7 Key Questions: Who, What, Why, When, Where, How, How Much?

Consultants Mind

Who, What, Why, When, Where? These are five questions kids learn in grade school or when first learning a language. It covers the basics and helps you understand the situation and context. My high school friends can attest to my … Continue reading → Consultant Business Business Development Consulting Interview Management consulting Problem Solving Project Management Strategy

Go with the Flow or Swim Against the Tide?

Joellyn Sargent

Secrets to Navigating Business Currents. Recently I had the opportunity to spend some time on beautiful Kiawah Island, South Carolina. As I was walking on the beach one morning I got to thinking about riptides and currents, and how they impact our businesses. Are You Taking it Easy?

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Case Interview Foundations: 6 Types of Case Interviews

Management Consulted

So, after writing the perfect resume and cover letter, and preparing at least 6 Hero Stories, it’s time to face the music.

What Makes an Article Authoritative?

The Clever Consultant

Here’s a problem we see all the time in business writing. How often must you read a memo or an article filled with long sentences, big, jargony words and, ultimately, no point? These missives are examples of writing that lack authority.

Assessing the Five Styles of Enterprise Business Intelligence

The world of BI and analytics has evolved. Discover the five styles of reporting and analysis, and learn the pros and cons of each in an enterprise scenario.


Consultant Ninja

My works won''t be worn away by the sands of time, with faint echoes of greatness that the sleuth can uncover, ponder, and imagine. They''ll be buried under a billion bits of information worker detrius - the daily shedding of dead data inside the corporate organism.

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MECE Framework - Tom Spencer consulting blog

Tom Spencer

MECE stands for ?mutually mutually exclusive? collectively exhaustive

The Crazy Lives of Consultants: What is a "3-4-5 Consultant"?

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

There are many terms in consulting that just sort of seep through our consciousness without needing to be defined. But this kind of "consultantese" can mean trouble for newbies. So it is with "3-4-5", an important but opaque

Why Common Core Will Fail

The Nonprofit Consultant

You''ve likely heard or read about Common Core by now.

How to Manage Resistance in Consulting ? Part 1 of 3: What is.

Consulting and Organizational Management

Welcome to this 3-part article on managing resistance in consulting projects. This Part 1 describes resistance and how to recognize it. Part 2 will describe how to deal with resistance from your client. Part 3 will describe how to

Does the US Have Enough Military Bases?


Inquiring minds might be interested in the analysis of artist Josh Begley who catalogs every U.S. military base in the world. Here is a representation. Gizmodo comments on the Chilling Geometry of Every US Military Base Seen From Space. The United States military is everywhere.

You travel too much when you.

Consultants Mind

Management consulting = business travel. No way around it. If you don’t like travel, you will hate consulting. Here are some things I have experienced. Know your airline frequent flyer number, but not your mom’s phone number Take too … Continue reading → Fun Travel

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Is Your Business Running on Empty? 6 Ways to Accelerate Growth.

Joellyn Sargent

One of the fastest ways to accelerate business growth is to ease off the brakes. Many leaders don’t even realize that bad habits are holding them back, like driving with one foot on the brakes. This includes the most motivated, dedicated and passionate executives (and maybe even you).

Top 10 Universities in Canada for Management Consulting

Management Consulted

Are you one of our hyper-focused high schoolers that’s considering a career in business? There are several reasons you might consider pursuing higher education in Canada.

The Worn-out Consultant’s Guide to SEO in 2014

The Clever Consultant

Raise your hand if you’re fed up with the bazillion tweets and posts promising “SEO Secrets” like rubbing peanut butter on your blog to attract more readers from the myriad of “internet marketing enthusiasts”. Marketing a consulting business can be exhausting.

Obamacare Design Objective - Force those with insurance onto the exchange

Consultant Ninja

"I know that there are millions of Americans who are content with their health care coverage — they like their plan and, most importantly, they value their relationship with their doctor. They trust you. And that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you''ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.

Surprising Trends in Consulting Compensation

Women in Consulting

By: Anne Janzer The Women In Consulting team has just finished crunching the numbers from the latest WIC Compensation Best Practices Annual Survey. And, ahead of the final report, here’s the advanced scoop on this year’s research: revenues are up, but profitability is down.

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Under Promise and Over Deliver - Tom Spencer consulting blog

Tom Spencer

Under Promise and Over Deliver. by Tom Spencer on January 4, 2013 · 0 comments. in Business Strategy. Keep expectations low, and exceed them. If you enjoyed this post, get email updates (it's free). { 0 comments? add one now }. Leave a

The Most Disappointing Aspect of the NSA's PRISM Leak?

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

So the NSA has spent millions to build a secret network to spy on users of the biggest Internet portals. They've got access to just about everything passing through major Internet access points, including perhaps the ability to

Three R's of Grant Writing

The Nonprofit Consultant

We had a great turnout at yesterday's Basic Grant Proposal Writing workshop at Community Foundation Santa Cruz County. The group asked a lot of great questions, and we covered a lot of material. Exhausting, but in a good way!

Maximizing Agility and Leverage in the Global Organization

Kates Kesler

Very large multi-national product companies need to find creative ways to enjoy the benefits of scale while remaining agile. This is especially true in developing markets where competitors can move very quickly with few of the obstacles that big companies face.

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Rich Don't Pay Most of the Taxes (They Pay All of Them); Reflections on the "Almost Rich"


Counting transfer payments such as foods stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, and other government welfare, Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis shows the top 40% pay 106% of all taxes (more than all of them). In turn the bottom 60% get money back.

Case interviews: Time to start practicing

Consultants Mind

Case interview. If you are an undergraduate or MBA student who wants to get a consulting offer, you better do well on the case interview. If you ran a regression on consulting offers and good case interviews, the correlation would … Continue reading → Consultant case interview Consulting jobs Management consulting MBA Resources

Core Values: What Matters Most?

Joellyn Sargent

Real or fake? It’s an annual dilemma faced by everyone who celebrates Christmas. Do we go for a real tree this year, or use a fake one? There are strong arguments for both camps and in my house the winner varies from year to year.

IBM Consulting Interviews: Navigating the IBM GBS Maze

Management Consulted

IBM Global Business Services (GBS). The history of IBM GBS is one of our very favorite business stories of all time, and one that reminds us that even the most enormous, boring and troubled companies can re-invent themselves.

How Google Finds Your Consulting Business Website

The Clever Consultant

Congratulations! You’ve finished building your consulting business’s website! Putting together a site is harder than it looks. Consultants have a lot of angst writing about themselves, their services and designing their website in general.

Classic Consulting Quotes

Consultant Ninja

"Give a man a fish, and he''ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he''ll eat fish for life. Teach a man to sell, and he''ll eat steak." - Managing Director, Consulting Firm

Saving for Retirement: So Many Choices

Women in Consulting

By: Renee Daggett Saving for retirement is very important, since the average American spends 20 years in retirement. Everyone needs to make saving for retirement a priority, especially since we are living longer with healthier lifestyles and medical advances.

People vs. Machines: Technology and the Future of Work

Tom Spencer

The future, albeit uncertain, has the potential to be better than the present. We just have to keep up with it, and to prepare for

Crazy Airline Gobbledegook Nonsense

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

The airline business is like nothing on earth, and airline people are some of the most common interactions we consultants have. I thought I would take a minute to note some of the crazy words that come out of their mouths.

Foundations of Consulting ? Part 6: Good Reasons to Hire.

Consulting and Organizational Management

Welcome to this six-part series on the foundations of consulting. If you have not been following along with us, then we encourage you to read parts 1-5, referenced from the bottom of this article. Part 1 establishes the basis for