Consultants think a bit differently. Lots of lateral ideas, structured thinking, and clear communication. This blog attempts to show some of that in a not-too-boring way.

Professionally, I have worked in Fortune 500 and Big 4 consulting firms. Have enjoyed blogging since April 2012 and look forward to your thoughts, comments, and push back.

I am a bit of a libertarian, but still find this criticism valid.

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  1. Hey there, I am currently working on a similar project/blog regarding consulting. I would like to get in touch with you, would you mind dropping me a short eMail at my contact details below?

    Best, Philipp

        • Hi! I am thinking about starting a similar blog for another industry.. I was wondering if you would email me to talk about some of the insights you got from writing this great, incredible blog!

          • Hello Bruno, thanks for reading. consultantsmind1 AT gmail.com

            Overall, 1) don’t take yourself too seriously 2) write about things that come naturally 3) think about the audience – not just random personal diary stuff 4) A/B test and see what people like 5) teach something on the website 6) be patient . . initially no one will read 7) have fun.

  2. Hi,
    i would like to exchange some e-mails with you regarding the blog and my activities in consulting are in Poland. Could you please send me your e-mail adress ?

  3. Great Stuff! I have been a fan and voracious consumer of David Maister’s wisdom for a long time now. I was honored to receive a prompt and courteous affirmative email response from him when I asked his permission to adapt and use his Healthcare model from True Professionalism for my use in financial services consulting. (Slides 40 & 42: http://www.slideshare.net/JPNicols/from-transactions-to-relationships-ss?ref=http://jpnicols.com/2013/10/01/transactions-relationships-innovations-next-horizon/)

  4. Excellent blog – I’ve already gained valuable insight, and have only wasted about twenty minutes!! I’m an APD candidate, and have been turned down at the decision with McK and BCG. I’d like to know if we can exchange a couple emails and try to root out my issues. Thanks, and I’ll continue to read… but for now, cancer isn’t going to cure itself. Cheers.

    • Yes, will send you an email separately. As a FYI, I worked at big 4, not big 3. Also, APD is a difficult way to enter consulting. They are looking for niche specialization, not generalists.

  5. Hey!

    I really love your website. I especially love the article about saving face of a client. I’ve also worked as a consultant and I had a boss that used a lot of deadly phrases. Sometimes it was really painful to go into a meeting with him because I knew there will be many unnecessary arguing going on.

    Well, I am thinking of creating a website on a certain topic that is complementary to yours and I would like to get an opinion from someone who already has a lot of experience with this audience online. Could you give me your email to set you several questions? I would be really grateful for such an opportunity.

    Best regards,
    Alen Faljic

  6. Great article on Consulting Jargon….brilliant idea to put a “what was your last deliverable” counter at the end…hopefully more people vote!

    I would be interested to get your advice and feedback on some PowerPoint material I have recently put together geared at consultants and bankers…I think I’m aiming at the right market, but maybe I’m way off. If you shoot me an email I will send through some details.

    Would really appreciate!


  7. I’ve launched a solo practice but wanted to get more experience. Your blog has shed light on a plethora of topics I now feel confident in using.
    Where do you find your subcontractors? I would like to work with you on a few projects. Would you kindly email me any information? Thank you for an inspiring blog that delivers quality knowledge.

  8. Very informative site. Been thinking of putting my thoughts on paper for sometime but don’t really know where to start. My young consulting career has given me a lot of insights which I know may be helpful to some, especially those consulting for African countries. Is it ok to get some insights from you through email? Thanks!

    • Surely, I will email you separately. My first thoughts are: 1) start. it took me months to put my first blog post on paper 2) keep going. The majority of bloggers I started with don’t blog any more 3) enjoy it. plan on blogging for yourself and your desire to share, not make money or something like that.

  9. Hi,
    i would like to contribute an article about Big Data / Predictive Analytics / Customer Value Prediction to your blog.
    For more details please contact me and/or send me your email address.

    Best Regards
    Dastani Consulting GmbH

  10. Hi,

    I have been following your blog throughout the recruiting season lately. Thanks to your insightful tips I was invited to the second round interviews with Deloitte and PwC. However, they are scheduled for the same day! I have emailed PwC but they do not allow reschedule…

    Would you mind sharing some tips on how to manage this kind of interview conflicts? Would really appreciate any tips!


    • Eva, congratulations. Getting an interview is half the battle. My suggestion is to reach out to the contacts you have at those firms. In the end, if they want to interview you, they will probably make allowances.

      Offer to travel to a different location, come to their office, be the first to interview in the morning etc.

      As always, 1) communicate your authentic interest to them . . . not just HR, but your other contacts 2) ask for help solving the problem 3) ask Deloitte and PWC both, 4) think through options that you can give them . . make it easy to say “yes” 5) At the end of the day, if they are really unwilling to make allowances, perhaps. . . they don’t deserve you. Be good, be strong. Hope this helps.

      • Thanks a lot for the prompt reply. Really appreciate it and keep the good work going, it has been very helpful for recruiting and fun to read!


  11. Hi there,

    I’m a co-founder of Dreamler, a Swedish start-up developing an innovative process visualization tool for consultants. I would love to get your feedback on our software. Would you mind dropping me an email?

    All the best,


  12. Hi,

    I been working in a specialize industry for some years and now I want to do some consultancy work in this area. I haven’t had any previous experience in consulting, so I need to learn some basic steps to start “walking”. Will it be possible to exchange some feedback with you through emails?



  13. Hi,

    Very much enjoy your blog – I’m writing from consultant specific job search company, with our own blog. I was wondering if you let me know your email and we could discuss an idea?

    Kind Regards,


  14. Hi I’m working as a senior consultant in Management Consulting in a Big four firm in USA. I appreciate your in depth knowledge and suggestions on consulting…am kinda curious to know more about the creator of this blog.

    • Thanks for reading. Let me know if there are any topics you would like to discuss or delve into. For now, the blog is anonymous… Gives me more freedom to talk about what I want to talk about. What is top of your mind?

  15. Hi, i love your blog! Very insightful. By the way, I’m a grad student working on a interview with a consultant. Can i interview you via email for my project?


  16. I just found this site so very helpful. I have a few question and would appreciate your insight, I am trying to turn a passion into income.

  17. Hello,
    Great blog, with a lot of information.
    I would like to ask for advice on starting a consulting company.
    How would I get in touch?

    Thank you, have a great day!


  18. Hi, I’m Scarlett Ong and I would like to commend you on your blog! I’ve been following up and it has definitely been very insightful, informative as well as intriguing. Please do keep it up!

    I am interested in learning more about the consulting industry (and perhaps going into it too), your experiences and would like to reach out to you for further questions/advice. Could I contact you through consultantsmind1@gmail.com ?

    Thank you and have a great day!

    Scarlett Ong

  19. I love your blog, and am getting ready to start at an MBB firm as an APD. I just wanted to give you some inspiration for a future post :). I’m trolling websites to choose luggage, and was surprised to find you’ve never written on the topic (at least, I didn’t find it). I imagine you’d have some no-nonsense suggestions for specifics to look for or avoid for consultants. Thanks!

  20. Hi there,

    since I couldn’t find any email address on this site, I use this form to contact you – as I suppose this is by design 😉

    I’m writing to you because I have been following your blog here and now I want to hint to something that might be of interest to you: We launched a collaborative initiative today which aims at developing The Consulting Manifesto for the 21st Century. We in this case is the team of Eck Consulting, a small consultancy for digital transformation from Munich, Germany.

    So, what’s the deal with the manifesto?

    We believe the consulting industry needs to change in order to be relevant in the future. The time of the omniscient consultant – who develops projects in the back room and gets his charts approved by the board – is over. Instead, we need critically thinking, creative problem solvers who effectively work with the entirety of the client’s organization. In the manifesto, we elaborate on this and other points.

    The manifesto exists to spark an industry-wide dialogue. Therefore, it’s not a static publication but a calling to everybody who cares about the profession to chime in and bring the document to life. Our goal: To collectively develop our industry further and to increase its overall quality. In order for this to happen at the biggest scope possible we developed not only a German but also an English version.

    In case you are interested in the topic, you can find all the relevant links here:

    Overview page: http://www.theconsultingmanifesto.com

    We would love to hear from you! Either if you want to publish something on the topic, or if you have any feedback / want to contribute to the manifesto!

    Best regards
    Thomas Euler

    • Thank you for reading. Yes, I do believe that consultants need to change the way they think, and interact with clients. As Marvin Bower, patriarch of McKinsey stated, we should hold ourselves to the highest professional bar. I will reach out to you separately. Best wishes on the manifesto.

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