What are your favorite books for consulting?

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Friday thoughts on Strengths vs weaknesses: I have been told that I am solid in quant, but need development on the creative side of things - brainstorming, strategic frameworks, maybe even writing. If this situation can be improved, what should I do? books or videos or exercises? This doesn't seem easy to tackle at all... If this just reflects how I am like, does it mean I'm not fit for consulting in the longer haul (looking at SC, PM max)? Or perhaps I should focus on DD type of consulting?

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I’ve worked in Consulting for the past 2.5 years and I’ve loved it! Today is the day where all the horror stories I’ve heard about consulting came true. I worked until 1AM this morning to finish deliverables for a client I’m working on. I’ve had PTO on the books for the past two months and jumped on a flight this morning to enjoy the rest of the week off. I land and my phone buzzes for a fire drill that only I can solve. Should I work for the next 10 hours and fix or say screw it not my problem?

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Looking for Suggestions YOE: 8 looking to move into core management consulting where normally understanding is required on growth & customer strategy, market entry asses, operating model redesign etc. Since i wasn't directly involved in those kind of workloads, i am thinking about reading few of the below books to prepare myself. The McKinney way The trusted advisor Case interview secrets Flawless consulting Can someone suggest which one should be the best?suggest apart from the above as well.

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Wealth of experience working in the Bay Area with pre ipo clients going through funding/ working on pitch books etc. My hometown has a growing tech scene but little funding. Was thinking of parlaying these experiences and starting a bit of a consulting operations to connect the two Anyone with insight on how I might go about doing this? Would love to chat!

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Are any consulting case books on Amazon worth it, and if so which are they?

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Currently working on interview prep for a product manager role. Purchased the product alliance course and going through the content now. Ex consulting 🐠, now product mgrs, did you also read more books, content etc to learn core principles of pm to boost confidence in interview prep? Thanks in advance! 🙏🏼

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I will be heading to MBB in a few months. Any advice for how to best prepare for my new role? Any advice on books to read / skills to sharpen before I officially start? Thank you! McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Company.

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Fishes, looking for recommendations on growing business development and sales skills. Finding and growing pipelines, establishing marketing materials, closing sales, and similar for services. I have on the job experience within consulting but never any formal training or education. Entering a new role where I'll need to build organizational capabilities from scratch. Any recommendations on programs, certificates, courses, books, or other similar ideas would be greatly appreciated. TIA!

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Hey fishes, I’m 21M here. Class of 2020, 3.2 GPA from a top 20 target school for undergrad. I am 8 months into my first consulting job. What is the timeline for someone like myself? I managed to get some 2020 GMAT prep books but apart from that, I’m not really sure what the direction is. Do I just prep, practice, and take the test? I would like to apply for schools by 2024-2025. Thanks!

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Ambiguity in consulting. This is a significant part of this industry as many of us wade in front of a vague asks and have to craft something impactful with little to go on. There are frameworks to problem solve, yes, but many times the ambiguity comes well before a framework can even be determined. Have you seen good resources in books or online that have helped you hone your skill for working through it?

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Does anyone have recommendations for thought leaders/influencers in the M&A space? Looking for blogs, books, YouTube videos? Not currently in the space, trying to learn more as I’m thinking about a pivot after a few years in consulting/startups

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Good consulting books? Not talking case prep but a fun read about the industry and what it takes to succeed, etc. Thank you!

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How can i prep for case interviews at BCG? Any good books, podcasts, consultants etc. you guys recommend? TIA 😊 Boston Consulting Group

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Has anyone ever made the jump from consulting to being a full time creative? Recently I've realized that consulting isn't what I wanna do, but more broadly idk if a 9-5 business job is for me either. I've always wanted to make films and write books but I rarely see anyone in our industry make this kind of jump. Also finances 🥴 Overall I'm just not sure if I can see myself doing this for the next 30 years

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Best way to network and get a job at a competitor consulting firm?? Are there any articles/guides/books that give you step by step guide to networking??

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Tech advisory/consulting folks - what are some recent books/novels you been reading? Not looking for tech books. More on tech advisory

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What are some good books, blogs or reading materials for Management Consulting role? I have mostly been in Solution Manager, Business Analyst manager role and moving to Big 4 Financial Services Management Consulting role at Manager level.

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I recently got diagnosed with ADHD. I'm 31 and found this only because b school and post mba consulting job was/is much more challenging than anything I did before. What I'm confused about is that even as a teenager I could read entire books overnight. But the last two years of high school I started selectively zoning out and the problem has become worse since. I just realised it now. My doctor has suggested treating depression (I was also unaware of this) with Wellbutrin first (contd)

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Suggestions for books, apps, etc to help think thru career change? Something that helps put a framework around finding something that fits your strengths, suggestions on what to consider, etc? Feeling lost even thinking what jobs to consider aside from corporate strategy and that is so not creative for someone in consulting! Suggestions on resources?

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There are very few good books on consulting and IT services that I have seen . What should such a book cover for it to be useful to a large number of consultants ? Specific topics like how to grow a career , how to develop business etc OR a general purpose overview from all angles ?

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Anyone transition from consulting to product and have any real practical advice? I’ve read many boards, blogs, and books but maybe something that you learned in the process that would be helpful?

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Hello everyone, I am CA looking to start a fresh innings in Management Consulting role at a Business Consulting Firm as a fresher. Can you please suggest me some good books to read on management consulting to begin with? It will be of great help

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Hello everyone, I am CA looking to start a fresh innings in Management Consulting role at a Business Consulting Firm as a fresher. Can you please suggest me some good books to read on management consulting to begin with? It will be of great help

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🐠 I’m currently in tech consulting, but I don’t think I’m technical enough. Im a lot more interested in strategy work. Any reccs on career path/books/courses to gain more experience in that area? Any tips on how to make that jump? No MBA and 1 Yr experience in consulting. TIA

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I've become really jaded about consulting. I find all so often you need to tell the client what they want to hear to keep their business and I feel like so much of the what I recommend doesn't actually get implemented. I'm looking to make a career switch so I can both create and execute on my strategies. A product management path seems very promising for this. Does anyone who switched from consulting to product management have any recommendations of h helpful PM books, courses, or programs?

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Are there any books or newsletters that help with career progression in consulting?

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Notice there are so many people with debate experience in consulting. Kinda impressed. Any highly recommended books related to debate or communication in general?

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I'm trying to switch from consulting to product management. Is it possible to make the switch directly or would I need to go to business school? Are any FAANG companies keen on PMs with a consulting background? Are there any courses or books that could help me make the switch? I've been seeinga lot of ads Product School for instance. Is that a better value substitute for business school? Sorry for the question overload lol. Thanks in advance for your help 🙂

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Any good books/learning materials on how consulting/non-product firms acquire other firms? Struggling to find relevant info. “Talent-based acquisitions” seem to be all about hr/recruiting. What are alternative keywords I should use?

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Anyone on here in organizational psychology consulting? I’ve been reading a lot of books in IO Psych. and would love to transition to that field. Currently in ERP consulting. If you could share how you got started and any advice for someone looking to go in that field (degrees/experiences/etc).

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Hi, would anyone be available to critique my resume? Also, I want to get out of consulting, but an absolutely horrible at selling myself because I don’t think I’ve done anything in my 3 years here. Does anyone have any good books that may help me with this?

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MBAs and Strategy Consultants: If you were to do it all over, what is the most efficient way to become a “master” at case interviewing? Read each MBA program’s consulting club’s case books? Then practice? If yes, is there any specific order/sequence of case types to prepare for?

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I'm looking to pivot from consulting into tech. I've gotten lots of interesting from tech companies on the ops side but am much more interested in product management. Any advice on books or courses to help make the transition? I'm struggling to land PM interviews at companies that aren't tiny startups :(

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Looking for recommendations for good consulting / problem solving books and possibly LinkedIn courses if anyone has taken something worthwhile. Thanks Fam!

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What are some must read books for tech strategy and consulting that you would recommend?

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Question from a newbie consultant - What are some good online courses/ books to improve consulting skills?

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Question from a newbie consultant - What are some good online courses/ books to improve consulting skills?

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Hey guys, I'm trying to switch from consulting to product management. What resources/books/courses would you guys recommend for prepping for PM interviews?

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looking to upgrade my consulting skills / general business knowledge and strategy mindset - any recommendations on courses , books or certifications worth pursuing? TIA

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