November 2012

In technology industries, the single biggest strategic maneuver one can make is to employ a “disruptive” strategy. A disruptive strategy is one that so challenges (some would say massively threatens) the status quo how things are done in an industry that quite often it completely wipes out entire industry sectors. Examples include: * Digital movie delivery [...]

In life, there are two kinds of critics. There are those who sincerely want to see you improve, and there are those that just want to put you down (often to make themselves feel superior to you). Take note of constructive suggestions from the former, but learn to ignore comments from the latter. This truly [...]

There is a simple principle the underlies the relationship between client and consulting firm. It is something I call the Uncertainty Arbitrage. While uncertainty is self explanatory, if you’re not from a finance background, the concept of arbitrage may be new to you. In its usual context, arbitrage is a financial trading strategy design to exploit goods that are [...]

Following is a field report I received from a F1Y in Asia. Field Report: Dear Victor, Just wanted drop you a quick note. As an experienced hire that didn’t even get interview invites coming out of undergrad and periodic cold web submissions a couple years ago, I now made it to final rounds with Bain [...]

Question: I am a junior at [U.S. University] and through a connection I was able to secure a “coffee chat” with a BCG Associate. In the confirmation email, it says “No need to dress up – this is an opportunity for us to get to know each other in a casual setting.” I obviously don’t [...]

Over the last 5 years, I have taken an unusual interest in linguistics. My interest was prompted by the book Words That Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What They Hear, by Frank Lunz. Lunz is a political pollster. His job is to take a politician’s idea and test it through market research to find the best way [...]