Strategic Planning Should Be a Strategic Exercise

Harvard Business Review

Don’t create a plan. Create a system. Strategy Strategic planning Strategy formulation Digital Article

How Consultants Can Create & Implement Winning Business Strategies With Christian Stadler: Podcast #214

Consulting Success

One exercise is the nightmare. Consulting Success Podcast creativity investment nightmare competitor exercise resources social exercise trend radarThe only way to prevail as a small consulting firm is to do something different.


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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. As a purveyor of consulting services you regularly swallow large doses of rejection—prospective clients often claim they don’t need your offering.

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 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. I felt like I was doing the exercises wrong by not taking notes, but the morning I got back to my desk I jotted everything down in about five minutes. Reflection Exercise #1: The Three Whats Everyone has heard about asking why five times to get to the root cause of something.

3 Exercises to Boost Your Team’s Creativity

Harvard Business

Move beyond brainstorming. Creativity Experimentation Disruptive innovation Digital Article

A Brief Exercise to Spur Innovation on Your Team

Harvard Business

All it takes is a piece of paper and three questions. Innovation Leadership & Managing people Creativity Digital Article

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.

You Will Love How Exercise And Self-Care Go Hand And Hand

Simon Associates

Regular exercise improves our physical health, decreases our risk for severe health conditions and helps us feel better emotionally. But for many of us, our lives are so full that we don't know how to add exercise to our already packed days.

An Exercise to Help Your Team Overcome the Trauma of the Pandemic

Harvard Business

Post-traumatic growth is possible. Psychology Digital Article

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 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.

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 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


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). As part of our second study we asked a subset of participants how much self-doubt they felt approximately three weeks before their final exams (five weeks after they had completed the values writing exercise). We attribute their relatively long duration to introducing the writing exercise during orientation.

How to Build a Stronger Memory

Harvard Business

Three exercises. Productivity Managing yourself Psychology Digital Article

1 Easy Distinction that Will Accelerate Your Consulting Firm’s Growth

David A Fields

Today’s exercise in questionable metaphor usage features The Beatles’ hit single, “Baby You Can Drive My Car,” which was decidedly not about cars. You may be focusing on the wrong “level” of your consulting firm’s problems to create rapid progress in your firm’s results.

The Handful of Choices that Determine Your Consulting Firm’s Success

David A Fields

Sorta) There’s a straightforward exercise you can complete that will deliver the following benefits (and others) for your consulting firm over … Continued. How cool would it be if you could choose greater success for your consulting firm from a drop-down list?

Need a Reset? Try This One Quick Meditation Session (Bonus)

Harvard Business

A conversation and mindfulness exercise with Potential Project CEO Rasmus Hougaard. Mindfulness Mental health Psychology Managing yourself Audio

DEI Initiatives Are Futile Without Accountability

Harvard Business

A three-part framework to move your organization beyond box-checking exercises. Diversity and inclusion Hiring and recruitment Personnel policies Digital Article

Giving Students an Opportunity to Customize Their Classes

Steve Shu Consulting

The goal of the exercise was to help people develop better team communication styles as an early part of the process of forming project teams. This past week I tried an experiment of allowing students to customize a portion of a 2.5 hour class.

Agile 195

Stop Selling and Start Listening

Action Plan

Them: Exercise wear for gerbils. Them: Nobody thinks gerbils need exercise wear. Whenever you read about selling these days, it’s all about messaging, story-telling, and pitching. Thing is, those are wicked tough skills to learn. They take a lot of work and time.

How Anxiety Traps Us, and How We Can Break Free

Harvard Business

Some exercises for reframing your fears, doubts, and uncertainties. Stress Managing yourself Health Digital Article

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. They create plenty of clarity around a long-term vision, but the near-in [ ] Consultants Consulting

Need an energy boost? Check your batteries

The Management Centre

Health: are you getting enough exercise and sleep, how is your diet? If you want to do more exercise, set a goal of going for a walk at lunchtime, or a 20-minute run after work. Coming back to work after a Summer break can be hard.

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.) or when they exchange gifts. Terrific. Warm and fluffy as rabbit fur. But how does gratitude help consultants’ businesses? Below are four practical benefits of gratitude: What are you thankful for?

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

Steve Shu Consulting

Presuming that the focus on health is mostly on physical exercise and diet (versus mental health or social relationships), here are some things I’ve used to try to strike a balance: On the job, really focus on what is strategically important; try to cut bait or minimize involvement with small stuff that you shouldn’t sweat. 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).

Behavioral Science Casebook Project

Steve Shu Consulting

In addition to learning about behavioral science theories in the digital age, students will then learn how to apply those key theoretical concepts through discussing actual, corporate case studies and participating in hands-on exercises related to nudging and experimental design.

How Working Parents Can Create a New Normal for Their Family

Harvard Business

An exercise to help you uncover what you learned during the pandemic and what you want to take with you going forward. Balancing work and family Work-life balance Working parents Personal productivity Digital Article

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

How do you nurture creativity in the team?


Do you have any good trainings and exercises to be organised for a team Hi All, How do you nurture creativity in a team, hence organisation?

To Boost Your Business, Track Your Time (Nearly All of It!)

Successful Independent Consulting

How much time you sleep, exercise, spend writing blogs. Management guru Peter Drucker once said “you can't manage what you can't measure.” I prefer to say, “Anything that’s measured can be improved.”

Four Classroom Teaching Differentiators in a World of TikTok and Other Digital Innovations

Steve Shu Consulting

more use of Cameo, TikTok, YouTube, digital exercises/games).

Agile 195

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. The goals of these workshops are twofold. First, the workshops teach and demonstrate key behavioral economics (BE) concepts to participants.

Behavioral Science Casebook Project

Steve Shu Consulting

In addition to learning about behavioral science theories in the digital age, students will then learn how to apply those key theoretical concepts through discussing actual, corporate case studies and participating in hands-on exercises related to nudging and experimental design.

What Do ERP Implementation Partners Need From Your Project Team?

PM Alliance

This exercise will also help to uncover how changes to the ERP system may influence everything from user training to additional integration requirements. ERP system implementations are large-scale and complex projects, and numerous stakeholders are involved in making these efforts a success.

One Easy Way to Squander Time, Money, and Credibility

Markovitz Consulting

Without a connection to a desired business outcome, training becomes a strictly academic exercise that will be forgotten after the next bite of a danish. Just in case 2020 wasn’t challenging enough for you, here’s a brilliant example of how to waste time, money, and credibility in 2021. The HR department at a company approached me recently about teaching employees process mapping.

What Is A Brand And Why Do You Need One?

Consulting Matters

Branding, to me, isn't some marketing exercise. Are you a consultant or coach who knows it's crucial to build your brand but honestly has no clue what that means? Is it a logo or tagline? Today, I'm starting a new series called Brand You. And I am so excited!

Mastering a Problem-Solving Mindset


You can do this exercise in a structured way using an “Ishikawa” or “fishbone” diagram. Tip: Make identifying root causes a group exercise! This is the “hypothesis testing” part of your problem-solving exercise, where you will identify the most important levers to solve the problem.