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Skills and Tools
Management consultants wrestle with messy problems – ambiguous, uncertain, cross-functional, politically charged, and data-poor.
- Thinking about complex problems
- Using top-tier MBAs frameworks
- Telling stories executives understand
- Using best practices (or being lazy?)
- Being “so good they can’t ignore you”
- Learning how to (continuously) learn
Consulting is an elite profession. They choose the best (among the best). Case interviews are difficult, yet fun.
So you got the offer. How can you be a “rock star” among folks (honestly) smarter than you? Who is promotable?
What’s next? After consulting, how do I put this experience to good use?
Consulting is about client service. We do the (dirty, hard, complex) work and give the clients’ the clarity and confidence to take action.
Sure, strategy + implementation = success. That’s not controversial, but how do you actually get the work done?
Clients expect more than business robots.
Blog posts on consulting-related skills, tools, frameworks.
Also, McKinsey, Bain, BCG report tear downs.
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Case Interview Prep
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