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3 Ways to Work as a Consultant for Nonprofits

Maybe you have a big heart, or maybe you are seeking absolution for the horrific acts you committed to reach your current career position. Either way, a lot of people are jumping to nonprofits. Sarah Durham writes for Big Duck with three tips for learning the major differences between working with nonprofits compared to other organizations: Buy-in means everything. Audiences are deeply diverse. Big or small, everyone’s scrappy. Profit for Your Soul Nonprofit organizations are …

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4 Tips for Avoiding Con Artist Advisors and Consultants

A successful business attracts attention, and not all of it is good. In an article for Forbes, Eric Basu provides some examples of the worst cons he has seen as an entrepreneur. Then he makes four recommendations about what to do about it. Pro Cons Basu has seen some particularly egregious cons over the years. For instance, there was a financial consultant known for attaching herself to board members, ousting the CEO, and taking the …

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The ‘Top Expert’ Myth of Consulting

Myths can be fun, or they can be harmful. Crop circles are a pretty zany time, for instance. But when it comes to consulting, there lurks an underlying myth that threatens to subvert the careers of many aspiring professionals. Michael Zipursky debunks this myth once and for all, so we can get back to checking out crop circles on Google Earth. You (are)n’t the Top Expert The myth Zipursky aims to take down is that …

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Idea Fight Club

In consulting and in business as a whole, only the strongest ideas should survive. In a post at Consultants Mind, this means tossing the idea around the ring and giving it a few sucker punches. If it survives the beating, then it is your client who steps out of the ring the winner, with the new value you have added. Missing Teeth, Missing Logic Testing an idea’s validity means offering it up to scrutiny by …

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Lessons from a Business Growth Consultant: How Dial Soap Got Cleaned Out

Always think about how the competition will react. Case in point, Molly Lindblom was once an assistant brand manager for Dial who accidentally waged war with Proctor & Gamble (P&G). I suppose you could say the result was… a bloodbath. Get It?! Antibacterial products were new and exciting by sanitation industry standards back in the 1990s. (This was before it became common knowledge that antibacterial products are dangerous to overall public health and contribute to …

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One Twitter Feature Worth Using

Consultants are expected to stay current about their field of expertise and of the business climate in general. But how are they supposed to do that when they are busy working 12-14 hour days? Michael McLaughlin finds that Twitter, when used properly, could actually help you manage the news. Neat Tweets Some people think of Twitter as a cacophony of nonsensical information from nonsensical and irrelevant sources, and by some people, I mean me. But …

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Consultants Are Vampires, Clients are Zombies

It may not be steamy like Twilight or gory like The Walking Dead, but consulting can still be a pretty monstrous affair. At least, that is how Lew Sauder sees it. He thinks clients view consultants as vampires, and consultants view clients as zombies. But unfortunately, in consulting, a vampire versus zombie showdown is something we want to avoid. Dead Like Me There are a variety of ways consultants can be vampires. They can be …

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The Need for Consulting Speed

Whatever you do in business, you are expected to do it fast. Speed seems to dictate everything, including how much consultants get paid. Michael W. McLaughlin writes for Top IT Consultant why time matters and how consultants can work faster. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom There is a difference between speed and haste. Haste amounts to little more than rushing for the sake of rushing, replete with all the mistakes that accompany it. But when you are …

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Consulting Manager: Dictator Mode vs. Democracy Mode

Let freedom ring, or crush them with an iron fist? When it comes to being a consultant placed in a management position, there will be happy occasions for both. A post at Consultants Mind explains when and how to invoke the dictatorial and democratic sides of leadership respectively, so that everyone earns your favor or your wrath for the right reasons. Break Their Wills, Win Their Hearts Melodrama aside, “democracy mode” equates with asking for …

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