April 2013

Extreme Determination and Extreme Success

Growing up, I watched Michael Jordan play basketball. He was, with little argument, the best basketball player of all time. He was incredibly dominant — probably 5 – 6 standard deviations above the mean. Michael Jordan has been in the news a lot because he recently turned 50 years old. There’s an in depth profile [...]

How to Talk to Strangers and Enjoy It

A few days ago, I was in Manhattan taking a seminar on screenplay writing. During my time there, I had one night where I didn’t have any plans or commitments. As an experiment, I invited a few dozen CIBs, 1Y, 2Y to a last-minute, impromptu Q & A session in the lobby of my hotel. [...]

MBB or Tech Company?

Question: First of all thank you so much. I bought your books on Amazon and devour your newsletters and this has been an essential part of the exciting story I’m about to tell you. I want to give you a very short version to see if I’m so lucky as to get your advice. I [...]

MECE Frameworks

Question: Really enjoying your materials. 2 questions: 1) Related to [my post on How to Structure a Case Interview ]. On the answer in your website you try to come up with frameworks that are MECE. I am having trouble understanding why the “old/new products and old/new customers” segmentation is MECE but the “old/new products [...]

Tips from Experienced Hire F1Y

Success Story: Thanks for all the help from the websites and your daily blog. As an experienced professional, the process is just the same. But for me, I had a full day of interviews and the PST (first and final rounds combined). I got the verbal job offer that evening. So just a few items [...]

How to Sell an Idea Effectively

In consulting or any professional service type industry, the “thing” you sell and provide to clients is intangible. Your advice, your guidance, your analysis really comes down to conveying an idea from you to your client. Unlike a tangible product, you can’t touch, taste or even smell an idea. When a client or a boss [...]

BCG Interview Focus

Question: I want to thank you for the assistance you give thousands of people interviewing for consulting firms. I have an interview with BCG for an associate position in [African city]. However, the first round of interviews are in [U.S. City]. I read that usually case interviews that are given to candidates are based on [...]