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4 Observations of Consultants Who Excel at Work/Life Balance

By Kristine Schoonmaker, MyConsultingLife.ComWork/life balance for consultants is a subject that absolutely fascinates me. It's a big topic of concern for many and often one of the major contributors to waning job satisfaction. Yet, it's also something that many simply accept as an elusive and impractical goal for this profession. While many opt to just suck it up and consider it unreasonable to expect any type of balance, I fiercely disagree. Read More >

Capgemini is growing fast, hiring faster

French IT consultancy Capgemini hired nearly 9,000 new consultants in the first quarter of 2011, the firm noted today in its Q1 financial report. Yes, folks, that's roughly 100 a day. That impressive stretch caps a year in which the company grew its employee ranks by 20 percent. Indeed, much of that hiring has occurred offshore in India, where the firm now has nearly 34,000 employees, but these Paris-based tech strategists have also been highly active in North America and Europe. Read More >

Sony taps Protiviti to hunt for Playstation hackers

The 77 million gamers who subscribe to the Playstation Network are pissed. Not only has their online gaming network been down for weeks-depriving countless nerds and shut-ins of their Call of Duty fix (myself included)-their credit card information is also currently making the rounds on the Malaysian black market. Read More >

Earnings season: How public firms have fared in 2011

The past week has seen a number of publically-traded consultancies publish their Q1 2011 financial results, presenting to shareholders the promising (for some) and the ominous (for others) details of each company's performance in the new year. Though less than halfway through fiscal 2011, each of these major players will look to their Q1 performances as indicative of what the rest of the year might hold. Read More >

14 Ways to Gain Credibility with Clients - FAST!

By Kristine Schoonmaker, MyConsultingLife.ComNew consultants: What can you do to make your transition to consulting easy? On Wednesday, May 11, Kristine Schoonmaker will host a free tele-seminar, in which the former Accenture exec dishes on how new consultants can differentiate themselves from the pack. Read More >

Bain's Orit Gadiesh talks insider trading

In an interview published by the Financial Times today, Bain chairwoman Orit Gadiesh says that the consulting industry hasn't been "tainted" by McKinsey's involvement in the Raj Rajaratnam insider trading scandal. She also talks about what Bain does to ensure that its consultants don't engage in illegal information-sharing behavior, including the strict rule that Bainies aren't "allowed to trade on anything that anyone in the company works with. Read More >

Accenture at Tribeca Film Fest

Apparently Accenture is sponsoring this year's Tribeca Film Festival.  The venue is right next to the Vault offices in New York, and I couldn't resist snapping a photo as I sought out some sweet, sweet sausage fried rice for lunch today. I'll probably have to attend to do a bit more research on the nature of the relationship between film andconsulting.  Or something. Read More >

Aon flying high with Hewitt

Aon Corporation saw major gains in profit this quarter, halting a run that had seen profits decline through much of fiscal year 2010. Today, the company released the financial results of Q1 2011, citing its acquisition of Hewitt Associates as almost solely responsible for the surge in both profit and revenue. Analysts, who had predicted more modest increases, also noted the superb performance of the new Aon Hewitt consulting unit.Profit increased 38 percent from Q1 2010, to $246 million. Read More >

6 Tips for Surviving a Team Dinner

By Kristine Schoonmaker, MyConsultingLife.ComNew consultants: What can you do to make your transition to consulting easy? Next month Kristine will host a free tele-seminar, in which the former Accenture exec dishes on how new consultants can differentiate themselves from the pack. It's called "3 Questions You Need Answered to Guarantee Your Success the First Year in Consulting", and it's a must-see for anyone whose future lies in consulting. Read More >

Nokia ships 3,000 employees to Accenture

Finnish telecom giant Nokia announced this morning that it would cut 7,000 jobs worldwide as part of an effort to reduce costs by more than $1 billion in 2013. 4,000 of those jobs will be terminated outright, the company said; the remaining 3,000, responsible for Nokia's Symbian software platform, will become employees at tech consulting giant Accenture. Read More >

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