Learn strategy consulting secrets. So you can talk strategy with the CEO.
A four-week course designed by a former strategy consultant to help you understand, practice and implement the principles of strategy consulting in your work
Taken By Employees At Leading Global Companies
Here's A Secret: Many Companies Hire Former Strategy Consultants Rather Than Promoting From Within
Why? Consulting firms train people to think like CEOs
The tools, frameworks & skills that these firms teach enable consultants to work with senior leaders to communicate effectively, make important decisions, and implement those changes.Jump To Pricing Options
Indra Nooyi On How Consulting Helped Her Become CEO of Pepsi
I don’t think I could have gotten here without a strategy consultant background because it taught me inductive thinking. It taught me how to think of the problem in micro terms but also to zoom out and put the problem in the context of its broader environment and then zoom back in to solve the problem
Think Like A Strategy Consultant Is A Four-Week Course That Will Help You
Avoid the Middle Management Trap
Don't get lost staying busy instead of getting promoted. I want to help you learn the skills to stand out as the go-to person on the team
Influence & Persuade Senior Leaders
The highest levels of the organization need to know what they are looking at, why it matters, and what to do next. I'll help you learn this language.
Develop a Process for Great Work
Companies prioritize getting things done, not your growth. I will teach you a "process" for approaching your work so that you are always getting better
This Course Is Designed For
Hands-on executives without strategy consulting experience that want to level up their thinking for Board & Investor presentations
Motivated self-employed professionals that want to improve their structure, communication and synthesis in their client work
Driven entrepreneurs who want to improve how they think about strategic business problems and improve how they communicate to their company
University and MBA students who don't necessarily want to work in consulting but want to learn the skills from the industry
This course helped me get promoted! It provides a framework to communicate complex business problems in a clear and concise manner. I wish I knew about MECE sooner. 10 out of 10, would recommend!
Sales Strategy Consultant
Learn the Frameworks & Principles Consultants Use to Create Compelling, Insightful & Persuasive Recommendations to Clients
MECE - Mutually Exclusive, Collectively Exhaustive
A Framework To Help You Structure Ideas & Information
By sorting into groups and identifying which information is not relevant, you can clarify your message in a way that is easier for your audience to understand
Invented at McKinsey: The Pyramid Principle
Turn Ideas Into Insights
Learn how to use the pyramid principle to turn data, information, and research into ideas that resonate with an audience and motivate them to take action
The course includes two exercises that will enable you to apply the pyramid principle and learn how to use it in complex projects
The Course Is Structured Into Four Weeks
Week 1 - Mindset & Consulting 101 🧠
- Module #1 - Consulting Mindset: Introduction to the basic consulting mindsets, mental models & consulting process
Week 2 - Synthesis & Structuring 🎯
- Module #2 - MECE Mind: The powerful framework to help you sharpen your thinking
- Module #3 - From Information To Insight: Introduction to the pyramid principle and synthesizing & organizing complex information
- ✔ Assignment: Consulting services MECE assignment & mock chief of staff research assignment
Week 3 - Real-World Problem Solving 🔬
- Module #4 - Real World Problem Solving: Using MECE, Pyramid Principle, and hypothesis tools to break down real-world problems into problems that can be solved
- ✔ Assignment: Using SCQA & issue trees in a real-life Facebook strategy case study
Week 4 - Kick-Ass Presentations 📊
Module #5: Master flow & understand how to craft your message to different audiences
Module #6: Implement tools from cognitive neuroscience and other disciplines to create memorable messages
✔ Assignment: Fill in the gaps (titles, takeaways, charts) of an incomplete ~20 page "pitch" deck to create a compelling presentation
Practice With Challenging Assignments
With each week you will receive an assignment as well as suggested answers. (Personalized feedback available with upgrade)
- MECE: Redesign a consulting firms service offerings to make them clear
- CEO Pitch: Synthesize interviews & research in your role as CEO's Chief of Staff
- Facebook Case: Develop a project plan for a fictional Facebook case
- PowerPoint Pitch: Improve an unfinished PowerPoint presentation using course principles
In-Depth Interviews With Former Consultants
I go into detail with former consultants about what they learned in consulting, how they apply the skills in their current jobs and what they wish more people knew.
(More coming in 2022...)
Lectures on principles, mindsets & lessons learn from working in consulting
New lectures are added often based on student questions & demands
45+ Lectures Designed To Be Memorable & Actionable
I am obsessed with creating content, tools, and exercises that help people improve and apply these skills. I am always updating lectures based on student feedback and questions
Printable Consulting Skills Checklist
Detailed Actions & Checks For Your Work
Use these detailed checklists to confirm that you are applying the consulting skills and principles in all of your work
Tailored To Unique Steps In The Consulting Process
Specific recommendations for mindset, defining problems, structuring information, developing insights & recommendations, creating visual presentations & persuasion
Learn How To Develop Your Own Frameworks
Learn common frameworks & how to use them
Frameworks are a great way to organize ideas and make they easy to understand
Learn how to develop your own unique frameworks
Developing your own frameworks is an easy way to stand out in your work
Hear From Past Students
Jeff, Private Equity
"The StrategyU toolkit is one of the main reasons I landed a job in consulting."
Amita, UN Director
"I learned how to create, sharp, engaging, and persuasive presentations.
Sid, Tech Executive
"The ideas and coaching session from the course helped me fine tune a CEO-level presentation"
750+ Students From 54 Countries
"PARTNER" Premium Option: Customized Hands-On Feedback
Purchase the "PARTNER" version to get access to multiple rounds (if needed) of detailed feedback and reactions to your assignments.
Also includes a 45-minute coaching with Paul
You Decide: Self-Paced or Hands-On Coaching
CONSULTANT - SELF-PACED$497
LIFETIME ACCESSENROLL NOW
- Lifetime Access
- Weekly Assignments
- Suggested 4-week timeline
- Limited feedback from Paul
- 100+ PowerPoint templates
PARTNER - HANDS-ON COACHING & FEEDBACK$997
LIFETIME ACCESSENROLL NOW
- 45-min hands-on Zoom coaching call with Paul for help on assignments or your work
- Detailed video-based feedback on three challenging assignments with unlimited submissions
FREE Bonus: 100+ Consulting PowerPoint Templates
Slides Consultants Really Use
There are tons of pretty templates but most are not great for structuring complex information. I built these to help people know which
(Included in course but available separately for $49)
Hey I'm Paul, The Creator 👋
I created StrategyU after 10 years in the consulting industry, including experience at McKinsey and Boston Consulting Group.
My personal mission with this course is to help high-performers learn the fundamental mindsets, skills & frameworks without having to make a major career change to work in strategy consulting.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer any scholarships for people from lower-income countries or people facing hardship?
Yes, I do. I offer a "gift economy" exercise for people to determine what makes sense for their situation. Please complete the exercise and I will find something that works for your situation!
What if I don't like the course?
That's fine. If you tell me within 30 days I'll give you a refund no questions asked. If you aren't sure if the course is a good fit for you, just share your background with me and I'll tell you.
Do you help people get reimbursed from their company?
Yes! We've had many people get reimbursed from their company for this course. I've created a customized letter templates that lays out some of the benefits that you can tailor to your needs. I'm also available to chat if you want to brainstorm an approach!
How Often Is The Course Updated?
It is updated on average every three months. But if you have specific requests, I will usually make updates and improvements within a week.