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Ethics & Values Thank you letters


Below we share some thank you letters from FirmsConsulting members around the world. If you would rather see >100 detailed testimonials from clients, you can visit this page. Over the years we have received thousands of thank you emails, cards, thank you gifts sent to our offices and we just started sharing those so it will take some time for this page to be sufficiently populated (since our priority is always developing and releasing content for FC members and other core FC work. Not updating the thank you messages page :-)). However, the messages below are a good start and will be very helpful for newer members to get a sense of how other FC members make the most of FirmsConsulting training.

Cheers, Kris

Thank you letters from FIRMSconsulting members:

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From: Xxx Xxx Xxx <[email protected]>
Date: Tue, Oct 13, 2020 at 7:50 AM
Subject: Thank you Note and Key Significant Updates – Mike, Philippines
To: FC Support <[email protected]>, krisfirmsconsulting.com <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>

Hello Michael/Kris/FC Team,

Just wanted to share a significant update in life. Throughout the months that I have been listening and studying Firms Consulting training, I was able to get a job offer as a general manager for another company which has helped me increase my current salary by 62%+. Its more than my base pay now and they gave me with an additional equity plan and performance bonuses. These are all done within 10 months listening to FC. It’s a good feeling to have since I did not come from a tier 1 school in my country and nor i don’t have an excellent academic record given that I don’t have the financial capability to do so back then.

In addition, I was having a hard time getting a bigger role despite generating consistent revenues for the firm I worked with in which I was able to grow it by 2x year over year.  It felt horrible that the team is growing and yet management has hired a co manager and a head to overall manage things that we gave birth to.

This is where my pain comes from and really push forward to really consume your content well. It struck me that relationships with senior stakeholders do matter. I put into heart FC”s teaching of demonstrating business judgement with your colleague or senior stakeholders..

Listening and understanding Michael’s coaching on Andrew. I definitely ensure we are applying the principles and ensure that despite me being a minority compared to the colleagues. Context wise, I worked with whom mostly graduated from tier 1, graduated with MBA backgrounds or from an international school. This definitely gives me insecurities and helps me to do more and be more. Despite not being recognized twice even though my colleagues and direct reports saw me as a head, this never materialized.

I thought things are not working well given that I am investing for my future through the subscription with FC and I am not being recognized by the company I worked for. I even tried applying for other companies but that did not work well for me as well because my resume looks weird..

Few weeks back, I decided to follow the advice to prioritize what’s best for the firm. While this still yet to be recognized, someone did. Sharing All these results and how i did it, they have put an interest in me to have the role be given to me.

I am very grateful especially now that i plan to get married soon and this spike of salary will definitely help me be in the next chapter of my life.

As I enter the new role by November, I am now deep diving on the digital luxury startup and the last few episodes of Andrew’s Promotion to ensure we will disrupt the market well.

Thank you so much, I will forever be grateful to FC Team!

Best Regards


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From: alok <xxxxxxx @gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Sep 5, 2020 at 11:14 AM
Subject: Happy Teachers’ Day 2020 from India!
To: Kris Safarova (Firmsconsulting) <[email protected]>

Dear Kris and Michael,

Hope my email finds you well, it’s Teachers’ Day Celebrations in India! While past few years have been the toughest and lowest periods of my life, I feel blessed that I found you as my virtual mentor and coach during this struggle. At this moment, I would not be able to articulate well in words how much your support has meant to me and the values I have learnt in the process of learning from your content.

But if some things must be said, “this journey will always inspire me to be a better human being and to make a difference. One of the most important lessons have been that “It’s harder (but more important) to be kind than clever in life”.

I feel full of gratitude and want to express my thanks by wishing you a very Happy Teachers’ Day, great health, and happiness.. always : )

P.S. – Sharing a little video as a tribute.

Thanks and Best,


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From: Chao Xxxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 7:15 AM
Subject: Re: McKinsey USA Offer + Competitive Strategy + How to Influence (ex-McK partner)
To: Kris Safarova (Firmsconsulting) <[email protected]>

Hi Kris and team,

Following up on an episode I watched “TOS Technology Strategy with McKinsey’s ex-Worldwide Strategy Practice Co-Leader, Kevin P. Coyne”, I would like to write to you to express my interest in watching more of the technology strategy content with Kevin (Kevin did mention in the video that if anyone is interested in technology strategy content, we should reach out to let you guys know).

I’ve been an insider since 2017 and wish FC is growing better and better every year!



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From: Xxxx Melvin Xxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Sun, Aug 9, 2020 at 4:51 PM
Subject: I want to know more.
To: [email protected] <[email protected]>

Dear Kris

First, I want to say thank you! You have inspired me in many ways after tumbling on your website just in less than a week. I have read and watched golden things about Firmsconsulting within these few days. Truly it appears I found what I have been looking for in a long time. Your biography is inspiring and a fool prove that one can become anything when they put their mind to it.

My name is Melvin and I have been living in Ghana for 15 years but originally from Cameroon. My background is business and I have always been passionate about strategy since when I started business studies. I work currently with the Xxxx Xxxx in the Ghana office. I have been working in operations and finance and have over 10+ years of experience in this area.

I have been longing for a long time to do consulting work. I have no admirable consulting experience. However, I took a very bold step in my life since January this year. I registered a consulting firm locally  in Ghana (Xxxxxxx Xxxxx Limited). Before then, I enrolled in a consulting school in December 2019 and also a strategy training institution in June 2020. I have been reading much on strategy as well as some business interview cases. Yes, all these are steps to console myself that I want to become a strategy consultant. The truth is, everything I come across does not give me an outline on how to engage and complete a consulting assignment. In reality, the pieces of material and knowledge I gather, do not give me enough confidence to be able to pin point a starting place in my career of consulting. Also to add, I have done a few consulting assignments with a small hotel and resort. The client was satisfied with the work I did. However, I still felt there is definitely a business strategy training company somewhere that could help me fulfill my dream of becoming a strategy consultant and building a legacy firm that will practically be accepted in the ranks of strategy firms.

I read about your training program and was wondering how one could start with the more advanced programs. Thank you for clarifying in your latest email that interview cases are key to understanding the more advanced programs. I accept the guidance and will go for the advice.

Because of other engagements, I have scheduled to start with the premium in early October 2020. This is when I can start paying monthly. I noticed in one of your emails offering a life time discount of $30. How can I benefit from this offer or more when I start paying in October? Thanks for considering this particular aspect of my request. Say after a year on the program, If I default for a month,  will I be charged an additional fee when I return to continue my payment?

You showed me in one of your videos I watched yesterday how I can overcome being ignored-By producing results. Learning and applying the principles and producing bankable results. Never giving up. Thank you.

I hope to read from you soon.

Best Regards


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From: Ajimizu Xxxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Sun, Jul 26, 2020 at 8:50 AM

Hello Support Team,

Thank you very much for your reply and advice.

The first mail you sent did not reach me for some reason.

I see the point. I did not consider the possibility which some insiders ask too many questions.

I am fully aware that Kris, Kevin, Bill, Michael and other staffs are all busy especially during pandemic time.

The content below is a bit long, so you do not have to reply contents in detail.

I wrote it in case it is useful for something.

To avoid disturbing your work too much, could I ask few clarifying questions at first?

1  Is it encouraged to write reviews for videos I have seen and were impressed with?

For example, I have watched Masterplan program and few other Insider videos.

Michael was talking about philosophy. He said philosophy is more important than business techniques.

I have leant philosophy a lot in the past, so I agree with his views and am very glad hearing it.

Maybe the reason he likes star trek is the show contains philosophical parts.

2  Is it better to write my study progress periodically through email?

I am not sure how much contents I should write, so try to keep it simple.

From the videos, I learnt how to solve estimation case, building a structure (brainstorming, hypotheses, workplan,

synthesizing) conceptually. So now, it’s time to practice those skills by applying to my personal issues.

Considering the current social conditions, I have an assumption that studying Corporate Strategy&Transformation,

New Market Entry, Turnover is very important knowledge for my future business. Because a lot of companies are

struggling now, there is a possibility that business owners are looking for those solutions. I may be too optimistic


Finally, I am a bit worried about the business start-up programs, such as electric car and digital luxury brand.

Even though some categories of sales (eg. e-commerce) are increasing, macro environments (Natural Disaster,

Politics, Diplomacy and Economy etc) cannot be controlled, which makes growing business steadily extremely


On the other hand, the price of gold are rising rapidly now, so gold Miner start-up project may have great

opportunities though.

I wrote it long. If it burdens your work, I am very sorry. You do not have to reply in details.

Next time, I will be careful.

Best regards,

From: Takahiro Xxxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: July 24, 2020 at 5:18:04 AM PDT
To:[email protected]sconsulting.com

Hello Kris,

Thank you for the mail.

I am learning new things from basics everyday. It is very fun to tackle them because
videos provided are explained in details and helps me to study alone at anytime.

One thing I am currently facing is the conflict between how much time I should allocate
for learning basics and when I should start implementing for new career.

As you explaind in the Insider program, worldwide economic depression will not wait
for me to spend a year to master strategy skills step by step. I need to manage the situation
and keep moving forward.

By the way, this is a good opportunity to inform you.


And, I am very satisfied with Firmsconsulting contents because their qualities are exceptionally high.
Just a few things I noticed, so I put feedbacks for future references.

1 It would be great if there is a comment section for each video so that anyone can
reference what other subscribers are thinking.

2 I think it would be beneficial for the study if there is a function to change playback
speed. For example, when I watch a video for 3rd or 4th times, I may want to
change playback speed faster so that I can quickly review the whole content.

3 Though it is not essential, adding subtitle function in the video may be useful for people
who are english as a second language.

Finally, those feedbacks are not big things.
It may just help improving your services a little bit more.

Best regard,

From: Takahiro Xxxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: July 5, 2020 at 23:29:02 PDT
To: [email protected]Hello Kris,Thank you for the email.Yes, I realized there are a lot of skills needed to learn from basics as a management consultant.
So, I will take it step by step.As you mentioned, even though I am a bit worried about slow progress(not good at english) now,
I feel somehow confident to learn in the end. It is because I like “Thinking” very much, so watching
strategy training videos are enjoyable.I will concentrate on fundamental concepts first and am looking forward to advanced programs
in 6 months.So far, I do not have a question since the contents are very detailed.
If I have queries, I will contact the support team.Just a brief introduction:
The reason I registered firmsconsulting.com is to become a prominent general management
consultant in my field of expertise. I would like to integrate my unique experiences(Engineering, IT,
Philosophy, Agriculture, Marketing, Subsidy etc) into a business practice.Current world-wide economic recession made impact on both my thought and career.
Because the world is changing rapidly, it is good time to change(improve) myself and challenge
my dream now.

In the past, former employer once told me that “Takahiro, you may be suited to be a consultant.
Why don’t you try it?” I never thought being a consultant before because I am a “Poor Talker”.
Now, I realized I am a “Good Listener”.

Future planning is either to apply a boutique consulting firms or to start a freelance business.

Online freelance business, which you mentioned in the Youtube “Start an ONLINE FREELANCE
BUSINESS in 2020” is probably better choice in this era. So, I am interested in more of those training
materials in the future.

Thank you

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From: Tom Xxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, Jul 3, 2020 at 11:52 AM
Subject: Thanks for the help so far / guidance for the next part of the journey
To: Kris Safarova (Firmsconsulting) <[email protected]>

Hi Kris,

I wanted to write a note to offer my thanks to both you and to Micheal, for the guidance you have given me via the FC channels and media. Starting with the free podcasts some years ago, then the insider service and most recently with your business books.

I know you aren’t able to answer all emails, but i would really value your help as I think I have an opportunity to do some quite big things for the UK and want to make sure I don’t miss my shot.

I’m writing as I was recently promoted to associate director at XXXXXX uk, so a senior manager equivalent in the other firms, in the xxxxxx xxxxx/xxxxxxx advisory part of the uk firm. I can see my star is on the way up at the moment and I am being given a number of opportunities by the partner I work for, this is leading to some quite important work for our business and the firm as a whole.

I joined the firm as an experienced hire, and though still in my mid 30s I always keep in mind Micheal’s advice about the shortened runway to partnership for industry hires. I really want to make sure I take full advantage of this period of my career and would really welcome any guidance you can offer on making best use of my current position, maximising the impact I can make on society and pushing through the ranks of the firm.

While things are going well now, I’m worried I can’t sustain it. My partner tells me that I’m too modest about achievements and that I don’t position my work and client successes to my best advantage, but I honestly struggle to understand if my work will make an impact or not and then whether the other partners and colleagues will respect my views. I often feel that what I produce is lacking or inferior to what senior clients expect or are used to from MBB or strategy houses. I’m concerned that my work is in some way intellectually inferior as my academic background is less than stellar for the UK.

I’ve found a number of the classic ‘core programmes’ really useful over the years because Micheal deals with the issues that come up when trying to break into a closed club as an outsider, but these seem to have fallen down the release schedule a little e.g. Andrew programme, partnership memoir, building a consulting practice. I really get a lot from the content there, along with some of the 21 day programmes on core competencies (how to sell etc) and so look forward to seeing more of these released. If there was a way to accelerate access to this content I think it would really support me in the current times.

With all that said, and even if you are not able to reply, I thank you really look forward to working together over the next few years and seeing what we can achieve together, even if that is via podcast!

Kind regards,

Tom Xxxxxx

From: “Musa Xxxxxx” <[email protected]>
Date: July 2, 2020 at 14:03:03 PDT
To: [email protected]Thank you very much I like your materials they are of good mentality and I
hope in receiving more educative materials from you.
And I would like to be part of your training programs at any time.

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From: Tejas Xxxxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 6:04 AM
Subject: Re: Thank you for signing up.
To: <[email protected]>

Dear FirmsConsulting Team,

Just a small mail of appreciation. I am currently a student, and the amount
of free content that you have put up is precise and practical.
Good luck with your endeavors, I would like to subscribe as soon as


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From: Yao Xxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 3:36 PM
Subject: Re: *New* Implementing the Masterplan + Replacing Income with Freelance Consulting + Ritika TCO V
To: FC Support <[email protected]>

Hi FC support team,

I would like to express my thanks to the FC community. I received an offer from Bain yesterday, and FC’s content was extremely helpful along the way. Thank you!



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From: Baskar Xxx <[email protected]>
Date: Mon, Jun 8, 2020 at 4:16 PM
Subject: Fantastic Book – Just Read it
To: Kris Safarova <[email protected]>

Hi Kris,

Greetings.  I just read the book ‘Succeeding as Management Consultant’ .  Very well written with real world examples and walking us through the entire engagement. It provided me with a lot of insights , tips and methodology.

Much appreciate you for writing the book and sharing it.

Many Thanks,

Baskar. X

From: Xxxxx, Samuel <[email protected]>
Date: Tue, May 19, 2020 at 11:02 PM
Subject: A life without FIRMSConsulting | Samuel Xxxxxx
To: [email protected] <[email protected]>, [email protected] <[email protected]>

Hello Kris and Micheal,

The short summary of my email is Thank You

The long version states precisely why I am thanking you. It is so long that I have decided to add subheadings for an easy read. Please grab a cup of your favourite drink!

Can I ever thank you enough?

Thank you, Kris and Micheal, for taking the risk and giving this opportunity. The best decision I made for the year 2020 was emailing Kris in January asking if there was anything the firm could do to help me get access to FC content in exchange for service as against the full price (which I am unable to afford now). It came after weeks of a fierce internal battle of whether or whether not to do this. But the following experience, amongst many others, constantly reminds me that it is perhaps one of the best decision I have for my career till date.

Something strange about you Sam

An Asian MBA counterpart, I met at the Poets and Quants (P&Q) Virtual pre-MBA Conference, said something along the lines of

“Sam, I am confused. Why do all these ‘white folks’ keep coming to you for advice especially on Management Consulting? Why do you speak confidently and pull people in so easily? One would think you are attending an Ivy League school. How do you know so much about the industry?”

I honestly was taken aback by the directness and the implicit reference to the colour of my skin that came afterwards. Knowing she had good-intentions, I moved quickly past it and blurted out FIRMSCONSULTING. This experience captures some of the noticeable changes I have undergone in the past 4 months of leveraging FC’s content.

On the 30th of May, I will be hosting a zoom webinar for the folks from the P&Q event looking to leverage their MBA to switch to management consulting. While 166 people indicated interest, I am fine if way less than that eventually show up. I will be speaking about how to identify the best resource for case interview practice. Two FC subscribers have agreed to host the event alongside me. One, an associate at BCG and another a Senior person at KPMG. Both spoke highly of FC on the phone and said they were more than willing to help.

My FC Journey so Far

So far, I have completed 5 FC programs: EMBA (with Tom), MAML (with Assel), How to Manage Crisis, The Master Plan, Getting Ahead of Recession. And currently working my way through TCO1 (Episode 12/Felix). I have read Succeeding as a Management Consultant twice and will finish Turquoise Eyes this week. I can only afford WSJ for now, I complement my reading with TheAltlantic and National Geographic. I will add NYT, WP and Bloomberg as soon as my financial reality improves. Every time my girlfriend calls and I say I am reading she says “Firmsconsulting right?”

Specific things I have ONLY been able to do because I use FC’s content

All that said, I would also like to provide you with some specific things I have ONLY been able to do because I use FC’s content.

  1. I have networked and spoken with at least 26 people including school alum and those in the consulting industry in the past 1 month.
  2. Notable phone calls that have occurred include 3 Mckinsey Associates, 2 BCG and Bain Associates, 1 BCG Project Leader, and 1 Bain Case Team Leader, and Xxxx Xxxx (MD, Accenture). All asked me to keep them posted on my progress; the BCG Project Leader (Washington DC) and 1 Snr Mckinsey Associate (London) asked that I send my resume if I would like for them to review it.
  3. I have spent the last 2 months rewriting my resume. I am currently on my 11th major edit (not to mention minor updates). I followed FC’s guidelines as closely as I could. My school provided me premium access to Resume evaluation AI platform, Vmock and my result came out to be in the 89 percentile. I have attached the result and resume it below.
  4. I have also had a mock case with a current student who would be resuming FT at Mckinsey Cleveland in the first week of this month (May). It was a good experience for me. Based on my performance, he mentioned I deserved A- or B+ (he wasn’t so sure). In any case, I took my time to break down his feedback and identified case math to be my weakest point.
  5. I attended the Poets and Quants online Pre-MBA networking event and made some friends there. Focused on the consulting sessions held by Mckinsey, Bain, BCG, Accenture and Alix Partner.
  6. I applied for Kearney’s Pre-MBA Bootcamp, BCG Unlock and Bain Experience. I couldn’t apply to Mckinsey’s Early Access because our school wasn’t part of the target school.
  7. Well, I emailed Mckinsey asking if there were other ways to partake in the event and they set me up with a chat with a senior recruiter. We have agreed to speak on the 27th of this month, May.
  8. BCG Unlock invited me to take a pymetric test. I have attached the result of that test below for your attention too. I can’t seem to understand how they would interpret it. But fingers crossed on that one
  9. Last week, I was invited to an informal session with a Kearney Recruiter for a place in the Diversity boot camp – Kearney. It was a great conversation in my opinion and I hope to hear back from them this Friday, 22nd May 2020. Two school alum I network have personally taken me up and asked that I provide them with constant update.
  10. Also, Accenture (via Jumpstart) also invited me for a 20 min  1:1 session with a recruiter this Friday, 22nd May 2020. I am told to take it seriously as it could be a step closer towards a real interview.
  11. Two partners, Xxx Xxxxx (Mckinsey, Houston) and Xxxx Xxxxxx (BCG, Atlanta) have agreed to a virtual chat on the 28th of May and 5th of June respectively. I hope I have learnt one or two things in the past few months about networking to build a relationship from the call.

All or none of these could turn out to be a great lead, but it is a great learning experience for me, and I get to make new friends. So we will see how it goes.

Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for the tremendous amount of work you put into making FC successful and let you know that I’m still plugging away. I can’t thank you enough for your generosity. Without it, I will most likely be on my bed grumbling and possibly crying about how COVID is about to mess up my MBA plans. I would have taken a reactionary approach, instead of a leadership stance.

No need to reply this email! I will reach out again when I have more news.

Stay Safe,


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From: Xxxxx <xxxxxx@outlook.com>
Date: Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 6:06 AM
Subject: thank you
To: [email protected] <[email protected]>

Hi Michael,

I just wanted to thank you and your team for how you have changed my thinking and my actions and all the support I have been given so far.

Looking back to certain actions I did take and the responses I got, I can see why certain things have happend. I was blind, but I can see now. However, there is still a long way to go and I am looking forward to all the content that I can have not consumed yet and to further releases.

Currently, I am using what I am learning in partnership memoirs to change how strategy is taught at Oxford. I might reach out to you for further advice if your times allows it.

Kind regards,


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From: Xxxxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 9:39 AM
Subject: Re: Coronavirus = Golden Opportunity to Transform Your Life (full program released)
To: Kris Safarova (Firmsconsulting) <[email protected]>, Michael <[email protected]>

Hi Kris, hi Michael,

Thank you for this exceptional 1.5 year period what the Premium membership and the Insider status at StrategyTraining.com meant to me.

I’m positive one can find such a thoughtful, detailed yet practical trainings on business strategy development, management consulting and even on the core principles of business nowhere else on Earth.

I believe I’ve learned to apply the skills you teach here most importantly what you Michael say in several episodes: we must develop the skills to build our own frameworks instead of just using others’ ones.

I wishing all the best for You and the whole Firmsconsulting / Strategy Training Team for the future!

Best regards,


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From: Chen Xxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Mon, Apr 13, 2020 at 11:20 AM
Subject: Strategy Training podcast intro
To: <[email protected]>

Dear firmsconsulting support team,

I know you receive a large volume of emails so I’ll just cut to the chase.



And firmsconsulting really has a material impact in my life. Michael was the person who basically told me, we should strive to eat a meal without any sand in it, after being told by everyone that sand in food is normal. Michael’s high standards actually gave me permission to be myself, which is really friendly to my senses. I think you all have a good reason to be proud of what you do.



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From: Xxxxx Xxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 9:15 AM
Subject: Re: News
To: Kris Safarova <[email protected]>

Hey Kris!

Thanks so much for writing, so good to hear from you. Hope you, Michael, Kevin, your nephew, and sister are all doing well. We’re doing ok so far.

I’ve got a few news to share with you, Michael, and Kevin:

  1.  Got my bonus letter a few days ago and at $ 45,000, it was by far the biggest bonus I’ve ever seen
  2.  My income for 2020 should be slightly over $ 215,000
  3.  I know there are others that make way more than that, so why am I telling you this?
  4.  So, you know that using your content, I went from making $ 115k to making $ 215k in four years. I generated $ 10 million overall for my company in 15 months and the client is running a $ 25 million transformation program; this created 50 jobs!
  5.  Who knows what next year will bring, but I know it won’t be bad if I finish signing this $ 5 million deal that’s going through  procurement, so wish me luck!
  6.  Thanks so much for putting out the special content, that’s going to be my basis for my next reinvention starting on April 1st
  7.  xxxxxxxxxx

Good luck & talk soon!



From: Sam Xxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Tue, Apr 7, 2020 at 10:28 PM
Subject: Re: Coronavirus Concerns
To: <[email protected]>

Thank you Micheal,

Again, I hope you are safe in an unprecedented time like this.

Thank you for the “Managing the Crisis” Series. I did push back on some of the things you said but I now get it clearly. It looks as if 24 hours isn’t enough because all of a sudden, I am now seeing opportunities everywhere. Using the filters I learnt how to create from the Masterplan, I have prioritised which one to follow now: LANE (lower the barrier poor but “educated” Africans face in an attempt to access to quality MBA education with the end goal of galvanizing the network to improving the level and quality of business engagements in Africa led by Africans). I have already started the groundwork for modelling an initiative after the concept of a virtual city-state. We are sticking to your advice of creating our own wealth. My team has never heard of such thinking before but they are willing to give a try. Thank you.

The main reason why I emailed is China. You speak often about the inevitable rise of China. The book “Why Nation Fail by Daron Acemoglu & James Robinson” suggests a different outcome by outlining their reasons and backing it up with historical data and other hard evidence that is hard to deny. I hope you find some time to read it, (if you haven’t already). I’m curious as to what you think about it. I do understand you are busy and it is okay if you are unable to respond to this email. But if you be so inclined, please feel free to respond when convenient.

Warm regards,


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From: XxxxXxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, Feb 28, 2020 at 7:44 AM
Subject: Update from Xxxx
To: Michael Boricki <[email protected]>

Hi Michael,

How are you these days?

I want to share a recent client development story with you as a form of thank you for all your /Kevin’s/Bill’s/Kris’s advice on the FC site as well as the supports from you directly.  I feel that I have grown a lot compared to 5 years ago. Such growth would not have happened without you.

The client sells car leases, a subsidiary of a major motor company. The service organization (e.g., credit origination, customer service, default collection) asked us to build a business case for consolidating their regional offices into centralized centers. The ask is straightforward and has a smaller scope (<$200K in prof. fee) compared to other work we do.  We signed the SOW and started the work. One week in, we realized that they didn’t have the leadership alignment or strategy figured out (i.e., objective, what do they need to accomplish). They also narrowly focused on the real estate but forgot about the other components. On top of it, they didn’t have any roadmap/timeline to follow. Therefore, we stopped the work right away and suggested the team to align among themselves.

Fast forward, they came back to us this Jan. They aligned on the objective with the leadership. However, multiple stakeholders (e.g., HR, Real estate, ops, IT) couldn’t align on what to do next. So, we were brought in to join (note, not to facilitate) a half-day workshop in-person to share best practice and our experience. Xxxx (an executive director, 30+ years experience in this space) and I joined the workshop.  The workshop went extremely well.  I used the whiteboard to share past client examples, problem-solved their questions live together, lay out what we believe is the right pathway going forward for them.

There was a part called “Discuss Xxx project scope” on the agenda.  The client and Xxxx both thought I would bring the old scope back and stuck with it. Xxxx would have thought so because he was brought in as SME (subject matter experts) and if I stuck with old scope, the revenue credit would belong to Xxxx and my team, not his.  But I changed the direction to fit the client situation and all the attendees love to approach going forward. The new scope falls into Xxxx’s sweet spot and Xxxx let Xxxx EP it (i.e., Xxxx will take revenue credit and Xxx will only get sales credit; revenue credit is more valuable than sales credit.).

This is the first time that I command the client’s attention and lead the process, not under the shadow of Xxx, or shared the credit because I supported the sale. This case also shows that if I care about the client and advise them to do what is best for them, there is no need to sell. Although the price tag is small (~$500K), and it is not in our team’s space, I feel confident that I can be a good advisor/consultant going forward.

Quick update on other parts: we were not able to sell as much as we did last year, mainly due to the economic cycle. For example, clients have done cost reduction already asked us for help, done by themselves, or stopped all discretionary spending (e.g., consulting, T&E).  Xxx has been bringing me to pretty all the oral / client meetings. He suggested to me in a drink that I should set a stretch goal to get to partner in 2 years and a normal goal to get there in 3 years.  I don’t think I am confident yet that I can bring a stable $8-10M book of work annually yet.

Life-wise, I am still single and tried some online dating apps. I have a lot of horror stories to share if you are interested. ^.^



———- Forwarded message ———
From: Neli Xxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Sun, Feb 23, 2020 at 5:26 AM
Subject: FC Insider Targeting London MBB Offices
To: <[email protected]>

Hi Michael,

I hope this message finds you well.

My name is Neli, and I’ve been with Firmsconsulting for more than 6 months now. I recognize that you must be very busy and getting tons of messages, so I do appreciate you taking the time to read this.

First, I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate what you and the rest of the Firmsconsulting team have created. I have completed the season with Assel, and now I am working through the sessions with Felix & Sanjeev. I did also start watching Sizan because I think we have a few parallels in our background. I am amazed at the quality and depth of the content you’ve created.

Second, I am also reaching out because I wanted to ask you whether you have any insights on getting interviews at the MBB London offices – anything beyond the advice you give candidates on networking with partners? I am asking because I recall in one podcast you mentioning that London is a bit more peculiar but you didn’t elaborate further.

I recognize that to answer this, it might be helpful to give you a bit of background about me – I am originally from a small town in Xxxx, and I got my bachelor’s degree from Xxxx. In my senior year, I applied to the NY office of all MBBs but only got an interview with Bain which didn’t go well. Following my graduation, I worked in Xxxxx’s Office of International Affairs for 2 years before heading to France to do my master’s at Xxxxxx. While in Paris, I became really drawn to emerging markets and the next 3 years took me to Afghanistan, Iran, Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia where I did consulting for a small boutique. Now, I am an analyst on the strategy team of a global top 10 F&B producer in the UK, working directly for the Strategy Director. However, the desire to work for a top consulting firm never left me. It became even stronger through my work in very challenging places and after seeing the capacity of my bosses (both ex-Booz principals). But what’s different now is that I have a very clear idea of why I’d like to go into consulting and what I’d like to use it for. This is what brought me to Firmsconsulting.

Your guidance has been absolutely indispensable on my preparation journey so far. So if you do have any advice on targeting the London offices, I’d very much appreciate hearing from you.

Thank you for your time and help!

Kind regards,


From: “Xxxx, Rajesh” <[email protected]>
Date: February 16, 2020 at 8:51:46 AM PST
To: [email protected]
Subject: Hello

Hi Michael,

Hope my mail finds you well. You might remember me ; I was your student way back in 2013. I completed the course but did not pursue consulting,  as I decided to go for an entrepreneurial career. That took some time to materialize and I continued in my job till it happened.

I wanted to update you that I have finally become an entrepreneur and have joined a consulting firm as a Director. Here, the Director is a partner and one of the main shareholders of the firm. I joined it in December.

This firm (Xxxxxx) is into design consulting,  and some of the assignments gets into related areas like cost reduction and operations.

I wanted to keep you informed of the development to let you know that the efforts that we put it has not been wasted. I have been using some of the techniques that you taught me. Also, the several tips that you gave me on communication and presenting myself are really helpful.

Thank you. Hope firmsconsulting is doing great.

Best Regards


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From: Elvis Xxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 2:10 PM
Subject: Update #3
To: Michael Boricki <[email protected]>

Hi Michael,

It’s a little strange that I wrote ‘Update2’ more than two years ago. I have stay tuned and listened to every single podcast since we spoke last time so I would think that this feels more recent for me than it does for you. Btw, congratulations on the podcast with Rob Markey, as marketed I think it was on the top three list of your work.

But I don’t write because I want to talk more on how to define the loyalty of a customer, I write because I wanted to give you one last update.

It’s kind of amusing. Looking back on the first message I sent to you I look back on a five years old younger of myself that was determined to get a greater place in the future. I envy that version because he had almost nothing but determination. Bad high school grades, no merits and hadn’t really had a job day in his life. I remember that day I wrote to you because it was the day after Xxxx, my son, turned 1. Xxxx has been a constant reminder of my progress.

Today I have been at Xxxx School of Economics for five years and I will graduate in the top 5 % of my class. Besides my studies, I have taken an internship outside for one summer that I converted to a full-time job, where I worked as a Data-Analytical consultant. Data-analysis and coding have been outside the trajectory of my academic but still, I have made the connection that financial business knowledge combined with good data knowledge will be a great lever to have.

I have one problem though. I think something may be wrong with my cv because of the low conversion I have gotten from the CV handout stage to the first interview process. I have never gotten a first-round interview for McKinsey/BCG/Bain but the three interviews I have had for other companies I have converted all three to job-offers. My next job will be in corporate strategy for Xxxx Airlines (XXXX) where I will work for a McKinsey partner and also had him interviewing me in the final interview*. I passed that interview with colors and even that I’m very pleased to have gotten this great opportunity I still can’t but wonder if there is something wrong on my CV.

I do use the right format, and I try to emphasize the right things on things that I have led and what they have generated. I’m really happy haven gotten this job in the airline industry but I can’t help but think that A) there is something wrong with my CV or B) I just don’t make the cut for an MBB interview.

I could live with B but it would be sad to live with A and not knowing that I could done something about it. It’s quite much to ask but would you mind taking a quick look, Michael?

If not I would fully understand. But I do however want to thank you. Your podcast and mentorship have formed on how I choose to look at business and value creation, much more so then any course book I’ve read.

Thank you,


Elvijs Xxxxx

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From: Ashish Xxxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Wed, Jan 8, 2020 at 4:07 AM
Subject: Re: Your recent FC membership
To: Kris Safarova (Firmsconsulting) <[email protected]>

Hi Kris

Thanks for your email.

Let me be honest, I am a die-hard fan of FIRMSconsulting and would love to be a life long member of the community, if possible.

However, I am currently going through a rough patch and need to manage my expenses well over the next 6-8 months in a foreign country. This was the main reason I decided to cancel my membership. Trust me it was a very tough choice and when I updated my mom about this decsion she suggested that I let you know that I will rejoin the FIRMSconsulting community as soon as I am ready for a comeback and get my spending power back. Each member of my family understands how the FIRMSconsulting community has helped me grow over the last 2-3 years.

Hope you understand that I am not going anywhere and will continue to be that sponge who will continue to learn and upgrade by skills even from outside.

I would be grateful if you could recommend the most optimal way to continue to invest my time in the free FIRMSconsulting content over next few months.

Wishing FIRMSconsulting community a very Happy New Year.



From: Xxxxx Xxxxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Tue, Dec 31, 2019 at 5:03 AM
Subject: [TIME & INSIGHT] Starting 2020, Ranatunga style!
To: <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>

Hi Michael,

It was a pleasure writing this email and I deeply appreciate you taking the time to read my email below.

Noting your time is precious, let me start by saying I do honestly respect the time you are putting into reading this, I do not take it for granted as you really do not have to reply and considering most of my recent learning comes from being an insider, I appreciate you are extremely busy.

Having listened to your voice since October 2018 there is a level of excitement as I write this email to you. With a desire to what is currently a one-way relationship, to become two ways. Moving into 2020, I wanted to start this year strong, in full Ranatunga style!

So I am not just a name my brief bio is:

  • My name Xxxx, an Xxxxxxx, XXXXXXXX, born and brought up in Xxxxxx, Xxxxx, currently 29 years old and working as a Managing Consultant (Manager) at Xxxxxxx.
  • Went to a private school, Xxxxxx on the charity of extended family (as mine could not afford). Essentially grew up in a family of doctors with a chip on my shoulder.
  • This led me to study engineering at a non-name university, Xxxxxx University. After losing too many family members to both health and non-health reasons, I wanted to solve problems that matter on a bigger scale. Thus leading me to join consulting.
  • I got rejected from McKinsey and Bain after graduating, whereby, during the HR interview once they saw my school the interview was basically over. I never got invited to BCG and worked for the Government for a year before only getting an offer from Xxxxxx.
  • Went from Graduate to a practice head in Xxxx in 4 years but still not feeling like I was addressing problems that matter. The exception to this was when I travelled to Xxxxx in 2018 to work on a growth strategy for an advocacy arm of the Government and a Minister there said my work reminded them of McKinsey.
  • Taking this complement with the best of intentions and to heart, in May 2018, I networked, tried and studied (before knowing about Firms Consulting) and got interviews with BCG and McKinsey, only getting to the first round interview of BCG and not even passing the PST for McK. That said, it was an awesome experience and I learned much more than I had hoped and made some authentic connections on the way.

Inside, I know I am able to do something greater. Using my insider status as my guidance and general polishing around the edges, I aspire to be a great strategy Partner. Wanting to control my environment better, I have worked to find an area of Xxxx that gives me unique freedom AND allows me the flexibility to try different experiments in the firm. Getting rejected from MBB (twice) confirmed my desire to work on problems that matter with people that want to be there so I figured why can’t I just build a team like that in Xxxx. Structurally, Xxxx may not change and I’ve spent 6 months trying to make that happen however after hitting my umpteenth roadblock, I then became an insider. Trying to look at things now through your eyes… Having listened to your lessons, story and experience, I have realised I have slowly been relying less on the people around me say and working my way to becoming more industrial by nature. Whenever I have been a little lost or unsure of how to approach something and rather, find myself searching the podcast where you may have addressed this situation.

Since then, what has happened:

November/December was extremely serendipitous and very random which both encouraged me to send this to you and makes me want to try and take full advantage of this situation:

  • I just finished a four-week secondment to an Xxxxx SOE in Xxxx, “Xxx Xxxx” which required me to write up a technology-based RFP, however, in the spirit of doing the best work they had ever seen
  • I not only delivered the day job but I used the lessons from “How to generate an insight” to create some poignant points on their challenges, I used “Partnership” to create a perspective for new studies that they should investigate as imperative before they commence and finally used “how to sell like a partner” to potentially point them in the right direction for their journey.
  • They have not gotten back to me yet and I do not expect any change as their CEO just left and believe they are in transition again.

All things considered, I was only able to do that as I was sent there and worked in isolation AND confidence to not share knowledge with Xxxxx but whilst this was not hard to do the day job, I worked to listen and apply your lessons which I found thoroughly enjoyable making this work much more fun than I have had in a long time, I am now trying to recreate to the day job.

Throughout what you have said over during the Partnership memoirs, Masterplan program, Bill Matassonis commentary, Monday morning 8 AM and now through the Empire Energy case study, the more and more I listen, the more I feel that the aspiration to work for one of the big three strategy houses so I can work on problems that matter but on the other hand if doing high impact work is the priority then it should not matter where I do it as long as it makes a difference.

Therefore, if I may map my next milestones: In the aspiration of being the worlds most influential Managing Partner I will:

  • Try to build a consulting practice in Xxxx (noting it will be difficult to move away from technology)
  • Move into Global Strategy (ideally MBB with my inclination being BCG)
  • Strive to be a full-time Partner.

As mentioned earlier, in the spirit of making this a two-way relationship AND importantly not wasting your time, my ask is:

From what you know of Xxxx, if my desire is to work on high impact problems and strategy whilst my learning quotient is still absorbing the lessons from being an Insider AND noting I have a mother, brother and fiancé who rely on my salary to keep the lights on… According to a very short statement you made in Matassoni 10 about implementers doing strategy will fail, am I wasting time at Xxxx then who develops project managers and developers as opposed to consultants or is there merit in my desire to build a proper consulting practice here?

A rather deep question but would value YOUR perspective on this so I can make a better-informed choice.

Also, I will add, you made a comment in one of your podcasts that if you had good mentors you may have gotten to Partner faster… I believe the opposite is also very true in that you may have just spent more time listening to other conventional wisdom and been a partner in your 40s instead!

Thank you for your time, will completely understand if you are unable/undesiring to reply as I already get so much from you in the lessons you teach us. I know my life is better than it was without this and will continue to grow, but what I am trying to do is achieve the potential I know I am able to whilst taking those around me on the journey too.



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From: <[email protected]>
Date: Thu, Nov 28, 2019 at 3:01 PM
To: FC Support <[email protected]>

Happy thanksgiving to you Kris and everyone at FC!

Thank you for taking the time! I have a lot of deep thinking to do! Your reply was very helpful to me, I really really appreciate it!

Life is a strange, profound, and precious phenomenon.

Mystery and wonder.

I love the training that you have put together! It has helped me tremendously and I’m very thankful that with so much uncertainty in my path I can look forward to the training to continue to guide me as I uncover and discover deeper parts of my personality, potential, and purpose. I’m very thankful for such a gift!

You have changed my life forever for sure!

I’m pumped for 2020! And the years to come!


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From: Adrian Xxxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 6:16 PM
Subject: Feedback on mentor ship program
To: Michael Boricki <[email protected]>

Hi Michael,

Thank you for the content in this series! I was recently promoted for the first time after joining Amazon in their xxxxxx function after 2 years. Through this course I learned the importance of excelling in my core role (sales) and thereby attracting a mentor who moved me into a hybrid sales/analyst role. He then helped me develop the technical and communications skills to get me promoted.

I am now transitioning into a xxxxxxx role with the goal of becoming a business owner of a P&L within the next 2 years. Since I have been promoted, the team lead (~roughly equivalent to associate principal) has signaled that he would like me to work more closely with him.

This is clearly the result of following the advice you give in the mentorship program. Hope to be able to update you soon.

Best Regards,

October 11, 2019
Hello Michael!

I cannot express how grateful I’m to be a FC insider. I listen to it every day when i get up in the morning, while working, and on the evening. I save up every minute just to catch up on FC content.

Even, I’m not a management consultant, I’m a UX design consultant who strives to level up his game and speak the language of business, understand the CORE philosophy so i can bring a tremendous value to my clients when it comes to strategic skills and just design.

Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with us. I’m a a high achiever who aims to become someone society is not expecting him to be. I come from a small town in Russia, so i know what it takes to level up and compete with a western society. I learn every day, while balancing work and family at the same time.

Sometimes I feel that the lack if business background or MBA puts me in position where people don’t take my advice/what i say seriously because I’m just the guy knows how to create an easy to use apps and thats it. I know that you don’t have an MBA either but your experience from a firm backs you up.

What’s your opinion on getting MBA vs. trying to learn the essential skills and FC content around MBA to become influential?

Thank you Michael for your time!

From: saurav xxxxxxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: October 5, 2019 at 11:17:27 PM PDT
To: [email protected]
Subject: Hello from Saurav

Hi Michael,

This is Saurav from Singapore.

I recently subscribed to the Strategy TV after watching some of your YouTube videos & must admit that this is the best education I have ever received so far.

I’m seriously contemplating a career transition to Mgmt Consulting after spending 15+ years in various GTM functions in the APJ region.

Thanks again for spreading the intellectual rigor.

Yours sincerely


From: XXXXX, Marcus <[email protected]>
Date: Mon, Sep 2, 2019 at 12:03 AM
Subject: Thanks and keep up the good work
To: Kris Safarova (Firmsconsulting) <[email protected]>

Hi Kris and Michael,

I wanted to thank you for the fantastic content you have produced. I recently got an offer for a Senior Associate position with BCG in Xxxxxxx to start in November this year after spending ~12 months engaging in your content.

As a bit of background on myself:

  • Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in finance. GPA: 64.x
  • Worked for 5 years in Australia’s second largest bank, in a variety of roles both support and customer facing
  • I was declined an offer after getting to the final round last year, I followed up with one of the partners and got his backing to apply again, but had to go through all rounds again

I only discovered the career accelerating potential of consulting in the last 18 months and found Firmsconsulting 12 months ago. I’ve greatly enjoyed the content, I find it both informative, engaging and even humorous at times.

I’m looking forward to continue learning from the videos of Jen/Felix et al as well as the content that is more focussed on Career planning and progression.

If you have any questions about me, I’d be more than happy to answer them.

Kind regards and thanks


thank you linkedin consuting firm

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From: Humza Xxxxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 9:36 AM
Subject: Best videos post-offer
To: Kris Safarova (Firmsconsulting) <[email protected]>

Hi Kris,

I managed to get the offer at BCG Xxxxxx 🙂 – now the hard work begins!

What are the best videos to prepare for the job? I am currently going through First 90 Days with Henri but wondered if I am missing others?



On Sun, Aug 18, 2019 at 8:58 AM Rejxx XXX <[email protected]> wrote:

Hi. Kris, I am listening podcast while I am at work and I just wanted to say thank you to you and your team for providing this valuable knowledge in businesses of all fields. I felt like I leaned a lot more from these videos than from my business classes. Thanks again for the quality podcast and videos. BTW, Michael is so awesome!



From: Rashid Xxxxxx<[email protected]>
Date: Thu, Aug 1, 2019 at 1:25 AM
Subject: I Got the Offer!
To: Michael <[email protected]>

Hi Michael,

It’s been a while since we connected last time.

I am happy to inform you that I got an offer to rejoin Xxxxx (McKinsey Implementation in Xxxxxxxx) as a Partner. My expected starting date is October 2019.

I would like to reconnect with you to discuss the return to Management Consulting and how to be a star performed and to accelerate my journey to be come a Senior Partner.

Please let me know when can we reconnect.

Kind regards,


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From: Beau Xxxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Thu, Jul 25, 2019 at 9:46 AM
Subject: RE: FC Insider Monthly Activation
To: Kris Safarova <[email protected]>

Hi Kris:

In the movie “Elf”, there’s a scene where Peter Dinklage’s character (a world-famous author of children’s books) tells his clients, “There’s this one idea that I’m PSYCHED OUT OF MY MIND about!”  That’s how I’d describe the FC webcasts I’ve listened to this month (so far, about 140).  The positive impact has been immediate across both personal and professional areas. It’s uncanny: I often feel as if Michael –whom I don’t know- has climbed inside my head and is delivering a personal message tailored to my specific situation.

And as a reminder, please manually reactivate my Insiders status on my renewal data (July 28).

Thank you again for granting me the Insider status!  I am very grateful to be part of “the Family”.

Best regards,


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From: Titus Xxxxxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 9:38 AM
Subject: Thank you note
To: Kris Safarova <[email protected]>

Hi Kris,

Thank you very much in the support you’ve brought me over the years and the discussions we had. I remember how you supported me 3 years ago to join the case coaching, which has been helpful to develop my foundational skills and values/principles.

I’ve been extended Bain & BCG offers in Xxxxxxxx, which is nice. It’s a beginning and still all life to improve the foundations and deliver quality work & have impact.

Again, thank you very much for your support and please let me know if there’s anything I can help FC with. I will continue to talk to my school, as I think that FC content could be transformational for some students. 🙂

Best regards,


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From: Gabriel Xxxx Xxxxxxx<[email protected]>
Date: Sun, Jul 14, 2019 at 11:41 AM
Subject: Gratitude Email
To: <[email protected]>


My name is Gabriel, I’m a 22 years old Business Administration Undergraduate, soon to graduate, and preparing to apply to Bain&Company Xxxxxx.

I’m writing to thank you for the good, free, podcast content. I’ve just recently started listening to it and it’s giving me a lot of insights. I’m sure it’s going to help me develop a better performance.

Best regards,


———- Forwarded message ———
From: Tom Xxxxx<[email protected]>
Date: Thu, Jul 11, 2019 at 4:51 AM
Subject: Re: You may lose Insider Status in 24 hrs
To: Kris Safarova (Firmsconsulting) <[email protected]>

Hi Kris,

Very grateful for this flag, I hadn’t intended for membership to lapse and I have now completed payment.

Your training has been invaluable in accelerating my career to the stage I have reached so far (from Engineering to Audit firm corp’ finance and consulting) and will be important for the future. Such a great investment and thanks to you and Micheal again. The mantra of not conforming to what society had intended for me lives with me every day!

Best Regards,

Tom Xxxxx

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Александр Xxxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Mon, Jun 17, 2019 at 4:18 PM
Subject: Re: Your FC membership
To: Kris Safarova <[email protected]>

Hi Kris,

I want to tell you that I decided to cancel the subscription.

Michael’s materials were the most useful source of education that I’ve had in the last few years. 90% of what I learned about consulting comes from FC, and it definitely had more impact on my career then any other source of education. Michael’s ideas got deeply into my thinking and I might spend hours reflecting on some of the episodes. I even noticed that it took me like a year to understand some of the concepts which is crazy.

Unfortunately, I have to go. In the last few months I noticed that I can’t organize myself to allocate time for FC materials. Which is awful. I’m lost too much in the consulting and start-up routine and not disciplined enough to invest my time into education. That’s my bad.

Thank you for all your effort and knowledge that you share. Please keep doing it in the very sincere way you do it. I think that ideas you spread are extremely powerful and do change the world for the better. FC is a brand that I would without any doubt recommend to my dearest friends and relatives.

Hope to get back to FC soon.



———- Forwarded message ———
From: Titus Xxxxxxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Mon, Jun 17, 2019 at 10:01 AM
Subject: Update Titus // Offer Bain & graduation
To: Kris Safarova <[email protected]>


Dear Kris,

Hope this message finds you well.

Short note to let you know that I have received a Bain Offer in Xxxxxx for Full Time, Associate Consultant, starting Nov. 2019.

Have also an offer for top trainee program at BASF and upcoming interviews with BCG (R2) and McKinsey. I am continuing the coaching with Michael this regarding and FC Insider programs to develop.

Just graduated from XXXXX (pictures below for you) this Friday and celebrated with friends and family – wanted to share this moment with you.

I am grateful for our discussions (in difficult times) and wanted to thank you for your support in the background and the great programs at FC, which are inspirational and life changing. There are many things for me to continue to develop on and learn. I much appreciated your continued support in the process.

It would be lovely to meet you at some point in Xxxxxxx or Xxxxx / Xxxxxx, please let me know if you’d be passing through at some point.Again, thank you for your support.

Kind regards from Xxxxxxxx,


Ps – You can find me on picture_1 to the right and picture_2 to the left with friends. Thank you again for your support along the way. 🙂


——— Forwarded message ———
From: Salman Xxxxxxxxx@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Jun 16, 2019 at 8:17 AM
Subject: Mckinsey offer received – Request for Insider access
To: <[email protected]>


I am pleased to inform you that I received an offer from Mckinsey Xxxxxxxx. I will be joining as an implementation consultant after 2 weeks. The material and techniques I learnt at firmconsulting was key to helping me pass the 7 interviews. Special thanks to Micheal for all the training videos and sharing his insightful tips.

I seek your support to grant me access to the advanced strategy training content (Insider access). I was told during an interview by a Mckinsey AP that they rarely hire experienced candidates (I have 11 years supply chain industry experience with no consulting background).

I would like to dispel the myth that “experienced candidates find it challenging to acclimatize”. Since i’ll be joining Mckinsey in 2 weeks, having Insider access at this time will improve my chances of making a good start and achieve long term success at Mckinsey.

I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks in advance for your consideration.

Your loyal member,


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From: Brian Xxxxxxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Tue, Dec 25, 2018 at 4:14 AM
Subject: Merry Christmas!
To: [email protected] <[email protected]>

I remember several podcasts over the years when you mentioned how much you enjoy working on Christmas. This crossed my mind when I woke up today, so I just wanted to drop a note of thanks for everything you’ve done for us FC Insiders and the whole FC/StrategyTraining community. I don’t know how you do it, but I am so grateful that you do!
I look forward to many more years of learning and achieving together.



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From: Tim XXXX <[email protected]>
Date: Sun, Dec 16, 2018 at 1:13 AM
Subject: Feedback: Thanks, Strategy App, Memoirs
To: FC Support <[email protected]>

Hi Kris and Firmsconsulting,

I would like to take a moment to thank you for the valueable program. I scored my dream job with Roland Berger which I never thought I would have a chance to get it. Only the TCO videos made me ready for the interview. Big thanks.



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From: Amit Xxxxxx<xxxxxxx@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Dec 15, 2018 at 12:23 PM
Subject: Deeply Thankful to Firms Consulting
To: <[email protected]>

Hello, I deeply appreciate Firms Consulting for the indispensable knowledge provided through the podcasts. It changed my life significantly. I changed countries and managed to get a job in the private equity market as an Analyst.

XXX ….

AMIT Xxxxxx

From: Deepak Xxxxxx<[email protected]>

Date: Thu, Nov 22, 2018at 9:26 PM

Subject: Re: Premium membership – guidance on how to make the most of FC training

To: Kris Safarova <[email protected]>

Hi Kris, I just wanted to drop a note to wish you, Michael and the entire Firmsconsulting team a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you took my questions as only a matter of curiosity and how the billing plans worked. I cannot pay enough for the value and education I get from Firmsconsulting every single day. Every day and especially today I’m filled with gratitude that I’m able to learn from leaders like Michael and Kevin – and to have leaders like yourself invested so personally in my success.
Thank you for everything that you do – it matters for me in my life.
Many Thanks and deepest gratitude,


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From: Ben xxx xxxxxx<[email protected]>
Date: Sun, Oct 28, 2018 at 3:35 AM
Subject: Mail of appreciation
To: [email protected]<[email protected]>

Dear Michael,

Ever since the beginning of my interest in management consulting, I have listened to your podcasts. They have been of immense value and pleasure to me, and I would like to thank you for it. The way you focus on so much more than just the job, is amazing. Barely have I ever heard someone talking about values and clients first the way you do. Therefore, you are the best example in terms of what a management consultant should be, in my opinion.

I hope that you and Firmsconsulting will keep doing what you are doing. And again, thank you for the value you have created.

Kind regards from Belgium

Ben xxx xxxx

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From: John Xxxxxx<[email protected]ail.com>
Date: Sun, Nov 11, 2018 at 5:31 PM
Subject: Re: Changes to FC. Important Email
To: <[email protected]>

Great work Kris and all the team,

I look forward to enjoying the new features. I’ve found myself repeatedly returning to long ago view series e.g. Digital & IT Study and the LAB Mkt Entry study for ongoing projects and each time I watch an episode there’s another little insight that I’d missed the first time around that is perfect for the engagement I’m working on.

So thanks again

and warm regards as always


———- Forwarded message ———
From: Amish Xxxxxxxx<[email protected]>
Date: Thu, Oct 25, 2018at 11:42 PM
Subject: Re: Interviewing at Infosys – Would Appreciate Your Guidance on Negotiation
To: Kris Safarova <[email protected]>

Hi Kris,Thisfinally came through and I got the job. The process took months but eventually I was able to get the role and compensation I was aiming for.
Thank you for your help and guidance.


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From: Lidya Xxxxxxxx<[email protected]>
Date: Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 3:16 AM
Subject: Thank you — I Climbed Mount Krakatoa, Working on amending Resume
To: <[email protected]>

Dear Michael,

Hope your study is doing well.

I appreciate your feedback about making the most of FCInsiders. I expect to amend my resume by next-week, using your framework on Tom’s session.

I climbed Mount Krakatoa, won a salsa-dancing cup, and won a Gold Medal on Olympiad — To see how impactful your training has been, here are attached on what I thought about authenticity in my context of resume and my resume edit thus far. Irrespective of the end-result, I have enjoyed learning from FCInsiders thus far.

On a side-note, I find it charming that you mentioned to Tom in around section 40 that you are fond of watching Betty Liu in Bloomberg. I enjoy her work too, and since Betty is now off-air, my equivalent is watching Andrew Sorkin in the New York Times Conference. On the latest conference, Peter Thiel’s strikes a similar tone, having listened to your conversation with Tom in around section 50. Thank you for the insight !

Also, my sincerest apologies for not sending a thank-you note right away. I would like to be thoughtful by showing the rate of improvement on my side, and I was indeed floored when you mentioned in Tom’s session that you consider the gesture of not-sending a thank you note right-away a faux-pass.

Since the latest-response sent were from FCsupport, and I have sent my thank-you to the FCsupport email, best regards to Kris as the CEO, and the rest of the team at FC as well.

Thank you Michael.

Warm regards,


Dmytro xxxxxxx (xxxxxx@gmail.com) wrote:
Dear Kriss,

thanks for checking in. Training programs, as well as materials posted
by the firmsconsulting on the YouTube, helped me a lot and even more… I
could not find the right words to emphasize that. I’d say that helped me to
understand what structured, problem-driven, and goal-oriented thinking is;
whats in between the question and respective data-driven decision; and of
course real life examples, which make it really addictive to follow 🙂

p.s. skills explained-trained-exposed across studying material are no
harder that any other skills, are they? It’s just a matter of once’s
attitude to them and his/her willingness to strive to get it)

Best regards, your listener Dmytro Xxxxxxxxx

Natalia xxxxxxxxx

Tue, Sep 18, 10:29 AM (7 days ago)

Dear Kris,

Thank you for advice and prompt reply. I will follow it.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you, Michael, Kevin and all your team not only for incredibly insightful and valuable programs, but for being a role model. I appreciate your highest business standards, intelligence and ethical values. You give a chance to grow professionally and, moreover, personally. I will continue learning from you.

Accept my heartfelt gratitude.

Kindest regards,


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From: Adewale Xxxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 4:22 PM
Subject: Thank God I Found You
To: <[email protected]>

Dear Kris,

Firstly, I want to make a request that you should be my friend forever. Lols!

I’m so happy to stumble on your story. I guess that was when i was researching for a blueprint book on the best way to do consulting and found your site some how.

Your story was so fascinating to say the least and i saw myself in your story and since then – about 3 weeks ago – have decided to realign my thoughts and go after my dream.

That’s the power of ‘Story – Sharing’.

The last point on your latest post – i am really far behind to start…. – is what compelled me to write back to you and appreciate you.

I want to say thank you for your encouragement – paraphrasing you – the years still to cover in life holds a lot more than to give up now! No!

I hope to keep in touch and stay blessed.


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From: Andreas Xxxxx <xxxxxxxxxxxxx@gmail.com>
Date: November 12, 2018 at 7:37:27 AM PST
To: [email protected]
Subject:Thank you!

Dear Mr Boricki,

thank you very much for taking the time to share your knowledge and experience through the Case interviews & Management Consulting podcast. While I have just recently found the podcast, the episodes have already been immensely helpful to me in developing a better picture of the consulting world.

Currently I am in the process of finishing my Master’s degree in biotechnology and planning to go into consulting once I graduate. Your advice has warned me about several pitfalls which I will now know to avoid during the application process.

Thank you once again for making this knowledge available.

Greetings from Germany,

Andreas Xxxxx

How FC Insiders use How to build an innovation division program

From:Xxxxx Xxxxxxxxx<[email protected]>
Date: Mon, Sep 3, 2018 at 7:17 PM
Subject: Status update

Hi Michael,

Progress status so far:

Objective: To lead a profitable & growing operational turnaround firm/practice (find a low performing company->improve its operations & productivity->get success fee; key methodology – Theory of Constraints)

Critical path steps:

1) Build strong operational turnaround skills: DONE. I decided to buy/outsource such skills instead. I got in touch with an Israeli TOC expert with 30 years of operational turnaround experience, Xxxxxx Xxxxxx, ex-CEO of XXXX Group. I got him to come to XXXXX last month and started to bring him to Xxxx clients. Also have got good connections with TOC experts in India, where TOC is a super hot topic nowadays. CHALLENGE: almost exhausted budget for Xxxx’s arrivals & time.

2) Constantly have a pull of target companies ready for operational turnaround: ONGOING. Moving in 2 directions here:

  1. Direct sales with a help of Xxxxxx. I broke all possible XXXXX rules & traditions here. Bottom-line: we had an excellent presentation with a major construction company, where 3 out of 5 VPs said that they have seen a lot of consultants recently proposing all sorts of improvement opps, but our presentation was the best. CHALLENGE: Our fees were also the highest, but with a fee having 70% at risk (paid upon productivity enhancement of 30%+). They are thinking, expecting reply this or next week. Can’t wait.
  2. Cross-sales with other XXXXX practices. I requested a meeting with XXXXX Sr Partner dealing with Restructuring & M&A. Expect to meet him this or next week. Would like to offer him to bring me to his PE clients having a need of turning their production facilities around. Preparing my pitch to the guy. Will try to moderate it the same way Xxxxxx did from the Innovations practice podcast.

UNEXPECTED CHALLENGE: My practice partner seems jealous that I am becoming more autonomous and am proposing Euro 2M deals to big clients.

3)Build credentials by successfully delivering 2-3 operational turnaround projects: TBD

4) Build a capable team (having skills in TOC, Lean, operational turnarounds): TBD

5) Have firm set & ready: DONE. I have got a company registered on me, called Operating Partners. No deals are done via the firm obviously, as I am working at XXXXX. I will see how things go within XXXXX and later will decide whether I stay at XXXXX or lead my own firm.

So, slowly but I am moving forward. Your podcasts on Building Innovations Practice are very relevant and helpful.

Will keep you posted.




An example of thank you emails about How to develop big insights series

From:George Xxxxxxx<[email protected]>
Date: Wed, Aug 1, 2018at 1:57 PM
Subject: How to develop insights series – Thank you!!

To: Michael Boricki<[email protected]>

Hi Michael,
Thank you very much for putting up such a unique and brilliant program. As you mentioned, it’s going to be initially tough to implement this technique at work as it’s going to be a new way (Atleastfor me). But with time I can see how it’s going to add value in the long term.
Thanks again.

Kind regards,


An example of case Interviews programs feedback

From: Xxxxxxx Xxxxxxxx<[email protected]>
Date: Wed, Jul 11, 2018at 3:45 AM

Hi Kris and Michael,

Thank you very much for your reply. As an update to the previous email. I went through with the interviews and have received an offer from BCG Singapore. Your videos were very helpful in preparing for the case interviews. They are also looking to expand the financial services practice in the region and I think I have the right background and relevant experience for what they need.

However, in the end after discussion with a number of people, I have decided to decline the offer and stick with OW, largely for the reasons that you have mentioned in the previous email. I think it is the right choice for me at this point in time.

Again, thank you for your advice and your effort in building up all these content. I will continue to follow the Firmsconsulting programs. What you are providing is really unique and valuable for both aspiring consultants and experienced professionals. Best of luck for your continued success!

Best Regards,



From: Raman Xxxxxx [email protected]

Date: Mon, Nov 12, 2018 at 2:36 AM

Subject: BCG Offer Accepted – Senior Associate, xxxxxxxxxx, SE Asia

To: Kris Safarova [email protected]

Dear Kris,
Hope you are doing good. I will be grateful if you could kindly forward this email to Michael and request him to read it.

Dear Michael,

Hope you are doing good.

This email / messageis specifically to say Thank You to you! I am delighted to inform you that I have accepted an offer for the role of a Senior Associate in the xxxxxxxxxxxpractice of BCG SE Asia.

To give you a quick background, I a non-MBA (Engineer) from a non-target University in India. I have about 8 years of professional experience and am currently a Manager in the xxxxxxxpractice of a Big 4 firm in SE Asia.

I had interviewed with BCG in 2016 and like many other candidates, started my case interview preparation using Case In Point after receiving the first round interview call.
During the feedback call, the Project Leader who interviewed me was kind enough to mention that I had the raw skills and hence, he was moving me to the second round interview. The interesting part is that he asked me about the resources that I had used to prepare and I mentioned Case In Point. After hearing this, he advised me to prepare using Victor Cheng’s resources. After preparing for about 3 weeks, I appeared for the second round interview. However, I was rejected. But, I was given positive feedback overall.

In 2018, I was lucky enough to be scouted by a BCG Recruiter for the same role in the same practice in the same office! This time I was well prepared,since I had used the last 2 years to keep in touch with case interview skills and diligently prepared using Victor Cheng’s and Firmsconsulting’s resources. I received the offer after clearing 5 case interview rounds!

To be honest with you, apart from the case in the first round interview (profitability case with 6 graphs), all the other cases were abstract cases (which required a custom issue tree on the spot). Each case was a shortened version of the actual client case that the interviewer had worked on!

In summary, all TCO videos, your articles andpodcasts (wisdom) were the main resources I used to develop structured thinking and crack these case interviews. No matter how tired I was after work, I would come back and do at least one TCO case everyday! Your humor does come in handy 🙂 Solving the cases while listening to your voice on TCO videos was a delight!

I am happy to mention that I thoroughly enjoyed both the preparatory and case interview phases. For me, each case is like solving a puzzle and I can’t seem to stop digging to find out what happens in the end.

I will be starting my new job in January 2019 and will use the next 2 months preparing for BCG. I plan on renewing my premium membership to go through the ‘First 90 days in consulting’ program. I also plan to read all the articles on your blog once more.
1. Kindly advise if there are any other resources that I may use to prepare for BCG. Working at BCG has been my dream for about 6-7 years and I’m in this for the long haul! (I also loved solving cases).

  1. Kindly keep your articles / resourcesflowing in. You are an inspiration to many many young people like me and no amount of Thanks is enough for the wisdom that you share 🙂

I wish I could talk to you / meet you in person someday 🙂
If you visit Xxxxxx / Xxxxxx, please do write to me 🙂

Best Regards,

Your’s Faithfully,

Raman Xxxxxxxxx

Examples of thank you emails related to promotion as a result of using FC training

On Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 2:41 PM George Xxxxxxxxxxxxx <[email protected]> wrote:

Hi Michael,

I want to let you know that I got promoted today and my promotion has to do a lot with applying the lessons that I learnt from your various programs. In the firm I am working, it normally takes 2 years minimum to reach this position but I made it in one. The reason is very simple. I strictly followed the lessons from your memoir and 21 day programs.

I personally want to Thank you and the firmsconsulting team for putting such great programs. And also to your adhoc suggestions whenever I was stuck. I am working now on implementing lessons from other programs as well and take my career forward. Thank you once again.

Kind regards,


On Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 12:59 AM <[email protected]> wrote:

Hi Michael,

Hope all is well on your side. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.

I was promoted this year to Senior Manager in PwC – huge part of it is your coaching and support, as well as FC materials which is use on more or less daily basis, to outperform the peers.

When could we schedule the next call?

Kind regards,


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