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Brainfog - Strategies?

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I have done quite some cases now and the more I get into the details and wanting to structure the cases I have done, the more questions I have. I just feel this kind of "brainfog" where I am often not seeing the high-level objective and I cannot think freely anymore. Has anyone experienced something similar? What can be done in such a case? Many thanks :))

Hi there

I have done quite some cases now and the more I get into the details and wanting to structure the cases I have done, the more questions I have. I just feel this kind of "brainfog" where I am often not seeing the high-level objective and I cannot think freely anymore. Has anyone experienced something similar? What can be done in such a case? Many thanks :))

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Hello!

This continuous shift from micro-detail to macro-view is one of the most important abilites of a consultant. Hence, it´s normally tested in the cases and can create confusion, as you outlined.

Altough practice is really the only "trick" here, something that will help you is to always have, as you are making the cases, the "in a nutshell..." solution in the back of your mind. This means that, even when you are doing detailed match, you have a clear answer to the question "CEO just enters the room and asks for an update, what would you tell him/her?".

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

Hello!

This continuous shift from micro-detail to macro-view is one of the most important abilites of a consultant. Hence, it´s normally tested in the cases and can create confusion, as you outlined.

Altough practice is really the only "trick" here, something that will help you is to always have, as you are making the cases, the "in a nutshell..." solution in the back of your mind. This means that, even when you are doing detailed match, you have a clear answer to the question "CEO just enters the room and asks for an update, what would you tell him/her?".

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

Great comments, many thanks! — Anonymous A on Feb 17, 2020

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Hello,

It's a common situation. I would suggest to slow down for a while and to make order on the things the you have learnt and on your frameworks.
It could sound weird but be careful to not study too much because you take the risk to become too much academical. Try to not remember an old resolution but to freely think as if you have never seen a similar case before.

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Luca

Hello,

It's a common situation. I would suggest to slow down for a while and to make order on the things the you have learnt and on your frameworks.
It could sound weird but be careful to not study too much because you take the risk to become too much academical. Try to not remember an old resolution but to freely think as if you have never seen a similar case before.

Best,
Luca

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It usually happens when you practice 80+ cases. I recommend to take a pause on it and leverage the main points from each case you solved.

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Antonello

It usually happens when you practice 80+ cases. I recommend to take a pause on it and leverage the main points from each case you solved.

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Antonello

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Hi Anonymous,

your question is a bit unclear, it would be great if you could provide a specific example to understand more clearly what you are struggling with. In general, if you feel lost during the case it normally means that:

  1. Your structure is not good enough and/or
  2. You forget to go back to the objective of the case and connect the area you are analyzing with it, thus you cannot understand the relevance of your analysis in that area

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Hi Anonymous,

your question is a bit unclear, it would be great if you could provide a specific example to understand more clearly what you are struggling with. In general, if you feel lost during the case it normally means that:

  1. Your structure is not good enough and/or
  2. You forget to go back to the objective of the case and connect the area you are analyzing with it, thus you cannot understand the relevance of your analysis in that area

Best,
Francesco

I find that starting with a hypothesis always helps - it's like a roadmap that at least gives you a head start and helps you to start thinking of the possible things to look into. Along the way, you will most likely discover that your initial hypothesis is incorrect, but by then you'll be on a roll and it'll be much easier to switch gears and look into other factors.

I find that starting with a hypothesis always helps - it's like a roadmap that at least gives you a head start and helps you to start thinking of the possible things to look into. Along the way, you will most likely discover that your initial hypothesis is incorrect, but by then you'll be on a roll and it'll be much easier to switch gears and look into other factors.

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Hi,

Your question assumes looking for a magic pill. The bad news here - there is no magic pill and everything comes with lots of practice

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Hi,

Your question assumes looking for a magic pill. The bad news here - there is no magic pill and everything comes with lots of practice

Best