life as a consultant

Life, Death, and Consulting...

If you have been following the news, the death of Steve Jobs has been everywhere. Steve Jobs had an unusually big impact of my life and my parents’ lives. You see my parents started one of the very first Apple dealers in my hometown of San Diego, California. In 1977, Jobs co-invented the first mass [...]

McKinsey Careers

If you pursue one of the many McKinsey careers available to both beginning and experienced consultants, you will become part of one of the oldest firms in the field.  McKinsey was established some 80 years ago, all the way back in that golden age of American business, the “Roaring Twenties.”  Many in fact credit the [...]

How Consultants Can Really Help Their Clients

A while ago, one of the major news stories in the U.S. was about how an air traffic controller fell asleep on the job — forcing the pilot to land a plane without help from the control tower (very dangerous). It is the third time this has happened.  If this happened in a corporation, it [...]

BCG Atlanta Offer

BCG Interview – Success Story I wanted to thank you for your guidance during the consulting interviewing process. The videos and notes on your website helped me immensely. The videos were especially useful in acing, what was for me at least, the most challenging part of case interviews: the presentation and stylistic elements of the case. [...]

Intelligence vs. Wisdom as a Consultant

A common mistake made by new consultants is mistaking their intellect for wisdom. The two are not the same thing. The other common mistake is to assume that to be successful as CEO or operating executive, you just have to get the strategy right and the execution or implementation is comparatively easier. I use to [...]

McKinsey Up or Out Policy

Question: Thank you for providing so much quality online content!  I have a much better understanding of the case interview process now. I want to learn more about life as a consultant, and the common up-or-out policy at Big 3 firms. Can you tell us some more about the up-or-out policy at MBB? From previous [...]

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