Two Reflection Exercises to Help You Work Smarter

Successful Independent Consulting

Below are two simple exercises to help you assess your internal rate of return and point you to working smarter. You don’t need to do these reflection exercises at your desk. This exercise has you ask what three times to help you work smarter.

Getting more exercise

Consultants' Consultant

Consultants Consultant: We all know that exercise is good for us. Here are the secrets of how to exercise when it’s the last thing you want to […]. The post Getting more exercise appeared first on Consultants' Consultant. And yet we can de-prioritise it in favour of other stuff. Until we feel like we just don’t have the energy, just don’t feel like it, just can’t face it.

Two Exercises to Build Your Confidence [For Consultants]

David A Fields

Below, I outline two confidence-building exercises specifically designed for consultants. Confidence is to selling consulting as phyllo dough is to making baklava: necessary for success but difficult to maintain in the real world.

How Mindfulness Helped a Workplace Diversity Exercise

Harvard Business

The discomfort among my peers was palpable, and we ended up having to scrap most of the exercises because of people’s inability (or, more likely, unwillingness) to dig deeper into the topics. A couple of years ago I was invited to facilitate an offsite training for the diversity committee of a Fortune 500 company. In an era in which “diversity” has become a buzzword in the business world, the firm’s interest in the topic was both admirable and understandable.

Leaders Can't Treat Emergency Exercises Like Just Another Drill

Strategy+Business

Avoid fumbling the response to a crisis by fully participating in on-the-ground trainings

How popular are half marathons?

Consultants Mind

There were a lot of people there, and it made me wonder how popular are … Continue reading → Fun Exercise Half Marathon Running Tough Mudder Trends I ran the Philadelphia Rock and Roll half marathon last month. Felt great to finish, but it was pretty painful at mile 11 and 12.

Verge of War: Ukraine's Foreign Minister says "We are Ready to Fight"; Russia holds Military Exercises on Border

MishTalk

Tensions in Ukraine took another step for the worse today as Russia held military exercises on the border and Ukraine''s foreign minister responded " We are Ready to Fight Russia " Andriy Deshchytisa said Russia’s decision Thursday to launch the military exercises “very much escalates the situation in the region.” Russia holds Military Exercises on Border The Financial Times reports Russia Plans Military Exercises After Mounting Ukraine Unrest.

Tips on How Consultants Can Balance Working Long Hours and Managing a Healthy Life

Steve Shu Consulting

imagine hiring an exercise coach where the coach spends all the time demonstrating exercises; yes you’ve paid them, but eventually it is you that needs to exercise). Learn how to execute on an effective, reasonably rounded, exercise program in 30–45 minutes (e.g.,

Only 38% of US publicly-traded companies are profitable

Consultants Mind

Here is an exercise (as of 03/04/2018): 1) How many stocks are traded in the US (NYSE, AMEX, NASDAQ)? Finviz is a great way to filter stocks. It’s free. It’s like Bloomberg-lite for the non-investment bankers.

A Better Way to Engage Your Board on Strategy

Strategy+Business

Shaping strategy should be an ongoing team effort of the CEO and directors, not just an annual exercise

How to Grow Your Consulting Firm NOW (not later)

David A Fields

Most business vision exercises are farsighted. If you’d like to shake the rust off your consulting firm and jump-start fast moving progress, shift your gaze from the lofty peaks that will take years to ascend to a nearby hill you can crest now.

Behavioral Economics and Innovation Workshops

Steve Shu Consulting

In-class exercises and a mock innovation setting provide an experiential learning process for internalizing BE knowledge and skills. I am co-hosting Behavioral Economics and Innovation Workshops in conjunction with one of my colleagues and partners, Namika Sagara at Sagara Consulting.

Best 16 podcasts from PLANET MONEY over last 2 years

Consultants Mind

The benefits are enormous: Free entertainment Easier than reading Great learning of a variety of topics Exercises … Continue reading → Fun Learning podcastFor anyone who knows me, I am an avid podcast listener. It is something I will promote to literally everyone I know.

The Genius Formula: Plan, Promise, Schedule

The More Clients Blog

After resisting any form of exercise for a very…long…time, I finally did three simple things: 1. And as I result, I’m stronger, more flexible, have less pain in my back, and sleep better – with just three hours of exercise a week. And to try is an exercise in futility.

Are We Sending the Right Message?

Markovitz Consulting

One implication is that workers are looking to major investments in machinery, software, or other technology for their improvements, rather than exercising their creativity.

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McKinsey: Testing your strategy

Consultants Mind

makes the very valid point that executives and leaders too often treat strategy as a ” procedural exercise or set of frameworks”, rather than a way of thinking through problems. McKinsey, in a 2011 article entitled Have Your Tested Your Strategy Lately?, McKinsey’s advice is to not look for the newest strategy fad or business guru, but instead… Read More » The post McKinsey: Testing your strategy appeared first on Consultant's Mind.

Reflecting on Innovative Methods That Management Consultants Can Use to Pitch Clients

Steve Shu Consulting

I wrote the following post in response to someone on Quora who asked me about innovative methods that management consultants use to pitch clients instead of using PowerPoint presentations. Surprisingly, one can go a long way with Powerpoint presentations.

Getting Psyched

Strategy+Business

In his engaging and original book, Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed, Daniel McGinn takes us far beyond the clichés of yoga poses, centering exercises, and nap rooms

Your Consulting Niche vs Jack-of-All-Trades Myth

Successful Independent Consulting

Exercise #1: Look at Your History. Exercise #2: Get Input from Colleagues. Best regards, These two exercises will help you identify your particular sweet spot.

The Science Behind Mental Preparation

Strategy+Business

In his engaging and original book, Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed, Daniel McGinn takes us far beyond the clichés of yoga poses, centering exercises, and nap rooms

The Unexpected, Business Benefits of Gratitude

David A Fields

Some wise folks do this exercise every day. Each Friday I pause to consider everything I have to be grateful for. Family, friends, a thriving business, homemade banana-chocolate cream pie. Others limit their gratitude to a day here or there such as Thanksgiving (in the U.S.)

Obesity: A consultant wonders. Why Is America So Fat?

Consultants Mind

We generally eat too much, eat the wrong things, and don’t exercise. Americans are fat. Currently 2/3 of the US population is overweight or obese. You know things are bad when the US Coast guard reduced the … Continue reading → Learning cartoon documentary Graphs health Obesity root cause schools United States

Improving Teamwork Through Kata

Markovitz Consulting

However, during the kata exercise they were all on the same side, trying to solve a shared problem rather than assign blame. The exercise had changed their behaviors as students, not just employees. I introduced Toyota Kata to a new client last week with a short simulation. It was the first time that I formally taught this approach to problem solving, and it was probably as educational for them as it was for me.

Netflix Brings Lean Thinking to Board Meetings

Markovitz Consulting

As a result, board meetings are only three to four hours long, compared with the all day or multiple day exercises in tedium at many large corporations. Well, not really. I doubt Netflix was thinking how Jim Womack would apply lean to their board meetings. But in a new article , the Harvard Business Review describes how the company reinvented board meetings by creating a better way to share information with its board of directors.

More of. Less of. Do you know what you want?

Rod Burkert

In the most recent installment, I read about this exercise by the person being interviewed : 1 – Grap a piece of paper and make two columns: “More” and “Less.”. Yes, it is the 4 th of July holiday. And I am in your inbox as usual. Would you expect anything less of me?

The Amazing Power of Accountability

The More Clients Blog

Sounds easy, but I’ve been resisting exercising for more than a year and the closest I’ve gotten to the gym was in my thoughts. This has been my pattern with exercise. I found myself saying to Keith, “OK, I’ll go to the gym 3 times a week, starting on Friday.

Applying Kaizen to Teaching Lean

Markovitz Consulting

In her “parkour” exercise, you identify five characteristics (or norms, or expectations) of a product or service, reverse them, and then figure out how to make those ideas workable. When we did this exercise on “teaching lean in your company” in Denmark, the results were fantastic. I’m back from a workshop with a client in Denmark.

Accepting compliments

Consultants' Consultant

We touch on compliments, and ask people to do a short exercise where they compliment each other (sincerely). Consultants Consultant: I’ve been delivering a one day Leadership Essentials program for the human enterprise for about a year now. One of the features of the program is pointing out what people are doing right. They find it difficult […]. The post Accepting compliments appeared first on Consultants' Consultant.

How to Build a High Trust Workplace

Markovitz Consulting

People in a value stream mapping exercise don’t point fingers at each other—they point fingers at the work. Megan McArdle of Bloomberg View recently wrote about the benefits of a high level of trust—among individuals, companies, and even government— in Denmark: [The high level of trust among people] allows Danish labor to be more productive than workers elsewhere. An economy’s labor productivity, after all, is its output divided by the number of hours worked.

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For GOD’s Sake, Just Try Something New!

The More Clients Blog

Exercise 30 minutes every day. I really admire successful people. And over the years, I’ve studied many of them, read their biographies and books and tried to emulate their strategies. These books have helped me, but it wasn’t their strategies that gave me the most valuable insights. I discovered the one thing all successful people have in common: a trait that all of them have practiced without exception: They try new things. Risky things. Innovative things.

Procrastination Is Literally Killing You

Consultants' Consultant

“chronic procrastinators avoid taking care of themselves as much as they should—from going to the doctor to exercising to eating right. Consultants Consultant: If you tend to put it off, consider your health. An even more immediate route is that the stress of unnecessary delay takes a psychophysiological toll on the body and leaves a person vulnerable […]. The post Procrastination Is Literally Killing You appeared first on Consultants' Consultant.

Solicit Feedback: Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable.

Confessions of a Consultant

Best bet: Get someone to conduct a 360 0 feedback exercise on you. We conducted a formal ‘data gathering’ exercise. Getting Comfortable. According to Mike Abbot (General Partner in Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield and Byers) we all need to get comfortable being uncomfortable.

Five Ways to Spur Lean in the Office

Markovitz Consulting

The simple exercise of focused observation will help you see the waste.

A New Approach to Organization Design

BCG

In a survey conducted by The Boston Consulting Group, almost 80% of respondent companies reported under-going a recent reorganization exercise—in about half of those cases, a large-scale, enterprise-wide reorganization initiative. Focus Tuesday, April 05, 2016.

The Crazy Lives of Consultants: Jet Lag? What Jet Lag?

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

Sounds like you need to learn a bit of customer relationship skill as the way you write isn't exactly an exercise in marketing skill! skip to main | skip to sidebar. Monday, March 4, 2013. Jet Lag? What Jet Lag? Post courtesy of alert guest blogger/consultant Gideon.

The Five Practices That Set Operational Risk Leaders Apart

BCG

One bank executive noted, “We can invest an additional $10 to 20 million, but not really know if what we’re doing is more effective,” and then added, “We seem to default to rote, tick-the-box exercises that satisfy our regulators but aren’t risk based or aligned with business value.

The Entrepreneurial Expert: Lessons from The Business of Expertise

Tsavo Neal

As Blair Enns says, positioning is an exercise in irrelevance. Good positioning is an exercise in “pigeonholing” yourself. This is a fantastic exercise not only for positioning yourself as a thought-leader — but clarifying your own thinking as well.

The shortcut crowd

Seth Godin Blog

My grandmother, who never exercised a day in her life, bought an exercise machine from a late night TV commercial. When it sat gathering dust, she explained that she thought it would do the exercise for her, and was disappointed that it didn’t magically make her fit for $99. There is no market. There are markets. And markets have segments. There are people who enjoy buying expensive wine. There are people who will save up their money to have a big wedding.

Future of Healthcare: Virtual and Augmented Reality

Tom Spencer

Doing exercises in virtual reality is likely to be more fun, less hassel (and easier to gamify) compared with doing them in a gym, so people will be more likely to exercise.

Surprise! All of Your Strengths Need to be Adaptable

Leadership Vision Consulting

Rather, they are an exercise in helping you use your Strengths in ways that will allow you to make the most of a bad situation. Planning ahead, controlling what you can control, and getting out of your comfort zone will not guarantee that you will instantly become more adaptable.