Monthly Archives: January 2004

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Found this on Vasant’s Weblog

India, with more than 85 million businesses, is the most entrepreneurial country by volume, says a new study.

Worldwide, the researchers of the study estimated, about 297 million people in the 41 countries surveyed were trying to develop 192 million businesses past their initial launch.

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On the power play in consulting Companies

Consulting Magazine says:

“Let’s face it. On the profession’s totem pole of prestige, the client-facing consultants who maintain the biggest accounts are the ones who sit at the top. Some may argue that those who do not maintain clients don’t belong on the pole at all. But others say that an internal role can be just as satisfying as one serving clients.
Most people are drawn to the profession because they want to serve clients, and suggesting anything else elicits a response whose more polite version is, ‘Are you crazy?’ The bias toward client work shapes all types of attitudes in consulting and dictates actions pros take. It’s the reason senior executives don’t just manage their staff, they juggle clients, too. And although a firm might need the very minds it sends out to organizations to help with its own business development, marketing, human resource, and IT issues, consultants who take these assignments like to make clear to all who are listening that their roles are only temporary. “

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Got this from The Consulting Magazine

Interesting part is that there are two folks from HR consulting firms too on the list…from Hewitt and Towers Perrin. That’s good to know !

As expected its dominated by the Strategy boys (Mac…Bain…BCG)

Personally, I only know of two on the list…Rajat Gupta and Tom Davenport …amazing that Larry Prusack didn’t make it…or Porter..!

The Top 25 Most Influential Consultants, 2003

Joshua Aaron, Business Technology Partners
Hans-Paul Burkner, The Boston Consulting Group
Thomas Davenport, Accenture
Ian Davis, McKinsey & Company
Bryan Doyle, Hewitt Associates
Robert Felton, McKinsey & Company
Glover Ferguson, Accenture
Steven Gold, BearingPoint
Rajat Gupta, McKinsey & Company
David Hofrichter, Buck Consultants
Gary Holdren, Huron Consulting Group
Arthur Levitt, Securities & Exchange Commission (this is a consulting firm???)
Donald Lowman, Towers Perrin
David Morrison, Mercer Management Consulting
John Parkinson, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young
Alan Pearson, BearingPoint
Stephen Pratt, Deloitte Consulting
Fred Reichheld, Bain & Company
Ginni Rometty, IBM Business Consulting Services
Michael Silverstein, The Boston Consulting Group
Adrian Slywotzky, Mercer Management Consulting
Carl Steidtmann, Deloitte Consulting
Gail Steinel, BearingPoint
Damian Walch, T -Systems
James Woolsey, Booz Allen & Hamilton

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I picked this from somewhere on the net…interesting view points…specially coming from David himself (my claim to fame is that David once mailed me !)For those who’d say “David who??” ….David Weinberger is co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto and author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined. He is also a a blogger extraordinaire.

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Learning From Political Blogging
Go Off Message!
By David Weinberger

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The point is that it’s a campaign blog, and campaigns aren’t individuals. Neither are corporations. So, I think this first, successful campaign blog points to what corporate, commercial weblogs will become.

The most significant lesson is, I believe, the importance of going off-message.

This is a tough thing for businesses — and political campaigns — to learn. We’ve been trained for decades to think that marketing is all about pounding a single idea into the warm, mushy brains of consumers…over and over and over until the consumers want to seal their ears with molten lead or maybe just buy a TiVo. We “consumers” are totally bored with the safe, bland jingles we’ve been fed. We’re eager to hear some real voices. And we want to do much of the talking for a change. We want to connect…to one another and to partisans inside the organization who share our passion. We want to talk about what we want to talk about, not about what the business keeps telling us is interesting. We don’t want to be “messaged” to, we’re not mere “consumers” of goods, and you may own the product/service but we own our conversation about it. We’re going to talk about what we want to talk about.
Compare and contrast with the message-focused marketing mentality: Simple, uninteresting message. A one-way broadcast. Intense control of the communications. Keep it simple, stupid.

There’s nothing wrong with any of that, except everything. What’s appealing to us in a campaign blog and, potentially in a corporate blog, is precisely the lack of message discipline. And that’s a lesson businesses desperately need to learn.

Brilliant piece…strikes the nail on the head …what say??

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Here are some of the most “happening” blogs one can see !

Plastic

Boing Boing

DrudgeReport

These are mostly general purpose blogs and one can find something for one’s interest there…For the techies there is SlashDot, of course !

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