Management Consulting Productivity Hacks
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- 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
- Basic knowledge of economics
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:
- How to set priorities on tasks and projects?
- How to select the right things to concentrate on, also on daily bases
- How to do much faster tasks and to minimize the burden of boring tasks that everybody is faced with.
- How to avoid doing many things altogether
- How to increase team efficiency
You can also ask me any question either through the discussion mode or by messaging me directly.
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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.
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You will be able also to download many additional resources
- Examples in Excel, Word, Power Point
- Presentation of slides show in the course
- Links to additional presentations and movies
- 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
- Business analysts
- Team leaders
- Small and medium business owners
- Startups founders
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.
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
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
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
In this lecture I will show you how to use in practice 80/20 rule also known as Pareto principal
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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