0710 | Writing the Org Chart in Pencil with Liann Eden


Liann Eden is the co-founder of Eden McCallum, a consultant firm with no consultants. In this interview, we talk about how the model developed and why writing the org chart in pencil is the way of the future. Using an innovative organizational design, Eden is able to bring the brightest consultants to client projects by forming bespoke teams. Listen in iTunes ] [ Listen on Stitcher ]. In This episode, You’ll Learn: Why the traditional org chart is broken.

What Happens When All Employees Work When They Feel Like It

Harvard Business Review

The management consulting firm Eden McCallum, from London, does strategy work much like McKinsey, the Boston Consulting Group, and Bain – but with one important exception: none of its roughly 500 consultants are on the payroll. Around the time of the dot-com boom in 2000, founders Liann Eden and Dena McCallum saw that many of their ex-McKinsey colleagues would love to continue doing some consulting work, just not full time. Eden and McCallum’s idea was: Come work for us!

What So Many Strategists Get Wrong About Digital Disruption

Harvard Business

A company that understood this well is Eden McCallum. They too developed a business model based on a pool of freelance consultants, but rather than rely on a database, a matching platform, or some other digital search function, they understood that in their business – high end strategy consulting – there was no substitute for really knowing people. Eden McCallum shows that not all disruption need to be digital.