Consultants Help Clients Find and Fire Advisers

A small industry of consultants don't manage any money but help wealthy investors pick financial advisers-those who not only create solid portfolios but have a steady employment history and obey to stringent fiduciary standards, or are able to add a specialty to a family office.

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    In Chapter 18 of 21 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, education software company executive Leslie Kerner answers "What Core Skills Did You Learn Working in Management Consulting That You Still Use Now?" Kerner learns communication skills that help her navigate uncomfortable situations working with client managers. As a Deloitte management consultant, Kerner builds conversation skills to address sensitive client topics in non-threatening ways that do not compromise project productivity.

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  • Rachel Lehmann-Haupt on Seeking Advice From Working Mom Friends

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    In Chapter 23 of 23 in his 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, business strategist Bryan Law answers "At This Point in Your Life, Where Are You Seeking Advice and Coaching?" Now in his thirties, Law shares how he gets advice from a network of people to make more informed decisions. From teacher mentors from Georgetown to an inspiring Angolan friend to his parents to his spouse, Law finds willing people to support him as he faces key life decisions.

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