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Launch Your New Career:Overcome 5 Great ObstaclesFebruary 22, 2013
First real life case        you will be solving        will be YOU. 2	  
Your case        framework will        look like this…3	  
Your case’ framework                        You.        External                Internal         factors                fa...
No help available,Lot of help available                 You are the only                                       expert     ...
Why me?   Not many years back, I was in your place. 6	  
Objective: Prevent        you from making the        same career mistakes        that I made 7	  
Each one of you         can become a         Strategy Consultant 8	  
This is a brain.Any smart brain. 9	  
Left Brain              Right Brain             Numbers                        Creativity         Logic           Analysis...
So where is the         strategy consulting         located in the brain? 11	  
StrategyConsulting12	  
Which means all         smart people can         become strategy         consultants?13	  
Just having it in your         brains is not enough! 14	  
Let’s look at an         example:          Here is my brain…15	  
Business Management   Architecture Finance      InnovationProject                 ArtManagement16	  
With a StrategyConsultant’sbrain, I felt like aqueen.17	  
That was an illusion. 18	  
This was thereality.19	  
Then how did I         survive and thrive? 20	  
So let’s start my story,   at the beginning …21	  
When I decided to   become a consultant …22	  
Looks familiar? That’s how I look when Ipull my hair. 23	  
On self diagnosis I   found…24	  
The 5 Great Obstacles25	  
New                  My Ex            Kids                                     Starting                                   ...
Solution?         Let’s work on this case together, 27	  
Structure for solving the5 great obstacles:   1.  Obstacle  2.  Your Solution?   3.  My Solution. 28	  
Obstacle #1.         My Ex29	  
#1. My ExEx careers areingrained inour identity 30	  
#1 My Ex: My Solution         Tell yourself you         are a consultant31	  
#1. My Ex: My Solution  Hold on to the transferable skills  and let go the non transferable skills  Look at yourself from ...
Obstacle #2.         Starting Point33	  
#2. Starting Point         Where Do I         Start? 34	  
#2. Starting Point: My Solution          Be your own consultant35	  
#2. Starting Point: My Solution     §    Research yourself     §    Do your own SCQ (situation,          complication, q...
Obstacle #3.         Perfect Fit37	  
#3. Perfect Fit         Where Do I Fit? 38	  
#3. Perfect FitBig firm/small firm?                      Management consulting/         Industry?   strategy consulting?   l...
#3. Perfect Fit: My Solution         Once again!          Think like a Consultant40	  
#3. Perfect Fit: My Solution                                       Talent                                                 ...
Obstacle #4.         Networking42	  
#4. NetworkingNetworkingNot Working?43	  
#4. Networking:My Solution          Become a nicer          person, stop         selling so hard44	  
#4. Networking:My Solution    §  Make mentors, make friends   §  Interpersonal relationships   §  Trust people (remembe...
Obstacle #5.          New Kids46	  
#5. New Kids          Younger people getting         hired more easily? 47	  
#5. New Kids:My solution          Develop and show          off new abilities48	  
#5. New Kids:My solution   §  Ability to adapt  §  Ability to learn  §  Flexibility           49	  
Working around these 5obstacles helped meachieve what I wanted. 50	  
New                  My Ex            Kids                                     Start                                      ...
Consultant         New          abilities                          Consultant Nice person                      Consultant5...
And now that I am         already a consultant,         it’s your turn. 53	  
More obstacles?         Questions?         Comments?          Sarcasm?          Say now or email later:          purnima@r...
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  1. 1. Launch Your New Career:Overcome 5 Great ObstaclesFebruary 22, 2013
  2. 2. First real life case you will be solving will be YOU. 2  
  3. 3. Your case framework will look like this…3  
  4. 4. Your case’ framework You. External Internal factors factors Consulting Your firms background Consultants Your talent Case Your studies passion4  
  5. 5. No help available,Lot of help available You are the only expert You. External Internal factors factors Consulting Your firms background Consultants Your talent Case Your studies passion 5  
  6. 6. Why me? Not many years back, I was in your place. 6  
  7. 7. Objective: Prevent you from making the same career mistakes that I made 7  
  8. 8. Each one of you can become a Strategy Consultant 8  
  9. 9. This is a brain.Any smart brain. 9  
  10. 10. Left Brain Right Brain Numbers Creativity Logic Analysis Imagination10  
  11. 11. So where is the strategy consulting located in the brain? 11  
  12. 12. StrategyConsulting12  
  13. 13. Which means all smart people can become strategy consultants?13  
  14. 14. Just having it in your brains is not enough! 14  
  15. 15. Let’s look at an example: Here is my brain…15  
  16. 16. Business Management Architecture Finance InnovationProject ArtManagement16  
  17. 17. With a StrategyConsultant’sbrain, I felt like aqueen.17  
  18. 18. That was an illusion. 18  
  19. 19. This was thereality.19  
  20. 20. Then how did I survive and thrive? 20  
  21. 21. So let’s start my story, at the beginning …21  
  22. 22. When I decided to become a consultant …22  
  23. 23. Looks familiar? That’s how I look when Ipull my hair. 23  
  24. 24. On self diagnosis I found…24  
  25. 25. The 5 Great Obstacles25  
  26. 26. New My Ex Kids Starting Point Networking Perfect Fit26  
  27. 27. Solution? Let’s work on this case together, 27  
  28. 28. Structure for solving the5 great obstacles: 1.  Obstacle 2.  Your Solution? 3.  My Solution. 28  
  29. 29. Obstacle #1. My Ex29  
  30. 30. #1. My ExEx careers areingrained inour identity 30  
  31. 31. #1 My Ex: My Solution Tell yourself you are a consultant31  
  32. 32. #1. My Ex: My Solution Hold on to the transferable skills and let go the non transferable skills Look at yourself from a new perspective. Let it reflect in the way you introduced yourself to people, and the way you plan your career. 32  
  33. 33. Obstacle #2. Starting Point33  
  34. 34. #2. Starting Point Where Do I Start? 34  
  35. 35. #2. Starting Point: My Solution Be your own consultant35  
  36. 36. #2. Starting Point: My Solution §  Research yourself §  Do your own SCQ (situation, complication, question) §  Build a strategy for answering the question in SCQ §  Design a career action plan, including a plan B 36  
  37. 37. Obstacle #3. Perfect Fit37  
  38. 38. #3. Perfect Fit Where Do I Fit? 38  
  39. 39. #3. Perfect FitBig firm/small firm? Management consulting/ Industry? strategy consulting? level? Analyst/ US/ home country? Consultant/ Sr. consultant/ Project Manager? For profit/ non profit? Where Do I Fit? 39  
  40. 40. #3. Perfect Fit: My Solution Once again! Think like a Consultant40  
  41. 41. #3. Perfect Fit: My Solution Talent Market PassionFind that sweet spot. 41   Ref:  Greg  McKeown  in  a  blogpost:  #1  career  mistake  capable  people  make  
  42. 42. Obstacle #4. Networking42  
  43. 43. #4. NetworkingNetworkingNot Working?43  
  44. 44. #4. Networking:My Solution Become a nicer person, stop selling so hard44  
  45. 45. #4. Networking:My Solution §  Make mentors, make friends §  Interpersonal relationships §  Trust people (remember you are asking strangers to trust you!) and respect their time §  Cast wide but focused net 45  
  46. 46. Obstacle #5. New Kids46  
  47. 47. #5. New Kids Younger people getting hired more easily? 47  
  48. 48. #5. New Kids:My solution Develop and show off new abilities48  
  49. 49. #5. New Kids:My solution §  Ability to adapt §  Ability to learn §  Flexibility 49  
  50. 50. Working around these 5obstacles helped meachieve what I wanted. 50  
  51. 51. New My Ex Kids Start Point Networking Perfect Fit51  
  52. 52. Consultant New abilities Consultant Nice person Consultant52  
  53. 53. And now that I am already a consultant, it’s your turn. 53  
  54. 54. More obstacles? Questions? Comments? Sarcasm? Say now or email later: purnima@refineandfocus.com54  

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