Work Like a Consultant

Lead Change Blog

With over 35 years under my belt as an independent consultant, I’ve learned much about how to make life work and make work come alive. In that sense, I wish everyone could be a consultant. Successful consultants are joy carriers. Leadership Development consulting Leadership

Dinosaurs, Big Consulting Firms and Disruptive Innovation

N2Growth Blog

GLOBAL CONSULTING & DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION. All this got me thinking about another industry and disruptive innovation: Consulting. At one time there were a few large and highly professional consulting firms who provided advisory services and business expertise. By John R.

5 Keys to Great, Consulting Firm Marketing

David A Fields

Sit back and imagine your consulting firm as pure, rich, creamy scoops of ice cream. Prospects and consulting opportunities are the hot fudge that pours onto your icy practice in a steady, glossy stream of chocolatey richness. All Articles Consulting Consultants

How to Spot Your Goldilocks Consulting Opportunities

David A Fields

What’s the ideal consulting opportunity for your consulting firm? There are myriad guidelines you could apply to pinpoint your ideal consulting opportunity. The post How to Spot Your Goldilocks Consulting Opportunities appeared first on David A.

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

influential enterprises and largest consulting firms. 11 Proven Ways to. Turn Your Culture Into. a Culture of Innovation 2 // 19Spigit: 11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Existing Culture Into a Culture of Innovation 1 2 94% of senior executives in a research study by McKinsey said.

Affordable Business Consulting – Low Overheads

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven’s radically different approach to management consulting eliminates the bricks and mortar consulting firm offices that sit empty most of the time and then passes that cost savings on to our clients.

Affordable Business Consulting – Experienced Advisors

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven’s radically different approach to management consulting provides you the access you want – no more and no less – to the business executives and senior managers who have the hard-earned experience needed to get the job done faster, better, and ultimately cheaper.

How to Fill Your Consulting Firm’s Funnel

David A Fields

What if you’re closing consulting deals, but not enough of them? If a healthy percentage of your consulting firm’s prospects flow down your funnel to a signed deal, then your fundamentals are working. The post How to Fill Your Consulting Firm’s Funnel appeared first on David A.

10 Ways to Have Fun in Consulting

David A Fields

You probably spend more time working as a consultant than you spend in any other role in your life right now. The post 10 Ways to Have Fun in Consulting appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting Consultants

What Your Consulting Firm Needs Most: Perspective

David A Fields

What’s the heaviest chain restraining your consulting firm’s growth (in revenue or margin, lifestyle, or all three)? You may believe, and even eloquently argue, that your consulting firm is limited by your capabilities, the size of the market you serve, your buyers’ … Continued.

Your Consulting Firm’s Worst Enemy

David A Fields

It’s easy to imagine your consulting firm’s worst nemesis is a competitive consulting firm, a procurement department, your prospects’ internal staff, or gingivitis. However, the biggest threat to your consulting firm’s growth is much closer to home and much more personal.

Affordable Business Consulting – Use Your Own Staff

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven’s radically different approach to management consulting allows you to use your own staff, not requiring you to use ours, so your people benefit from the project experience and then keep this knowledge within your organization.

A Hidden Resource Your Consulting Firm Underutilizes

David A Fields

Ron “Cherry Top” Ronson, CEO of HunkaChunk Chocolate Company, wants to hire your consulting firm to work your magic, but you’re hesitating. The post A Hidden Resource Your Consulting Firm Underutilizes appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting Consultants

Is Consultant a Four-Letter Word?

Kevin Eikenberry

Well, by the math, consultant is an ten-letter word. And while I am biased about the role, since I have been one for many years, I do know that many people have bad experiences with consultants – both working with them and hiring them. The post Is Consultant a Four-Letter Word?

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How to Create Need for Your Consulting Firm’s Offering

David A Fields

As a consulting firm leader, you’ve probably wondered more than once how you can increase the Need for the services you offer potential clients. Your consulting firm doesn’t create or increase needs; you discover or reveal them. All Articles Consulting Consultants

How to Hire & Manage Consultants

N2Growth Blog

Most consultants don’t graduate from business school with any real world business experience. At the risk of enraging many in my profession, consultants and advisors are not superheroes, they are role players. By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth.

Two Secrets to Delighting Your Consulting Clients

David A Fields

Your consulting firm’s clients are wired to notice certain things. Let’s take advantage of that wiring to help your consulting firm win more projects and create happier clients. Consulting clients want results. All Articles Consulting Consultants

What Your Consulting Firm’s Clients Really Want

David A Fields

Yep, you’re a cerebral, smarty-pants consultant, and you use your mega-intellect to set your clients on the path to success. The post What Your Consulting Firm’s Clients Really Want appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting Consultants

Your Goldilocks Consulting Projects [Part 2 – Time Horizon]

David A Fields

When last we left our fair-haired bear bait, she was pointing to Significance as one of the key indicators of the perfect project for your consulting firm. The post Your Goldilocks Consulting Projects [Part 2 – Time Horizon] appeared first on David A.

A Simple Question to Boost Your Consulting Firm’s Close Rate

David A Fields

The post A Simple Question to Boost Your Consulting Firm’s Close Rate appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting Consultants

The Perfect, Post-Project Checklist for Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

You want your consulting firm to continuously improve and grow. Ergo, reflecting on every project will help your consulting firm thrive. Or, as sophisticated, technical consultants are trained to … Continued. All Articles Consulting Consultants

How To Get a Consult With Me

Kevin Eikenberry

Years ago, early in my consulting career, it was easy to get a spot on my calendar. If you wanted to get some insight into a problem or a challenge, you could email or call me, and we could have a quick consultation.

How a Consultant Can Fit Into Your Culture

Strategy Driven

Great consultants don’t necessarily want to spend a lot of time talking about theory or generalities, they would rather roll up their sleeves and get into the mix to help you address your project needs and challenges now. You just finished reading How a Consultant Can Fit Into Your Culture !

Want More Rain at Your Consulting Firm? You Need This First

David A Fields

Imagine your consulting firm as a palace. Ideally, frequent storms of consulting opportunities shower your spires and domes, coursing down to sustain the peasants consultants in your employ and nourish your garden of profit. The post Want More Rain at Your Consulting Firm?

How to Know if You’re Successful at Consulting

David A Fields

How do you know if you’re doing well at the consulting game? The post How to Know if You’re Successful at Consulting appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting ConsultantsRevenue? Client feedback?

Take off Your Happy Face! Why Consulting Clients Love Disagreeable Consultants

David A Fields

Your consulting clients walk into each engagement holding bouquets of helium balloons they want to release to the sky. [ ] Consultants ConsultingMetaphorically, unless your clients are clowns.)

10 Obvious Mistakes Consultants Make

David A Fields

In consulting there are equally obvious rules of the road that are, nevertheless, inexplicably ignored by many of our colleagues. Consultants Consultative Selling Mindset Relationships attitude communication Consultative selling mindset relationships

One, Powerful Model that Explains Why Your Consulting Firm Wins Projects

David A Fields

From your clients’ perspective, engaging your consulting firm is an emotional decision. The post One, Powerful Model that Explains Why Your Consulting Firm Wins Projects appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting Consultants

Marathon Consulting Group, Inc. Listed as a StrategyDriven Trusted Services Partner

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven is proud to introduce Marathon Consulting Group as our newest Trusted Services Partner! Having completed our rigorous certification process, we found Marathon Consulting Group to be a market leading service provider with proven client results.

The Perfect Consulting Deliverable

David A Fields

Every time you reach a consulting project’s milestone you’d like your client to be so delighted with your deliverable that they leap with joy, slather you with praise and immediately investigate whether your results can be immortalized in a Taylor Swift song.

An Easy, 7-Step Relationship Plan for Consulting Firms

David A Fields

The lifeblood of your consulting firm, and the foundation on which 95% of advisory engagements are won. Since “working on relationships” is a bit vague, what should your consulting firm do to strengthen personal bonds? All Articles Consulting Consultants

Hidden Benefits of Off-Strategy Consulting Projects

David A Fields

You’re diligently working away at your consulting practice, winning projects and creating exceptional value for your clients. Your current cash situation and your consulting firm’s idle capacity are top of mind for you. All Articles Consulting Consultants

9 Tips For Giving A Free Consultation

Women on Business

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So… What Do Consultants Actually Do?

Nathan Magnuson

” “Well, I’m a consultant.” ” “A consultant? Human Resources Leadership Organizational Effectiveness Personal Effectiveness analyze consulting design development evaluation gap analysis implementation management methodology programs project management requirements “So Nathan, tell me what you do for a living?” But what do you actually do?”

The Best Way to Sort Consulting Clients into “Types”

David A Fields

As consultants, we are masters of a particularly human trait: simplifying. The post The Best Way to Sort Consulting Clients into “Types” appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting Consultants

5 Steps to Overcome Fears That Hold Back Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

It turns out your consulting firm’s worst enemy isn’t a competitor, a procurement department, or a Rottweiler nicknamed Bitey. No, the greatest impediments to your consulting firm’s forward progress are your personal fears. All Articles Consulting Consultants

Critical Choices That Make (or Break) Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

Whether your consulting firm employs 100, 10 or 1 consultant, your firm has a culture. If you don’t actively craft your consulting firm’s culture, you still have one. Like a dinner [ ] Consultants Consulting

These 5 Reports Will Help Your Consulting Firm Succeed

David A Fields

Since you’re a consultant, chances are you’ve produced a report or two. In fact your consulting firm may dazzle your clients with artfully designed presentations and printouts, chock-a-block with clever analyses, pithy insights, and/or progress updates.

The 10 Greatest Questions to Ask Consulting Prospects

David A Fields

You’re a consultant. Your genius is revealed by your questions, not your [ ] Consultants ConsultingYou solve problems and give advice. Your wisdom and sagacity determine your to clients, and you are literally paid to announce your well-reasoned thoughts.

A Two-Step Process for Raising Your Consulting Firm’s Rates

David A Fields

What do you think about raising your consulting firm’s fees 30% or 50% or 100% or more? No one’s going to pay <insert number> an hour for a consultant”? The post A Two-Step Process for Raising Your Consulting Firm’s Rates appeared first on David A.

This Proposal Writing Trick Can Help Your Consulting Firm Close More Projects

David A Fields

You can achieve a similar transformation when you soak your consulting firm’s proposals in “PTF.”Your The post This Proposal Writing Trick Can Help Your Consulting Firm Close More Projects appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting Consultants

Why Playing with Your Food is Critical for Consultants

David A Fields

Now that you lead a consulting firm, I doubt [ ] Consultants ConsultingWhen you stood well under three feet tall, you chortled with unbridled glee at your father’s silly faces and merrily tried to ride the family dog.

10 Signs of a Great Consulting Client

David A Fields

What makes a consulting firm exceptional? And what else makes a consulting firm exceptional? Selecting your clients carefully is essential for your consulting firm to grow and provide the rewards you’re looking for. Yes, tiramisu at lunch every Friday.