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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.

Ruling-class

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Funny: The partner / consultant relationship

This cartoon from the New Yorker reminds me of the Partner / consultant relationship.

 

benjamin-schwartz-how-we-doing-on-those-commandments-new-yorker-cartoon

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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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Uber accounts for half of all rides expensed as business travel

NPR had a interesting fact this morning: Uber accounts for half of all rides expensed as business travel. Lyft, by contrast, accounts for 1%. Now wonder Uber has a sky high valuation.

I actually think this figure is understating the case. At least among consultants, Uber is the ride of choice by far. On a related note, SPG recently announced that members will get points for riding Uber. Uber should (righly) expect to see a bump from consultants ordering black cars.

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HBS to ban management consultants from the class of 2018

Some fun for April 1: http://www.harbus.org/2015/hbs-to-ban-management-consultants-from-the-class-of-2018/

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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(Consultant) Humor: On the beach

November 17, 2014 Leave a comment

I thought consultants struggling through a tough case may get the humor in this. Source: The latest New Yorker.

on the beach

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