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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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Management Consulting 101:Have a Problem, Google It!

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on July 24, 2012

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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The Key To Conquest: Surrender

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on July 23, 2012

Sir Francis Bacon (1561–1626)

“Nature cannot be commanded except by being obeyed”- Francis Bacon, Magna Instauratio

The underlying message urges pursuit of learning the laws of nature in order to master her. The same postulation can be extended to our daily lives. Whenever we wish to accomplish or achieve something, the first step should be to immerse oneself into the essence of that object and learn as mush as possible about it. Only then will we succeed in conquering that which eludes us.Here are some examples,

  • To win over an enemy in battle, the strategist delves into the mind of the opponent. To do this, one must condition one’s brain with information that has molded the opponent’s thought process. Only then can the enemy’s move be preempted.
  • To solve a management problem, in-depth analysis into the parameters that drive the process is a must. Without gaining an understanding of the sequence of events that lead to a problem, the solution can never be arrived at.
  • Before designing a marketing campaign, the marketing consultant must literally live the lives of the target audience. Statistical Data that does not involve emotional factors is pretty shallow.
  • Next time you rebuke your child, try to peek into the mind of the little one and evaluate the circumstances that led to the child’s actions.

In short, to conquer or overcome someone or something, become one with that object. The rest will be a cakewalk.

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