The Top 25 Consultants, 2013

Sometimes, truth be told, it can be a little frustrating covering the consulting profession. Why? Let’s just say I hear a lot of stop-the-presses stories about the amazing client work consultancies are doing. The only problem is we can’t stop the presses because no one is allowed to hear them. If only we could share the complete “awesomeness” with our readers and the firms they work for.

Well, the annual Top 25 Consultants issue is about as close as we get. While we wish we could share many of the specific details we read about in the nominations—many of which, by the way, come directly from the clients themselves—we can’t. What we can do, however, is do our very best to tell the stories of the winners of this year’s Top 25 Consultants the best way we can: in this special 38-page section.

This year, some 400 nominations rolled in, recognizing consultants from the largest enterprise firms right down to some at the smallest niche firms. Each one, it sometimes seemed, was better than the one before it.

For this year at least, gone was the talk of cost cutting, restructuring and doing more with less. It was sure nice to read nominations that didn’t emphasize bringing clients back from the brink
of disaster. That’s a welcome change; let’s hope that trend sticks around for awhile.

Their efforts, for the most part, weren’t other-worldy. The consultant’s profiled in the pages ahead weren’t faster than a speeding bullet or more powerful than a locomotive, but they all had one thing in common—they let nothing stop them from delivering the absolute best client service possible. Once you finish reading this section, I promise you you’ll want to go out and leap tall buildings with a single bound. Or, at least you’ll be inspired to go that extra mile for your clients. We sure were.

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