How do you become an outstanding management consultant? Should you excel at analysis? Should you master problem solving? Should you become the world’s most gifted communicator?

You could master all of the aforementioned items and still be an average management consultant at best. Great management consultants have all these skills but they have one more quality that makes them great, they are not just competent business people but they are also artists.

In this podcast we explain the mindset we encourage teams to use on the study. This is the mindset I used in my career and it is very different from what you would expect.

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6 responses to Great Management Consultants are Artists

  1. Hello AM,

    I think that in a book somewhere an author said BCG is more ground-up and McKinsey uses more frameworks. Everyone simply quote’s that while the reality is they are both pretty similar in their styles.

    Personally, I do not draw a line. I really try to do things differently in every single study and that is hard. I believe every solution must be unique if the client and client problem is unique.

    Michael

  2. As always let me open with a thank you Michael; and observe that my $6 iced coffee went warm because i got so absorbed into this podcast.
    My question is: how do you draw a line between where to reinvent the wheel/solve things from ground up every time (as BCG is famous for) VS having a broad toolbox of established approaches and frameworks (that McKinsey is famous for)?

  3. Hello Ilaria,

    Yes, I believed there are many similarities as you have indicated.

    I also believe showing you are an artist can work, provided you can show logic and reasoning in your approach. To most people being an artist means thinking from the gut and we would not want to see this.

    Michael

  4. Dear Michael,
    Thank you for the valuable pieces of information, stories and advice you provide through your podcast.
    I am a PhD student and I worked in management consulting for one year before the academia. Despite the two working environments are quite different, I actually have found many similarities between my role as a junior consultant and my role as PhD student. One of these similarities is emulating what an artist does in my daily job. Poems, art exhibitions and novels give me inspirations to make my ideas more original and though-provoking and to present results in a captivating way. This is why I enjoy listening to this episode again from time to time.
    I have a question: do you believe that “being an artist” can be a winning approach to highlight people’s value in an organization no matter what?
    Thank you.

  5. Hi Ryan,

    No, I think it has more to do with all the activities in summer. Even if I am not doing them, they are distracting. The city is just busier.

    Michael

  6. Do you think part of why you are so productive with the cold is also because you don’t travel/in person meeting as much?

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