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


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

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.

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 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.

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.

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


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.,

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.

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


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

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.

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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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.)

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.

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.

#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


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

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


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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Five Ways to Spur Lean in the Office

Markovitz Consulting

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

The Science Behind Sleep and High Performance

Harvard Business

Among those steps is taking care of your body — sleep, exercise, and nutrition. He offers some practical advice on getting more and better rest, and making time to exercise. Marc Effron, president of the Talent Strategy Group, looked at the scientific literature behind high performance at work and identified eight steps we can all take to get an edge. But the most important is sleep.

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.

Get more time

Consultants' Consultant

The exercises she suggests will be useful: pre-view a performance review for next year – what did you achieve? Consultants Consultant: Get control of your free time – it’s worth the 15 minutes. family holiday letter looking back on next year – what did you and the family get done? Then each week make a list for […]. The post Get more time appeared first on Consultants' Consultant. Consulting Well Get what you want Manage yourself

Small Steps or Big Steps: What’s the Right Way to Begin Improvement?

Markovitz Consulting

For example, he had one patient begin an exercise program by simply marching in place for one minute in front of the television. I’ve been struggling to resolve two conflicting facts: Science has shown that incremental change is both easier for people and more sustainable than dramatic change. Art Byrne has had undeniable business success by starting with dramatic change.

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.

A New Approach to Organization Design


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 Five Practices That Set Operational Risk Leaders Apart


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.

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.