The Consultant's Toolkit

Internal and external consultants alike rely on a variety of consulting tools to diagnose organizational problems, and identify and evaluate potential solutions.

In this program, you will explore these tools, and acquire essential consulting skills that prepare you to deliver more effective solutions to your clients. Through a combination of lecture, case discussion, and interactive group exercises, The Consultant’s Toolkit teaches you analytic techniques that can be used in diverse settings, including small and large companies, and for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

Program Benefits

  • Build a foundation of knowledge for success in a consulting role
  • Gain an understanding of the consulting process
  • Acquire essential consulting skills for contracting, collecting, analyzing, and presenting data
  • Learn consultant techniques in the areas of strategy formulation, market research, operations, performance management, and project management
  • Learn how to engage more effectively with those consulting for your organization
  • Earn a Certificate of Participation from the Harvard University Division of Continuing Education

Topics Covered

  • Overview of the consulting industry, trends, and the role of consultants
  • Strategic frameworks for the consulting process
    • Problem definition
    • Discovery, data collection, and data
    • Recommendation and presentation
    • Implementation
  • Balanced scorecard
  • Operational diagnostic tools
  • Hypothesis trees
  • Research methods
  • Dealing with resistance

Who Should Enroll

If you currently work with consultants or would like to understand and use consulting tools and techniques within your organization, you benefit from this program.

This program is not recommended for independent consultants. Those who work within a consulting firm or are an internal consultant with a company will find this more beneficial.

Program Information

Program Dates

February 24–25, 2020
Instructor Rob Anthony
April 1–2, 2020
Instructor Rob Anthony
June 10–11, 2020
Instructor Taz Hussein

Class Times

2019 Class Times: 9am-5pm
2020 Class Times: 8:30am-4:30pm

Program Fee

2019 Program Fee: $2,850
2020 Program Fee: $2,895

Location

One Brattle Square
Harvard University
Cambridge, Mass.

Instructor

Rob Anthony has pursued a dual career as a general management consultant and an educator. As a consultant, he worked for Sherbrooke Associates, a boutique firm, and as an independent consultant, where he has had a broad practice in assisting global corporate clients in the areas of change management, strategy innovation, and leadership development. His experience includes working with executives, groups, and teams across levels, functions, industries, and geographies to develop competitive visions, solve problems, implement strategies, and build capabilities. Rob has industry experience as a product manager in the consumer products industry and as a venture capitalist.

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Taz Hussein is a partner in the Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit consulting firm that advises mission-driven organizations on matters related to strategy, funding, and talent. Earlier in his career, Hussein worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and in the Strategic Planning Group at American Express. He has consulted with companies in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and has volunteered his services to Boston-area nonprofits through Harvard Business School’s Community Action Partners program. Hussein serves on the board of Playworks and the Board of Overseers for the SpeakEasy Stage Company. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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