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Mark Law, Lead Tutor

Expert consulting practitioner with extensive experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Consulting Career Mentor to London Business School MBA students and Alumni.
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“As an experienced ex-McKinsey consultant I was intrigued by the opportunity to explore the consulting profession from a different perspective. The 3 courses really broadened my skillset and showed me how to stretch my capabilities and leverage my experience into sectors and organisations well beyond those traditionally served by the big consultancies. I'd throughly recommend Mark's professional consulting courses to any ex-MBB (McKinsey, BCG or Bain) consultants seeking to challenge their preconceptions of the consulting profession and optimise their offerings in the real world of independent strategy consulting."

Alvaro Triana, Formerly at McKinsey & Company

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Future Proof Your Career

Management as Consultancy by Sturdy, Wright & Wylie

Management as Consultancy

This seminal book by three business school professors presents the results of a major research programme on modern management practices. This research, conducted on two continents, shows that modern managers extensively use management consulting practices to deliver value in today’s complex working world.

Management as Consultancy starts by discussing two organisational stereotypes: the Rational Bureaucratic (traditional hierarchical and rigid) and the Post Bureaucratic (flat and flexible). The authors then develop the idea that most organisations have evolved into a hybrid form which skilfully integrates their internal, external and strategic focus with operational excellence and programme delivery. Continue reading

Automatic Web Site Generation from Your LinkedIn Profile

Many independent consultants I know struggle to create a professional web site.

I’ve just discovered the following free automatic web site generation service which instantly turns your LinkedIn profile into a web site which is optimised for all platforms. It is called https://branded.me

The process is automated and takes seconds to convert your LinkedIn page into a website which you can then edit and point to any domain you own.

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Consulting Skills – The Missing Link in Management Education

One of the things I enjoy most about my job is helping people take the next steps in their careers. Examples of this include helping people:

  • Set up as independent consultants
  • Switch careers into consulting (from all sorts of professional backgrounds)
  • Land jobs with the big consulting firms (includes LBS & Judge MBA students)
  • Secure their next roles following redundancy
  • Grow their consulting practices

A common theme in all my work is the discovery that consulting skills give people a major advantage in today’s competitive workplace. This is true even for those with advanced degrees and other professional qualifications (~30% of my students have MBAs). Why is this? Continue reading

Employers Look for Specialist Skills

London Business School’s Professor Lynda Gratton has said employers will look for specialist skills in the coming years. Professor Gratton said that employers will be looking for “deep” skills over more general ones over the next decade. She suggested that people looking for work in 2020 will be required to have a far different set of skills than today.

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Professional Networking Check List

Venue: London Business School. Format: 45 minute interactive presentation + Q&A

Speaker: Ellen Miller, Faculty of Organisational Behaviour

Whoever you are and whatever your aspirations, the chances are that your success is closely linked to your professional networking skills.

I recently attended a number of events on the subject. This one was particularly interesting due to the following check list which I have adapted to make it more useful: Continue reading

Expertise – The Key to Career Resilience

Do you invest enough in developing your expertise?

OK, so you’ve met the requirements of your boss or client. You’ve done a diligent piece of work, you’ve interacted well with them and they seem pleased with the results. But is this enough to stop the axe falling during the next downturn (if you are employed) or cause the phone to ring with the next engagement (if you are a consultant)? Continue reading

Creating Value and Employability

Creating value is the key to landing a job

Whenever a client or employer is thinking of engaging you they are placing a bet. You may have got your first job out of college purely on the basis of your hard-won degree and interview performance but thereafter you are a walking wager. Each of us carries a large invisible sign saying “Place your bets here – this guy has the potential to make or lose us a fortune!”.

So how do we make ourselves attractive in a competitive world? Continue reading

How to Think on Your Feet

How good are you at thinking on your feet?

  1. You meet a Chief Executive at a networking event. How do you do business with them?
  2. You are facilitating a workshop and some smart-ass asks you a difficult question. How do you handle it?
  3. You are leading a team of experts. How do you steer them?
  4. You are dealing with a difficult person. How do you quickly win them over?
  5. You are about to be mugged. What should you do next?

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How Not to Join the Hells Angels…

…or the importance of personal appearance.

Some years ago a good friend of mine successfully applied for a job with the Essex Chapter of the Hells Angels. He did this despite not meeting any of their normal entry requirements: Continue reading

How To Future Proof Your Career

Future Proof Your Career

Over the past decade the proverbial ‘job for life’ has virtually disappeared. Even in ‘secure’ professions, such as medicine, tenured positions are vanishing as short term contracts become the norm.

The big challenge facing each of us has evolved from career choice to career resilience. How can I remain attractive to potential clients and employers? In short, how can you future proof your career?

Here are some insights to help you strengthen your position in the workplace, i.e. turn your career from a verb into a noun. I hope you find them useful.

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Institute of Directors

We run face-to-face consultancy courses at the IoD (London, UK) & in-house or online.

Face-to-Face Courses

The Professional Consultant*

  01-03 November 2017
  28 Feb-02 Mar 2018
  04-06 June 2018

The Lean Ops Consultant

  08-10 November 2017
  05-07 March 2018
  13-15 June 2018

The Strategy Consultant

  13-15 November 2017
  19-21 March 2018
  18-20 June 2018

For full details contact:

  email: laura@amskills.com or
  tel: +44 208 883 1423
* Our most popular course
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