About

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.

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73 thoughts on “About

  1. Philipp

    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

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    1. Sadeqh

      Hey,

      I am currently working on a project and need some expert insight. Kindly drop me an email so that we can interact.

      Regards

      Reply
        1. Bruno

          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!

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          1. consultantsmindadmin Post author

            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. Marcin

    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 ?

    Reply
  3. Tarek Koudsi

    Very nice stuff. I’ve been looking for a blogger from that space for a long while. Cheers!

    Reply
  4. JP Nicols

    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/)

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  5. L. Evan Reddick

    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.

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    1. consultantsmind Post author

      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.

      Reply
  6. Alen Faljic

    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

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    1. consultantsmind Post author

      Surely, will send an email separately. Completely worth doing – if for no other reason that putting your thoughts on paper.

      Reply
  7. Taylor

    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!

    Taylor

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    1. consultantsmind Post author

      Hello Taylor, thanks for the comment. Not sure if I can be of help, but would be happy to review slides – if you believe helpful. Will email you.

      Reply
  8. CJ Anderson

    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.

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  9. Edna Eufemio

    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!

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    1. consultantsmind Post author

      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.

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  10. Kevin Kuehne

    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
    Kuehne
    Dastani Consulting GmbH

    Reply
  11. Eva Lam

    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!

    Thanks,
    Eva

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    1. consultantsmind Post author

      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.

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      1. Eva Lam

        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!

        Best,
        Eva

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  12. Mathias Gullbrandson

    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,

    Mathias

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  13. jacobo_aa@yahoo.es

    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?

    Best,

    Jacobo

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  14. Becca Sat

    Hi,
    I have quite some experience and want to move into consulting. Can I exchange some emails with you to ask you some questions?

    Thanks,

    Becca

    Reply
  15. Sam

    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,

    Sam

    Reply
  16. Kaveri

    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.

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    1. consultantsmind Post author

      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?

      Reply
      1. Dawni

        If I want to translate some of your content in my native language, what is your policy? Should we discussed it through email? I found your content had in depth knowledge and I want to spread over it to my communities.

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        1. consultantsmindadmin Post author

          Thank you for reading. Sure, contact me at consultantsmind1 AT gmail.com

          Reply
  17. Hannah Chan

    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?

    thanks!
    hannah

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    1. consultantsmind Post author

      Yes, happy to help. Mentoring new consultants is my passion. email is consutlantsmind1 AT gmail.com

      I am working on 2 projects, so there is potential delay time. As a fyi.

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      1. Hannah

        hi, I’ve sent my questions to your email. have you received my email? looking forward to learning from you!

        Reply
  18. Yolanda Cadet

    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.

    Reply
  19. AlexB

    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!

    Alexey

    Reply
  20. scarlettong

    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!

    Sincerely,
    Scarlett Ong

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      1. Scarlettong

        Thank you so much! I’ll check quora.com out!

        Also, I apologize for the double comments (the comment below was an accident due to a loading error)

        Reply
  21. c b

    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!

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  22. Thomas Euler (@ThomasE)

    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

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    1. consultantsmindadmin Post author

      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.

      Reply
    2. consultantsmindadmin Post author

      Hello, yes, consultantsmind1 AT gmail.com

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  23. Ankit Anurag

    Hi

    I just got into consulting after completing my MBA earlier this year. As I was starting out my career in one of the big 4’s, I was, naturally, having doubts whether consulting was the right domain for me.

    As I was trying to figure things out, your blog played an important part in helping me sort out my thoughts and underline my priorities. Just wanted to say thank you for all the effort that you put in for the content. Hope to see more of it regularly.

    Regards

    Ankit

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    1. consultantsmindadmin Post author

      Appreciate the compliment and thanks for reading.

      Reply
  24. Amy

    Hi there, would like to say firstly a big thank you for all of your blog posts – they are very instructive! I too would like to email you on aspects of the Australian consulting experience…if possible. With thanks Amy

    Reply
    1. consultantsmindadmin Post author

      thank you for reading. Email: consultantsmind1 AT gmail.com

      Reply
  25. Brad Duff

    As a late comer to the blog I have the pleasure of binge reading. However, concerned that there might be earlier posts not accessible from your lost/contents. If so, how many are there and is there a way to access?

    Many thanks for the time you invest in this. Informative and very entertaining site. My favorite business blog.

    Best,
    Brad

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      1. consultantsmindadmin Post author

        Brad,
        Sure. I lost count of how many posts there are – probably 400 or so. You can also go to “links” where I have 1 graphic and link for each post. Thanks,

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      2. consultantsmindadmin Post author

        Brad,
        Sure. I lost count of how many posts there are – probably 400 or so. You can also go to “links” where I have 1 graphic and link for each post. Thanks,

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    1. consultantsmindadmin Post author

      Thanks for reading. If you look at the right you can see the last 300 posts. Also, you can click at the bottom on each post for “previous post”. Let me know. . .

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      1. Brad Duff

        Ah, many thanks!

        Curious if you’ve ever done a post on managing the scope, deliverables and timelines of your team? Seems to be great stuff on each of these individual categories, but wondering if you have a system/process/technology you use at the management level to keep it all organized.

        Cheers!

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        1. consultantsmindadmin Post author

          It really varies by firm, project leader. Some people like Asana and Jura and workflow programs like that. Probably the majority of people still use ms project – even though it is old school.

          Okay, will write up on how I do this. Take care. Thanks for reading.

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  26. Rafael

    Hello, Great comments. I currently work as a consultant.

    Is there any Consulting forums that people normally visit to find information? If not, do we need one?

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    1. consultantsmindadmin Post author

      Thanks. Yes, Quora and Reddit exist, but they are fairly superficial discussions of case interviews, work culture, compensation and those bookish topics.

      I created this blog because there was not a good source of consulting-related stuff. Hope you like what you read.

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  27. Bel

    So pleased that I discovered your your blog. As a once-upon-a-time Big 4 (now Big 3 I hear? I can hardly keep up anymore), but now independent management consultant, I find your entries informative and immensely entertaining albeit not in equal measure. Keep up the excellent work!

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    1. consultantsmindadmin Post author

      Thanks. Big 4, then industry consulting. Have a new career planned in 2017 – stay tuned.

      Reply

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