensure customer success? A happy customer is a loyal customer. And a loyal customer is a profitable customer

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Elections, Passion, and Justification

Martinka Consulting

As a prelude to the elections there was a story on the morning radio the other day about an elected official either convicted or about to plead guilty on three charges. Voters (supporters) said they’d vote for him anyway because a crooked member of their party was better than anybody from the other party.

Taking digital transformation to the limits at Koç Holding

McKinsey

The CEO and HR director of Turkey’s largest industrial conglomerate describe how a leadership-development program is preparing the company for a digital future—and shaking up the status quo. Digital Insights

How to Overcome Your Fear of Failure

Harvard Business

Caiaimage/Andy Roberts/Getty Images. A client (who I’ll call “Alex”) asked me to help him prepare to interview for a CEO role with a start-up. It was the first time he had interviewed for the C-level, and when we met, he was visibly agitated.

Ernest Hemingway's 'Write Drunk, Edit Sober' Great Marketing Advice

Henry DeVries

From books to website content to social media posts, people need to write if they want to attract high-paying clients. The best way to attract high-paying clients is to write and to speak

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How to Avoid Decreased Engagement for Tenured Employees

LSA Global

Employee Engagement Declines with Tenure. Unfortunately decreased engagement for tenured employees is the norm. Our latest employee engagement trends report showed engagement tends to decline with tenure. Longer-term employees are, on average, less engaged than your newer employees.

How plastics waste recycling could transform the chemical industry

McKinsey

Reusing plastics waste could become an important driver of profitability for chemical companies. Incumbent players need to make the right moves now to tap this opportunity. Chemicals Insights

When Competition Between Coworkers Leads to Unethical Behavior

Harvard Business

Andrew Olney/Getty Images. Many of us love competition and, more important, winning. Competition drives us toward our goals and motivates us to improve our performance, while the prestige and power that come from winning can provide a powerful morale booster.

Look Back, Look Forward: The Independent Workforce Year in Review 2018

MBO Partners

A reflection on major trends from 2018 and a look ahead to new changes in 2019

5 Sales Negotiation Traps to Avoid at All Costs

LSA Global

Sales Negotiation Traps that Make the Difference between Success and Failure. Sales negotiation traps can trip you up.

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Powerful pricing: The next frontier in apparel and fashion advanced analytics

McKinsey

Leading apparel retailers are embracing advanced analytics and blending intuition with science to price smarter. Retail Insights

How to Talk to Your Boss When You’re Underperforming

Harvard Business

Tim Macpherson/Getty Images. It’s normal to underperform on occasion. After all, everyone has an off quarter — or even an off year — from time to time. But don’t just sit back and wait for that painful performance review.

Three Ways to Attract High-Quality Independent Talent

MBO Partners

Follow these three tips to attract, retain, and re-engage highly-skilled independent talent

Helen Lawson Williams on Smarter Data People Podcast

Consultants' Consultant

Consultants Consultant: This episode Helen Lawson-Williams interviews Cindy Tonkin. This time I get to answer the questions, and it’s fun.

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Testing the resilience of Europe’s inclusive growth model

McKinsey

The combination of six global megatrends is increasing the stress on Europe’s inclusive growth and the EU social contract. Europe

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How to Follow Up with People After a Conference

Harvard Business

Marcus Franzen/Getty Images. Attending a conference is a whir of activity — flying to a destination, engaging in several days of nonstop networking, and coming home to an inbox that has spiraled out of control in your absence.

Corporate Change Is Personal

LSA Global

Corporate Change Is Personal. Make no mistake, all corporate change is personal. It doesn’t matter whether the change benefits the company or what it promises to deliver. For anyone affected by the new ways of doing things, corporate change is personal.

Helen Lawson Williams on Smarter Data People Podcast

Consultants' Consultant

Consultants Consultant: This episode Helen Lawson-Williams interviews Cindy Tonkin. This time I get to answer the questions, and it’s fun.

Natural language processing in healthcare

McKinsey

Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly being adopted across the healthcare industry, and some of the most exciting AI applications leverage natural language processing (NLP). Simply put, NLP is a specialized branch of AI focused on the interpretation and manipulation of human-generated spoken or written data. In this infographic, we describe a few promising NLP use cases for healthcare payers and providers. We elaborate several specific approaches and their associated applications.

What Will It Take to Make Finance More Gender-Balanced?

Harvard Business

shutterjack/Getty Images. We overheard male classmates bond with internship interviewers about fantasy football drafts. We were taught that Warren Buffett and Benjamin Graham were the best modern investors. We witnessed senior men sexualize younger women employees.