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Does It Pay to Hire Consultants?

It is strange but true that many still approach the idea of consulting with suspicion and skepticism. Do you really need to hire an outsider to do work for you when you already have a whole business full of competent people? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Jerome Barthelemy shares research from his study of 311 Bordeaux wineries over a decade and arrives at a surprising answer to this question. Circumstances for Value As …

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9 Truths Your Consultant Wants to Tell You (but May Not)

Business leaders hire consultants with high expectations, and rightfully so. But there are also many misconceptions that can get tangled in these expectations, resulting in times where clients and consultants fall out of sync with each other. In an article for Huffington Post’s India edition, Shwetabh Jha outlines nine truths that consultants wish they could convey to clients, but sometimes do not: Different consultancies are run in different ways. As CEO or business leader, strategy …

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Why a Benefits Consultant Is Good for Business

It may sound hard to believe, but insurance and benefits can actually get kind of costly. Google it if you have to; the information is out there. In an article for Noobpreneur.com, Ivan Widjaya discusses the value of hiring a benefits consultant to help businesses with these costs. Prosperous Results The benefits consultant looks at the funds the business has allotted to benefits and determines if there are more effective ways to use those funds, …

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5 Qualities to Look for When Choose the Right Consultancy

Investing in consultants to tackle a specific challenge is like investing in a can opener—ideally, you only do it once ever. That means you had better pick the right consultants. Jessica Combes shares a few qualities to seek out in a quick article for CPI Financial: Offers fresh perspective Brings talent and good credentials Has specialized knowledge Feels trustworthy Brings good record keeping Make It One-and-Done Consultancies work with lots of different types of clients, …

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7 Steps to Cracking Your Consulting Interview

Case interviews have become a natural part of life for management consultants in the making. They are hypothetical business challenges or logic puzzles, and the solutions that consultants provide to them yield invaluable insight into how they would perform doing the real job. Alex Cavoulacos shares some tips to conquer these interviews in an article for the Muse: Always start by asking questions. Engage your interviewer. Use structure. Recognize case archetypes. Practice your numbers. Keep …

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4 Ways to Succeed When Working with Consultants

When people get dumped with a coworker or leader they never asked for, they can do two things: Be hostile, unhelpful, and hope the person fails, or try to work together with the person for the sake of everyone’s overall future success. With consultants (or anyone else for that matter), you might as well just do the latter. In an article for the Muse, Anne Niederkorn shares four tips to work well with consultants: Help …

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Critical Case Study Interview Advice

Case study interviews are great because they very directly determine if you know what you are talking about. They measure your ability to logically process a problem and arrive at a satisfactory solution. In a post at Consultants Mind, advice on acing case interviews is shared. The advice is inspired by training resources provided by Bain. Logic under Pressure The first tip is to treat the interviewer like a client, because one of the main …

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10 Tips for Choosing the Right Change Management Consultant

You have changes to make, and a consultant wants to help you make them. In an article for Bizcatalyst360, Beth Banks Cohn lists 10 considerations to keep in mind when hiring a change management consultant. These are the things that count: Experience Their role in changes Buzzwords versus results Approach to initiating change Who will actually be doing the work? How many people will the consultant be bringing in? Pragmatism Success rate Their biggest failure …

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Has Your Cloud Consultant Gone Crazy?

In an article for CIO.com, consultant David Taber warns that other consultants may not know what they are doing, at least not in the cloud market. He finds that the market is just unhealthy right now, in spite of its explosive growth. He explains what to watch out for in this market gone soured. Cumulus Ignoramus As Taber sees it, the bottom has “blown out” of the cloud market as a result of so much …

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5 IT Hiring Tips from a Management Consultant

How do you ensure you are hiring the best candidate? You could try a polygraph test and a big sack of money, but there are more eloquent options. Lindsey O’Donnell shares five hiring tips for solution providers from David Russell, CEO of MANAGEtoWIN, in a slideshow for IT Best of Breed: Use the phone interview to filter out the disinterested. Make candidates feel valued. Test for engagement. Get off the “hire me” script. Test drive …

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