Transferable Skills

Strategic Thinking as a Consultant in Consulting

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?

As part of consulting you conduct primary and/or secondary research. It is crucial to take that information and frame findings around the key strategic questions the client is hoping to address.

What specific skills are part of how you apply this transferable skill?
  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems
  • Creativity/innovative thinking

Strategic Thinking as a Market Assessment Consultant in Consulting

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?

The difference between a solid consulting job and a superior one is the ability to think strategically and frame the project in the context of the client's programs and priorities. For example, when I cover data at a congress, a mediocre report just lists out a bunch of data - long and hard to read! An excellent report organizes the data along the lines of the company's priorities (i.e., start with the most important data, frame descriptions to answer commonly asked questions, etc) and also includes some context that explains the impact of that data to the client's programs. A strategic report is easier for the client read and, more importantly, will be *used* when they make decisions. A mediocre report gets "filed in the email files" and may never even be read.


How else do you use this transferable skill?
Understanding how data fits into the big picture; making sure all work answers the question "so what?"

Strategic Thinking as a Design Strategist in Consulting

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?

First, we have to help clients clearly explain the outcome they seek and then work backward from there given the constraints of time, budget, and feasibility. Then we have to think strategically about the human element and how we will identify and influence key decision-makers to move the project forward.

What specific skills are part of how you apply this transferable skill?
  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems
  • Ability to set a vision and goals
  • Creating vision and goals
  • Creativity/innovative thinking

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