life as a consultant

Why Consulting?

Sometimes, when struggling through yet another case interview practice, candidates might wonder: “Why consulting again?” Indeed, many other job opportunities have straightforward interviewing and hiring processes that don’t require hours of practice and coaching. Below is a recap of four key reasons management consulting provides a truly differentiated career opportunity. Generally, as the higher the prestige [...]

Management Consulting Salary Guide for 2019

Management consultant salaries in the United States will vary by position and experience. Starting from the base, fresh graduates (from undergrad institutions) earn an average base pay of $83,500 from top-tier consulting firms. Their performance bonuses range between $12,000-$18,000, with a signing bonus of $5,000. For entry-level hires salaries are about $83,500 on average at [...]

Management Consultant

Spanning across private and public sectors, management consultants help businesses solve complex problems. They take a structured approach towards understanding and addressing common challenges that a company might face. Putting the entire profession into one sentence is difficult because consultants work on a wide range of problems. Their aim is to provide effective solutions that [...]

Management Consulting

  Management Consulting is the business of analyzing and offering solutions to complex problems within an organization. This is a valuable service because consultants can offer an outside, unbiased perspective to the problem and devote their full attention to solving it. In today’s competitive business environment, many companies are looking for unique ways to grow [...]

How to Speak the CEO Code

  CEOs speak a particular language. The language is not English, Spanish, Mandarin, or Hindi. It’s a metalanguage that lays on top of the grammatical languages we all speak. CEOs very quickly recognize who else speaks their language — the CEO Code. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, I was very fluent in [...]

How to Stop Having Stupid Useless Meetings

One of the biggest jokes about working in industry is how many stupid useless meetings one “must” attend. Whether you are a low-ranking member of your team or the CEO, here are several strategies to stop wasting your time and everyone else’s. 1) Define the objective of a meeting. If a meeting has no objective, [...]

Choose Your Words Carefully

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 [...]

How to Deal with Irrational People (aka everyone)

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 Burden of Leadership

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 [...]

How to Overcome Extreme Adversity

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 [...]

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