In this, our annual Top 25 Consultants issue, we're able to take a break from covering what is happening in the consulting industry and focus, rather, on who is making it all happen. This year we received about 400 nominations, including more client nominations than usual, and that's always great news.
Covering the consulting profession must be a lot like working for the CIA or FBI. Boy, we could tell you some stories, but we’re sworn to secrecy. Sometimes, we can you the story, just not who it’s about. And then other times, like our annual Top 25 Consultants issue, we’re able to take a break from covering what is happening in the industry and focus on who is making it happen.
Over the last decade, magazine has recognized more than 250 consultants for their accomplishments in the profession. Each year, we honor those consultants making the greatest impact on clients and within their own firm with the Top 25 Consultants.
This year, the nominations for magazine’s annual Top 25 Consultants had a much different feel than in previous years. In 2009, the overall tone of the 350-plus nominations we received was one of admiration.
Once again, it’s time for Consulting magazine’s annual celebration of the year’s Top 25 Consultants. With more nominations representing more firmsthan ever before, this year’s list truly represents the best the profession has to offer. The 23 firms on this year’s list are the most ever, and like the industry itself, there’s no easy way to define the Top 25.
In many ways, this year's Top 25 Consultants are a microcosm of the profession and the marketplace. Much liuke today's consulting industry, there's really no easy way to define the Top 25 in terms of specialty, methodology, firm size or business model.
A few of us choose Einstein over Churchill. Others may pick John Lennon over FDR. But very few of us ever exclude Lincoln. It seems Honest Abe never misses a meal. Or at least not when it comes to meals cooked up by this anachronistic question: Which three people from history would you most like to have dinner with? If you have ever answered this question (and who hasn’t?), consider yourself guilty of that all-so-popular sin of people-ranking.
How dare we? How dare we list the people we deem to be the 25 most influential consultants and then profile them within these pages? And, as if such a list weren't already fraught with journalistic landmines, we went ahead and ranked the listees. After all, if the appeal of a list is to discover whose been included or excluded, than why not heighten the experience with a little numbering? To all those who find lists trite and hollow, we apologize, but for those of you who enjoy unmitigated flights of fancy: Buckle up. We’ve got a great list.