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An Illustration Of Where Clients Look To Management Consultants For Value-Add: Quantitative Analysis and Polish

I've seen a number of posts around the internet that question the value of management consultants and really beg the question of in what situations can consultants add value better than managers within a company. Rather than answer that broad question, I thought that I would take an opportunity to illustrate an area where I have seen a lot of clients get value and where they would have struggled to structure the analysis given the resources they had available. The gap area is quantitative analysis.

Why I Dislike Microsoft Project for Management Consulting

Sort of as a follow-on to the post about project management and b-schools, I thought that I would post something (a bit one-sided) about the use of Microsoft Project in management consulting projects. I dislike the tool and sometimes even discourage the use of the tool by consultants running projects. Here's some reasons why:

Musings On The New Loyalty In Business

Note: I was motivated to write the following post based on interacting with a few ex-military people in the UK and getting a sense of their notions of loyalty in business. In the late-80s, I took a college course on...

Music For A Friday

A post for a Friday. Some things I really like about music are how different styles, multiple levels of thinking, team dynamics, international influence, art, classics, and musical influences and heroes play key roles. As much time as I focus...

Consulting Bread and Butter

I am often asked by new consultants to describe some of the tangible instruments (as separate from methodologies like Five Forces, SWOT, 3-4Cs/STP/4Ps, Growth Share Matrix, etc.) that folks should become familiar with as core to practicing management consulting. Based...

Musings On Independent Consulting

Independent consulting life can be an enviable position to be in. After leaving the consulting industry for a period of time, I returned to consulting life as an independent (for a little over a year). The pros of independent consulting...

Update On Management Consulting Blogs

Close to two years ago (in February 2005) I wrote an original post that noted a dearth of blogs by traditional management consulting firms. Six months after that post, I wrote an update where I happened to run across a...

Wiki On McKinseyite and McKinsey Alum Blogs

McKinsey alum Paola Bonomo commented here (thanks, Paola) and points us to a wiki of McKinseyite and McKinsey alum blogs. To set some context, I noticed that she writes in an earlier post:... many of my eBay colleagues and former...

Accenture Starts Corporate Blog

Although I had mentioned in the past that Accenture Netherland's had started a blog podium for its employees, I recently discovered that Accenture now has a global corporate blog (apparently started January 23, 2007 after my updated post on management...

Musings On Article Citing Americans Hating Their Jobs

MSNBC had an interesting article last month which cited that American job satisfaction hit new lows, especially for younger workers. Although it is hard to make inferences from articles like these for a number of reasons, the following items struck...