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Competitive advantage in your career

This week we will speak about how to think about what should be your competitive advantage and comparative advantage as you are building your career or business. Developing a sustainable and realistic competitive advantage and comparative advantage in your career is challenging. Everyone reading this understands how difficult and tiresome it is to renew your profile so that you remain attractive to your organization and clients on a daily, weekly, and yearly cycle. And it is not just about being better than you were 12 months ago, it means being attractive relative to your peers and competitors. Each year thousands of MBAs and other graduates enter the workforce with fabulous credentials, and your peers get staffed onto choice assignments close to the senior leaders of the organization. And for those of us living in the Western world age is often viewed as a liability versus an asset. Discrimination based on age is still acceptable and tolerated to a large degree. We live in a crazy world where 40 year old is considered old by many people in their 20s and 30s, even though we as humans are living longer and longer. Competing earlier in your career is easier. You can get an…

This week we will speak about how to think about what should be your competitive advantage and comparative advantage as you are building your career or business. Developing a sustainable and realistic competitive advantage and comparative advantage in your career is challenging. Everyone reading this understands how difficult and tiresome it is to renew your profile so that you remain attractive to your organization and clients on a daily, weekly, and yearly cycle. And it is not just about being better than you were 12 months ago, it means being attractive relative to your peers and competitors. Each year thousands…

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Meeting My Management Team

Meeting My Management Team Leading change is an intensely lonely job. This series of articles teaches how to apply best practices from McKinsey & BCG to any consulting business. In part 1 of this series we dived into how I was head-hunted to turnaround a boutique consulting firm. Part 2 provided an overview of the consulting practice I inherited. Part 3, this article, focuses on my initial interactions with the management team of the consulting business. We explore the challenges of leading and turning around a consulting business when one has to deal with a hostile management team. For confidentiality reasons, we have modified some of the details in these articles.  Meeting my management team The night before the first meeting with management team was not a great one by any measure. The room was tiny, it was noisy and I could not sleep. There are few things worse than taking an extra strong sleeping pill and not being able to sleep, and then feeling terrible the next morning because the pill has not worked itself out of your system. So at 7am I was sleepy, groggy and preparing for a tough meeting. Everything moved in slow motion. Did I mention the airline misplaced my luggage, again? I was feeling…

Meeting My Management Team Leading change is an intensely lonely job. This series of articles teaches how to apply best practices from McKinsey & BCG to any consulting business. In part 1 of this series we dived into how I was head-hunted to turnaround a boutique consulting firm. Part 2 provided an overview of the consulting practice I inherited. Part 3, this article, focuses on my initial interactions with the management team of the consulting business. We explore the challenges of leading and turning around a consulting business when one has to deal with a hostile management team. For confidentiality reasons, we have modified some of the…

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Last updated April, 2024 Firmsconsulting LLC. welcomes you. We invite you to access and use our Websites. These terms of use apply to your use of all of the Websites, digital properties and services owned, hosted, licensed, leased and/or operated by Firmsconsulting L.L.C., Firmsconsulting Inc. (“Firmsconsulting,” “we,” “us,” or “our”), including Firmsconsulting.com and any other site/digital property that we have owned,  licensed, leased or operated, do own, license, lease and operate or may own, license, lease or operate in the future including social media sites (collectively, the “Websites”). Unless we say otherwise, all references to the Websites in these terms of use include all such Sites. These terms of use do not apply to your use of unaffiliated Sites to which any of the Websites may link to or direct you to. These terms apply, without any restrictions both applied or assumed, to all interaction, electronic or otherwise and through any communication medium, with Firmsconsulting. We provide visitors to our Websites (“Visitors”) access to the Websites subject to the following Terms of Use, which may be updated by us from time to time without notice to you. By browsing the public areas or by accessing and using the Websites in…

Last updated April, 2024 Firmsconsulting LLC. welcomes you. We invite you to access and use our Websites. These terms of use apply to your use of all of the Websites, digital properties and services owned, hosted, licensed, leased and/or operated by Firmsconsulting L.L.C., Firmsconsulting Inc. (“Firmsconsulting,” “we,” “us,” or “our”), including Firmsconsulting.com and any other site/digital property that we have owned,  licensed, leased or operated, do own, license, lease and operate or may own, license, lease or operate in the future including social media sites (collectively, the “Websites”). Unless we say otherwise, all references to the Websites in these terms…

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