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Funny: How consultants wish they traveled

Another classic from the New Yorker. Reminds me of how consultants wish they were treated while traveling.


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Funny: Eating out

January 10, 2017 Leave a comment

The last thing that consultants typically look forward to is eating out when they return home, especially if they have been travelling the majority of the week. I thought the following cartoon from the archives of the New Yorker would strike a chord with those consultants that have families.


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What it feels like to be a buyer (of consulting)

December 23, 2016 Leave a comment

It’s always good to step back and view the world from alternate viewpoints; for consultants this should of course mean our client’s perspective. I came across this great chapter on how clients choose consultants from David Maister’s book “Managing the professional firm”; a summary of how clients feel is in the table below.


If you haven’t read this classic book, you should. It’s full of great tips and insights especially for the more experienced consultants.

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Hotels:The view from the other side

December 27, 2015 Leave a comment

Consultants would feel right to assume that they know something about how hotels work, since they are in them ~3-4 nights a week.

heads in beds

But not is all as it seems. I finally got a chance to read a book (“Heads in beds“) from a hotel worker that offers a perspective from the other side of the check in counter. Key takeaways:

  • Hotel workers hate their jobs
  • Private Equity is evil
  • Don’t try to stiff the bellman
  • Checking in with a $20 (or a $100) works wonders for upgrades
  • The rest of the hotel staff hate the concierge (as well)
  • They don’t really clean your room (or the glasses)
  • You don’t have to pay for the movies or the mini-bar


It’s a bit puerile, but laugh out loud in some parts. The appendix alone is probably worth the price of the book. Worth a read.

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A peek into the future of consulting?

November 8, 2015 Leave a comment

The Economist had an early review of a new book that promises a look into the future of professional work (including, I’m assuming consulting).

future of professions

The summary seems to be that technology is going to take away a lot of the work that we normally do. I agree on the mundane things (gathering data, looking for trends, …); I’m less convinced when it comes to the non-sexy, but essential part of consulting (e.g. managing clients, understanding client dynamics / politics). Looks interesting.

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No more bags: A game changing service for traveling consultants?

September 20, 2015 Leave a comment

I read about this new service (DUFL) that allows travelling consultants to have their clothes delivered to them (instead of them having to carry the bags around). I’m not normally known to gush (or actually show any human emotion), but this could be a game changer.


It’s ~$10 a month + $100 a pop and that includes cleaning and shipping. I can definitely see consultants who are travelling the traditional 3 nights out using this (especially if someone allows them to charge for this). It may be cost prohibitive for more senior consultants/Partners who are usually at more than one client in a week.

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HBS to ban management consultants from the class of 2018

Some fun for April 1:

Now I won’t have to listen to a third of my section claiming mastery of the airline industry because they spent three weeks making a powerpoint deck for Southwest

Well worth a read.

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