Over 15 years ago, your scribe commenced a career in strategy consulting, serving clients drawn from the global metals and mining sector.
These days, one task to hand is to school others, principally MBAs, as to what makes for a great strategy consultant. Unfortunately, there is no easy textbook answer.
One suggestion however is that the very best consultants become skilled at a form of strategic game of ‘make-believe' with their clients.
Let us explain. Some consulting colleagues over the years have stood out as being particularly adept at mental mathematics - with an uncanny knack to be able to quantify pretty much anything at a moment's notice - and that skill certainly helps.
Others have shown a razor-sharp focus on logic - breaki...