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3 Tips to Make Your Consulting Firm’s Content Attract Clients

David A Fields

You want to write an article, give a speech, post a podcast, distribute a video or disseminate some other form of conceptual brilliance. Because when your intellectual barbeque sauce is lip-smacking good, it generates consulting clients.

We’re Facing Disruption, Too

Women in Consulting

By: Martha Olsen. :: Consultants are not immune to the forces of disruption. It’s ironic: even as we help our clients innovate and stay competitive, we can fail to notice how much is changing in our own business model. Maybe you’re just starting out as a consultant.

First, You’ve Got to Show That You Care

Markovitz Consulting

The overhead light in aisle two has been burned out for three months. It’s hard for the workers in that row to see the small parts they handle and repair. Workers sent a request to the facilities department when the light died, but for some reason nothing was done, and no one bothers to complain anymore. Fifteen percent of the stations are missing the adjustable stools workers sit on when they’re doing repairs. Workers at those stations either stand, or use folding chairs, or office chairs.

Is Leadership Consulting Dead? with Lance Secretan: Podcast #64

Consulting Success

So often people are spending a lot of time thinking about marketing and what they can do to get the next client. They don’t recognize that the next client is most often around them. Success comes from creating great value and results for those that you’re already serving.

Decision time: How I chose my 2018 Delta Choice Benefits

Management Consulted

Delta’s two highest Medallion Tiers – Platinum and Diamond – get a special bonus at the beginning of every new qualifying year: Choice Benefits. It’s like a bonus birthday present for frequent travelers – and man, do I wrestle every … Continue Reading.

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Applying artificial intelligence for social good

McKinsey

AI is not a silver bullet, but it could help tackle some of the world’s most challenging social problems. Artificial Intelligence

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Rock Stars Start by Knocking on Doors

The More Clients Blog

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve watched two remarkable films: A Star is Born with Lady Gaga and Bohemian Rhapsody about Freddy Mercury and Queen. There’s always a lot to learn about success from rock stars. The most successful ones put in a huge amount of time and hard work to get to the top. In a recent interview with Stephen Colbert, Lady Gaga spoke about her early days: “I knew I had something to say and I knew I wanted to say it.

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How do you differentiate yourself from large firms?

Rod Burkert

I hope you found our last conversation about using HARO (Help A Reporter Out) inspires you to sign up and start growing your authority by sharing your insights with journalists who need your expertise for stories appearing in national news outlets. On to this week.

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Rethinking the African business opportunity

McKinsey

Hopes are high for Africa’s long-term growth, driven by technology and basic services rather than resources. Survey respondents in Africa report more optimism—and better business practices—than peers elsewhere. Middle East and Africa

Christina Igasto on Smarter Data People Podcast

Consultants' Consultant

Consultants Consultant: Dr Christina Igasto has a strong background in Analytics applied to Health Care, in Sweden and across the world. Her PhD is in Artificial Intelligence. She is now in Australia. Here’s her background on Linked in.

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Words Reveal Your Thinking

CaseInterview.com

For the last decade, I’ve had an ongoing fascination with linguistics. I strongly believe that the words we choose to use reflect how we think. Let’s look at the word "love.". Most people use the word love in a passive sense. Examples: I fell in love. I feel love for you. In this context, love is something that happens to you. You’re merely a passive participant in the process.

How to Be Creative When You’re Feeling Stressed

Harvard Business

ferrantraite/Getty Images. More than just lightly toasted, your brain feels singed. You’re burned out, and the cumulative stress makes it hard to decide what to eat for dinner, let alone come up with innovative ideas.

The product management talent dilemma

McKinsey

Despite product managers’ central roles in software organizations, they are often neglected from a talent-management perspective. Four levers can address this industry-wide challenge. High Tech Insights

Sometimes You Just Can’t Win

Martinka Consulting

In the Seattle Times October 7, 2018 business section’s, “Speaking of Business” feature (a weekly roundup of quotes from the week’s most popular stories) were a couple examples of the above headline. “We We listened to our critics, thought hard about we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead.” Jeff Bezos on Amazon’s raising it’s starting wage to $15 an hour. Amazon got a lot of praise and then the Seattle City Councils admitted Socialist declared Mr. Bezos evil because he’s still rich.

You’re not in the mind ?? reading business

Kai Davis

Earlier this week I got this question. If I follow-up with a past client to see if they have any new projects they need help with, will I appear desperate or look like I’m offending them or wasting their time? I have several things to say about this. First, in my experience, it’s impossible to know what someone is thinking or feeling unless they tell you. Until they tell you what they’re feeling, you’re only guessing. You aren’t in the mind reading business.

Is Employee Engagement Just a Reflection of Personality?

Harvard Business

pbombaert/Getty Images. Most people would like to have a job, a boss, and a workplace they can engage with, as well as work that gives them a sense of purpose.

Seeing your way to better strategy

McKinsey

Viewing strategy choices through four lenses—financial performance, markets, competitive advantage, and operating model—can help companies debias their strategic dialogues and make big, bold changes. Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights

The Scan That Saved My Business’ Value

Martinka Consulting

The title paraphrases a Wall Street Journal article from August 27, 2018 titled, “The Scan That Saved My Life.” The sub-title includes, “After years of exercise and healthy eating, a reporter’s blocked artery came as a shock.”. A health industry reporter, who exercised, ate healthy (a lot of salmon, oatmeal, and similar but with a passion for cheese), and paid attention to his health found out he had a almost completely blocked carotid artery.

Closing the Awareness Gap in Technology Projects

Strategy+Business

Even the best digital fixes sometimes fail, but focusing on nontechnical factors can ensure your investment pays off

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Successfully Raising Teenagers

Peter Stark

Have any of you ever had a teenager slam a door in your house? If you want to get a reaction out of this bottom line, results-oriented guy, slam a door in my house. Recently, I told my 16 year old daughter, “You’re grounded this weekend.”

The State of Fashion 2019: A year of awakening

McKinsey

The industry as a whole is embracing new opportunities—even as dangers lurk. Retail Insights

Make Great Presentations Like Sheryl Sandberg, Dan Pink, And Eric Schmidt

Henry DeVries

Heidy LaFleur, CEO of Common Sense Leadership and author of "Hop on the Clue Bus," offers leaders five tips to improve their presentations

The Link between Engagement and Company Culture

LSA Global

Employee Engagement and Company Culture. The link between engagement and company culture is not hard to find. We define culture as how and why things truly get done in an organization.

Parenting and Strengths: A Few Lessons with Logan and Nathan (podcast)

Leadership Vision Consulting

Welcome to the next installment of the Leadership Vision Podcast where we share our expertise in the discovery, practice, and implementation of CliftonStrengths.

In pursuit of prosperity

McKinsey

Why do some emerging economies grow rapidly while others languish? New research highlights the role of public policy, effective government, and globally competitive companies. Innovation & Growth

Self-Disclosure at Work (and Behind the Mic)

Harvard Business

In this special live episode, we share stories, research, and practical advice for strategic self-disclosure, and then take questions from the audience. Download this podcast. Guest: Katherine Phillips is a management professor at Columbia Business School. Sign up for the Women at Work newsletter. Fill out our survey about workplace experiences. Email us here: womenatwork@hbr.org. Our theme music is Matt Hill’s “City In Motion,” provided by Audio Network. Gender Audio

A Lesson From GM's Layoffs: Build Your Business By Getting The Money Right

Henry DeVries

The lesson for those who run a business is you need to get the money side right if your business is to survive and thrive

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The DNA of CX Innovation

1 to 1

Innovating around the customer experience is one of the few ways that companies today can stay ahead of competitors and disruptive forces. But what does it take to truly drive successful innovation?

Reviving grocery retail: Six imperatives

McKinsey

In the United States and Western Europe, many traditional grocery retailers are seeing their sales and margins fall—and things could get even worse. Here’s how to reverse the trend. Retail Insights

Three kinds of corporate mediocrity

Seth Godin Blog

Uncaring mediocrity , in which employees have given up trying to make things better. Focused mediocrity , in which the organization is intentionally average. Accidental mediocrity , in which people don’t even realize that they’re not delivering excellence. Uncaring mediocrity is the most common form, and it often accompanies scale. It’s the accidental outcome that comes from trying to emulate an organization that’s focused on its mediocrity.

Attract Clients With A Story Like 'Ralph Breaks The Internet'

Henry DeVries

A tough challenge for many is convincing enough prospects to hire them. If you want prospects to think it over, give them lots of facts and figures. If you want them to decide to hire you, tell them the right story: Your Defining Story

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The Challenges GM Is Facing, and the Reasoning Behind Its Plant Closures

Harvard Business

Alistair Berg/Getty Images. General Motor’s announcement that it plans to idle five North American factories and cut 14,000 jobs has sparked much discussion in the media and outrage in Washington.

The rise of digital challengers – Perspective on Slovakia

McKinsey

Digitization could become the next economic growth engine for Slovakia. Our Work

String too short to be saved

Seth Godin Blog

Poet Donald Hall told the story of a hermit in New Hampshire, a man who passed away leaving behind sheds full of hoarded stuff. In one of the sheds was a box labeled, “string too short to be saved.” ” That’s what we do with the trivia that gets in the way of our best work. The tiny slights, the small rejections, the bumps in the road that could be easily forgotten. Ideas too useless to be saved. But we save them nonetheless.

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Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News: November, 2018

MBO Partners

A monthly summary of independent contractor misclassification and compliance news. This is the November, 2018 edition

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What a Toys “R” Us Comeback Could Look Like

Harvard Business

Imgorthand/Getty Images. Toys “R” Us is being resurrected for the holiday season. After filing for bankruptcy protection from creditors in September 2017, it closed all its stores in the United States and United Kingdom earlier this year.

Rebooting Japan’s mobility market

McKinsey

Digital players are revamping the country’s taxi industry. These developments could have implications for other places facing similar economic, demographic, and regulatory trends. Automotive & Assembly Insights