Category Archives: Fun

Chilling out with The Economist

The Economist has a blog called Graphic Detail, which excels at showing complex ideas simply. Engaging, thoughtful, and often surprising.  Some recent graphs: 1) High blood pressure globally, not just affluent countries here          A recent study in Lancet largely dispels the myth that high blood pressure is a rich country’s problem; it’s prevalent… Read More »

Consultant’s cruise: ocean views

Took a 7 day cruise through the Eastern Caribbean. Highly recommend. So healthy to experience the wide-open ocean for several days. Great perspective – how big the world is, and how thankful we should all be. Enjoy your holidays. Related posts: Consultant’s long weekend – Arizona Loyalty Points: Thank You Client Links

Bain & Co: Guide to Thanksgiving

After writing 3 non-stop blog posts on presentations, here is an awesome one. Bain & Co  (apparently) put together a presentation and recommendation on how to get the most out of Thanksgiving here. You can find the 12 page pdf at a half dozen places on the web, all pretty much “saved” from 2005. So geeky and… Read More »

20+ Consulting travel essentials

I travel a lot.  Like most management consultants, I am a road warrior. According to Marriott.com, I have stayed 152 nights last year. Perhaps 10% of that is from my wife who also uses my rewards number, but needless to say, lots of hotel, plane, car. Funny sidebar – a friend was NOT traveling one… Read More »

Consulting tip: Use Waze

I am a huge fan of Waze. For those who have not used it, it’s a basic map app which tells you the most efficient route to your destination, which factors in traffic and construction. This simple 45 second video will give you a good taste for it here. For those who feel this is similar to Google… Read More »

Consulting travel: Red eye home

Consulting travel. This image tells a story.  Red eye. Business class. The good with the bad. Welcome to consulting. Strange life.  UBER driver #1. On the ride to the airport, I struck up a conversation with my UBER driver, who works at a local casino. After chit-chat about blackjack strategy, he gave me a deck of cards from the casino where… Read More »

Uber is uber

Uber the taxi-technology company started in 2009 as a novelty for its co-founders and friends. Now it has a market valuation of $51 billion, has 1M active drivers, and operates in 330 cities. Read a Fast Company article here which is focused on the founder – Travis Kalanick – and what an intense, contrarian grinder his is. Major drive, early start-up… Read More »

270 blog posts later, how it turns out

Been blogging for 3 years and 6 months. Super enjoyed it. As I look back, over 270 blog posts, it’s interesting to see how things turned out. . . Candy Crush – Blogged about the addictive game and its profitable parent company – King Entertainment – here (8/8/15).  Looks like they are being acquired by Activision-Blizzard for $5.8 billion here… Read More »

Consulting poll: Have you been to France?

What a tough week for France and the World.  Why people (terrorists = may not be people) create pain, hurt, death . . . in the name of anything . . . I am not sure. Sadly, it just makes it harder for everyone. Xenophobia spreads. Hurt begets hurt. Terrorism is cowardice. Driven by desperation. Alienation. So many… Read More »

Autumn leaves, New York 

Worked like a dog this week. Got a $284 speeding ticket. Need some changes in the working team. However, life is still good. Check out these leaves from New York, where the client site is. Enjoy.           

Consulting week recap in 16 photos

Photos capture a lot.  Busy week shown in photos. Two projects and alternate travel today to the west coast. Good times. The collage app is called photogrid here. Guns and Roses and Queen on Pandora while waiting for security. Super long lines, but bearable with music and a good attitude. My stations vary from the… Read More »

Travel folly: Oh #$^#, this is not my room

Today was a travel day – like most Mondays.  There were two odd things about today. Good  thing: There was no one sitting next to me on the plane today.  I completely spread out, and put my stuff in the seat next to me.  It felt like business class. #winning. Bad thing: I left my hotel… Read More »

Consultant 6am flight home: 3 photos

Travel means more to those who commute by plane. We are whistled in by clients, ready road-warriors, bringing news from far away.  Our time is “valuable”, marked by our bill rates and our inaccessible during travel times and Fridays. Travel also means less. We are not enamored by shifting clouds, airport displays of affection, the… Read More »

Working at the Hotel

It’s 1am and I am working on a proposal due this Friday from the hotel lobby. It has to go through multiple reviews, so I would be wise to get it 80% finished tonight.  Oy Vey. Walking around the hotel – to wake myself up – this is what I see. Hope you enjoy this visual… Read More »

Consulting hack: Free movies on Delta Studio

I have flown Delta for 15 years, but just recently discovered Delta Studio.  For those who don’t know, you can watch free movies and TV shows using GoGo Inflight Wi-fi. Phone: Download GoGo app.  Connect to wifi, open app.  Click of Delta Studio. Laptop: Connect to wifi, open up the Internet Explorer.  Click of Delta Studio. If… Read More »

Relaxation: Cherry blossoms

Monday night in the hotel. Lots of work, but not in the mood. Instead, thinking about the cherry blossoms I saw with my wife this weekend. A much better thought.  Related posts: Consulting travel The consulting life.  Good dinners Links

Be different

Working in the hotel lobby – Courtyard Marriott.  No one else is here at midnight except the front desk. Be different. Oh, yes, those 2 Blue Moons are mine too. Related Posts: Direction, leadership, and trust Leadership quotations from Maxwell, Drucker, Roosevelt, and Wooden Links

Business travel in the winter

Yes, I am currently staffed on the East Coast in February.  #$^@#$ it’s #$%#$^ cold. A few words of wisdom for the newbie consultants traveling to into the cold: Staying warm Buy some 180s.  They are ear warmers that don’t mess up your great hair Win major points with your team by bringing the car up front… Read More »

Fiverr.com

Fiverr.com: I discovered this website just a few months ago.  The concept is simple, if not remarkable.  It is a market where people offer services starting at $5.  It varies from proof-reading your resume, writing a jingle, sketching something on paper, or even videotaping themselves with your product.  80% of it is silly, but I have… Read More »

Kacy, American Ninja Warrior

We all need motivation. Here is mine for today. Kacy Catanzaro completes the American Ninja Warrior course. Just watch it here. 7 million views and counting. The 7 minutes of crushing athleticism will power you through this work week. Uh, no more words needed. Just watch it here. Clearly this takes deliberate practice, and all of this success if… Read More »

Consulting advice: Gratitude – enjoy the small things

Have some gratitude. There is a lot of research that shows that when you are grateful, you are happier. I firmly believe this, and it applies to everyone, not just consultants. Small things.   Current project has a nice conference room. Nice and sunny, private, air-conditioned well, easy access to key clients – but far enough… Read More »

Consulting commitment: 143am

You cannot be a successful consultant, lawyer, or professional without a sense of commitment. Commitment to the client, commitment to your team, commitment to yourself. It’s driven by a sometimes not-so-healthy fear of failure. In the end, it motivates you and compels to you do better work. It’s 1:43am. I am having wine while concurrently working on… Read More »

Thursdays are get-away days

Get-away day. My friends and I joke that Thursdays are get-away days. You have been at the client for 4 days, slept in a hotel room for 3 nights. Too much restaurant food, and it’s time to go home and get your life in order on Friday. On Thursday many management consultants are traveling. Those who are… Read More »

ConsultantsMind.com 2nd Year

WordPress reminded me today that it was my blogiversary. Two full years blogging. When I told my wife, she said we should celebrate. Thanks to Associatesmind for encouraging me to start this because it has been one of the most fun and meaningful things I have done over the last 2 years. What are the… Read More »

Management consultants are a diaspora

I was reading an article in the Economist about immigrant diasporas. Overseas Chinese, Indians, and Jews are a few examples of tight-knit, highly-educated, geographically-dispersed groups, who are extremely successful and make things happen. The article argues that these small groups create leverage through trust, ambition, and innovation here. There are more Chinese people living outside… Read More »

Five superfluous PowerPoint tips

I am putting together a PowerPoint. It’s not a copy-paste affair of simply regurgitating previous work. It is a completely new area – I am researching / thinking / writing / destroying / drawing graphics / rewriting. It’s enjoyable because I am learning, but a bit painful because it is 1am, and I have hours… Read More »

Consulting jargon: Animals

Don’t use jargon. It is usually nonsensical and a boring way to talk. It is precisely why the British – who generally have excellent word choice – find Americans to be lazy speakers. Think before you speak. You will have better word choice. Less jargon. Beware of industry speak. Industry veterans fall in the habit of speaking… Read More »

Harvard Business Review at Whole Foods?

I shop at Whole Foods. Not all the time, but enough to be embarrassed by it. Have to stop making fun of bourgeois-y people since I have become one of them. Look what I saw in the check-out aisle at Whole Foods. Not People magazine.  Not Oprah magazine. Nope. Impulse reading = Harvard Business Review? Apparently, Whole… Read More »

You travel too much when you . . .

Management consulting = business travel. No way around it. If you don’t like business travel, you will hate consulting. Here are some things I have experienced. Know your airline frequent flyer number, but not your mom’s phone number Take too much pride in the type of roller bag you have Drive 30 miles out of… Read More »

Consultant complaints = first world problems

We all complain. Anyone used to living the good life – yes, including consultants – can find things to be unhappy about, even in the best of circumstances. It’s human nature. It’s first world problems. We should be grateful. It’s my observation that most of the things that consultants complain about are inconveniences, not problems. Annoyances.… Read More »

A big idea: Jeff Bezos buys the Washington Post

Jeff Bezos is clearly not your typical guy. Valedictorian of his high school class, summa cum laude in electrical engineering from Princeton, ex-hedge fund manager. Starts online bookstore, but then grows it into the largest online retailer. Takes Amazon.com public in 1995, knowing it will not be profitable for many more years. Somehow convinces investors… Read More »

Consulting Habits: Make Other People Successful

Make Other People Successful. Consultants are in the business of making other people successful.  Yes, consultants make a good salary, and yes, they do have some power on projects. Fundamentally though, it is not about them. It is about the clients.  Good consulting habits. This week, my client got a compliment from one of her peers.… Read More »