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Innovating in a Crowded Room

In a post for Source Global Research, Fiona Czerniawska observes how businesses are spending more and more to make incremental improvements that only keep them on par with other competition. In order to stand out and create a competitive advantage, further strategy is required. For instance, consultancies can craft challenging business questions and then survey the business landscape for how others are answering or might answer those questions. Consultancies must also be able to sift ...

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Quick Tips for Making Slide Decks for Other People

Some consultants might be able to measure the length of their careers according to how many presentations they have made. The number grows pretty quickly. In a post at Consultants Mind, it is briefly discussed how you as a consultant can build slide decks meant to be used by other people. It begins with you “mind reading” both the person who will deliver the presentation and the audience who will receive it. Successful mind reading ...

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Leveraging Priorities for Your Client

If you are working in a healthy-sized consultancy and are hired on to support a client on a project, the odds are actually good that the consultancy is supporting the client with multiple endeavors simultaneously. The best consultants manage their own projects while also keeping an eye on the rest of the portfolio. In a post at Consulting 101, Lew Sauder describes how managing wide priorities can be a help to you. Wants and Needs ...

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What Does a Management Consultant Do Anyway?

Katie Hope seeks to clarify for the BBC what management consultants like McKinsey and KPMG really do. There is no end to the jokes about how consultants get paid to make suggestions, accept no part of the risk in those suggestions, and then collect their paychecks regardless. Consultants are frustrated by this, and so Hope aims to set the record straight. #NotAllConsultants Dominic Barton, global head of McKinsey, states emphatically that no business will pay ...

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Geek Out to Become a Mini-Expert

Corresponding maybe somewhere around the third season of The Big Bang Theory, “geek culture” carved out its hard-fought niche in society. In a post at Consultants Mind, it is discussed lightly how a geeky mindset might be a boon to consulting. Here is how it works. All about Passion Geeks have a high level of enthusiasm to learn everything they can about obscure topics. They put in the time to research what excites them for ...

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Your Business Might Be Sabotaging Its Value to Clients

Businesses and consultants win big clients. Clients give them money to provide value. Does that value ultimately meet or exceed client expectations? Well, it could depend on if the customer’s perceptions have been properly managed along the way. In an article for Consultant News, Fiona Czerniawska briefly shares some research on how complacency could be at the heart of perceptions of low value. Champion the Results Source Global Research combed through its research from 2016, ...

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Who Are the Most Innovative Companies?

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has released its research on who it deems to have been the most innovative companies of 2016. The results are not likely to elicit a spit take, but they are worth a glance. The report discusses several compelling anecdotal stories of innovation at work, though it does not quite connect the dots to recommend a framework for innovation. BCG ranks the top 50 innovators, and leading the pack are the ...

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5 Tips to Work on the Go

Consultants and freelancers typically do not work out of the same office all the time. Whether they are working remotely or traveling internationally, they need to be prepared to operate in different environments. In an article for the Seattle Times, Jennifer Worick shares some tips to work while traveling: Prepare for departure. Scope out the Wi-Fi in advance. Pack a tablet. Recreate your office atmosphere. Keep to your normal schedule and habits. Mobile Application You ...

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It Costs and Pays to Delegate

In the beginning, it makes sense for solo consultants to manage and execute all of their activities by themselves. They do not have as much capital to burn, and they want to prove that they can stand on their own two feet. But past a certain point, it will probably pay to add a few more feet to the mix. Michael Zipursky explains why going it alone is impractical in the long run in a ...

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Intellectual Curiosity Drives a Career

Too many careers stall out from complacency. A post at Consultants Mind argues that one of the strongest ways to ward off complacency is to maintain intellectual curiosity. After all, curiosity generates questions, and the right questions can lead to surprising answers. Inspired thinking could lead you to develop new business capabilities, increasing your importance within a business, or it could push you to pursue a different line of work altogether. The post also advocates ...

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