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At a time when the path to professional success is not only more fraught with competition but arguably more ambiguous than ever, professionals must tap the potential of two motivation drivers to deliver better results.

The key is to figure out which of two drivers works best for you. Get that right, and your career growth can truly become exemplary.

https://www.firmsconsulting.com/quarterly/how-to-motivate-yourself/
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When you are moving through the McKinsey interview process, or BCG or Bain interview process, it is a significant amount of work. You may be thinking, “Hey, you know what, this is not worth the effort”.

If you are considering withdrawing from the McKinsey interview process, this article will help you think through the trade-offs you need to consider.

https://www.firmsconsulting.com/quarterly/mckinsey-interview/
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This article uses exhibits to explain what is a storyboard, where it fits within a strategy engagement and why the elite strategy firms are able to and always develop a storyboard at the early stages of a study.
We break out the process so you can also apply this process in your own studies.

https://www.firmsconsulting.com/quarterly/storyboard-strategy-consulting/
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This insightful, inspiring and counter intuitive podcast explains the steps McKinsey took to successfully reposition the firm. To be exceptional, planning is meaningless unless you understand your point of differentiation. You can learn from McKinsey.

In this exclusive interview Bill Matassoni goes on record for the first time discussing how he led the process which moved McKinsey away from being a strategy firm and, thereby, explains McKinsey's true strategy and point of difference.

Bill was the senior partner who helped develop and implement the McKinsey philosophy that allowed the firm to pull ahead of BCG in the 1980s and 1990s. He was the first non-consulting professional to become a full partner. He was, thereafter, the partner who led BCG's efforts to challenge McKinsey.

https://www.firmsconsulting.com/podcasts/interview-bill-matassoni-bcg-mckinsey-senior-partner/
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I remember a moment many years ago when I was in my dead end job, making a decision to do what it takes to get into management consulting and wondering what a day in the life of a consultant really was like. 

Now after many years in management consulting and leading teams, I know what I would say to my younger self to satisfy her wonder. A day in the life of a consultant has a lot of ups and downs, moments that really matter, at times physical pain of pushing myself to the limits for too long and sometimes tap dancing internally because I was exposed to things in life that I would never otherwise be exposed to at this point in my life.

This article is my attempt to describe a day in the life of a consultant. A day in my life. I think it may be of interest to someone like me earlier in my career, who wants to go into consulting and wanders what it is really like.

https://www.firmsconsulting.com/quarterly/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-consultant/
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The best piece of consulting career advice I would have given my younger self is to focus on managing my image, with 5 specific points worth highlighting:

1. Appear to follow the partnership track
2. Assume everything you say will be shared
3. Mindset of a leader
4. Be confident but humble
5. Interact with seniors from the position of strength

https://www.firmsconsulting.com/quarterly/best-piece-consulting-career-advice-give-younger-self/
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The consulting lifestyle can result in burnout pretty fast if you are not careful. I have experienced this first-hand too many times to mention. Most weekends are a struggle for me since I am constantly trying to manage fatigue. In the world of go-go-go, with constant competition and information overload, it is easy to forget that at the end of the day our main goal in life, in my opinion, is to ensure our own well being and that of the people we love.

The consulting lifestyle is very demanding, many people complain and most eventually leave. You have to be incredibly shrewd in striking a balance to successfully ride the management consulting career roller coaster while taking care of yours and your family’s well-being.

And what can be more important than your personal well-being? If you don’t have it, your career successes will be bleak no matter how high you will reach and you will not enjoy the special moments that the consulting lifestyle sometimes offers, such as visiting the most amazing places in the world and meeting the cream of the crop of your country’s business world.

Trying to cope with demands of my own consulting lifestyle, I developed my personal well-being routine that I tried and tested over the years. There are 8 crucial elements in my well-being routine. 

Well-being routine steps: 
1 – Sleep at least 7 hours a day
2 – Have programmed decisions
3 – Exercise
4 – Eat healthy food
5 – Keep a clear mind
6 – Work in 1.5h blocks and take breaks in between
7 – Meditation
8 – Posture

https://www.firmsconsulting.com/quarterly/control-consulting-lifestyle-8-step-well-routine/
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The social network you belong to (your friends, the people with whom you socialize, the people from home you seek acceptance, the people you spend time trying to impress, engage with, build relationships with etc.) shapes your social morals and values, or lack thereof. 

The groups you choose to belong to will determine how ethical or unethical you choose to be, want to be or even could be. 

https://www.firmsconsulting.com/podcasts/ethical-leadership-deeper-dive/
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This video contains an analysis technique you have never seen before - it is the latest approach in merging corporate finance with corporate strategy and Big Data.

See how Big Data is fundamentally improving corporate strategy and corporate finance. This is adapted from a real study.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1x8vn9Wl4BI
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