There are two pre-requisites to thinking like a consultant.
Without these two traits you will struggle: In business school, I was sitting in one class when I noticed that all my classmates were doing the same thing — everyone was coming up with reasons why something should should not be done.
A lot of what I do with other advisors is try to teach the students the fundamentals of consulting. After almost ten years in the industry, I stopped thinking about why I was doing what I was doing.
So after prompted by a Quora question — I decided to try to break down the step-by-step process of solving problems with a consulting approach.
You received an inspiring Power Point show in an email and you can't get the music out of your head.
You would love to keep that song on your computer to use in your own presentation. How can you save it separately from the presentation Your colleague made the presentation but you will be the one in the spotlight.This is probably the question that gets asked most frequently.You have created a wonderful presentation and all the music and sounds work beautifully on your computer.You send it to your friend or colleague to review and they can't hear a thing. Once people get the hang of Power Point, they usually just dive right in and start creating slides.In most cases, they waste a lot of time because they have missed the most important part of any presentation. Here is another frequent scenario I get asked about with regard to music and sounds.There must be a way to make a global change to the fonts You want to practice your "spiel" in the actual room (always a good idea).You open your presentation on the computer you were given to use, and all your fonts are different now, throwing many items askew on the slide. Too often, people are solutions focused when they think about fixing something.Let’s say a company is struggling with profitability.What follows is a post I wrote that actually was “liked” by Ramit Sethi — so this info will probably help you get rich quick too!When I reflect back on my first role at Mc Kinsey, I realize that my biggest challenge was unlearning everything I had learned over the previous 23 years.