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The Strategy Skills Podcast: Management Consulting | Strategy, Operations & Implementation | Critical Thinking

The Strategy Skills Podcast is the channel where strategy partners teach you the tools and techniques to solve mankind’s greatest problems. Learn all the skills of McKinsey and BCG consultants without having to work at a consulting firm. The podcast teaches both technical analyses and soft skills like communication.Each week we discuss concepts to help listeners advance their strategy, operations and implementation skills, enhance their critical thinking ability and build their executive presence. We also dissect individual consulting studies in great detail so you can replicate them with confidence. www.firmsconsulting.com www.strategytraining.com

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This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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102: Current crisis = golden opportunity to transform your life

Our clients are often facing crises and catastrophes somewhere in the world. From virus outbreaks to earthquakes, wildfire evacuations and more. And they write to us about their immediate plans to manage the situation. What we find is that they almost always take actions that damage their careers and hurt their lives. They let external factors, the media narrative and their social network influence them to make poor choices that handicap their lives. Often severely. They don't realize that the biggest, fastest and most sustainable way to transform one’s life and career is to leverage a crisis. Don't run from a crisis. Run into a crisis. This is a short episode released on Strategy Skills iTunes channel and YouTube which includes an overview of the full program we released for FC Insiders (StrategyTraining.com/Strategy Training apps). The full program: https://www.strategytraining.com/how-to-manage-a-crises

7mins

19 Mar 2020

Rank #1

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83: Netflix's strategy. Discussion with Bill Matassoni (former McKinsey and BCG senior partner)

PLEASE KINDLY NOTE: The sound was not very clear at times but we decided to still release this free podcast so those interested can have an opportunity to hear this discussion. Every now and then, someone comes along and makes the subject of #management both fun and insightful. That’s what Bill Matassoni has done in his memoir—a combination of compelling stories and contrarian substance—that covers his forty-year career selling what he calls “ephemeral things.” In addition to the memoir, Bill plays host to a series of videos and podcasts that are entertaining, irreverent, and filled with his conviction that #marketing is the primary driver of progress in both commercial and social #markets. We released Bill Matassoni's memoir and documentary series, as well as number of free podcasts. If you would like to read a bonus chapter from Bill's memoir, view advance content and receive other exclusive strategy material prepared by former partners from major consulting firms, you can sign up for email updates. Strategy Skills iTunes channel is ranked among top 5-10 in many countries around the world for #careers. https://www.firmsconsulting.com

25mins

6 May 2019

Rank #2

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92: Senior partner at McKinsey & a global leader of their Organization Practice

Meet Bill Schaninger, Senior Partner at McKinsey and a global leader of their Organization Practice (based in Philadelphia). Bill focuses on driving large-scale organizational and cultural change for clients across North America, Europe, and the Middle East. An expert on the role of culture, values, talent and leadership in improving business outcomes, he helps executives enhance management effectiveness. Bill has published extensively in practitioner and academic journals, on organizational topics. FIRMSconsulting.com - optin for email updates to receive access to selected episodes from our advanced training programs. 

1hr 10mins

25 Oct 2019

Rank #3

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43: Audemars Piguet & Leadership

Welcome to the 40th podcast on the Corporate Strategy & Transformation study and we remain in week 4.  In this podcast we explain how leadership is defined at great firms like McKinsey and BCG, and how we also manage leadership transition at FC. It will surprise you to see how different the mindset can be and that we think about these issues all the time.  The most important role of a partner is to leave the firm in a better place than when she/he joined, and to hand over a client relationship to a newer partner. The ability to maintain this cycle is critical.  If the mechanism is not there, even proud and great firms suffer during leadership changes. You want to avoid that. The cycle must be continuous.  SIGN UP FOR EMAIL UPDATES HERE & RECEIVE FREE STRATEGY TRAINING COME HANG OUT WITH US: Facebook / Twitter / LinkedInFor more details on how to conduct strategy, operations or implementation consulting studies refer to the Firmsconsulting Original Training Programs.

16mins

16 Feb 2016

Rank #4

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54: 5 Tips To Fight Fatigue

This is the next Strategy Skills podcast. In this episode we discuss 5 tips to fight fatigue. SIGN UP FOR EMAIL UPDATES HERE & RECEIVE FREE STRATEGY TRAINING STAY IN TOUCH: Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn IF WANT TO LEARN FROM FORMER STRATEGY PARTNERS REFER TO THE FIRMSCONSULTING ORIGINAL TRAINING PROGRAMS.

16mins

1 Jun 2016

Rank #5

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73: Are the analyses always the same for a strategy workshop?

In this 73rd and new episode of the Strategy Skills complimentary podcast, audio version, we answer:  - Are the analyses always the same for a strategy workshop? In other words, what determines the analyses you should undertake for a strategy workshop  - How does one set objectives for the workshop?  - How many strategy workshops should be completed during an engagement?  - Why are top-down analyses so important?  This podcast is available on our Apps in the complimentary section where NO subscription/membership is needed. Download our Apple and Android Apps, click on browse and scroll to the "Complimentary: no subscription needed" section. You will find the podcast under the "Strategy Skills" channel.  If you find FC podcasts helpful and you feel listening makes a difference in your career, leave a review for our Apps and/or iTunes channels. It may sound like a small gesture, but it helps us 1) to know that our efforts are appreciated and make a difference to you, and 2) helps other people who will benefit from these podcasts find us. We read every review and try to help members / listeners who wrote them. And if you end up writing a review, send us a link. We would love to read your feedback.  We hope this podcast will make at least a small difference in your career.  Do not hesitate to post any questions/comments. Until next time, go and make change happen. Learn. Apply. Advance. And let us know how things progress for you.  Kris kris@firmsconsulting.comSIGN UP FOR EMAIL UPDATES HERE & RECEIVE FREE STRATEGY TRAINING STAY IN TOUCH: Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn IF WANT TO LEARN FROM FORMER STRATEGY PARTNERS REFER TO THE FIRMSCONSULTING ORIGINAL TRAINING PROGRAMS

17mins

20 May 2018

Rank #6

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44: Promoting Women into Senior Roles

Welcome to the 41th podcast on the Corporate Strategy & Transformation study and we remain in week 4. Promoting women into leadership roles is a hot topic and, sadly, a debate. Why is it a debate? What are the elements that require further analysis? To paraphrase Marvin Bower, one does not ask a client if a woman should take over the relationship, one simply tells a client a woman is taking over. It is not the client’s job to decide what is right. In this podcast we explain why we have more female than male partners at FC and how we constantly develop them to serve in more and more senior roles. Click here to see the full study and here to see the merger study and market entry study. SIGN UP FOR EMAIL UPDATES HERE & RECEIVE FREE STRATEGY TRAINING COME HANG OUT WITH US: Facebook / Twitter / LinkedInWANT TO LEARN FROM FORMER STRATEGY PARTNERS? REFER TO THE FIRMSCONSULTING ORIGINAL TRAINING PROGRAMS.

17mins

1 Mar 2016

Rank #7

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46: Professional Values on Studies

Welcome to the 43rd podcast on the Corporate Strategy & Transformation study. In today’s podcast we will talk about about general professional values or etiquette that consultants should apply on an engagement. We specifically discuss things that consultants sometimes do on studies that may alienate the client. And rather than talking about every single thing you need to avoid, we will talk about some principles. And these principles apply across every issue. We also discuss how to address a situation where a consultant’s behaviour is incompatible with the firm’s professional values. Click here to see the full study and here to see the merger study and market entry study. SIGN UP FOR EMAIL UPDATES HERE & RECEIVE FREE STRATEGY TRAINING COME HANG OUT WITH US: Facebook / Twitter / LinkedInWANT TO LEARN FROM FORMER STRATEGY PARTNERS? REFER TO THE FIRMSCONSULTING ORIGINAL TRAINING PROGRAMS.

16mins

22 Mar 2016

Rank #8

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81: How to convert insights into Strategy Maps

Today we have a treat for members who are not Insiders (Insiders have had access to this and thousands of similar videos for a long time). We released a new video episode of the Strategy Skills podcast (number 81) this week. How to convert insights into Strategy Maps is a powerful tool to create prescriptive / forecasting models to both explain and predict strategy options. This is how to move from being a consultant to thinking and presenting like a partner. It is complimentary and available on iTunes, Youtube, Spotify and many other podcast players. Video version of this episode is available on youtube - https://youtu.be/hcStB7fjsJ0 If you would like to access episodes from our strategy training programs and receive other exclusive strategy material, you can sign up for FC community email updates on  http://www.marketingsavestheworld.com or https://www.firmsconsulting.com

24mins

19 Mar 2019

Rank #9

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93: How to Manage Like Amazon (with CEO Advisor Ram Charan)

Every business wants to succeed like Amazon so we invited New York Times bestselling author & CEO Advisor Ram Charan to talk about How to Manage Like Amazon. From their high-velocity decision-making to their top talent hiring practices to their “Forever Day-1 Culture”, the insider secrets behind Amazon’s success are now within anyone’s grasp. Find out how Amazon does it and how you can too by listening to this fascinating conversation between Michael and Ram, whom Fortune calls “The most influential consultant alive” and whose book  Execution spent 150 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Ram's new book The Amazon Management System can be purchased here https://amzn.to/2RGGLy6 https://www.firmsconsulting.com

51mins

11 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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79: Tesla's strategy. Co-hosted by Bill Matassoni

Every now and then, someone comes along and makes the subject of management both fun and insightful. That’s what Bill Matassoni has done in his memoir—a combination of compelling stories and contrarian substance—that covers his forty-year career selling what he calls “ephemeral things.” In addition to the memoir, Bill plays host to a series of videos that are entertaining, irreverent, and filled with his conviction that marketing is the primary driver of progress in both commercial and social markets. We will soon release Bill Matassoni's memoir and documentary series. If you would like to read a bonus chapter, view advance content and receive other exclusive strategy material, please sign up below. http://www.marketingsavestheworld.com or https://www.firmsconsulting.com

35mins

18 Feb 2019

Rank #11

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48: What is the Big Picture Thinking?

Welcome to the 45th podcast on the Corporate Strategy & Transformation study and we remain in week 4. At least once in your life you would have received feedback to be a more big picture thinker. The problem is that everyone will have a different definition of big picture thinking and many of the definitions are vague, counter-intuitive or wrong. Based on advising some of the consultants on the study, this podcast provides a very simple, intuitive, practical and correct definition of the big picture concept. It also explains why it is so important and how to use it. Keep in mind that this study is being updated on our website where you can view the training videos and power point slides - the next update is scheduled for this month. This is a huge study and will offer the most realistic training for both consultants and industry professionals. Pure corporate strategy studies are rare. This is a unique training opportunity. Click here to see the full study and here to see the merger study and market entry study. SIGN UP FOR EMAIL UPDATES HERE & RECEIVE FREE STRATEGY TRAINING COME HANG OUT WITH US: Facebook / Twitter / LinkedInWANT TO LEARN FROM FORMER STRATEGY PARTNERS? REFER TO THE FIRMSCONSULTING ORIGINAL TRAINING PROGRAMS.

12mins

5 Apr 2016

Rank #12

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101: Interview with McKinsey partner Peter Dahlström on the source of competitive advantage in the digital era

This is #101 episode of the Strategy Skills podcast. In this episode we interview senior partner at McKinsey & Company Peter Dahlström on the source of competitive advantage in the digital era.  Peter Dahlström leads McKinsey’s client and firm communications. As the global leader for McKinsey Digital’s B2C team, he serves leading institutions in the telecommunications, high-tech, media, and fast-moving consumer-goods industries. Peter is a co-author of FAST TIMES: How Digital Winners Set Direction, Learn, and Adapt.  Access free training episodes from our paid advanced strategy training programs here (opt-in for free to get access): https://www.FIRMSconsulting.com

58mins

28 Feb 2020

Rank #13

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85: Management consulting storyboards

How do I build the storyboard and why is it done so early? is a new strategy skills video podcast we released this week. It is one of our more in depth episodes taken as sample video from one of our strategy studies. This episode is complimentary and available on iTunes, Youtube, Spotify and many other podcast players. https://www.firmsconsulting.com

21mins

7 Jun 2019

Rank #14

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91: How do I know what is corporate strategy

An episode 91 of Strategy Skills iTunes podcast is here (Strategy Skills podcast is ranked among 5-10 top for careers in many countries worldwide).  www.FIRMSconsulting.com - optin for email updates to receive access to some episodes from our advanced #strategicmanagement programs. 

5mins

24 Sep 2019

Rank #15

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87: How to think about financial strategy | management consulting

FIRMSconsulting.com - optin for email updates to receive access to some episodes from our advanced #strategicmanagement programs. "How to think about financial strategy." The next episode, number 87, of the Strategy Skills iTunes podcast is here. Strategy Skills podcast is ranked among 5-10 top for #careers in many countries worldwide.

10mins

10 Jul 2019

Rank #16

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96: "Are You Undervaluing Your Customers?" with Bain & Company's Rob Markey

Listen to this thought-provoking discussion between Michael and Rob Markey, Bain and Company's partner.  Rob Markey, a partner and director at Bain & Company and the founder of the firm’s Global Customer Strategy and Marketing practice. He is a co-author of The Ultimate Question 2.0 and is the host of the Net Promoter System podcast. He is based in New York. https://www.firmsconsulting.com/

1hr 9mins

14 Jan 2020

Rank #17

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80: How to handle a "horrible" client?

In this 80th and a new episode of the Strategy Skills complimentary podcast, an audio version we answer a listener's question, "How to handle a horrible client?" If you would like to access episodes from our strategy training programs and receive other exclusive strategy material, please sign up for FC community email updates on  http://www.marketingsavestheworld.com or https://www.firmsconsulting.com

16mins

11 Mar 2019

Rank #18

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90: What makes corporate strategy different

You can find more training resources here: Get free access to selected episodes when you sign up for email updates: https://www.firmsconsulting.com Get Access to Firmsconsulting Training by Becoming a Member Here: https://www.firmsconsulting.com/subscription-options/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firmsconsulting/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Firmsconsulting/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/firmsconsulting Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/firmsconsulting

5mins

21 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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88: Scenario planning's common problems

An episode 88 of Strategy Skills iTunes podcast is here (Strategy Skills podcast is ranked among 5-10 top for careers in many countries worldwide). ScenarioPlanning / ScenarioAnalysis is a powerful tool in consulting. This is how to move from being a consultant to thinking and presenting like a partner. www.FIRMSconsulting.com - optin for email updates to receive access to some episodes from our advanced #strategicmanagement programs. 

9mins

23 Aug 2019

Rank #20