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Funny: Business development for consultants?

January 29, 2018 Leave a comment

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May resonate with consultants doing business development. (From the New Yorker, of course)

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World’s worst airports

January 15, 2018 Leave a comment

airportUnless you are super lucky and have entirely local cases, consulting inevitably means travel. And travel, usually means airports. And airports usually mean hell. Or so we think when the WiFi is not working, the plane is cancelled or if you are dragged off the plane (I think one has to pay for premium service for that last pleasure). But an article in the Economist that listed out how other airports in the world function gave me pause. Consider some of the highlights:

  • In Manila, officials plant bullets in your luggage and then demand bribes once they find them.
  • In Bangui, the pilots keep the hands on the throttle in case people rush the plane
  • In Juba (Sudan), the departure lounge has no toilets and no food
  • And in Miami, the time to get through immigration takes longer than it took Leif Erikson to cross the Atlantic in a longboat

So, something to be thankful for when you merely being abused, shouted at and insulted from the normal US based crews.

 

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Humor: Consultant training

December 17, 2017 Leave a comment

Consultant training class? Another one from the New Yorker.

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Humor: PowerPoint torture

November 10, 2017 Leave a comment

Consulting interview for lateral hires. Another one from Bob’s book

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Humor: The joys of consulting

November 6, 2017 Leave a comment

For all the consultants out there and those that have been on the buying / receiving side, this should ring a bell.

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Another classic from the New Yorker. This one is from the book by Bob Mankoff, the former cartoon editor of the New Yorker.

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Et tu Bloomberg?

September 1, 2017 Leave a comment

As if ML killing off consulting wasn’t enough, FT reports that Bloomberg has launched a consulting practice focused on brand, communications and marketing to start with. Apparently they already have 5 clients, plan to hire up to 25 more this year and charge around $150-200k a month for a team. Worth a quick scan.

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The end of consulting?

August 30, 2017 Leave a comment

Provocative article in HBR (“AI may soon replace the most elite consultants“) that predicts that the end is near for management consulting firms, basically through a combination of ML + a voice interface. It’s a bit sparse on data, but it catalogs a bunch of scenarios where a management team could potentially ask Alexa (e.g.) a set of questions that they would normally hire a consulting team for.

My thoughts on whether this will come to pass are obviously biased. I think companies use consultants for a variety of reasons, only some of those being ones that can be fully automated. However, it would be presumptuous to assume that ML won’t be able to help / supplement what consultants do. In fact, most consulting firms that I know about are already preparing the next generation of consultants to be even more analytically savvy.

Worth a quick read.