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The Lore of the Wizards

Posted by: Jena McGregor on April 16, 2008


The cover—a guy in a tie, suspenders and pointy wizard’s hat circles a glowing magic wand around him—looks like it must be a satire. Or at least intended to be funny, especially with a title like “Lore of Wizards: Consultants Talk about Consulting.” But in fact, the “book” (I can’t tell that it’s actually been published anywhere but online) is an earnest guide to getting into consulting and what kind of skills are needed.

That’s the topic of chapter 2, which details how consultants need to be “great appropriators,” have “the ability to tune in,” and a “competitive drive to excel and succeed.” What they don’t include as needed skills (or at least I didn’t see it) is the ability to talk for two hours about something that could be covered in 10 minutes. Or the skill to charge insanely high fees for advice everyone already knows.



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