2×2 Matrix: Opposing Characteristics Framework

Consultants use visual tools to effectively structure their thoughts during brainstorming sessions and also to convey findings to clients. One such common tool is the 2×2 Matrix, also known as the 2×2 Decision Matrix. The matrix can be used in…

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The 3 Levels of Communication Skills Training

All strategic, operational, and financial success hinges on clear, effective communication. Can I get an amen, anyone who’s ever worked on a team? Even the most cutting-edge business strategy is meaningless if you can’t communicate it in a way that…

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Top Business Skills In Demand

Whether you’re at the beginning of your career or have already made your way to the C-Suite, developing new skills is a must. As the old adage goes: if you’re not growing, you’re dying. The question of course then becomes…

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Answer First Communication

It’s no secret that the news media begins broadcasts with the most attention-grabbing headlines possible and jumps straight into the meat of the content. The same style of communication is also highly effective in business – especially consulting – and…

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Emotional Intelligence in Business

Emotional… intelligence? Doesn’t that seem like a contradiction in terms? Wasn’t Mr. Spock’s cold emotional detachment what made the famous Vulcan so effective? Still, most people’s favorite boss is not the one with the most technical aptitude. It was the…

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Top 6 Leadership Skills for Managers

We’ve all heard the cliché that leaders are made not born, but is that really true? As is the case with most well-worn sayings, there is both accuracy and exaggeration involved. What are the top leadership skills to develop –…

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Amazon Leadership Principles

Amazon has a market cap of over $1 trillion (let that sink in for a minute!), making it one of the most valuable companies in the world by that metric. The meteoric rise of Amazon is due, at least in…

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What Are Soft Skills?

Soft skills are often overlooked by candidates vying to enter the consulting industry. It makes sense as so much emphasis is placed on the case interview during the consulting recruiting process. In any field, despite the importance of basic data…

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