The motivation for this book arose from the statistical consulting course that we have taught regularly for several years. In that course, we focus on the themes: Understanding the statistical consulting ´´process´´ Developing effective communication skills Obtaining experience through case studies. In reality, there is no substitute for consulting directly with a client and for this interaction to be effective, good communication skills are essential. Unfortunately, this aspect of a statistician´s training is often neglected and statistics graduates have little choice but to learn these skills on the job. One of the purposes of this book is to address this need. Statistical consulting occurs in a diverse range of environments and for tackling real-life statistical problems, the statistician needs to have a strong interest in the scientific method. History itself provides the best examples for developing this interest and so we begin with a brief historical voyage in Chapter 1. There´s no time like the present, of course, and in the remainder of this chapter we describe some of the environments in which statistical consulting plays a major role. A detailed discussion on verbal and written communication skills that will be required in a consulting environment is presented in Chapter 2.
Master´s Thesis from the year 2009 in the subject Business economics - Business Management, Corporate Governance, grade: 1,0, University of Applied Sciences Ludwigshafen (Institute for International Management Consulting I-IMC), language: English, abstract: In the current financial and economic crisis, public concern of a value-based economic system grows. The demand by politicians, economists and the society for ethics-oriented behaviour in the market increases and thus questions the prevailing system of worldwide managerial capitalism. Especially in Germany, the rising awareness for bad business practices calls for a change in values. This development not only affects the providers of products and services, but also has significant impacts on their strategic and operational advisors: the industry of management consulting. Against this background, the present masters dissertation examines the extent to which the principles of integrative consulting ethics are incorporated in management consulting firms in Germany. To this end, the determinants of awareness, institutionalisation, application and enforcement of ethics integration in organisations are assessed. This work represents the first academic approach to researching the practical application of thoroughly reflected ethics-oriented guidelines and standards in the industry management consulting. After a general introduction into the topic, the theoretical framework research provides the background of the work done in the field of ethics in management consulting, namely integrative consulting ethics. The empirical part employs a multi-method approach: firstly, a quantitative survey was carried out via the BDU (Association of German Management Consultants) and produced a total of 194 responses, thus providing a statistical relevance for the results; and secondly, qualitative interviews were led with four representatives of large management consulting firm
This practical book describes the latest collaborative clinical work, research, and teaching between psychologists and pediatricians in medical settings during the 1990s. The author and his colleagues thoroughly detail the benefits and pitfalls of interdisciplinary collaboration-offering a unique perspective on pediatric psychology and identifying potential areas for future research. This volume also features a descriptive model of collaborate activities and discusses professional and practical issues; empirical evaluations; development of pediatric psychology programs in academic settings; and the impact of health care reform on future research.
Leading management consultants and academics discuss the development of the consulting industry and of the firms that have decisively shaped the sector. The authors provide in-depth insights into the leadership of top management consultancies, the strategy and structure of consulting firms, the changing dynamics of client-consultant relationships, and the development of new consulting approaches.
Everything you need to know about building a successful, world-class consulting practice Whether you are a veteran consultant or new to the industry, an entrepreneur or the principal of a small firm, The Consulting Bible tells you absolutely everything you need to know to create and expand a seven-figure independent or boutique consulting practice. Expert author Alan Weiss, who coaches consultants globally and has written more books on solo consulting than anyone in history, shares his expertise comprehensively. * Learn and appreciate the origins and evolution of the consulting profession * Launch your practice or firm and propel it to top performance * Implement your consulting strategies in public and private organizations, large or small, global or domestic * Select from the widest variety of consulting methodologies * Achieve lasting success in your professional career and personal goals * The author is recognized as ´´one of the most highly regarded independent consultants in America´´ by the New York Post and ´´a worldwide expert in executive education´´ by Success Magazine Whether you´re just starting out or looking for the latest trends in modern practice, The Consulting Bible gives you an unparalleled toolset to build a thriving consultancy.
Is this the right book for me?If you are a consultant in any field, working for any size organisation from ´one man and his dog´ to a massive multinational, or thinking of moving into consultation, then this is the book for you! Coverage includes:·What makes a successful consultant ·Setting a clear vision ·Assessing resources ·How to write reports and give presentations ·Building up your customer facing skills ·Dealing with difficult clients ·Balancing your work with the rest of your life.Containing lots of practical advice, this book also features interviews with successful consultants who have a wealth of experience to share. Written in an accessible style, it will give you the confidence to shine in consultancy.Successful Consulting includes:Chapter 1: What do you want from this? Chapter 2: Consulting excellence at work Chapter 3: What makes a successful consultant Chapter 4: Setting a clear vision Chapter 5: Bringing power to your aim Chapter 6: Assessing your resources Chapter 7: Tools to make it happen Chapter 8: Client project management Chapter 9: Managing client expectations Chapter 10: Avoiding project pitfalls Chapter 11: Image Chapter 12: Writing a client report Chapter 13: Giving a client presentation Chapter 14: Running a client workshop/project meeting Chapter 15: Building client relationships Chapter 16: Handling client politics Chapter 17: Influencing and negotiation Chapter 18: Dealing with difficult clients Chapter 19: Dealing with internal relationships Chapter 20: Marketing your services Chapter 21: Starting and running your own business Chapter 22: Balancing your work with the rest of your life Chapter 23: Going forwardLearn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and added features:Not got much time? One and five-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. Author insights Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author´s many years of experience. Test yourself Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.Extend your knowledge Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of consulting.Five things to remember Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.Try this Innovative exercises illustrate what you´ve learnt and how to use it.