Course Resources

Note: Of the following, check the course syllabus to note any books you need to have.  You will  not need to procure them all, but each is available at very reasonable cost. You can get them through Kindle as well.

 I've worked mostly with McKinsey (in my role as executive with two Fortune 100 corporate clients of theirs), so several frameworks we'll work with are sourced from there.  One position I held for some time at Roche/Genentech was "Business Solutions Manager" --an internal consultant to the organization, a role we will discuss. 

Expect the course to be relevant in most any professional setting - if you are willing to put in the work! For those with a passion for problem-solving, this will be an enriching journey.

DO PROCURE THE BOOK BELOW - AVAILABLE AT LIBRARY ALSO FOR YOUR REFERENCE, BUT INEXPENSIVE:

 The "grandfather" of consulting books  

Block, P.  (2011).  Flawless consulting:  A guide to getting your expertise used.  Pfeiffer (an Imprint of Wiley):  San Francisco. 

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Consulting Essentials: The Art and Science of People, Facts, and Frameworks—Jeff Kavanaugh

Publisher's description: How do you become a world-class consultant? This is the question on the minds of thousands of young consultants as they graduate from the classrooms of the world's business schools to the offices of top consulting firms. Yet, few of them have been formally trained on the concepts that elevate consultants to the top of their field.

Drawing on his experience as a senior partner at a multi-billion dollar consulting firm and adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Dallas MBA program, the author shares the tools of the trade for young professionals to quickly scale the consulting learning curve.

Publisher: Lioncrest Publishing (April 16, 2018)

ISBN-10: 1544510675

ISBN-13: 978-1544510675

The McKinsey Edge: Success Principles from the World’s Most Powerful Consulting Firm – Shu Hattori

Publisher's description: The ultimate guide to managing your career―at every level, through every transition―The McKinsey Edge culls the best practices of an exclusive group of executives and consultants from McKinsey & Company, the legendary consulting firm that services eighty percent of the world’s largest corporations.

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (November 24, 2015)

ISBN-10: 1259588688

ISBN-13: 978-1259588686

Case Interview Secrets: A Former McKinsey Interviewer Reveals How to Get Multiple Job Offers in Consulting – Victor Cheng

Publisher's description: Step-by-step instructions on how to dominate what many consider to be the most complex, most difficult, and most intimidating corporate job interview in the world—the infamous case interview. Victor Cheng, a former McKinsey management consultant, reveals his insider's method for acing the case interview. Cheng’s protégées work in all the major strategy management consulting firms, including McKinsey, The Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Company, Monitor Company, A.T. Kearny, Oliver Wyman, L.E.K, Roland Berger, Accenture, and Deloitte, as well as in the strategic planning departments of numerous Fortune 500 companies. Helpful whether you’re an undergraduate, MBA, PhD, or experienced-hire applicant candidate.

Publisher: Innovation Press; 1 edition (April 20, 2012)

Publication Date: April 20, 2012

ASIN: B007XWFZSA

 

Humble Consulting: How to Provide Real Help Faster – Edgar Schein

Publisher's description: Ed Schein is Professor Emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management. He was educated at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology.

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (April 4, 2016)

ISBN-10: 1626567204

ISBN-13: 978-1626567207

 
Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling – Edgar Schein

Publisher's description: Ed Schein and his colleagues at MIT have consulted with premier corporations around the world. He notes that

Communication is essential in a healthy organization. But all too often when we interact with people…we simply tell them what we think they need to know. This shuts them down. To generate bold new ideas, to avoid disastrous mistakes, to develop agility and flexibility, we need to practice Humble Inquiry.

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (September 2, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1609949811

 

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Advancing your Practice: Live Interviews for New Grad Consultants - Examples from a Large Firm, Aspirational, But Helps You See Waht Those in Large Well-Known Firms are Up Against

In the videos here, interviewees engage in multiple rounds of "fit interviews" with global consulting firms seeking new hires. This is the level at which MBA graduates compete. It's offered here for your reference - perhaps you have the acumen and desire to head in the direction of the global consulting firms.
 
 
Bottom line:  know how to address  problems, and be able to communicate clearly as you offer approaches in future case interviews. It's about knowledge, experiences,attitude and comportment. It's not about the lingo as much as what you understand. Confidence is key.
 
As Professor Bob Sutton of Stanford says:  “(My advice to students is to have) strong opinions, weakly held.”
 
You will also have practice in interactive scenarios - and in the process, learn how to think through a business case and credibly communicate your findings. Perfection is not required - a level head is. And an even-keeled approach to problem solving is welcome in any career path you choose.
 
 
Exercise courtesy of Oliver Lehmann Project Management Training
 

 

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Contact

Linda Clark-Borre lclark-borre@csuchico.edu