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[Repost] Management Consulting 101:Have a Problem, Google It!

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on February 14, 2013

I used the phrase “Google it!” twice at work today. Each time I was asked information that could so easily be accessed on any online search engine. So here’s a repost of one of my earliest thoughts on this blog:

This advice goes out to everyone out there doing anything, anywhere. If you have a problem, Google* it! Chances are that many on this planet have faced the same or similar problems and have shared the solutions online. It will save you a lot of time you would otherwise spend banging your head against the wall.

And Management Consultants in particular need to follow this approach. Lets face it, given the nature of capitalism, there are only a finite types of problems in the world. And most of those problems have been tackled and details posted somewhere online in the form of a case study. So the approaches to problem solving are limited and out in public domain. The real value addition lies firstly, in identifying the unique parameters that influence the process in which the problem lies, secondly, innovation in the form of tweaked derivative of an existing solution for the problem at hand and finally, implementing the solution in the unique Eco-system that the problem belongs to.

E.g when manufacturing moved to China, the management there faced production issues that were faced by factories in the United States in their infancy. The new problems were not new in nature but new to the Chinese Eco-system. The solutions that were implemented were derived from US factories and tweaked to adapt to the new environment.

There is no shame in incorporating Googling* as your first step of problem solving. It saves a lot of time and lets you use more of your grey cells in the real value addition.

*Googling refers to the act of searching. This could be both online as well as offline.

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4 Responses to “[Repost] Management Consulting 101:Have a Problem, Google It!”

  1. I agree with you completely. An interesting question would be what we would all pay for Google if it didn’t exist and there were no competing search engines. Personally, I can’t imagine life without it although I’m old enough to remember that somehow we did muddle through.

    • Raunak said

      Malcolm, I do feel that the net is a strong tool for self education…exploited constructively, it can make life so much easier.never thought about it…i think even in the present scenario Google might just be able to get away with charging its users…

  2. TamrahJo said

    🙂 My brother owns a Sod Farm – – he installed a lawn for my mom and then over the years, despaired whenever she called to ask why the grass didn’t look good and does he know anything about ‘such-and-such” – – – His response has now become our family’s answer for everything –

    “Put more water on it and Google It”

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, so I could find you – – Have greatly enjoyed what I’ve read so far and look forward to your future posts.

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