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How the Houston Astros are winning through advanced analytics

McKinsey

In the first of a two-part interview, the architect of last year’s World Series champions shares how analytics, organization, and culture combine to create competitive advantage in a zero-sum industry. Insights on Organization

Writing feedback: After grading 80+ papers/presentations

Consultants Mind

Grading papers is a double edge sword; it’s insanely time-consuming, and yet enormously valuable. As a ballpark estimate, last semester I reviewed 500+ written pages (MS Word, double-spaced) and countless presentation slides (MS PPT). Yes, I have TAs, and yes, I also grade the assignments myself. For me, this writing feedback is one of the […]. The post Writing feedback: After grading 80+ papers/presentations appeared first on Consultant's Mind. Learning Writing

Consultants: How to Make Your Article Writing Infinitely Easier

David A Fields

You know that writing can be a powerful, business-generating vehicle for your consulting firm. But writing is challenging, and the toughest obstacle to hurdle isn’t time. Let’s find the bigger impediment and blast through it.

4 Proven Ways to Earn Higher Fees With Every Consulting Proposal

Consulting Success

Let’s talk about how you can earn higher fees with every proposal that you put out. Here’s are 4 keys to higher fees with your consulting proposals. Raise Your Value Before Sending The Proposal It doesn’t start with the proposal. It’s not even your approach to the proposal. It’s all about the conversation you have before the proposal.

The Insurance Industry Needs an Intervention

Strategy+Business

Before attempting to execute new strategies, insurance companies need to reevaluate every dimension of their operating model. Here are some recommendations

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The BraveHeart Exit Strategy Consultants Randy And Ellen Long: Podcast #41

Consulting Success

You might be focused on growing your business, but what do you have planned after that? Maybe it’s time for you to start an exit strategy the BraveHeart way with Randy and Ellen Long to teach you how. Randy is CEO of Long Business Advisors, LLC, creator of the BraveHeart Planning Process, and author of the book, The BraveHeart Exit: 7 Steps to Creating Your Family Business Legacy. Ellen is a mentor at TekMountain and.

Hospitality in Action: Danny Meyer Sets the Table at Union Square Cafe

Strategy+Business

Scenes from Union Square Cafe as the staff gets ready to open for the day show the company's culture of "enlightened hospitality" in action. For more insight, read "Danny Meyer's Recipe for Success

Visualizing global debt

McKinsey

See how the debt of 51 countries has evolved since 2000 in an interactive data visualization. Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights

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How to Identify and Tell Your Most Powerful Stories

Harvard Business

Jeong Woo Kim/EyeEm/Getty Images. When I ask executives what their favorite speech is, Steve Jobs’s Stanford commencement address is always at the top of the list. Many think of Jobs’s talk as their favorite because it is incredibly moving — thanks to the stories it contains. Execs love to hear talks like this, but few are comfortable delivering them. Because great stories expose our flaws and our struggles.

How am I doing? The CEO Survival Kit

Confessions of a Consultant

Key Questions for all Executives. In Executive Coaching, I often work with newly appointed executives. The job is to help them ‘scope’ what they are going to do and overcome the inevitable speed bumps which occur during the entry process.

The trap of insightful selection

Seth Godin Blog

“Which one do you want?” ” There were 100 quarts of strawberries at the farmer’s market yesterday. In answer to the farmer’s question, the person ahead of me in line spent a full minute looking them all over before picking one.

Is the World Becoming Safer for Whistle-Blowers?

Strategy+Business

In recent years, a host of legal changes have afforded more protection for people who call out wrongdoing in their organizations

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The most perfect union: Unlocking the next wave of growth by unifying creativity and analytics

McKinsey

Companies that harness creativity and data in tandem have growth rates twice as high as companies that don’t. Here’s how they do it. Marketing & Sales Insights

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3 Biases That Hijack Performance Reviews, and How to Address Them

Harvard Business

Scott Barbour/Getty Images. When we talk about bias, we often tie it to acts of discrimination or prejudice. But according to cognitive science , everybody, by virtue of having a brain that’s constantly seeking efficiency, is biased in some way — and not all biases make us actively malicious. The key is how we manage our biases. While biases can affect any of an organization’s talent decisions, they can be especially harmful when it comes to diversity and inclusion efforts.

Is AI the Solution for the Banking Sector? (Part 2: Solution)

Tom Spencer

Before we dive into why AI is the solution for the banking sector, let’s first explore what big tech companies have in common, how many of them have grown successfully, and what banks can learn.

Ten Best Ways to Get Yourself Fired

Henman Performance Executive Blog

Almost every year, a senior person in one of my client companies gets fired. Sometimes I’m surprised to learn of the firing, but more often I spotted troubling behavior years before. When the leaders or board directors must fire a senior person, the company suffers financially-often to the tune of a million dollars, but one […]. The post Ten Best Ways to Get Yourself Fired appeared first on Henman Performance Group

The Insurance Industry Needs an Intervention

Strategy+Business

Before attempting to execute new strategies, insurance companies need to reevaluate every dimension of their operating model. Here are some recommendations

Leading for the long term

McKinsey

Successful CEOs combine winning strategies with compelling stories and constructive engagement with shareholders. Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights

What Western Companies Need to Know About Partnering with Startups in India and China

Harvard Business

px photography/Getty Images. There are two contemporary strategic imperatives, among others, that many executives are grappling with: (1) competing in emerging markets and (2) partnering with startups to gain exposure to novel ideas and opportunities. While each on its own is hard enough to accomplish, in concert these imperatives pose a formidable challenge — yet one that some Western corporations are taking on, notably in China and India.

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Is AI the Solution for the Banking Sector? (Part I: Problems)

Tom Spencer

The financial services industry has seen drastic technology-driven change over the past few years, and digital has fundamentally reshaped consumer behaviour in banking.

Shipping the work

Seth Godin Blog

A few years ago, I self-published a workbook called the Shipit Journal. It instantly sold out, so I went back to press two more times, and they sold out as well. The Shipit Journal works for a simple reason: It’s difficult to write things down.

Building a Culture of Hospitality: Danny Meyer's Team Prepares for Service

Strategy+Business

Scenes from Union Square Cafe as the staff gets ready to open for the day show the company's culture of "enlightened hospitality" in action. For more insight, read "Danny Meyer's Recipe for Success

Blockchain beyond the hype: What is the strategic business value?

McKinsey

Companies can determine whether they should invest in blockchain by focusing on specific use cases and their market position. Digital Insights

How Do We Combat Ageism? By Valuing Wisdom as Much as Youth.

Harvard Business

Andrew Chislett/EyeEm/Getty Images. In a San Francisco federal court, the Communication Workers of America union recently expanded the scope of the class action suit they filed last December against some of the country’s largest employers — a diverse list of companies that included Amazon, T-Mobile, Capital One, and Enterprise Rent-a-Car — accused of deliberately targeting their Facebook ads to exclude older workers.

The Robots Are Taking Over

Martinka Consulting

“Say goodbye to your bank teller and your insurance agent” is the opening line of a just released Fast Company article titled, “ AI Could Kill 2.5 Million Financial Jobs – And Save Banks $1 Trillion.”. Google just announced the launch of “Duplex,” an AI application that can call and make appointments for you with the party on the other end of the line thinking it’s a human.

The danger of “not good enough”

Seth Godin Blog

That’s how we choose who to work with. We want someone who’s good at their job. And the ones we pass up are usually labeled as, “not good enough.” ” And we label ourselves as well. “I’d like to do that sort of work, but I’m not good enough.” ” This is obviously a trap. In almost every line of work, the truthful sentence is, “not good enough yet.”

Danny Meyer's Recipe for Success

Strategy+Business

The secret ingredient to the success of restaurateur Danny Meyer is culture. As his company has evolved from a single restaurant to an empire -- including multiple restaurants, the Shake Shack chain, and a venture capital fund -- the focus has been as much on how people are treated as on how the food tastes. Meyer's career provides a case study on how companies can scale slowly while maintaining the culture that has given the company an edge.

Five Fifty: Lights out

McKinsey

Are your factories and warehouses operating in the dark? They might be soon. Insights on Operations

How Are You Protecting Your High Performers from Burnout?

Harvard Business

Phil Ashley/Getty Images. A little over a year ago, a high-performing specialist at one of the largest technologies companies — we’ll call him Santiago — was given an opportunity no high performer could turn down: an opportunity to play a manager role on a project he really cared about. The director told him, “You care about this; you lead it.”

5 Questions to Ask When Using a Freelance Marketplace

MBO Partners

Freelance marketplaces provide a direct sourcing solution for enterprises. Consider these five questions when evaluating which marketplace is right for your business needs

Cold yeast

Seth Godin Blog

Almost every element of good bread happens long before it goes into the oven. Too often, we spend our time and effort on the exciting last step. And too often, we forget to spend our time and attention on the preparation that’s a lot less urgent or glamorous, but far more important. Poor preparation is a lousy excuse for a last-minute selfish frenzy. That frenzy distracts us from doing it right the next time.

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REGISTER TODAY: Deltek Vision Customer Town Hall

Deltek

In our ongoing commitment to the Deltek user community, please join us for our first quarterly Vision Town Hall. You’ll hear directly from Deltek leaders, including VP of Product Management, Bret Tushaus, about the investments being made to advance our Deltek solutions

A transformative experience for leading a transformation

McKinsey

Giving senior leaders hands-on, digitally enhanced experience with lean management helps kick-start a transformation. Insights on Operations

Why Is Crying at Work Such a Big Deal?

Harvard Business

MakiEni/Getty Images. I couldn’t stop crying. Months of late evenings and demanding travel had cracked my professional exterior. I tried to present my quarterly numbers while my colleagues squirmed in their seats, offered me a box of tissues, or just stared. My boss abruptly ended the meeting. My colleagues quickly evacuated the room. I was left alone in the conference room, crumpled tissues in hand.