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How many hours a week does a Management Consultant work?

How many hours a week does a Management Consultant work?

We are interested to understand just how intense the current workload of Management Consultants really are. So we created a survey via Linked in and got the feedback of many consultants, 564 to be exact, on how many hours of work they put in as strategy consultants and transformation consultants in the industry.ย  How many hours a week does a Management Consultant work?

The current workload of a management consultant is an interesting topic to explore. We are interested in understanding just how intense the current workload really is and what challenges you face on a day-to-day, week-to-week, or even month-to-month basis. In this blog post we will discuss the number of hours faced by management consultants and provide some tips for overcoming these obstacles!

We are hearing that the consulting firms are sold out and losing consultants to industry roles meaning those left in consulting are working longer hours to pick up the slack.

Also with consultants working from home, there tends to be no switch off time which, we are hearing, is leading to consultants working longer hours than ever before.

But what does that mean in reality?

What long hours mean to one person may be a walk in the park for another.

How many hours a week of work have you averaged over the last 12 months?

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The data above says a lot. So we put together some of the common obstacles of management consultants and their advice on overcoming them.

The first obstacle is staying focused in a constantly changing environment. Managers need to stay focused while they work by creating daily schedules for themselves that include time to complete tasks at hand. By reducing distractions, managers can concentrate better on the job at hand.

Another challenge consultants often struggle with is managing people effectively – especially if you’re new in the field or have never managed people before, this might be challenging because it’s different from being an individual contributor where your co-workers do what you ask of them without questioning every step of the way.

One tip that experts have suggested is not micromanaging employees but instead communicating expectations clearly so team members understand the end goal and how they can get there themselves. If a manager is constantly second guessing an individual’s work, it may make the team member feel like their manager doesn’t have faith in them which could decrease motivation or even lead to higher turnover rates. When people are motivated at work, productivity increases which benefits not only the employee but also the organization as a whole because tasks will be completed faster therefore increasing efficiency.

We have more tips here from ourย  different blog posts that pertains to how it is to work as a Management Consultant.

Top Book, Podcast, Tedtalk Recommendations of Strategy Bites Podcast Guests [Updated]

Top Book, Podcast, Tedtalk Recommendations of Strategy Bites Podcast Guests [Updated]


We are back in lockdown in Sydney and it looks like it could carry on for a while. I thought you may have some spare time to get in some extra reading. Ensure this time is productive and enjoyable. But whether you are in lockdown or not, who doesnโ€™t benefit from expanding one’s knowledge? My guests have tended to come from Management Consulting or the world of Strategy and have succeeded in their chosen paths.

Managers are always looking for ways to improve their management skills. Instead of taking a course, why not read the best books on management? These books have been recommended by top consultants around the world. Find out which ones you should be reading!

๐ŸŽ†Toby Norton-Smith-Smith-MD of X15 Ventures
๐Ÿ“•Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies by Tim Koller, Marc Goedhart, David Wessels

๐ŸŽ†Deanne Stewartย -CEO of Aware Super
๐Ÿ“•The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioniย &
๐Ÿ“•The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues by Patrick Lencioni

๐ŸŽ†Jean Hayden – Strategy & Operations Director Google Cloud
๐Ÿ“•True North: A Memoir by Jill Ker Conwayย &
๐Ÿ“•Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro

๐ŸŽ†James Twiss โ€“ CEO – Beforepay
๐Ÿ“•War & Peace Novel by Leo Tolstoy

๐ŸŽ†Diane Smith-Gander AO – ED & NED and Former McKinsey Partner
๐Ÿ“•Mentally at Work: Optimising health and business performance through connectionย by Genevieve Hawkinsย &
๐Ÿ“•Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick: People, Probabilities, and Big Moves to Beat the Odds by Chris Bradley, Martin Hirt, and Sven Smitย &
๐Ÿ“•Not Always Diplomatic: An Australian Woman’s Journey Through international affairs by Sue Boyd

๐ŸŽ†Rob Marcolina Group Executive at Qantas
๐Ÿ“• The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger

๐ŸŽ† Joao Segorbe EGM Strategy & Corporate Development at AGL Australia
๐Ÿ“• The Signal and the Noise By Nate Silver

๐ŸŽ† John Lydon Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company
๐Ÿ“• Humble Consulting: How to Provide Real Help Faster by Edgar Schein

๐ŸŽ† ย Anthony Millet Global Partner at Antler
๐Ÿ“• The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

๐ŸŽ† Felix S. Danziger at HDPartners
๐Ÿ“• Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations by Brenรฉ Brown

๐ŸŽ† Victor Cheng CEO & Coach at Caseinterview.com
๐Ÿ“• The Obstacle Is the Way Book by Ryan Holiday

๐ŸŽ† Amanda Price Partner in Charge, Ventures KPMG Australia
๐Ÿ“• The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

๐ŸŽ† Tim Moore Director at Dorado Capital
๐Ÿ“• Wealth, War and Wisdom by Barton Biggs Find a perfect read for whilst in lockdown.

๐ŸŽ† Lili Sussman Chief Strategy Officer at Wisr
๐Ÿ“• The Power of Vulnerability by Brenรฉ Brown

๐ŸŽ† Liana Downey Chief Executive Officer at Common Ground
๐ŸŽ™๏ธ The Placebo Effect – Ted Talk

๐ŸŽ† Leah Weckert Chief Executive Commercial and Coles Express at Coles
๐ŸŽ™๏ธ The Power of Vulnerability / The Call to Courage by Brenรฉ Brown

๐ŸŽ† Tennealle O’ Shannessy Chief Executive Officer at Adore Beauty
๐Ÿ“• Thinking, fast, and slow by Daniel Kahneman

๐ŸŽ† Paul Mullins Board Member at Investigo
๐Ÿ“ฝ๏ธ Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

๐ŸŽ† Ilan Israelstam Board Member at Betashares
๐Ÿ“• Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Good to Great by Jim Collins

๐ŸŽ† Stephanie Knight Chief Learning Officer at Management Consulted
๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“ฝ๏ธ Works of Brenรฉ Brown

๐ŸŽ† Adam Jacobs Co-Founder at Hatch
๐Ÿ“• The Consolations of Philosophy by Alian de Botton



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