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7 Challenges Ex-Consultants Face in Corporate Jobs - and How to Overcome Them

Posted on April 20, 2018 at 4:15 AM


There were over 637,000 people in the United States employed in the management consulting industry in 2016, according to Statista.com. With annual staff turnover rates of an estimated 15-20 percent, that suggests tens of thousands of former consultants leave consulting every year to take 'real' jobs at corporations. Since the consulting and corporate worlds are different in many ways, th...

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7 Challenges Former Consultants Face in Corporate Jobs

Posted on February 27, 2018 at 11:35 PM


There were over 637,000 people in the United States employed in the management consulting industry in 2016, according to Statista.com. With annual staff turnover rates of an estimated 15-20 percent, that suggests tens of thousands of former consultants leave consulting every year to take 'real' jobs at corporations. Since the consulting and corporate worlds are different in many ways, that transition can b...

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The "Icebreaker" Gone Horribly Wrong that Turned Into a Gift

Posted on September 6, 2017 at 1:10 AM


The year was 2002. When the new Vice President (VP) arrived at my Fortune 500 company, we had an “off-site” meeting to introduce him to his new team. He was a big shot partner from a high-powered consulting firm who was going to ‘take us to the next level,’ according to corporate communications. As a mid-level manager, I was one of the 15 or 20 people who made up h...

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4 Leadership Lessons from Fed Chairs

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 1:20 AM


The Federal Reserve System (“The Fed”;) was created in 1913. Since then, fourteen men and one woman have served as the chair of the board of the Fed. Their century of leadership has produced several lessons in leadership. Here are the top four:


Stick to Your Tough Decisions – Paul Volker’s two terms as the Fed chair (1979-87) started in one...

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JFK at 100: The Two Techniques Behind JFK's Best Speeches

Posted on May 29, 2017 at 10:25 AM


May 29, 2017 marks the 100th birthday of President John F. Kennedy (JFK). While his assassination cut his presidency and life tragically short, his legacy lives on in many ways, including his speeches. JFK was able to connect with people by explaining complex issues in an easy-to-understand and memorable way. There were two rhetorical techniques he used frequently to do that. 

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5 Management Lessons from World War 1

Posted on April 6, 2017 at 8:50 AM


The United States formally entered the First World War 100 years ago today. Some of the lessons from that devastating war still offer insights to leaders today.

#1 - Update Strategy with Technology – Machine guns represented a game-changing technology that made the war much deadlier. Strategies and tactics built in the days of calvary charges and muskets failed in the f...

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Lessons from the Top 5 Ranked Presidents

Posted on March 18, 2017 at 4:15 PM


The Presidents of the United States are ranked from time to time by historians, and four are always at the top - Washington, Lincoln and both Roosevelts. In the latest poll of historians just released by C-SPAN for the President's Day holiday, a newcomer has broken the top five - Eisenhower.


Each of the top-five ranked presidents had different leadership styles t...

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How Rescuing Greyhounds Made Me a Better COO

Posted on December 11, 2016 at 9:55 AM


I adopted two retired racing greyhounds several years ago. Despite their fierce racing image, greyhounds are gentle-natured and don’t need much exercise. Their ability to sleep all day has earned them the nickname “40 mph couch potatoes.” Because of their careers as racers, however, they do require unique care to adjust to life in a home. That experience transitioning them to a ne...

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Cutting Hospital Overtime by $3MM: A Consulting Case Study

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 11:25 AM



People often have a hard time understanding what I mean when I say I am a strategy consultant. The best way to describe the job can be by telling the story of one of my consulting projects.


My Hospital Client. One of...

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8 Lessons from a Great Speech: Steve Jobs

Posted on July 23, 2016 at 11:45 AM


In 1997, Steve Jobs made his famous return to lead a floundering Apple and gave a speech to some employees to describe the turnaround plan. That 15-minute video is the best example of how to communicate strategy I have ever seen. Here are 8 keys to effective communication that he displays in that speech:

 

Be Insanely Prepared – Jobs did the whole speech without notes...

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