Management Consulting Productivity Hacks
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Management Consulting Productivity Hacks

How to be lazy and still get things done
4.7 (114 ratings)
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Created by Asen Gyczew
Last updated 8/2018
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 19 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Set priorities
  • Select the right things to concentrate on

  • Do much faster tasks

  • Avoid doing many things altogether
  • Increase efficiency of your team
  • 10x your productivity
Requirements
  • Basic knowledge of economics
Description

What is the aim of this course?

Management consultants are brutally efficient. They not only are taught to do their work fast, but also are very good in selecting the right issues. I know it from first-hand experience as I spend my first 5 years in this hostile environment of top consulting companies. Yes, we worked sometimes 10-15 hours a day; 6-7 days a week but we managed with a small team to do in 3 months what the the whole company was not able to do in years. Management consultants’ efficiency stems from 3 things: good organization, efficiency in daily activities and extremely good skills in picking the right topics. I think that those skills are crucial and I will teach how to acquire them.

In this course I will show you how to do the right things fast and efficiently so you can enjoy fully your work and life (depending what are your priorities ;) . The course is based on my 11 years of experience as a consultant in top consulting companies and as a Board Member responsible for strategy, improvement and turn-arounds in biggest companies from FMCG, SMG, B2B sector that I worked for.  On the basis of what you will find in this course I have trained over 100 business analysts and consultants who now are Investment Directors, Senior Analyst, Directors in Consulting Companies, Board Members etc.

I do not like to overcomplicate things so in every lecture I will be quite straightforward. In every lecture I described a different hack and I give examples how to use it, especially in services such as consulting. To every lecture you will find attached (in additional resources) many useful files: examples shown in the lecture, furthers suggestion, exercises etc.. If you don’t find something that you need let me know - I will try to prepare something and I will added to the course

In the course I use 6 main frameworks: 80/20 rule (Pareto Principle), lean manufacturing, theory of constraints, getting things done, critical chain method, lean startup


Why I decided to create this course?

The companies I have worked with so far as a Board Member (I am usually, Chief Restructuring Officer VP responsible for Strategy and Development) still have huge problems with  productivity on 3 levels: personal efficiency of team members, the general efficiency of the whole team (you can have efficient people that create inefficient team), selection of topics / tasks / projects.

I have always tried to coach them and increase the productivity but on-the-job training is not enough and it is always limited to people you have contact with . To go further and to have a bigger impact you need a material that you can refer people to when they are in need. Therefore, I decided to create this course. Since I work not only with mature companies but also with startups I have tested the material also on them. It proved very handy in making sure that the startups are improving their productivity.

 

In what way will you benefit from this course?

The course is a practical, step by step guide loaded with tones of, tricks, hints, examples that will significantly improve your productivity and improve the quality of your choices. There is little theory – mainly examples, a lot of tips from my own experience as well as other notable examples worth mentioning. Our intention is that thanks to the course you will know:

  1. How to set priorities on tasks and projects?
  2.  How to select the right things to concentrate on, also on daily bases
  3. How to do much faster tasks and to minimize the burden of boring tasks that everybody is faced with.
  4. How to  avoid doing many things altogether
  5. How to increase team efficiency

You can also ask me any question either through the discussion mode or by messaging me directly.

I will produce the necessary content and

 

How the course is organized?

The course is divided currently in 5 sections and will be adding new section to address other important issues. Currently you will find the following sections:

  • Introduction. We begin with little intro into the course
  • How to do the right things. In the second section we go through ways you can use to decide what to do and what NOT to do. I will show you how to avoid common mistakes
  • How to work faster. In the third section I will show you how to do faster the tasks or avoid doing them altogether. This section will have the most useful productivity hacks that you can apply to make sure that your personal productivity jumps significantly. Some of them, after modification can be applied for the team
  • How to make the whole team work faster. Fourth section is still in production. It will show you how to apply the productivity hacks from previous section to the team. I will also show productivity hacks for the boss
  • How not to anything at all and still get things done. Fifth section is still in production. It will be devoted to the productivity hacks that can be applied by the CEO and the owner, founder of the business to make sure that the whole business is efficient.

 

We will be adding 4###sup/sup### and the 5###sup/sup### sections in the coming months

 

You will be able also to download many additional resources

  1. Examples in Excel, Word, Power Point
  2. Presentation of slides show in the course
  3. Links to additional presentations and movies
  4. Links to books worth reading

 

At the end of my course, students will be able to…

  • Set priorities
  • Select the right things to concentrate on
  • Do much faster tasks
  • Avoid doing many things altogether
  • Increase efficiency of your team
Who this course is for:
  • Business analysts
  • Consultants
  • Researchers
  • Team leaders
  • Small and medium business owners
  • Startups founders
Course content
Expand all 52 lectures 03:36:56
+ Introduction
1 lecture 02:42

In this section I will show you what this course will be about

Preview 02:42
+ How to do the right things ?
11 lectures 41:25

In this lecture I will show you why it makes so much sense to be very good in selecting the topics on which you should concentrate.

Preview 01:14

In this lecture I will explain you why you should not concentrate too much on details at least at first. I will also show you ways to avoid it.  I will also do an example to show you how to apply these principles in practice

Preview 08:28

In this lecture I will explain you why you should not concentrate too much on details at least at first. I will also show you ways to avoid it.  I will also do an example to show you how to apply these principles in practice

Simple math in decision making
05:19

Issue tree is a simple yet powerful concept used in consulting for structuring discussion and picking the right topics to concentrate on. In this lecture I will show you the principles of using it as well as a practical example

Preview 01:44

Issue tree is a simple yet powerful concept used in consulting for structuring discussion and picking the right topics to concentrate on. In this lecture I will show you the principles of using it as well as a practical example. Here I show how to use it in practice on a consulting project

Issue tree - example of application in consulting project in logistics
01:42

In this lecture I will show you another example of an issue tree. This time it will be for retail

Issue tree – Retail
03:46

In this lecture we will talk briefly about applying the low hanging fruits in practice. I will show you the principles of using it as well as a practical example

Low hanging fruits
02:43

In this lecture I will show you how to use in practice 80/20 rule also known as Pareto principal

Preview 03:04

Goals are good as long as they are SMART. In this lecture we will talk briefly about applying this useful concept in practice. I will show you the principles of using it as well as a practical example: some of them general and one specific for consulting

Set SMART goals
05:50

Without setting the right priorites to tasks you may end-up concentrating on the wrong things.In this lecture we will discuss the ways in which you can set priorities to tasks that you have to perform. At the end I will apply them in an example to show you the difference in outcome

Priorities
04:19

In this lecture I will discuss the role of external and internal benchmarks. They are a powerful help in business and will help you boost your productivity yet have to be used with caution.  At the end I will apply them in an example to show you the difference in outcomes.

Benchmarks
03:16
+ How to work faster - basic hacks?
7 lectures 34:49

To-do list – highly popularized by David Allen in Getting things done are a great tool to make sure that you do the right things at a fast pace. In this lecture we will talk briefly about applying them in practice. I will show you the principles of using it, types of to-do list as well as a practical example, including the one I am using.

Preview 09:38

By using the right tools you can drastically improve your productivity. In this lecture I will talk how to get and use the right tools in practice. I will show you as well as a practical example

Use the right tools and master them
04:54

Bottlenecks are one of the biggest threats in making faster meaningful work. In this lecture I will explain briefly what it is and how to find it. I will show you as well as practical examples

Remove bottlenecks
05:23

Multitasking is pure evil and should be avoided. In this lecture I will show you how to do it and it will give you. At the end there will be a practical example

Avoid multitasking
04:06

People think that sending emails is an effective way to move things forward. The problem with them is they introduce iterative communication that can cause a lot of noise and wreck havoc. In this lecture I will show you how to do it and it will give you. At the end there will be a practical example. In this lecture I will teach you how to avoid emails in practice

Avoid emails
03:58

Standard folder structure is important  tool to save time and introduce order. I will show you the principles of using it as well as a practical exampl

Create universal structure of folders
02:16

In this lecture I show you the importance of writting in a clear and coherent manner that will help you get things done faster. You will also waste less time on writing things that nobody reads

Talk and write in a simple, clear and coherent way
04:34
+ How to work faster - intermediate hacks.
8 lectures 45:26

A lot of things are repetitive. Therefore, it makes sense to standardize everything. In this lecture we will show to do it in practice. 

Standardize everything
04:43

Next step after you created standards is to create templates. In this lecture I will explain how to do it in practice

Create templates
05:27

Here I show you templates of excel analysis

Example of standards and templates for Excel analysis
04:22

For some things standards cannot be applied straightforward. You need to introduce modules to move forward. I will show you in this lecture how to implement it in practice

Create modules
01:31

In this lecture I will show you how to take advantage of periods of lower activitie

Shelf management
08:38

As you saw in the example of email exchange iteration is one of the worst things that absorbs preposterous amount of  time and prolongs all activities. Iteration is not only taking a lot of time of all people involved but also does not let you go forward fast enough.In this lecture I will show you how to avoid it in pratice

Avoid iteration
12:28

By preparing ahead you can avoid iteration and save a lot of time. In this lecture I will show you how to do it in practice

Guess and prepare ahead
04:04

We are very fast to acquire, buy and collect because even if we do not use it know at some point (usually very distant in the future) specific thing may prove to be  lifesaving.  Most often, the staff we collect we do not use more than once (80/20 rules come into play. In this lecture I will show you how to get rid of unused things it in practice

Get rid of unused things
04:13
+ How to work faster - advanced hacks.
9 lectures 45:03

We will talk on the importance of deadlines, types of deadlines and how to set them

Deadlines
02:23

Whatever you do is for some sort of customers – your boss, your girlfriend / Boyfriend, other departments who use what you do. Therefore, you have to identify and understand your customer. In this lecture I will show you how to do it in practice

Know your customers
02:12

As I have mentioned previously customers are all the people to whom you deliver whatever you do. In consulting when you are business analyst your customers would be the customer of the company for whom you do the project but also associate or project manager supervising your work. If you are also doing some knowledge base generation then you may have as a customer additionally the Partner responsible for this area. It makes a lot of sense to become your customer. This will help you even further understand how to communicate properly and what will give you biggest results. In this lecture I will show you how to do it in practice

Be your customer
04:02

At some point being a jack of all trades is not enough. You have to choose some sort of specialization. It may change over the course of years as your role will change but consciously define it and execute it.

First of all you have to define the fields in which you want to excel. Then you have to diagnose yourself how good you are and set the target level. This will be the starting point of your development and mastering fields that will make the difference for you. . In this lecture I will show you how to do it in practice

Master your field
08:29

1 piece flow is a concept from lean manufacturing very useful also at normal work. In this lecture I will show what it is and how to use it in practice

1 piece flow
07:24

Smart Batching is a concept from lean manufacturing very useful also at normal work. In this lecture I will show what it is and how to use it in practice

Smart batching
06:20

Automation is the Holly Grail not of consultants but basically of everybody. You want you work to be done hopefully without your presence but all the praise to go to your name :) In this lecture I will show what it is and how to use it in practice

Automation
05:10

At some point all of the tips I have mentioned will be not enough if you want to realy scale up what you do. For this you will need to delegate some work and I will show you when and how to do it properly.

Delegate
05:54

Zero defect rules is not about making zero mistakes. It is about finding mistakes as soon as possible and eliminating them. In this lecture I will show what it is and how to use it in practice

Zero defect rule
03:09
+ Team efficiency - general rules
15 lectures 46:53

In this section I will show you how to 10x your team efficiency

Introduction to team efficiency
01:34

Your work as a Project Manager is totally different then the work of a business analyst or consultant. A good project manager doesn’t work directly. He manages people and relations

Why manager should not work?
02:03

If you want to have an effective team  you should  know what you want and implement it. The first step is to create the profile of an ideal team member

Introduction to creating ideal team members
01:36

Consulting is a team work so you have to define what values you want your team to follow. This is crucial as it will be something that will be the bases for the team culture. In this lecture I will show my values that provide good ground for managing properly the consulting project

Values
05:12

As we discuss previously you want to turn inexperienced graduates into seasoned consultants. This gives you greater chances of success during the project. Therefore, you have to define the profile of an ideal consultant and set your team member on the course to achieve this level. In this lecture I will also show you the profile I have defined for an ideal team member

Profile of the team member
02:55

If you want the team to work as one efficient body you have to facilitate the communication between them. This means especially that you should set standards, create templates and modules so that you create similar end-products

Structure for cooperation - Set and use the same standards, templates and ready
00:59

You have to make your team constantly improve to get self improving machine for work. In this lecture we will discuss it how to achieve it.

Why team members have to constantly improve
01:43

In this lecture I will show you how you can teach your team members efficiently

How to teach your team members
04:09

Once you have set the rules and standards it’s time to make sure that the team works efficiently. In the next lectures I will talk about few concepts that are very useful in  managing a team. I will also give you an example from managing a team during a consulting project

Introduction to managing the team efficiently
01:07

One of the biggest problem for efficiency is the so called Parkinson’s Law – Work expand so as to fill the time available for its completion. People when asked to evaluate the time certain things will take build in buffers. One of the ways to deal with it is the so called Critical chain. Here I will show you what it is

Critical Chain
03:16

In this lecture the tools and ways in which you should manage your team. I will also show you how your daily schedule should look like

How to manage your team -example from managing a consulting project?
04:59

Here I will show you an example of managing a tema in practice. I will use a team of project managers for this example


Managing the team in practice
06:07

One of the biggest problem in team management is the problem with too narrow specialization and bottlenecks. In this lecture and the next one I will talk about way how to deal with them

Introduction to identifying and dealing with bottlenecks in teams
02:38

Bottlenecks are one of the biggest threats in making faster meaningful work. In this lecture I will explain briefly what it is and how to find it. I will show you as well as practical examples

Removing bottlenecks
05:23

You have to use all the strengths of your team and at the same time find a way to capture it into something more tangible. That is why it is important to have a system to collect knowledge from your team

Collect knowledge
03:12
+ Conclusions
1 lecture 00:48
Bonus Lecture: Get full access to all my courses
00:48