How Narcissists Steal Your Consulting Business (and What You Need to Learn)

David A Fields

Narcissists. They attract admirers like trick-or-treaters to chocolate. Countless throngs buy their offerings—metaphorically or literally. As consultants, we don’t want to be narcissists; yet, narcissistic competitors can eat your consulting business alive.

Independent Consultants: Excellence Begins Here

Successful Independent Consulting

Have you ever dreamed about starting something and the idea just won’t go away? You give yourself all sorts of reasons not to pursue it. “I I don’t have time.” Someone else has probably already done it.” “It’s It’s too big. I’ll never be able to accomplish it.” “I I can’t commit to another thing!”

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Implementing Behavioral Science Initiatives

Steve Shu Consulting

Applied behavioral science is a relatively new concept within the business community. This short video is part of planned series of videos to increase awareness and improve the implementation of behavioral science initiatives in business.

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5 Universal Qualities of a Winning Management Consulting Resume

Management Consulted

Your resume, simply put, is the platform through which your story is told. Based on our years of experience editing consulting resumes, we’ve identified the 5 universal qualities of a winning management consulting resume. These qualities will help a reviewer see how you can significantly add value to their team and firm. When writing your resume, remember one thing: to look through the eyes of a management consultant.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Heidi Grant Halvorson on The Most Productive Mindset

The Clever Consultant

All the self-help and productivity books in the world can’t help you get more accomplished if you don’t get your mind in a good place first.

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Digital or Die: The Choice for Luxury Brands


Focus Thursday, September 22, 2016. It may not be widely recognized as such just yet, but digital technology is probably one of the best things to happen to luxury brands in a long time. Digital is happening fast and forcefully, whether brands are ready for it or not.

6 Ways Customer Experience is Like Yoga

Joellyn Sargent

I started doing yoga back in January as a New Year’s Resolution to become stronger and healthier. I’ve kept with it, developing a discipline of going to class two or three times a week at my local fitness center.

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Honoring Your Values Is The Key To Success

Women in Consulting

By: Michele Molitor. :: Why are your values so important to job satisfaction? You’ve probably seen the “corporate values” posted on the wall somewhere of the headquarters of an organization, or on their website perhaps. You might actually read them and think to yourself, those are nice.

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If We’re Not Laughing Something Is Wrong

Leadership Planning with Liz Weber CMC

As I finished a client’s strategy session report this morning, I kept thinking about how the CEO has changed over the past five years since we last worked together. He’s still brilliant, tenacious, out-spoken, aggressive, driven, blunt, and not politically correct -- Can you see why I like him?

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Technology, jobs, and the future of work


Automation, digital platforms, and other innovations are changing the fundamental nature of work. Understanding these shifts can help policy makers, business leaders, and workers move forward. Employment and Growth

How (Exactly) to Make Room for a Blockbuster Year of Consulting

David A Fields

Last week we agreed the single, most powerful step you could take to double (or triple) your consulting business is to let go. See this article.) I proposed letting go of tasks, pride, and certain clients, and readers suggested letting go of fears, offerings and past mistakes, for starters.

The Line between Confidence and Hubris


You can identify early signals of pending failure, or sustained success, from a prospective CEO's behavior. Narcissism and dismissiveness are warning signs of hubris; humility and inquisitiveness are indicators of prospective success


How Do Behavorial Scientists Think We Should Deal With Reason And Emotion In Our Decisions?

Steve Shu Consulting

The balancing act is tricky, and I think context and desired outcomes matter. For example: A thirty-year old might have problems saving for retirement because they think of savings as being for stranger.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

The Top 8 Undergrad Consulting Majors

Management Consulted

As consulting has become more popular (frantically so), we are getting increasing numbers of emails from undergrads – and even high schoolers – begging the question – if you want to break into consulting, what should you major in – and what majors are deal-breakers? Here at MC, we’re always looking for new ways to help you land your dream consulting job.

Sharing Equity in Your Consulting Firm

The Clever Consultant

Every week at Equiteq, we field calls from owners of professional services and consulting firms looking for guidance on sharing equity in their business. It's a hot enough topic that I delivered a webinar on it last week, and I wanted to share that content with you along with a quick overview. Growing a consulting business compensation equity

Do You Know What You Need?

Tom Spencer

It’s what you know. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. It’s not who you know, it’s who knows you. Knowledge, networks, and branding. You have to start somewhere, and the logical starting point is to acquire knowledge.

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The Rewards of an Engaged Female Workforce


Focus Thursday, October 27, 2016. Employee engagement is a critical indicator of a company’s success. Engaged employees feel a bond with their company, are proud to work there, and take steps to improve the company’s prospects.

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

3 Mistakes to Avoid When You’re Having a Bad Year

Joellyn Sargent

How’s business? Not a good as you’d like? It happens. Most businesses go through a bad year now and then. Sometimes the reasons are beyond your control, like a key customer shutting down or a regulatory change that restricts the market.

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Developing a Thought Leadership Strategy with Charlene Li

Women in Consulting

By: Olivia Dippon. Charlene Li, WIC’s featured speaker for February, spoke on “Leadership in the Digital Age.”

Wall Street and Mainstream Media Stench Engulfs Hillary


The stench surrounding Hillary is so bad not even mainstream media can completely cover it up. Moreover, leaked emails prove reporters and Wall Street executives are part of that stench. Here is a synopsis, some even from mainstream media. more…). Economics

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How impact investing can reach the mainstream


Clear measurement standards, high-grade operations, specialized products, and more training for entrepreneurs can make impact investing a more influential practice. Our Insights

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of impact of the global pandemic that has upended the globe. Any return to normalcy may seem far-off, but sales and marketing are on the front lines of restarting the economy. When the dust settles, we have a responsibility to turn our shock and grief into fierce determination, and lead the charge of responsible, strategic, sustainable future growth. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department. Marketers are uniquely positioned to provide creative solutions to aid their organization in times of change and chart a course for navigating success.

How the Ikea Effect Can Ruin Your Consulting Business

David A Fields

A few years ago Michael Norton and his buddies wrote about “The Ikea Effect” which they describe this way: “When people construct products themselves, they come to overvalue their (often poorly made) creations.” This turns out to be an important finding for consultants.

Leaders Need to Slow Down to Speed Up


Discovering how to learn fast, including taking time out for creative thinking and implementation, is necessary for effective self-disruption

Nudging and Behavioral Architecture

Steve Shu Consulting

Applied behavioral science is a relatively new concept within the business community. This short video is part of planned series of videos to increase awareness and improve the implementation of behavioral science initiatives in business.

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2016 Management Consulting Salaries – Undergraduate, MBA, Interns and More

Management Consulted

Welcome to the New Year Management Consulted Subscribers ! This leap year, 2016, is exciting on many fronts. The year promises the world’s first space hotel, NASA’s Juno spacecraft arriving at Jupiter, soccer’s Euro 2016 in France and the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the US Presidential Elections (aka circus) and much more. Along with all the excitement, this new year guarantees new business challenges and with that, a steady demand for consulting services.

How ZoomInfo Helps Overcome the Top Pain Points of Inside Sales

Recent digital transformation has shifted the B2B landscape by ushering in the era of buyer empowerment. With more access to user reviews, analyst opinion, and industry research, decision-makers are more informed than ever while navigating what is now known as the “buyer’s journey.”