EP 021: Career journey of a consultant rockstar featuring Jonathan

In this Where are They Now? episode, Christie interviews Jonathan, now a Senior Vice President at a global marketing firm and a former consulting colleague with the brand of a rockstar. Jonathan shares stories of his career journey and how he transitioned from the media & entertainment industry into consulting and back into the music industry.

Jonathan also discusses a myriad of topics including:

  • Moving from Virginia to NYC to Los Angeles and living differences between the various cities.
  • Genesis of shareholder value as a strategic priority in corporations and its impact on organizational cultures.
  • Things to consider when deciding to pursue an MBA and how to get a free education.
  • Realities of firing a client that compromises integrity and values.
  • Becoming a trusted advisor for your client and Jonathan’s definition of a great consultant.
  • Hacks to get promoted quickly as a newbie in a consulting firm.

In career dilemma segment of the show, Christie and Jonathan gives advice on how to manage conflicts and build relationships with a difficult client.

Christie & MECE Muse podcast was mentioned in TIME magazine

Jonathan uses SWOT analysis techniques at all times on his projects – learn about it here.

JM Perry Coaching

Music credit:  Ben Sound Lounge

EP 020: A deep dive on the importance of project management skills in consulting

Quick Wins interview with Ed Lively and Stephanie Cole of the International Institute for Learning (IIL), seasoned project managers discuss the importance of consultants need to have strong project management skills.

In this episode – Christie, Ed, and Stephanie have a roundtable discussion walking through key techniques along the phases of a typical project lifecycle – initiate, plan, execute, monitor/control, and close.  Episode also covers International Project Management Day coming up in November and how you can enhance your project management skills by attending an upcoming virtual conference.

Episode also covers International Project Management Day coming up in November and how you can enhance your project management skills by attending an upcoming virtual conference.

Learn more about project management:

International Institute for  Learning 

IPM Day 2017  |  Registration | A Virtual Tour

EP 019: Get into your dream school with Kofi Kankam of Admit.me & AdmitAdvantage.com

AMA (Ask Me Anything) interview with Kofi Kankam, a former consultant turned serial entrepreneur. This is the 4th and final installment of our Welcome Back to Campus series, specifically focused on undergraduate and graduate students seeking to begin a consulting career.

In this episode, Kofi who is both a Harvard and Wharton MBA graduate, discusses his career journey and how he made the leap from school to consulting to entrepreneurship.  Kofi co-founded AdmitAdvantage.com and launched Admit.me, both services focused on helping individuals gain admissions to the top undergraduate and graduate programs across the world.