Thoughts on Life

The premise behind being strategic is simple – begin with the end in mind. My first encounter with this principle came from Stephen Covey’s classic book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. When I worked at McKinsey, much of the client work was focused on this principle — begin with the end in mind. [...]

I recently wrote about the purpose of having a purpose and how it provides clarity in decision making. In response, I received a question about how one goes about going from Point A to Point Z when nothing seems to be working. I used to adopt a lone ranger mentality, whereby I would insist on figuring [...]

In business, career, and life plans, one common factor exists that determines whether such a plan is strategic or not. What is this X factor? It is PURPOSE. Most plans of any type lack purpose. Purpose is the end game you are trying to achieve. It is the “WHY” behind any plan — at least [...]

There have been times in my life when I felt completely beat up by life. I’d close myself in a room, curl up in the fetal position, feel sorry for myself, and hope life would stop kicking my *ss. I learned the hard way that hope is not a strategy, but taking action is. The [...]

One of my favorite questions to ask my teachers and mentors is “Who are your teachers and mentors?” Today I wanted to introduce you to one of my teachers and mentors. His name is Ryan Holiday. Ryan’s very unusual. He’s one of the most well read people I know. He has a voracious appetite for [...]

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 [...]

About 5 days ago, I was screaming my head off at home. My oldest daughter rushed into the room ready to call for an ambulance. At first she thought maybe I was having a heart attack. But then she realized I was physically just fine, but was for some inexplicable reason yelling like a crazed [...]

Once you know the annual cycles of the people and organizations around you, and have made the most of those insights, you want to set goals for the new year. (If you missed my post with the first two Tips, you can read it here.) Tip #3: Set Annual Goals that are Consistent with 3 [...]

As we head into the new year, I wanted to pass along several career strategies that are especially relevant as we approach January. Whether you are in industry, in consulting, or looking to get into consulting, at least one of the tips below will be relevant and applicable. I will be breaking up these tips [...]

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