Having spent time in consulting and in industry, I’ve noticed several key biases and weaknesses about people who’ve spent their entire careers in industry. This is in comparison to those who have spent some time in consulting first, before working in industry. There are two key weaknesses. I’ll address the first weakness below, and the [...]

Over the last decade, I have continually found myself intrigued by a field I never thought would interest me: linguistics. In particular, I’m fascinated by how linguistics intersects with psychology. The words you use profoundly impact how you think and behave. Here are a few examples. I often encounter clients who tell me there is [...]

When I was at Stanford, I did my undergrad degree in Economics. For a brief time, I considered majoring in Psychology and took a number of classes in that field. During this time, I was always puzzled by an inherent conflict between the fields of economics and psychology. Economics presumes “man” (and woman) is rational. [...]

The other day one of my readers, Steven, who landed an MBB offer, invited me out for coffee. He happened to catch me on a day when I was free and looking to be social, so I said yes. While sipping my venti decaf vanilla latte, we had a great conversation about his upcoming first [...]

Many people I speak to, from little kids to professionals in their 50s, want to be “in charge.” They want what they perceive to be the perks of being in a position of authority. What most don’t recognize is the BURDEN that comes with leadership. When there’s an uncertain environment, it is the leader that [...]

The other day I was assembling a basketball hoop for my girls. I had played when I was in high school, and the girls have suddenly starting showing an interest. As I was putting things together, I ran into a small problem. To keep the backboard smooth, the fasteners that connect the backboard to the [...]

I’m often asked how one can project self confidence in a case interview or with senior level clients. I’m also asked how one can develop a sense of confidence after an enormous setback of some sort — “failing” at a case interview, messing up a meeting with a partner or a client, and so forth. [...]

I’ve received numerous requests from readers to deconstruct entrepreneurship much like I have done for case interviews. Unlike case interviews where there’s a narrow range of “correct” approaches, entrepreneurship is infinitely vast in how one can succeed. That being said, in my work with small business ranging from solo entrepreneurs to Inc 500 companies, I’ve [...]

I find strategy concepts that I would typically use in the business realm are often surprisingly useful when moved to determine strategy for one’s life and vice versa. One idea in particular I’ve been thinking about over the years is developing a strategy to “win” as opposed to one designed to avoid loss. The two [...]

I recently wrote an article about the difference between the Planned vs. Emergent Career Strategies. The career plan is one you create at the beginning of your career when you have the least amount of information. The emergent strategy sometimes reveals itself in the process of pursuing the original career plan. New information emerges that [...]

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