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What is a useful framework for benchmarking and measuring in case interviews and consulting projects?

What is a useful framework for benchmarking and measuring in case interviews and consulting projects?

You’ve heard the adage, “when you only have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” If you are only operating with one tool in your toolkit, then this tool might shape your perspective (to your detriment). Using a hammer in every situation can do more harm than good, just like using one framework for every…

The Link Between Location and Nonprofits

The Link Between Location and Nonprofits

Governing recently did an analysis on where nonprofits are the most prevalent. This review helps us to better understand the nonprofit and government ecosystem. Nonprofits often fill a void by providing a service that the government is unable to provide. Additionally, nonprofits may provide supplemental service to fill gaps that the government cannot fully fill.…

Podcasts for Consulting and Case Interview Preparation

Podcasts for Consulting and Case Interview Preparation

Podcasts help you prepare for consulting and case interviews while on the go. It’s not always easy to prepare for a career in consulting or get ready for case interviews during your commute, while at the gym, or while running errands. Listening to podcasts can help you to better understand complex business problems, hear creative…

How Do You Factor Risk Into Your Case Interview?

How Do You Factor Risk Into Your Case Interview?

Thinking through risks shows the case interviewer that you are taking a holistic approach to solving the problem and are providing the client with value-add considerations after the project is complete. Moreover, this shows a level of sophistication, understanding, and recognition of threats and opportunities that can differentiate you from other candidates. Identifying Risk Shows…

Government Shutdown

Government Shutdown Impact

As the government approaches its September 30th deadline to approve funding and avoid another spending lapse, it is important to consider the impact that a shutdown has on the country. With the triumvirate of politics, partisanship, and posturing rearing their ugly heads, the reality of regular government shutdowns remains on the horizon. Financial Impact: An…

Philanthropy’s Role in the Nonprofit Sector

Philanthropy’s Role in the Nonprofit Sector

Philanthropic giving has significantly changed the nonprofit landscape, especially over the last few decades. The ability to connect with and mobilize small dollar donors, corporations, and high net worth (HNW) individuals can transform how nonprofits operate (for better or worse). The Philanthropy Outlook 2019 &2020 has found that total giving is expected to rise above…

How Do You Handle Working For A Client Whose Politics Are Not Aligned With Your Own?

How Do You Handle Working For A Client Whose Politics Are Not Aligned With Your Own? Part 2

This is a follow-up on a discussion with students from Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy that was addressed in last week’s post. When evaluating firms, you will need to consider whether that firm reflects your values and whether that firm is willing to turn down potentially lucrative contracts and revenue…

A Real-Time Case Study: The E-Cigarette (Vaping) Market

A Real-Time Case Study: The E-Cigarette (Vaping) Market

In Marc’s August 27th blog “Case Journal”, he shared the importance of keeping a case journal full of articles, business challenges and opportunities, and frameworks, findings, and takeaways from these articles and your case journey. The e-cigarette market is another case that you should closely watch, deconstruct, and consider the roles of the private sector,…

How Do You Handle Working For A Client Whose Politics Are Not Aligned With Your Own?

How Do You Handle Working For A Client Whose Politics Are Not Aligned With Your Own? Part 1

I had the pleasure of presenting a workshop this past weekend at Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. As we walked through a case that focused on helping a client develop a recruitment and retention strategy for border patrol agents (based on a Government Accountability Office report), many people cringed as…

What Role Do Stakeholders Play in the Case Interview

What Role Do Stakeholders Play in the Case Interview?

A critical step for success in the case interview is identifying and qualifying stakeholders. As a consultant, you must quickly assess and evaluate your environment. Knowing who the decision-makers, the influencers, and the impacted are can help you evaluate your options, risks, and consider the reactions of those with a vested interest in the project.…