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How the Architecture of Hospitals Affects Health Outcomes

Harvard Business

Cofounded by Michael Murphy, a Harvard-trained architect who has devoted himself to improving the social impact of built environments, MASS is changing the way hospitals are designed and constructed. The Butaro District Hospital in Rwanda has become a benchmark for how prioritizing patients’ health can prevent the spread of infectious disease and send patients home faster. Customer service Workspaces Healthcare Engineering, Construction & Infrastructure Digital Article

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Building a Digital Technology Foundation in Insurance

BCG

These undertakings include digitizing the customer experience, building digital offerings and business models, and constructing in-house digital capabilities. And we analyzed the main IT trends on the basis of four years of architecture benchmarking with top insurers in the German market. Article Monday, August 29, 2016. Insurers today face a host of digital to-dos if they want to stay competitive—much less gain an advantage on their peers.

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21 Traits for Leading by Example: Rate Yourself

Rick Conlow

Here are 21 specific traits to benchmark yourself. offer constructive criticism–no biting negativism! __are Early in my career at a seminar the facilitators talked about “leading by example.” ” I asked myself, “What do they really mean by that?”

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How to Transform Positive Thinking into Positive Living

Rick Conlow

P urpose-Clarify and crystallize your beliefs on this one question: How do you want to make a constructive difference in this world? Do you want to benchmark your career with the habits of highly successful people? Life has the habit of wearing us down. Positive living is hard to do.

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11 Habits of Truly Terrific Employees

Rick Conlow

They offer it constructively even if it disagrees with others, including the boss. Do you want to benchmark your career with the habits of extraordinarily successful people?

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Asset Management – Client Segmentation (Part 3 of 4)

Tom Spencer

For passive investing, Blackrock and Vanguard are able to get costs very low due to their scale and skill in replicating a benchmark index. Robo-advisors such as Wealthfront and Betterment charge fees based on money managed – the robo-advisors automatically rebalance portfolios which are constructed with low fee ETFs. Retail Wealth Management. Retail investors are everyday investors without much buyer power.

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Australia's Mining Bust Turns Towns Into Ghost Towns; Expect Interest Rate "Shock and Awe"

MishTalk

Things have taken a turn for the worse since the glory days of the mining construction boom, with companies responding to falling commodity prices by pulling the plug on new projects and laying off workers across the Surat Basin. Further west in Chinchilla, the effects of the mining construction boom have mainly been felt in the real estate sector, where rents and house prices doubled from cashed-up workers arriving in the town.

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Nonfarm Payrolls +113,000, Median Bloomberg Estimate 180,000; Huge March 2013 Employment Revision

MishTalk

The benchmark revision incorporates a large non-economic change that resulted from a reclassification of 466,000 jobs from private households (out of scope by CES definition) to services for the elderly and disabled (in scope for CES). Employment grew in construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and mining. Initial Reaction Big Miss: Nonfarm Payrolls rose by 113,000. The Median Bloomberg estimate was +180,000. December was revised up a tiny bit from 74,000 to 75,000.

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WalMart Margins Set to Plunge? Will Rest of Retail Follow? What About Jobs?

MishTalk

Retail sales reports on Wednesday have me thinking about the strength of the economy, commercial construction, jobs, and profit margins. Fewer Stores, Less Hiring Fewer stores means less construction and less hiring. Wal-Mart''s same-store sales — an industry benchmark of health — haven''t risen in six quarters. Let''s start with a look at retail sales. The Wall Street Journal reports U.S. Retail Sales Falter Amid Signs of Global Slowdown.

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Attitude is Everything in Conflict

Peter Stark

An unwillingness to resolve conflict creates tension, frustration, worry, anxiety and usually, a lack of positive, constructive communication. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the Best of the Best leaders are higher on nearly every question in our benchmarks than an overall leader. Conflict is a natural part of life and can’t always be avoided. Sometimes conflict has positive outcomes, other times conflict has negative outcomes.

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Diving Into the Payroll Report: Wages Rebound (But Don't Get Too Excited), Revisions, Huge Jump in Labor Force

MishTalk

The annual benchmark process also contributed to these revisions. Job gains occurred in retail trade, construction, health care, financial activities, and manufacturing. Initial Reaction Wages rebounded from the dip last month (but don''t get too excited as per details below). Also, there were big upward revisions to many prior numbers. The unemployment rate rose this month because of a huge increase in the labor force.

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Singapore Set for Icelandic-Style Property Bubble Meltdown; Hype or Reality?

MishTalk

percent even as the country’s red hot construction sector has been attracting overseas workers, and a growing number of wealthy citizens are hiring domestic helpers from neighboring countries like the Philippines and Indonesia. An idiosyncrasy of Singapore’s interest rate policy makes their low interest rate-fueled credit bubble particularly acute: Singapore’s benchmark interest rate, known as the Singapore interbank offered rate or SIBOR, is tied to the U.S.

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Top 10 Cognitive Biases that Affect Strategic Planning

LSA Global

To ensure that you have an accurate take on your capabilities, use benchmarks, 360 degree feedback , competitive research, and client focus groups to see where you truly stand. Are You and Your Leadership Team Aware of the Top Cognitive Biases that Affect Strategic Planning?

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Italian Banks Hammered; Bad Loans Hit €201 Billion; End of Draghi PUT; Get Out Now!

MishTalk

Construction of a bad bank has been a constant headache for the Italian authorities. Lenders in the benchmark Stoxx Europe 600 Index have erased about a third of their value since reaching a four-year high in July, falling to their lowest levels since November 2012. Italian Banks Hammered Things don't matter until they do. For whatever reason, things in Europe are starting to matter. For example, Bloomberg reports Italian Banks Lead European Decliners on Bad-Loan Concerns.

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Consultant Ninja: Another Casualty of the Financial Crises.

Consultant Ninja

I think a more interesting graph would show each fund against a respective benchmark (e.g., Regardless, I truly appreciate your reference to that "annoying analyst" Nice touch on stifling constructive discussion. 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. Monday, June 22, 2009.

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Fantasy Healthcare Scenario, Reader Anecdotes, Wildcards; Capital IQ Healthcare Report Link

MishTalk

Companies To investigate the potential intermediate to long-term ramifications of the ACA, GMI Research constructed a proprietary model to evaluate how companies might, over time, move away from the traditional health care insurance relationship with employees. This model assesses the impact on both employees and corporate America, benchmarked by S&P 500 member companies.

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7 Ways to Act Effectively on Negative Feedback

Peter Stark

points below the overall PBS Benchmark and nearly 3.0 points below the Best of the Best Benchmark. Are you able to accept constructive feedback?” No one enjoys receiving criticism or negative feedback. It especially tends to sting when it highlights something you need to change. Unfortunately, leadership requires us to be able to accept feedback effectively and respond appropriately if we wish to achieve success.

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Self-Driving "Fully Automated" Vehicles on German Autobahn; Supply Chain Math; Uber and Khan Academy

MishTalk

It is derived directly from carriers’ financial and operational data and provides a vital benchmarking tool for both carriers and shippers. Don''t worry taxi drivers, this is only a test: Self-driving cars to hit German Autobahn. A section of the A9 Autobahn in Bavaria will be converted into a test route for self-driving cars, Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said on Monday. "We

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4 Mistakes That Kill Crowdsourcing Efforts

Harvard Business

Precisely because they are unique, one Quirky product rarely improves another Quirky product, whereas one Uber ride helps benchmark the price and quality of another Uber ride and each Google search helps improve results of another Google search. Back in 2011, crowdsourcing was fueling an explosion in open innovation. At that time, most Fortune 500 firms had launched crowdsourcing initiatives or partnered with startups in order to access outside innovators or co-create with customers.

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Reality Check: How Fast is China Growing? Global Recession at Hand

MishTalk

Massive overcapacity in petrochemicals, construction machinery, steel, cement, aluminum, SOEs. The recent lowering of benchmark deposit rates by the People’s Bank of China won’t accomplish much because it won’t offer more income to households. How Fast is China Growing? Analyst estimates of Chinese growth keep getting lower and lower. Yet, those declining estimates have all been from a lofty level: From 10% to 9%, to 8% to 7.5%. China''s growth target for 2015 is 7.0%.

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A Tool to Map Your Next Digital Initiative

Harvard Business

Once the initial BDN has been constructed, measures for each of the benefits and responsibilities for all of the benefits and changes must then be assigned and time scales established. In the apparel industry, the benchmark for inventory accuracy is somewhere between 60% and 70%. Six months later, with no improvement in sight, they constructed a BDN and realized that considerable change would be required if an increase in collaboration was going to happen.

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What's Behind the Plunge in Oil? Winners and Losers? Boon to Spending or Recessionary?

MishTalk

Helm dismisses peak oil, I don''t (and to a certain extent he misses the construct), but much of the rest of what he has to say is accurate enough. Ninety minutes later, Russia’s central bank raised its benchmark to bolster a currency weakened by crude’s decline. What''s Behind the Plunge in Oil? In the wake of a widely unexpected, huge oil price decline, I have received many questions and comments. Some speculate US pressure on Saudi Arabia to punish Russia.

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Creating Global Digital Empires®

Chad Barr

This framework can be used to construct a short article, podcast or video. The simple benchmark I use to determine the quality and provocativeness of the content is to analyze the immediate reaction to the content.

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The Case Against Pay Transparency

Harvard Business

As a result, some of these Harvard employees earned in excess of $30 million in yearly pay, due to performance that was truly exceptional against industry benchmarks. They first attempted to isolate the higher paid group at the same site — constructing a brick wall down the middle of the building, creating separate entrances, and dividing the parking lot — thus limiting transparency. Calls for pay transparency as a cure for pay discrimination are abundant.

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BIS Slams the Fed; Ridiculous Question of the Day: "Is The Fed Going To Attempt A Controlled Collapse?"

MishTalk

The drop in construction spending is a necessary correction of previous overinvestment and is unlikely to be entirely reversed. Indeed, there is evidence that those countries in which policy rates have been lower relative to traditional benchmarks, which take account of output and inflation developments, have also seen the strongest credit booms.

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Research: Index Funds Are Fueling Out-of-Whack CEO Pay Packages

Harvard Business

On average, common ownership concentration has almost doubled in the last 20 years in the construction, manufacturing, finance, and services sectors. Whereas the former fight for more performance-sensitive pay that is benchmarked against competitors, the latter vote against them , instead often passing high and performance-insensitive pay that discourages competition between firms in the same industry. CEOs get paid handsomely.

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How to Evaluate, Accept, Reject, or Negotiate a Job Offer

Harvard Business

“Also, look at what you will be doing, what success looks like, and what benchmarks you’ll be judged against,” he says. Be well-prepared, respectful, and constructive. Congratulations! You got the job. Now for the hard part: deciding whether to accept it or not. How should you assess the salary as well as the other perks? Which publicly available information should you rely on? How should you try to get a better deal?

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You Don’t Need to Be a Silicon Valley Startup to Have a Network-Based Strategy

Harvard Business

But most successful companies used electricity and motors to reinvent their existing businesses, whether in manufacturing, transportation, or construction. Or it could be indirectly, as Opower does in giving people benchmarking data on energy usage to foster conservation and efficiency. The success of platform companies like Airbnb, Amazon, and Netflix has led to envy bordering on despair for their competitors.

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A Guide to Solving Social Problems with Machine Learning

Harvard Business

In bail, it turns out that different forms of crime are correlated enough so that an algorithm trained on just one type of crime winds up out-predicting judges on almost every measure of criminality we could construct, including violent crime. An appropriate first benchmark for evaluating the effect of using algorithms is the existing system – the predictions and decisions already being made by humans. It’s Sunday night. You’re the deputy mayor of a big city.

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The Outside-In Approach to Customer Service - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM HBS EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

Harvard Business

And what are the benchmarks of success? Level 4: At level 4, firms become agnostic about whether they produce all the inputs they provide to their customers and, akin to a general contractor in construction, look for ways to assemble the appropriate pieces that may go into tackling customers’ challenges. Executive education students at Harvard Business School.