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3 Strategies to Make You a Better Public Speaker

Author and presidential speechwriter James Humes once commented, "Every time you have to speak, you are auditioning for leadership." Talk about pressure! Let's face it: if every single time you get ready to share your proposal, pitch, or project with your colleagues, clients or boss you think to yourself, "This is an audition for my professional future, so don't blow it, dammit!" you're likely to buckle under the pressure. Or just decide to keep your mouth shut. Read More >

The 2015 Asia-Pacific Consulting Rankings are Here!

There are few surprises at the top of our consulting rankings for Asia-Pacific this year, with McKinsey holding onto its top spot both on the overall ranking, and in prestige. As with last year, Bain & Co. finished in second place overall in the region. The results demonstrate the solid performance of the top players in the global industry across all regions, particularly with respect to working conditions. Read More >

Vault's 2015 Consulting Rankings Are Here!

It's been quite a year for changes in the consulting industry, which is apropos for the launch of our 2015 Consulting Industry ranking-the pendulum for "Best Consulting Firm to Work For" has swung back to Bain this year, with the firm beating McKinsey to pole position by the slenderest of margins, powered by incredible performance across our individual Best to Work For categories.   Out in the industry, the biggest change is easy to identify: the deal that saw Booz & Co. Read More >

Vacation Auto-delete for Email: Good Policy or Bad for Business?

Over on his Marginal Revolution blog, Economist Tyler Cowen reports that German auto firm Daimler has given some 100,000 employees the option to have any incoming emails auto-delete while they are on vacation. According to the FT piece cited by Cowen, "The sender is notified by the 'Mail on Holiday' assistant that the email has not been received and is invited to contact a nominated substitute instead. Employees can therefore return from their summer vacation to an empty inbox. Read More >

"Don't Choose this Firm!" What the Unhappiest Consultants Say About Their Companies

As we gear up for the launch of the 2014-15 Vault Consulting rankings later this month, I've been spending a lot of time with the data collected from our survey, trying to figure out what makes the top firms different from the others in the industry. The answer to that question: happy employees-and lots of them. For more than that, you'll have to check back in when we launch the rankings on August 19th! Read More >

How to Get a Job in Consulting

Looking for some tips on how to find a job in the incredibly competitive landscape of the consulting industry? Who better to ask than a a recently-hired consultant, then? James Ozturk recently graduated from Boston University with a degree in Economics and Engineering. As a newcomer to the U.S., he had the added disadvantage of starting his search without a robust network in place, and without any consulting experience to speak of. Read More >

The Consulting Firm World Cup: Which Country Is Your Firm?

If your employer was a team at the World Cup, which one would they be? Those of us who follow the beautiful game closely know that the difference in style between the favorites for the tournament are as pronounced as the cultures of top firms the world over. Read More >

Why Attractive People Make Bad Bosses

Okay, so that headline might be a little over the top, but it's definitely implied in the findings of a recent series of research papers by Stanford Graduate Business School professor Margaret Neale and doctoral student Peter Belmi. The pair's research examined how individual mindsets can be affected by perceptions of their own attractiveness. Read More >

A Cheaper Way to Add Harvard Business School to Your Resume

There's nothing like the name of a top business school to make your resume more appealing to employers-which is probably why so many people are tempted to lie about it. Even for those who have the acumen and ability to cope with the workload, there are a couple of major drawbacks to signing up for an MBA: namely the cost, and the time out of the workforce. Read More >

Bad Jobs: What I've Learned from the Worst Jobs I've Held

As a follow-up to my recent post on the lessons I learned from the best jobs I've had, I've been thinking about some of the worst-or least enjoyable-positions that I've held in my two-plus decades in the workforce. Read More >

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