90 episodes

As a management consultant myself I’ve always been lucky to have mentors who have guided me through my career.

When I was in house I regularly had quality time with Senior Partners that helped me rapidly accelerate my career and has continued to help since I’ve gone out on my own.

While I had this great resource and knowledge bank to draw on I know many friends in Consulting aren’t as lucky with some only speaking with senior partners on a monthly or quarterly basis.

That’s why I created this podcast.

I wanted to help people like you who want to accelerate their careers in consulting by interviewing leaders in the field to share the advice, tips and strategies that they used to get to the top so that you can to so that you can too.

In each Episode I’ll be interviewing a senior figure in the industry so that you can learn from them. We’ll be going deep in to their background, how they succeeded and what their advice would be for you.

This podcast is brought to you by Create Engage the Digital Marketing agency for the disruptive Management Consultancy.

Digital Marketing has moved forward, but most consulting firms haven’t. Many Consulting firms still see their corporate blog as their sole Digital Marketing channel and find themselves frustrated when these blogs yield little if any results.

To help those of you who want to harness the power of Digital Marketing to grow your Consulting Business but don’t have the knowledge, capacity or in-house capability to do so I launched Create Engage, the first Digital Marketing agency for the Management Consulting Industry.

If you’d like to find out more about how Create Engage can help you use Digital Marketing to take your business to the next level then drop me an email at Nick@CreateEngage.co.uk or go to our website

www.createengage.co.uk where you can download our free case study that breaks down down the Digital Marketing strategies used by one successful Consulting firm to help them grow over 400% in just 3 years and gives you the secrets they used, so that you can apply them in your own firm.

Climb In Consulting Nick Synnott

    • Business
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As a management consultant myself I’ve always been lucky to have mentors who have guided me through my career.

When I was in house I regularly had quality time with Senior Partners that helped me rapidly accelerate my career and has continued to help since I’ve gone out on my own.

While I had this great resource and knowledge bank to draw on I know many friends in Consulting aren’t as lucky with some only speaking with senior partners on a monthly or quarterly basis.

That’s why I created this podcast.

I wanted to help people like you who want to accelerate their careers in consulting by interviewing leaders in the field to share the advice, tips and strategies that they used to get to the top so that you can to so that you can too.

In each Episode I’ll be interviewing a senior figure in the industry so that you can learn from them. We’ll be going deep in to their background, how they succeeded and what their advice would be for you.

This podcast is brought to you by Create Engage the Digital Marketing agency for the disruptive Management Consultancy.

Digital Marketing has moved forward, but most consulting firms haven’t. Many Consulting firms still see their corporate blog as their sole Digital Marketing channel and find themselves frustrated when these blogs yield little if any results.

To help those of you who want to harness the power of Digital Marketing to grow your Consulting Business but don’t have the knowledge, capacity or in-house capability to do so I launched Create Engage, the first Digital Marketing agency for the Management Consulting Industry.

If you’d like to find out more about how Create Engage can help you use Digital Marketing to take your business to the next level then drop me an email at Nick@CreateEngage.co.uk or go to our website

www.createengage.co.uk where you can download our free case study that breaks down down the Digital Marketing strategies used by one successful Consulting firm to help them grow over 400% in just 3 years and gives you the secrets they used, so that you can apply them in your own firm.

    Episode 90: The Secrets To Starting Your Own Consultancy

    Episode 90: The Secrets To Starting Your Own Consultancy

    In today’s episode of Climb In Consulting we’re trying something new. Something a little different that we hope you’re going to really enjoy.

    We’re big believers in the Tony Robbins quote that “success leaves clues” and we’ve learned so many of these clues from guests of the show, whether they were solo consultants, partners in big firms or consulting entrepreneurs.

    In the early days of Create Engage the advice and inspiration we took from our guests really helped when the going got tough and having had Nick speak with many listeners, we know that you really value these stories too. So today, we’ve taken a different tack and created a themed episode all about how to start your own consultancy.

    It brings together valuable sections from previous podcast guests, so that all their insights are in one place. In this episode you’ll hear from:

    - Dom Moorhouse of Moorhouse

    - Suki Thompson of Oystercatchers

    - Simon Dennis of Gate One

    - Hannah Farrar of Carnall Farrar

    - Stephen Newton of Elixirr

    - Olly Purnell and Sharon Rice-Oxley of Q5

    Listening back to these conversations reminded us just how valuable we’ve found all their advice and we’re sure you will too.

    Whether you’re looking to strike out on your own or build a practice in an established firm using the same fundamental start-up principles, we know this episode is going to give you a huge amount of advice you can put to good use.

    So, please do enjoy today’s entrepreneur-inspired episode of climb in consulting.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 89: Starting Up and Scaling Up A Digital Consultancy With MMT Digital CEO Ben Rudman

    Episode 89: Starting Up and Scaling Up A Digital Consultancy With MMT Digital CEO Ben Rudman

    In today’s episode of Climb In Consulting Nick talks to the brilliant and inspiring Ben Rudman, co-founder and CEO of MMT Digital.

    Ben jumped straight into business with a friend after graduating from university. After a steady start, they decided to take it up a gear, and over that time MMT has gone from strength to strength. Evolving from an educational CD Rom business to a leading digital consultancy, working with impressive list of corporate clients.

    It’s a truly fascinating journey, which Ben admits has involved plenty of missteps on the way to success.

    In this conversation, Nick and Ben delve deeper into the up and downs of building a business at such a young age and how MMT has grown into an organisation of more than 200 people.

    They covered a wide range of topics including:

    - How the company accelerated over the past decade from a relatively small agency into the large digital consultancy it is today.

    - How they were able to attract top talent from their base in Uppingham, a small town not known for its tech industry.

    - And how the team’s passionate belief in doing business the right way has fuelled their drive for B-Corp status.

    Whether you’re keen to establish your own start-up consultancy, understand how to bring brilliant people onboard or are looking at ways to scale up your firm, Ben has a huge amount of knowledge you can learn from.

    We really enjoyed the conversation and think you will too. So, if you can, please do take a moment to listen.

    Get in touch with Ben at – https://www.linkedin.com/in/benrudman/

    Find out more about MMT Digital at – https://www.mmtdigital.co.uk/

    Specific things discussed in the show

    The Lean Start Up by Eric Ries – https://amzn.to/3kNbVSl

    Alive At Work by Daniel Cable – https://amzn.to/3zNgXCN

    Rebel Ideas by Matthew Syed – https://bit.ly/3F0S0rp

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Episode 88: Social Mobility & Secrets to Success With Kevin Ellis, Chairman & Senior Partner, PwC UK

    Episode 88: Social Mobility & Secrets to Success With Kevin Ellis, Chairman & Senior Partner, PwC UK

    Welcome back to Climb In Consulting!

    After our summer break, we’re very excited to be back with Episode 88, and let us tell you, we have a very special guest to kick off with.

    Today Nick speaks with Kevin Ellis, Chairman and Senior Partner at PwC UK.

    Now, we suspect everyone listening to this show will know who PwC are, and many of you will know who Kevin is.

    But for those who don’t, Kevin leads PwC’s 22,000-person strong UK business. He was elected Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC UK in 2016 and then re-elected for a second term in 2020. Prior to that he spent 8 years on the board of PwC UK as the head of their advisory practice.

    In a career that’s spanned almost 40 years he’s gone from a first-year accountant to the most senior Partner in the firm.

    With such an extensive tenure and all the experience, learnings and insights that he’s developed over that time, it was a pleasure to be able to listen to Kevin and Nick’s conversation and get his perspective on many of the burning issues facing the consulting industry today.

    In this conversation they discuss a wide range of important topics including:

    – How Social Mobility is critical to our industry’s future and why Kevin has made it one of his key priorities for his second term as Chairman.

    – How Kevin’s been able to go from a trainee accountant to Senior Partner, and his advice for others looking to build their own career in consulting.

    – And the changing world of work and why remote working could actually be harming your career success.

    This was a great conversation that we got a lot from and we know that you will to.

    Regardless of whether you work for PwC, one of their ‘big 4 competitors’ or a boutique challenger firm, the lessons and advice that Kevin shares in this one will help you on your journey, whether your goal is to increase your social impact, grow your firm or grow your career.

    So, without further ado, please enjoy Nick’s conversation with Kevin Ellis.

    Get in touch with Kevin at – https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-ellis-28a63930/

    Find out more about PwC at – https://www.pwc.co.uk/

    Specific things discussed in the show

    Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?: What It Takes To Be An Authentic Leader by Gareth Jones and Robert Goffee – https://amzn.to/3lth8Ol

    Rebel Ideas: The Power of Thinking Differently by Matthew Syed – https://amzn.to/3AlAECH

    • 58 min
    Episode 87: Acquisitions And International Expansions With Simon Dennis & David Holliday of Gate One

    Episode 87: Acquisitions And International Expansions With Simon Dennis & David Holliday of Gate One

    In today’s episode of Climb In Consulting, Nick speaks with former guest Simon Dennis and his fellow Gate One Partner, David Holliday.

    Since Simon first appeared on the show, back in 2018, Gate One has gone from strength to strength, growing to a team of over 120 consultants and expanding internationally.

    Last year that success culminated in the firm being acquired by Havas. A meeting of minds and a partnership designed to accelerate Gate One’s growth even further.

    In this conversation, Nick, Simon and David go into detail on Gate One’s journey over the last 18 months and dig into the story of the acquisition process, including:

    - How the deal came about and the process, discussions and decisions that went into the sale to Havas.

    - How the Gate One team managing the integration process and their advice to others considering, or in the process of, doing the same.

    - And Gate One’s plans for the future, their international expansion and how the Havas partnership has helped accelerate this journey for them.

    This episode really does lift the lid on everything that goes into a consulting acquisition. From the financial to the cultural and everything in between. We really enjoyed hearing all about how Gate One have grown since Nick and Simon last spoke almost three years ago and we’re sure you will too.

    If you’re looking for some behind the scenes knowledge of an acquisition process, or you want to find out how you can expand your own firm into international markets. This is the episode for you, and we know you’re going to get a lot from it.

    Get in touch with Simon at – https://www.linkedin.com/in/simon-dennis-28416b1

    Get in touch with David at – https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-s-holliday

    Find out more about Gate One at – https://gateoneconsulting.com/

    Specific things discussed in the show

    Procrastinate On Purpose by Rory Vaden - https://amzn.to/3x1PITn

    Start With Why by Simon Sinek - https://amzn.to/3hXVYHE

    The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek - https://amzn.to/2UC1nLF

    This Is Marketing by Seth Godin - https://amzn.to/36V39de

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Episode 86: Building The Blueprint For Consulting CSR With Rowenna Reid And Annabel Tonge From Q5

    Episode 86: Building The Blueprint For Consulting CSR With Rowenna Reid And Annabel Tonge From Q5

    In today’s episode Nick brings you the second part of his conversation with Q5 as he sits down with Rowenna Reid and Annabel Tonge to talk all things Pop-Up Consulting.

    In part one, Nick was joined by former guest and Managing Partner at Q5, Olly Purnell. This time around, Nick speaks to Rowenna and Annabel about Q5’s fantastic Pop-Up Consulting initiative. One of the few positive things to come out of the last 18 months and something that we believe many consultancies will want to learn from and emulate.

    In today’s conversation Rowenna and Annabel share the story of Pop-Up, why Q5 launched it, what their team get out of it and why they’re going to keep on developing it even after lockdown ends.

    If you’re thinking about ways that your consultancy can do more to give back, or you’re simply sick of painting fences and think there must be a better way to do CSR then you’re going to love this episode.

    Get in touch with Rowenna at – https://www.linkedin.com/in/rowenna-reid-0255841/

    Get in touch with Annabel at – https://www.linkedin.com/in/annabel-tonge-74924b16/

    Find out more about Q5 at – www.q5partners.com/

    Specific things discussed in the show

    House of glass by Hadley Freeman – https://amzn.to/3yTouQk

    The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy – https://amzn.to/3egLReR

    The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business by Patrick Lencioni – https://amzn.to/3z1pHFr

    • 54 min
    Episode 85 - Pushing Onwards And Outwards Through The Good Times & The Bad With Olly Purnell From Q5

    Episode 85 - Pushing Onwards And Outwards Through The Good Times & The Bad With Olly Purnell From Q5

    In today’s episode Nick brings you the first of a 2 part, round 2 interview, with former guest Olly Purnell of Q5 Partners.

    Originally recorded as one conversation, when we listened back it was clear that there was just so much great content in this one that deserved to stand on its own two feet.

    In today’s part 1, you’ll hear from Olly Purnell, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Q5 Partners. In part 2, which we’ll be releasing in two weeks’ time, you’ll hear from Rowenna Reid and Annabel Tonge, all about Q5’s fantastic Pop Up Consulting initiative. One of the few positive things to come out of the last 18 months and something that we believe many consultancies will want to learn from and emulate.

    Back to today’s episode!

    Olly originally joined Nick for Episode 12 of the series with Q5 co-founder Sharon Rice-Oxley where they discussed the origins of Q5, their tough first year in business and how they overcame it, as well as the unique approach Q5 took to developing their culture and how they’ve maintained it as they’ve grown.

    In today’s conversation, Olly and Nick explore how some of these elements have developed, and the new and innovative things that Q5 are doing as they expand. including:

    - Q5’s growth over the last few years, why they’ve chosen to follow a regional expansion strategy and Olly’s top tips for making this a success.

    - Recruitment and retention in consulting, why people seem to be leaving the industry earlier than they used to and what this means for consulting leaders like you.

    - And an introduction to Pop Up Consulting. Why they launched it and why it’s going to continue to be a key part of the business post Covid.

    It was a pleasure to hear from Olly again and we know you’re really going to really enjoy learning from his insights and experience having successfully growing Q5 to where it is today.

    Whether you’re considering expanding your consultancy and want to learn from someone who’s been there before, or you’re seeing turnover increase in your firm, and want to know what you can do to stop it, this conversation with Olly will give you the answers you need!

    Get in touch with Olly at - https://www.linkedin.com/in/olly-purnell-6525ab9/

    Find out more about Q5 at - https://www.q5partners.com/

    Specific things discussed in the show

    Magic Sponge by Olly Purnell and Andy Cottrill - https://amzn.to/3Adkvzt

    • 46 min

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