The Road Not Taken - Tom Spencer consulting blog

Tom Spencer

by Tom Spencer on November 20, 2011 · 0 comments  ·  Image Source. TWO ROADS diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both. And be one traveler, long I stood. I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. About.

Travel 108

Road Trip! Where’s Your Business Going?

Joellyn Sargent

Happy traveling! I was on a road trip recently, taking my daughter to Nashville for her freshman year of college. Since I wasn’t driving, I had the chance to spend some time contemplating journeys – in life and in business – blogging along the way.

Agile 130

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Who Needs a Sabbatical?

Joellyn Sargent

The travel was fun, but I wondered, “Why would anyone need so much time off work?” He has a chance to travel, study, pray and build bonds with his family. Do you ever dream about taking a sabbatical?

Travel 130

The Crazy Lives of Consultants: Cardboard: not for the homeless.

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

Wednesday, June 22, 2011. July 12, 2011 at 7:53 AM. September 17, 2011 at 3:14 AM. November 3, 2011 at 2:57 AM. November 21, 2011 at 1:35 AM. India Tour Operators Tours to India Travel Packages Deals Best Vacation Deals Travelling to India. Indian Travel. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Cardboard: not for the homeless anymore. i helped a client relocate to their new office space this week.

How Many People Really Combine Work Trips with Vacation?

Harvard Business

In corporate travel, extending a business trip for personal purposes is known as “bleisure,” an awkward term that’s only saving grace is that it’s less awful than the alternative, “bizcation.” ” Bleisure travel has received considerable attention lately, with some traveler surveys suggesting that as many as 6 out of 10 people have tacked on personal time to a business trip. Companies should also take bleisure travel into account.

The Secrets of Retail’s Repeat Top Performers


For the five years from 2011 through 2015, the industry’s performance declined somewhat in both absolute and relative terms. Overall, from 2011 through 2015, the retail companies in our sample returned an annualized TSR of 16% (down from 21% for the five-year period ending in 2014). Travel and tourism, consumer durables, consumer nondurables, and fashion and luxury were the other four.

Your report meets spec … here’s why that’s a problem

Rod Burkert

The RV is parked for the winter as another travel season (our 10 th ) has come to a close. As a practitioner, Michael entered “our” world in 2011 and built his authority in this space faster than anyone I know. Greetings from Big Bend, Texas.

Carl the Robot Bartender Mixes Drinks and Chats With Customers


Hes handy with a shot glass and customers travel from far and wide to admire him at work. Strategist News : Best Business Blogs 2011. -->. Mish 2012 Predictions; 2011 Year in Review with Max Keiser. 2011-01-06 - Bulls and Bears Themes for 2011. December 2011 (108).

The Crazy Lives of Consultants: Have I been at this client too long?

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

March 11, 2011 at 12:02 PM. April 5, 2011 at 12:41 AM. August 9, 2011 at 9:44 AM. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Thursday, October 8, 2009. Have I been at this client too long? Another consultant from my Firm was in a meeting with a department that Ive never worked with. When a question came up about my area of expertise, the client in the other department told my colleague that the best point of contact would be.

AlixPartners Interviews and Culture

Management Consulted

Even for such a high travel firm, which we’ll discuss below, they all seem to be so gosh darn chummy with each other. Travel – Now don’t get us wrong, warning a prospective consultant about travel is a bit like warning trainee surgeon that they may see blood once in a while. But where AlixPartners differs from a lot of other firms is the amount of Monday-Friday travel you’ll be doing as compared to Monday-Thursday travel that you can expect at even the very top firms.

The Crazy Lives of Consultants: Consulting Moment of Zen

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

you actually like traveling, dont you?". Once you are a consultant you have to love travelling. May 12, 2011 at 2:24 AM. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Monday, February 16, 2009. Consulting Moment of Zen. Im in a meeting with my client. She says, "I need you to fly down to {insert name of random small city} tomorrow to get a handle on whats going on with the conversion.". I say, no problem, Ill grab an afternoon flight so we can lay out a plan in the morning.

Future of Healthcare: Virtual and Augmented Reality

Tom Spencer

His free moments are spent traveling and enjoying sporting events with his wife and daughter. 2, 2011, pp.

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: US Consumer Spending.


However, consumer spending has remained basically at that level since -- in the face of what are normally positive seasonal factors such as warmer weather, home improvement projects, and spring and summer travel. Strategist News : Best Business Blogs 2011. -->. December 2011 (108).

The Crazy Lives of Consultants: Office Annoyances and Jargon.

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

January 19, 2011 at 8:14 PM. January 19, 2011 at 8:56 PM. January 20, 2011 at 6:17 PM. January 23, 2011 at 6:59 PM. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Monday, February 15, 2010. Office Annoyances and Jargon - Top 10. The top 10 lists are in, and here they are! LONDON (Reuters) - Grumpy colleagues, slow computers and office jargon are the things that annoy workers most, according to a survey on Wednesday. Office Annoyances: Grumpy or moody colleagues (37 percent).

The Crazy Lives of Consultants: Word of the Day

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

ah, here in IT (program/project) consulting we call it "promis(e)ware" September 12, 2011 at 2:49 AM. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Monday, September 22, 2008. Word of the Day. Demoable Pronunciation: dem-o-ah-bull Function: adjective Inflected Form(s): demoed; demo·ing Etymology: ERP Implementation Date: 2008 1 a: the ability to display or present for a show or an audience. The product is demoable." 2 a: the ability to show in a social setting. "My

The Crazy Lives of Consultants: is it just me.

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

Maybe you hope to find cheap airfare in the local newspaper's travel section. Finding the cheapest plane tickets is difficult because travel agents and Internet websites use the central reservation systems that are updated periodically throughout the day. January 2, 2011 at 8:16 AM. January 5, 2011 at 11:25 PM. January 6, 2011 at 6:51 PM. January 12, 2011 at 12:10 AM. January 19, 2011 at 8:42 AM. January 27, 2011 at 1:56 AM.

Hypocrites and Bullies Speak on "The Importance of Trust"


Mike Rogers, told he “absolutely” thinks that one of the countries will give Snowden travel documents. Strategist News : Best Business Blogs 2011. -->. Mish 2012 Predictions; 2011 Year in Review with Max Keiser. 2011-01-06 - Bulls and Bears Themes for 2011. Frisbys Bulls and Bears 2011 Predictions from James Turk, Bob Hoye, Mish, Others. December 2011 (108). November 2011 (146). October 2011 (118). September 2011 (125).

Want to be Happy? Then decide your ‘Purpose’

Confessions of a Consultant

Sometimes, people seek to embrace a higher order calling and embark on a journey (reading, travelling, working with a not-for-profit organisation, reflection exercises and so on) to discover or reconnect with their passion in life.

The Crazy Lives of Consultants: You know your seatmate is going to.

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

October 19, 2011 at 5:35 AM. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Thursday, October 8, 2009. You know your seatmate is going to be bad when. Signs that the guy sitting next to you on the plane / train / bus / carriage / mule / elephant / etc.

4 Autopsies of Big Change Management Failures

LSA Global

Borders began as a standard bricks-and-mortar bookstore in Michigan in 1971 and grew to employ almost 20,000 workers before it ceased operations in 2011. They received early success because of the early American desire for big vehicles that could travel over any terrain in the world.

Consultant Ninja: Pity the Poor Honduran Army: Management.

Consultant Ninja

I remember in my undergrad days reading in the school paper about these students who spent their summer traveling all over the US protesting various causes. May 11, 2011 at 10:34 PM. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Consultant Ninja. Management Consultant | Excel Jockey | Slide Monkey | Corporate Insurgent | One-Eyed Man in the Valley of the Blind Mckinsey | Bain | BCG | Booz | Oliver Wyman. Tuesday, July 7, 2009. Pity the Poor Honduran Army. Root for the guerillas.

Treasury Department Places "Real Value" on Digital Currencies, Sees No Widespread Criminal Bitcoin Use; Virtual Currency Rules Coming Later This Year


Terrorists generally need ‘real’ currency, not virtual currency, to pay their expenses -– such as salaries, bribes, weapons, travel, and safe houses,’ David S. Cohen has served as undersecretary since 2011. In statements that all but endorse bitcoin and digital currencies, Treasury’s Cohen Sees No Widespread Criminal Bitcoin Use. The U.S.

Thinking About a “Work from Anywhere” Arrangement? Ask These Questions First

Harvard Business

Becoming location-independent and traveling the world is more possible than ever. Try a travel pilot. Jenny Blake , author of Pivot , recommends piloting both your overall enjoyment of travel and the particular location you’re thinking about. If you’re planning to work part-time or full-time during your travels and you’re in a location with easy internet access, this may not be an issue. For many of us, travel has always meant vacation.

Italy's "Pitchfork Protests" Spread to Rome; Interior Minister Warns of "Drift Into Rebellion"


Over the past four days "pitchfork protests" have spread to numerous cities, disrupting road and rail travel in protest of the state of the economy. I repeat once again my 2011 message Eventually, Will Come a Time When.

FTI Consulting Interviews and Culture

Management Consulted

While the years up to 2002 were a time of growth for the firm, 2003 to 2011 brought a whole new meaning to the word “expansion”. The end of 2011 witnessed a new FTI Consulting emerge with clients in a wider range of industries and with dramatically expanded areas of expertise. 2011 saw FTI working for 97 of the top 100 U.S. It also means that interns are at times required to travel and interact with FTI’s clients. FTI CONSULTING INTERVIEWS & CULTURE.

IBM Consulting Interviews: Navigating the IBM GBS Maze

Management Consulted

Revenue: $20B+ (2011). Travel and Transportation. Travel to client locations are required. IBM Global Business Services (GBS).

Why Monitoring Your Employees’ Behavior Can Backfire

Harvard Business

Right before the start of our study in 2011, new closed-circuit television cameras were installed at all airport checkpoints—covering almost all the various positions the officers rotated through, from checking travelers’ documents to operating body-scan machines. Rather, this surge in surveillance was in part triggered by travelers’ repeated complaints that their belongings went missing during screenings. Raymond Gehman/Getty Images.

McKinsey International Offers

I know that there is a lot of reading material available and that many people suggest traveling before starting but I really feel like doing something more impactful. PS: I passed my BCG interviews for a Visiting Associate (~intern) position in 2011 with LOMS, but that's another story and never said thanks - so thanks for that too!!! The following success stories come from readers who have successfully landed offers with international McKinsey firms.

Start of a Global Currency Crisis?


Please see my November 8, 2011 article Perfect Storm; Eight Reasons to be Bullish on the US Dollar. In Emerging Market Contagion Spreads , I presented a viewpoint that emerging market currencies have been under pressure because of falling commodity prices.

What We Can Learn About the Economics of Discrimination from a Chilling Study of 1930s Germany

Harvard Business

Here are just a few examples: The travel ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, which has raised fears among U.S. For example, after Apple CEO Steve Jobs took permanent medical leave in 2011, Apple stock fell by 6%. MirageC/Getty Images.

Study 58

France Collective Depression; Growing Demand for Protection from Immigrants; Only 35% Think EU is Good for France


Only 35% of French believe that belonging to the European Union is a good thing for France, a drop of 17 points since October 2011. Stay an extra day and golf or travel. Les Echos reports " the distrust of politics has never been so high in France.

Brews, News and Booz & Company: Interview and Culture Insights

Management Consulted

Revenue: $1.3B+ (2011). They travel quite a bit, but their hours are slightly less than BCG or McKinsey and on par with Bain. Booz & Company Interview and Culture. So you have a Booz & Company interview coming up, and you want to be the best candidate they see? We agree! We want you to nail it. Where prestige, pay, exit opportunities and culture are concerned, Booz & Company ranks number 4 behind MBB.

How disruptive is the 'Sharing Economy'?


Ford's 2011 partnership with Zipcar was an early move in this direction, providing vehicles for the Zipcar fleet; the drivers of which they hoped would become future Ford customers. Expansion of stock reaching new audiences – It was originally thought that Airbnb operated in a different part of the market to hotels and so wouldn't feel the competition i.e. that it was a new form of couch surfing that only the cheapest of travellers would ever use.

Can Insurance Companies Incentivize Their Customers to Be Healthier?

Harvard Business

Insurance is therefore a natural shared value industry — one that can employ the idea proposed by Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter and Mark Kramer of FSG in 2011. Vitality provides people with incentives to improve their health through gym memberships, discounts on healthy foods, and other awards based on the achievement of personal health goals, and then rewards members dynamically through lowered annual premiums, free travel, and perks.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Reverses Course, Now in Support of Massive Tax Hikes and Non-Reforms; Approval Rating Plunges


Back in February 2011, Emanuel easily ousted five rivals with 55 percent of the vote, avoiding a runoff by earning the simple majority. In 2012, Mayor Rahm Emanuel traveled to Springfield to call for Chicago pension reforms. Those who thought Mayor Rahm Emanuel would bring change to the city of Chicago thought wrong. As with president Obama, people in Chicago believed in change, but all they got was promises, lies, and the status quo.

The Critical Skills for Leading Major Change in America’s Health System

Harvard Business

The first concerns the challenge of creating the meaningful use program for the HITECH Act when I served as national coordinator of health information technology from 2009 to 2011, at the beginning of the Obama administration. The latter was a project I led after returning to Partners in 2011. Furthermore, payments to providers for conforming to meaningful use were to be available under the law in less than two years — by January 1, 2011.

Saxo Bank's Steen Jakobsen Warns of Global Economic Vacuum, China Slowdown, Germany Growth Negative, 30% S&P Correction


in 2012 and 2011. Safe travels, Steen Thanks Steen! Stay an extra day and golf or travel. Steen Jakobsen, chief economist at Saxo Bank in Denmark, sent an interesting email yesterday regarding China, Germany, the European debt crisis, and equity prices.