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Any book recommendations on how to work smarter not harder, particularly as it pertains to our day-to-day as management consultants?

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Ex-consultant here .. I'd say learn to leverage firm resources as much as you can, build your own inventory of deliverables (I used to keep a local repo of fancy slides that I could reuse or draw inspiration from) and create your own toolkit (excel templates, macros/scripts, plug ins, paid tools, etc.). Most consulting work is unique, fast paced, and usually consists of creating deliverables from a very unstructured data set (i.e. financial data, interviews, qualitative research, analysts reports, pdf docs, etc.) which doesn't lend itself well to automation and process improvements. But building out your toolkit can save a lot of headaches and make the job more sustainable. -- Forgot to answer your question -- maybe check out "Automate the Boring Stuff", a book on power query / power pivot may be useful as well...

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Delegate to analysts :)

Soon you’ll be delegated out of the firm if you keep that up

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