2021

10 Stages of Consulting Firm Growth (Where Are You Stuck?)

David A Fields

To achieve the next level of success with your consulting firm, you have to know what inflection point is next on your route (or, where you want to stop and optimize). Let’s briefly walk through the common stages on your consulting firm’s growth journey. Transitions are hard.

How to Become the Trusted Advisor to Consulting Clients with Charles Green: Podcast #196

Consulting Success

Strategic consultants help the company thrive and achieve marketing goals through identifying and analyzing business processes. That’s why this expertise is in demand in every business.

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How to Find the Exact Words that Attract Your Clients (and Gets them Excited to Work with You)

Consulting Matters

One of my favorite things to write and talk about is copywriting. Which for most of my clients - it's their absolute least favorite thing. Most of these consultants and coaches love what they do. But they hate the struggle of trying to find the words to describe what they do and write about it.

Nice Article and Study on the “Additive Bias”

Steve Shu Consulting

The additive bias seems like a key reason that websites and apps in the digital world get overly complicated over time with features and elements. See more here: [link

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Going to Market Smarter in the New Economy

The fight to find new customers and retain existing ones is the biggest business challenge for many companies. Technology will continue to play a part in fostering buyer allegiance and building brands in the “new normal.” In 2021, as companies continue to move more functions online, employees will take a more virtual -- and flexible -- mindset and lifestyle in parallel to the digitization of businesses. To succeed, you must change the way you conceive and build new products as a digital business. Download the report today to discover more!

Ten Factors to Consider Before Jumping into Independent Consulting

Successful Independent Consulting

Being a self-employed consultant or “solopreneur” isn’t for everyone. Sure, it sounds fabulous – be selective about which jobs you take, have a flexible schedule, escape office politics, make really good money – but it definitely has some drawbacks.

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So why do you want to work for this firm/service line/office?

Tom Spencer

This is a question that you will inevitably receive when interviewing with a consulting firm. It provides you with an excellent way to demonstrate your interest in the firm, how it fits with your goals, and show that you’ve done your homework.

Buying a Business? Don’t Overlook the Soft-Skills

Leadership Planning with Liz Weber CMC

Because of the ‘shake-out’ that’s occurred with our economy over the past year, there are more companies than ever looking to sell, and therefore, more opportunities to buy. If you’re like a few of my clients, smart acquisitions are part of your strategic plan.

Why Your Productivity Hacks Don’t Hack It

Markovitz Consulting

(Note: a modified version of this article first appeared in the Harvard Business Review.

Simone Biles, Human Being

CaseInterview.com

The other day, Simone Biles, largely considered the greatest gymnast of all time, withdrew from the team all-around competition in the Tokyo Olympics. A day later, she withdrew from the individual all-around competition as well.

The Forrester Wave™: B2B Marketing Data Providers, Q2 2021

In our 24-criterion evaluation of B2B marketing data providers, we identified the 11 most significant vendors — Data Axle, Dun & Bradstreet, Enlyft, Global Database, InsideView, Leadspace, Oracle, SMARTe, Spiceworks Ziff Davis, TechTarget, and ZoomInfo Technologies — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps B2B marketing professionals select the right one for their needs.

How to build a mentorship program that actually works

Brimstone Consulting

7 Elements of an Effective Mentorship Program. Developing a mentorship program.

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Should You Use the Same Fee Structure for These Two Consulting Engagements?

David A Fields

Consulting engagements come in many flavors. Your consulting firm’s work for a client could range from answering questions in real time based on your knowledge and experience, to developing research-based recommendations, to constructing and implementing complex solutions.

7 Signs You Should Become An Independent Consultant

Consulting Success

What is an independent consultant? Consulting is providing your expertise to help a person or organization solve problems or reach their goals more efficiently and effectively. Independent consulting is when you do consulting by yourself instead of with or for a consulting company.

7 Reasons Why Your Clients Aren't "Getting It" When you Talk and Write About What You Do

Consulting Matters

One of the biggest challenges that both new and seasoned consultants and coaches face is finding the words to describe what they do.

4 AI Hacks to Make Sales Teams More Efficient

Over the last two years, there’s been a 76 percent increase in AI adoption across sales organizations. For sales teams, AI opens up a world of new possibilities, including automating outreach, identifying best-fit buyers, and keeping CRMs flush with fresh data. Read on to learn the four AI hacks sales teams need to improve their performance. Download the eBook today!

A Call for the Heterogeneity Revolution in Behavioral Science

Steve Shu Consulting

This article should be on every modern behavioral science researcher’s reading list for a cohesive view of the future. It will take awhile for the community (both research and applied) to wrap our heads around elevating heterogeneity and context relative to main effects. Bryan, C.J., Tipton, E.

Supplement Your Consulting Pipeline by Subcontracting

Successful Independent Consulting

Most independent consultants have some FUD (fear, uncertainty, or doubt) when it comes to finding work. Even if you’ve been self-employed for years, dry spells between projects can still happen, and if you’re just starting out it’s especially difficult to find your own work.

5 Key Tips for a Deloitte Federal Case Interview

Management Consulted

A Deloitte Federal case interview is given to candidates applying to the firm’s public sector-focused practice area, known as Deloitte Federal Government Services.

Poets and Quants in Management Consulting

Tom Spencer

A constantly reoccurring conversation I have heard discussed about the management consulting industry is if the preference for talent is in favor of “ poets” (those that come from more of a humanities background) or “ quants” (those that come from more of a technical or hard sciences background).

How to Overcome the Pain Points of Your CRM

CRM software is a powerful tool when used correctly, yet another obstacle to a sales team’s efficiency when it’s not. Leveraging research and commentary from industry analysts, this eBook explores how your sales team can get back valuable time by overcoming some pain points with your CRM, such as low adoption rates, integrations, and data quality.

Why Wait To Create Equal Position, Pay And Power For All Business Women

On the Brink

Are you ready to play a role in the future of women? Now you can. A great opportunity is before you.

Training Your Hiring Managers: The Right Questions to Ask in an Interview

Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Recruiting top talent is never an easy task. It was difficult enough even before the world was turned upside down - and now with remote/hybrid work, it's become more complex. One of the many problems HR faces is the sheer amount of due diligence that must be done when scouting for talent.

Prioritize & Focus

CaseInterview.com

I’m a firm believer that you can have anything you want in life. What’s more difficult, if not impossible, is to have everything you want in life simultaneously. The reasons are prioritization and focus. Prioritization is about deciding what’s important.

Mastering the Hybrid Workplace

Brimstone Consulting

Managing the hybrid of office and non-office work concurrently is the next challenge. Success for companies and leaders in the next normal requires mastery of the hybrid workplace, one where opportunities, ideas, rewards, growth, and promotions are equally accessible to people working from anywhere.

4 Data-Driven Steps To Drive Successful B2B Demand Generation

Fact: Good data lives at the core of every successful B2B demand generation strategy. Without quality data, it’s nearly impossible to identify and segment your target audience and create messaging that speaks to their values and interests. Whether you’re stepping into a new position or you’re new to demand generation, learning the tricks of the trade can be, well, tricky. In this eBook, you’ll discover how to improve your demand generation program—and your bottom line.

The Consulting Firm Caption Competition

David A Fields

Consultants like to know the order of things. That’s why smart, consulting leaders like you ask insightful, “Which comes first?” ” questions. For instance, when it comes to writing content, consultants ask, “Which comes first, the article or the puns?”

Business Storytelling: How to Tell Your Consulting Story with Janine Kurnoff: Podcast #195

Consulting Success

People in business are turned off by storytelling because they think it takes too much work. But storytelling is a very important tool to have so that you can build your audience. You don’t have to be super personal in your story; you just need to humanize it.

The 5 Steps of the Consulting Engagement Cycle

Consulting Matters

Your marketing efforts have paid off. All of your activities on social media and doing speeches worked. You created a proposal, negotiated and renegotiated with your client and the deal is done. And now you’re wondering what to do now.

Optional Reading for AEM 6150 at Cornell University

Steve Shu Consulting

This is an optional reading for AEM 6150 at Cornell University taught by Stephen Shu. The reading is from Chapter 12 (pages 41-44) of The Consulting Apprenticeship and covers the “key takeaway” titling, a method which is used heavily in consulting

The Modern Customer Success Playbook

The evolution of every high-functioning, effective customer success strategy centers around three C’s: connected experiences, an engaging customer journey, and a culture built on customer-centricity. Satisfaction won’t cut it. Quarterbacking your customers to long-term success and growth is proven to combat churn and transform customer success teams into revenue-drivers. But where do you start? Download the playbook today!

How To Find The Capital That Will Fuel Your Big Idea

Simon Associates

The partners of Simon Associates Management Consultants are committed to helping young entrepreneurs, and particularly women entrepreneurs, take their ideas and turn them into successful business ventures.

What A Candidate Did To Land Offers From Deloitte & KPMG

Management Consulted

Meet Steven, an Air Force Academy Grad who ended up landing offers from both Deloitte and KPMG! How did he do it? Keep reading for lessons you should apply to your own experience to land a consulting offer. Table of… Read Article.

6 Tips To Increase Your Website Conversion Rates

Tom Spencer

If you are running a tech startup, you probably spend most of your time focusing on your product to make it lean, easy to use, and able to solve people’s problems. However, if you want to be successful you need to reach a lot of people, and so it is important to increase your conversion rates.