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.

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.

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.

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

An Exercise to Help Your Team Feel More Comfortable with Conflict

Harvard Business

Great teams aren’t afraid to disagree. Conflict Collaboration Leading teams Digital Article

How to Have Work Life Balance: The Big Lever is Exercise

Women in Consulting

By: Deborah Siegle Continuing from my prior posts on Bobbie LaPorte’s talk about how to balance your work and personal life, one of Bobbie’s Keys to Success is EXERCISE. First, Bobbie defined exercise in this context as planned, structured, repetitive, purposeful exercise. Research shows that execs feel better and are more productive when they purposefully and physically exercise. The two key research findings are: 1 – Regular exercise program reduces stress.

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.

How Are You Perceived at Work? Here’s an Exercise to Find Out

Harvard Business

While this exercise won’t take a lot of time, it may be psychically intensive. Many times clients have come back to me after completing this exercise and said, “Why didn’t anyone tell me this before? Tom Kolossa/EyeEm/Getty Images. It’s not easy to understand how other people perceive us. We are often uncertain, confused, or even completely unaware of what we project. And this lack of self-awareness can be career-limiting.

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.

A Simple Exercise Can Help Women Overcome Self-Doubt to Succeed

Harvard Business

Other participants were prompted to do a similar writing exercise, but about other values (including institutional ones). We attribute their relatively long duration to introducing the writing exercise during orientation.

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

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.

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.,

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.

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.

Why Toyota Kata May Be the Right Approach for You

Markovitz Consulting

It becomes a trivial exercise distracting people from solving real problems. One of the great benefits of the 2 Second Lean approach to lean is the way that it gets everyone engaged in kaizen with simple improvements. The genius of Paul Akers’ approach is the low barrier to entry for workers. But as I’ve written about before , the problem with 2 Second Lean is the high barrier to entry for leadership.

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.

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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#9: 5 Reasons To Love Corporate Politics

Consulting Matters

In this resource you'll find a series of exercises to help you quickly master politics. Download Episode Transcript. I'll never forget the moment when I first fell in love with corporate politics.

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

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

About Your Homepage…

Kai Davis

Here’s a quick exercise for you, my friend: Open up a new browser window. In one tab, open your own website’s homepage. In the other tab, open your own website’s about page. Now, read each page in turn. (If If you don’t have a website for your business, may I suggest [[link].

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

20 Questions to Help You Uncover Your Client's TRUE Culture and Politics

Consulting Matters

Who has the formal authority but is not fully exercising it? To win business and deliver results - all consultants MUST cultivate their political savvy. While we may think that executives hire consultants for economic reasons - the reality is that more often that not, we're brought in for political reasons. Politics is not necessarily a bad thing. Politics gets its bad rap when leaders operate out of self-interest versus the best interest of others.

20 Questions to Help You Uncover Your Client's TRUE Culture and Politics

Consulting Matters

Who has the formal authority but is not fully exercising it? To win business and deliver results - all consultants MUST cultivate their political savvy.

Peloton and Partisan Political Prejudice

Harvard Business

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir debate Peloton, the high-flying exercise startup. They then discuss why political prejudice is worse in some parts of the country than others. Strategy Economics & Society Technology Audio

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Five Ways to Spur Lean in the Office

Markovitz Consulting

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

When All Employees are on the Same Page…

Martinka Consulting

It’s a good exercise to make sure employees, especially those who have customer contact, know the firm’s strategy and value proposition. At a meeting with a group of clients last week our presenter, my friend Hugh Blane, asked an interesting question – “Can every employee articulate your strategy and their role in accomplishing it?” The question stumped a few people and in a test phone call to one client’s company the manager receiving the call was a bit indecisive with the answer.

The Smart Intern – Practicing Self Observant Leadership

Tom Spencer

This is probably the most powerful exercise that you can do to get things right. Like most leadership practices, this one requires you to exercise some patience in order to achieve results. You can extract maximum results if you make this 15-minute exercise a habit.