Vault Consulting Editors

Vault's Consult THIS covers breaking news of interest to consultants, tips on getting hired, and discussion of key issues in the life of a consultant.

Contributors have included:

  • Phil Stott: Phil Stott is currently Vault's consulting editor.  Originally from Scotland, he has lived in Eastern Europe, Asia, and the U.S., and has worked in fields such as consumer banking, education, and journalism.
  • Sam Reynolds: Sam graduated from the College of Charleston with a BA in English. He has worked as a newspaper writer and reporter.
  • Naomi Newman: Naomi Newman graduated with a BA in American Studies from Barnard College, with a concentration in economics. Naomi has edited numerous Vault guides, including the Vault Guide to the Top 25 Technology Consulting Firms.

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News round-up: Capgemini, CGI, Huron

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 24, 2011

Welcome to the penultimate news round-up of this, the third week in March. This morning, amidst freezing rain in New York City, I spotted some daffodils standing tall against the onslaught. I saw this as an omen of positive things to come here at Consult THIS. With any luck, tonight's round-up will be a testament to that prophecy.Capgemini made news this week on several fronts: women and airports. Christine Hodgson, Chairman of Capgemini UK, was named Everywoman's Woman of the Year for... Read More >

Goldman CEO testifies; former McKinsey head refuses

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 24, 2011

The media circus surrounding the insider trading trial of Raj Rajaratnam escalated yesterday as Lloyd Blankfein, the world famous/infamous CEO of Goldman Sachs, took the stand as a witness to the alleged transgressions of Rajat Gupta. Gupta, the former head of McKinsey & Company, sat on the board at Goldman in 2008 during the height of the financial crisis; in that year, prosecutors allege (and wiretapped telephone conversations confirm), he began passing details of board meetings to... Read More >

3 Reasons Why You Should Write Your Own Performance Review

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 24, 2011

By Kristine Schoonmaker, MyConsultingLife.ComThe first time I heard a senior executive say if you really care about your performance you'll write your own review, I nearly choked. I remember thinking how ridiculous it sounded. If I was going to bust it all year long, was it really that unreasonable to expect my manager to take the time to put in writing how well I performed? Over time, I came to realize I was thinking about it all wrong.Perhaps the message he was really trying to... Read More >

Q&A: Deloitte consulting exec talks collective leadership

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 23, 2011

"Seismic shifts in the business environment are fundamentally changing the way we collaborate," says Ainar Aijala, Global Managing Director of consulting at Deloitte. Recently, Mr. Aijala was generous enough to field our questions regarding As One, the new book from Deloitte Global CEO Jim Quigley, Aijala, and other DTTL leaders.The book hails the emergence of collective leadership as a viable philosophy to which business leaders across the world are subscribing. "Historically, management... Read More >

BCG claims coveted LGBT award

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 23, 2011

The Boston Consulting Group is the nation's most innovative company in terms of support for its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees, according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). The firm announced today that it had won the HRC's 2011 Award for Workplace Equality Innovation for its "People Development Initiative," described as "a program of training, development support, and mentorship for LGBT employees." is the first consulting firm to win the award.Firm execs described the... Read More >

Interview: Ambitious Slalom en route to the top

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 22, 2011

Recently I got the chance to speak with John Tobin of Slalom Consulting, a strategy and IT consultancy that's currently riding a mean growth streak across the United States. Last month, the firm announced that it had hired its 1,000th employee- an impressive accomplishment, considering that the Seattle-based firm didn't break ground until 2001.Now in his ninth year as Slalom's national general manager, Tobin predicts a big future for the upstart firm with a unique approach to staffing... Read More >

News round-up: McKinsey, LECG, Buck

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 21, 2011

Hello and welcome to another Monday edition of the news round-up. One can scarcely calculate the comfort it must give to the masses, huddled cold amidst the gloom of a new work week-it really is that negligible. But it is not nothing!Rajat Gupta, the disgraced former managing director at McKinsey, has tendered his resignation at the Indian School of Business (ISB), where he sat on the board. Gupta "has requested the ISB executive board to relieve him of his board responsibilities... Read More >

Deloitte talks tech in 2011

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 21, 2011

While maybe better known for its strategy portfolio, Deloitte is an increasingly relevant player in the ever-expanding field of IT consulting. And like any good consultancy, Deloitte's tech consulting unit likes to back up its sales pitch rhetoric by publishing research reports on its chosen specialty. Enter Tech Trends 2011: The natural convergence of business and IT, published today by Deloitte Consulting.Headlining this year's annual report are a couple of top-5 lists of the most... Read More >

Ex-McKinsey head sues SEC in retaliation effort

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 18, 2011

Rajat Gupta, the disgraced former managing director of McKinsey & Company, sued the SEC today for "unfairly and unconstitutionally" accusing him of insider trading in civil court. As has been widely reported on Consult THIS and elsewhere, Gupta was implicated in the criminal trial of Raj Rajaratnam, the Galleon Group founder who sourced privileged information from Gupta, other McKinsey consultants, and a host of other contacts.Gupta's claim, filed today in federal court in Manhattan,... Read More >

Republicans attack credibility of BCG report

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  March 18, 2011

House Republicans this week demanded an in-depth explanation of the circumstances surrounding a report issued by The Boston Consulting Group that urges reform at the SEC. In a letter to the regulation authority, House Financial Services Chairman Spencer Bachus (R-Alabama) and Financial Services subcommittee chairman Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) sought clarification on the role of the SEC in the drafting of the report. The conservative duo represents just a few of the many Republicans who... Read More >