2015

The 10 Attributes of a Successful Consultant

David A Fields

Text and images are © 2015 David A. Fields, all rights reserved. Consultants Mindset attitude mindset

The Remarkably Simple Formula For Selling Without Being Salesy

The Clever Consultant

Early on in my consulting career, I just could not wrap my head around the idea of putting on a “sales hat” I avoided any words, body language or presentations that would give the slightest inkling that I was selling. After all, I was a consultant, not a salesperson!

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2015 Management Consulting Salaries – Undergraduate, MBA, Interns and More

Management Consulted

Welcome to our Consulting Salary post – the kickoff to 2015!

New Resolutions and Fresh Starts

Steve Shu Consulting

As we approach the year-end, I wanted to share some thoughts from my book, The Consulting Apprenticeship: 40 Jump-Ideas for You and Your Business. It is a technique that I’ve seen a number of operating companies and management consulting firms use effectively.

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!

The New Philanthropy: The Push For A Renewable Capital Innovation Fund

Tom Spencer

This post is a collaboration between BROSO™ and Tom Spencer , and was originally posted on Truth Has No Temperature. Why is the Australian venture capital industry almost non-existent and irrelevant on a global scale?

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Sitting is the New Smoking – Bad for Your Body, Bad for Your Business

Women in Consulting

By: Joanna Nowak. I’m not exactly a raving fan of Mad Men or Don Draper, but I watched enough episodes to notice how in every episode almost all characters are engaged in a mindless activity which is detrimental to their health. Any guesses what it is? Smoking, of course.

Stay productive! Clear your head in two minutes with this simple technique.

Killer Consultant

Oftentimes, your head just fills with things to remember.

Apocalypse Illinois: IOUs Projected to Hit $10.5 Billion, $163 Billion Total Accumulated Liabilities

MishTalk

Flat Out Broke Illinois is in serious fiscal trouble. Unpaid bills will hit about $10.5 billion later this year, counting unpaid lotto winners and state university bills. Lotto is a small problem overall, yet symbolic of the mess the state is in.

Hey, Leaders: Stop Thinking So Much and Just Do It

Strategy+Business

To reach your true leadership potential, writes INSEAD professor Herminia Ibarra, push yourself outside your comfort zone

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.

Overcoming Discouragement: A Prescription for Consultants

David A Fields

*This is a remedy for discouragement, not depression. I am not a therapist. If you are suffering from depression, please seek help from a trained, mental health professional. Text and images are © 2015 David A. Fields, all rights reserved. Consultants Mindset attitude mindset selling

The Most Effective Form Of Outreach – It’s Not What You Think

David A Fields

Common wisdom says you should offer some sort of value to prospects when you reach out to them. What if that common wisdom is not only wrong, but backwards? I’m sure you’ve seen or heard advice that consultants should only reach out to prospects when they have a compelling, useful tidbit to offer.

Sell Your Time, or Sell a Solution, But NEVER Both

The Clever Consultant

I’ll never forget the advice my delivery manager gave me 10 years ago when I worked on my first pursuit: “Either sell your time, or sell the deliverable. Never, ever promise both.” ” That turned out to be sage advice.

Advanced Consulting Fit Interviews – Video Overview

Management Consulted

So you’ve made it a long way already. You’ve done all your homework on the firm, networked your butt off, and crafted the pristine consulting resume and cover letter. Then you receive a call saying you’ve passed the first round and they want you to come in for an interview.

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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.

What Are The Best Management Consulting Books?

Steve Shu Consulting

There are four books that I recommend as core to the generic practice of consulting. These are: The McKinsey Way by Ethan Rasiel. Process Consultation by Edgar Schein (dry read).

Conversation with L.E.K. Consulting

Tom Spencer

I recently had the opportunity to communicate with Janine Clifford, Recruitment & HR Manager at L.E.K. Consulting. L.E.K. Consulting is a global management consulting firm that uses deep industry expertise and analytical rigor to help clients solve their most critical business problems.

Love Your Brand, Set it Free

Joellyn Sargent

This is Part 2 of a 3-part series on Liberated Brands. If you missed it, read Part 1. Letting Go is Hard. If you really love your brand, it’s time to set it free. See what the market thinks, and let your audience help you make it better.

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What Part of Customer Service is Not Clear?

Women in Consulting

By: Linda Popky. It happened to me again recently: I was in a situation where I needed to contact the customer service department of a major company. You know the feeling – a product that’s not right, service that didn’t happen, promises that weren’t kept. You probably also know what happens next.

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.

10 Obvious Mistakes Consultants Make

David A Fields

If there’s no highway exit for another 6 miles and you’re not passing anyone, there’s a handy lane on the right just for you. You know that. I know that. Every other adult knows that.

Robot Taxis Starting 2016 in Japan; Self-Driving Trucks on German Autobahn; Millions of Truck and Taxi Driver Jobs will Vanish in US by 2025

MishTalk

I predicted robot taxis and trucks by 2020. Most doubted it, but I maintained I was as likely to be too late as opposed to too early. The future has arrived, at least in Japan. Autonomous taxis will operate in test mode next year with a goal of full production by 2020. Reader Alain writes. "

How to Lead in Ambiguous Times

Strategy+Business

The kind of decision making that works when you know what''s likely to happen won''t suffice in a world of geopolitical crises. Sustaining a business in uncertain times requires executives to prioritize stability, resilience, and relationship management.

Two Easy Ways to Reel In Larger Projects

David A Fields

Ahab, a world-renown fishing expert from Piscandi Consulting receives the following email: Hi Ahab, I’m Ishmael from Beldad Industries. Our catch rate is down 12% versus last year. Can you help us? If you’re Ahab, could you close that project? Should you?

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.

The #1 Quality Your Prospects MUST Have

David A Fields

Raymond, a 38 year-old operations efficiency consultant on the West Coast wanted to snag some strategy projects.

HR Metrics: How to Calculate Cost Per Hire

The Clever Consultant

Cost Per Hire (CPH) is one of the most common HR metrics used to measure recruiting effectiveness. That’s because it’s insanely simple to calculate – just add up your total recruiting costs and divide them by number of new hires for a given period.

Thinking Like a Consultant: People Skills

Management Consulted

One of the best things about strategy consulting is that you get to work across a broad spectrum of industries , giving you exposure to a lot of the wonderful variety that exists around us in the business world. However, one of the most unnerving things about strategic consulting is that you’re supposed to be able to increase productivity across this very same landscape without respect to the size, type, and complexity of the client.

Navigating Behavioral Science Applications

Steve Shu Consulting

The concept of nudging and more specifically the behavioral science phrase of “no neutral design” has strong historical ties to social and public sector issues. The motivation for the phrase goes something like this.

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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.”