4 happiness chemicals: endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin

Consultants Mind

Ran across some articles on the four chemicals that are responsible for our happiness. Sad to think that our happiness is just a bunch of chemicals – but science does a great job of de-constructing our world, for the good … Continue reading → Learning Consulting Happiness Leadership Management consulting

How plastics waste recycling could transform the chemical industry

McKinsey

Reusing plastics waste could become an important driver of profitability for chemical companies. Chemicals InsightsIncumbent players need to make the right moves now to tap this opportunity.

Chemicals and capital markets: Back at the top

McKinsey

Early 2018 sees the chemical industry back in position as the top performer in its value chain. Chemicals Insights

Digital in chemicals: From technology to impact

McKinsey

What are the major opportunities from digital in chemicals, and what must leaders do to capture them? Our Insights

The Next Wave of Innovation in the Chemicals Industry

Strategy+Business

The world is potentially on the brink of an age of new powerful materials, fueled by innovation in the chemicals industry.

Value Creation in Chemicals 2016: Navigating the Territory of Extremes

BCG

The chemical industry was once a top value creator, generating a five-year total shareholder return (TSR) above that of every other industry in BCG’s annual Value Creators ranking. This disparity indicates that the chemical industry has become a territory of extremes.

Making a Business Case for Sustainability in Chemicals

BCG

Rising concerns about sustainability are making it easier for chemical companies to build a business case for investments in sustainable products and services. Article Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Demystifying digital marketing and sales in the chemical industry

McKinsey

Digital can give chemical companies the power to unlock more than $200 billion of new value by reducing cost to serve, improving pricing, and for fast movers, capturing growth from competitors. Our Insights

A game plan for international specialty-chemical companies in China

McKinsey

To avoid getting left behind in China’s specialty-chemical market, international companies need a new approach. Our Insights

No time to waste: What plastics recycling could offer

McKinsey

Plastics waste is hurting the chemical industry as well as the environment. By taking the lead on recycling, chemical players could add a new dimension to the industry and help solve the problem. Chemicals Insights

Chemicals 2025: Will the industry be dancing to a very different tune?

McKinsey

Chemical companies have been riding high, but the trends that have underpinned that performance are shifting. Companies should reflect carefully on their strengths as they move into this new territory. Our Insights

What to do when a specialty-chemical business gets commoditized

McKinsey

Contrary to conventional wisdom, a commoditized chemical business can be as profitable as a specialty one. The key is to change to a different operating model. Our Insights

Commoditization in chemicals: Time for a marketing and sales response

McKinsey

Most chemical companies are grappling with increasing commoditization. Rethinking the commercial operating model can help protect margins. Our Insights

Dow Chemical’s CEO on Running an Environmentally Friendly Multinational

Harvard Business

Andrew Liveris, the CEO of Dow Chemical, discusses the 120-year-old company’s ambitious sustainability agenda. He says an environmentally driven business model is good for the earth—and the bottom line. Liveris is one of the CEOs contributing to Harvard Business Review’s Future Economy Project , in which leaders detail their company’s efforts to adapt to and mitigate climate change. Download this podcast. Sustainability Audio

Using advanced analytics to boost productivity and profitability in chemical manufacturing

McKinsey

Digital holds major promise for chemical companies, and employing advanced analytics in manufacturing presents some of the earliest-accessible and largest opportunities. Our Insights

Small equals big: Unlocking savings in small to midsize capital-project portfolios in chemicals

McKinsey

Increased rigor in managing smaller chemical projects can help capture significant untapped value. Our Insights

Fighting commoditization in chemicals with a better commercial model

McKinsey

Windfalls on feedstocks and emerging-market growth have masked the margin damage from increasing commoditization. Our Insights

Petrochemicals 2030: Reinventing the way to win in a changing industry

McKinsey

Chemicals InsightsLocation has been the key to success in petrochemicals: playing in emerging markets and accessing cheap feedstock. As the industry shifts, companies will have to work harder on core capabilities and strategy.

Launching Axalta: An interview with Charlie Shaver

McKinsey

Chemicals InsightsCharlie Shaver led the carve-out of DuPont’s coatings business that created Axalta. Five years on, he talks about the steps he has taken to build an industry leader, and trends in the coatings sector.

Harvesting golden opportunities in Indian agriculture: From food security to farmers’ income security by 2025

McKinsey

Chemicals InsightsSeveral megatrends may drive the next wave of growth in Indian agriculture. Focusing on a number of investible themes could enhance farmers' incomes and transform their quality of life.

Chemicals: Deploy Natural Supply Chains - Strategy+Business

Strategy+Business

China’s fast climb up the value chain

McKinsey

From high-tech unicorns to specialty chemicals, the country’s economy is moving swiftly beyond its lower-margin roots. China

The Crazy Consultant was LITERALLY Allergic to the Client.

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

I think I mentioned back in January that I was working with a chemicals company. In the name of good blogging, I cant say more, but long story short.the company was producing a chemical that made your favorite Crazy Consultant sick. skip to main | skip to sidebar.

Building a great data platform

McKinsey

Five insights into building a great data platform can help energy, chemical, utility, and basic-materials companies get it right. Insights on Electric Power & Natural Gas

Syria Whodunit and Brainwashed Puppets: Readers Respond on Most Likely and Least Likely Perpetrators

MishTalk

Those responding to Mish Twitter polls show serious skepticism about who is responsible for the chemical attack in Syria. Here are the results. more…). Economics

The turnaround at Clariant: An interview with Hariolf Kottmann

McKinsey

The CEO of the Swiss specialty-chemical company has steered it back onto a growth path through restructuring and an aggressive continuous-improvement program. Our Insights

Simon Sinek on the Drivers of Real Leadership

Tom Spencer

Simon Sinek gives a ground breaking talk in which he explains the biological drivers of real leadership, and the natural chemicals ( endorphins , dopamine , serotonin and oxytocin ) that enable us to prosper, together.

Brazil: What do management consultants say about Brazil?

Consultants Mind

they are more likely to be hire by a retailer, chemical manufacturer, or medical device company – not the government. ” Developing a National Chemical Strategy for Brazil. However, Brazil’s chemicals market has met an increasing portion of this growth with imports.

Simon Sinek on the Drivers of Real Leadership

Tom Spencer

Simon Sinek gives a ground breaking talk in which he explains the biological drivers of real leadership, and the natural chemicals ( endorphins , dopamine , serotonin and oxytocin ) that enable us to prosper, together.

Reflections on "A Moral Obscenity": How Long Ago Was a War Against Syria Decided?

MishTalk

Secretary of State John Kerry says the use of chemical weapons in Syria is " a moral obscenity ". Mr Obama said last year the use of chemical weapons would cross a “red line” in a conflict which the US has stayed out of, apart from promising to funnel weapons to some anti-Assad forces.

The Next Big Technology Could Be Nanomaterials

Strategy+Business

Thus far, however, the large incumbent chemical companies have remained aloof from the hive of activity at startups and in academic research labs.

McCain Proposes Military Aid to Al Qaeda; Mideast Map of Who Supports Who

MishTalk

Who Gains From Using Chemical Weapons? Assad had the most to lose by using chemical weapons. Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar have the most to gain, especially if chemical use was attributed to Syria (not the rebels). Rebels Admit Responsibility for Chemical Weapons Attack.

Why the Middle East’s Petrochemical Industry Needs to Reinvent Itself

BCG

Slowing growth rates in the global chemicals industry will only worsen the problem. Article Monday, November 07, 2016 Multiple market disruptions—including the shale gas renaissance in the United States, plummeting oil prices worldwide, and a capacity expansion drive in China and Iran—are reshaping the Middle East’s petrochemical industry.

Why the Middle East’s Petrochemical Industry Needs to Reinvent Itself

BCG

Slowing growth rates in the global chemicals industry will only worsen the problem. Article Monday, November 07, 2016 Multiple market disruptions—including the shale gas renaissance in the United States, plummeting oil prices worldwide, and a capacity expansion drive in China and Iran—are reshaping the Middle East’s petrochemical industry.

U.S. Going to Kill Syrians to Show Syria that Killing Syrians is Wrong

MishTalk

Yes, the US is literally funding Al Qaeda rebels to fight an insane war on trumped up evidence that Assad used chemical weapons on Syrians. To top off the hypocrisy, the US is the biggest user of chemical weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, in the entire world.

Whether you are a lion or a gazelle: when the sun comes up, you’d better be running

Consultants Mind

DuPont + Dow Chemical ($68 billion). This is a quote first attributed to Dan Montano in the Economist, but was popularized by Thomas Friedman in The World is Flat. Here is the full quotation here : Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.

Focus on Happiness: Achieve Sucess - Tom Spencer consulting blog

Tom Spencer

Happiness releases dopamine, a chemical which stimulates the learning centres in the brain and enables you to operate with more intelligence, creativity, and energy than would otherwise be possible. About. Book Shop. Archive. Definitions. Helpful Links. Quotes. Subscribe.

The Mind-Mechanics of Doubt

Women in Consulting

The brain forged and fortified neural pathways into superhighways of doubt-related ‘chemical fixes.’ :: When I was young and envisioned myself as an adult, I pictured a radiant, glowing person who carried herself with compassion, grace, ease, and certainty.

The Multiple Paths to Successful Portfolio Transformation

BCG

Or Bayer’s ongoing transformation from a chemical and pharmaceutical conglom­erate to a life science company focused on health care and crop science. Article Tuesday, December 13, 2016. t may be the biggest bet a company can make: the transformation to a different portfolio of businesses.

How to Turn Today’s Proposal Failure into Tomorrow’s Consulting Success with JT Badiani: Podcast #10

Consulting Success

He started out as a MBA/chemical engineer with years of experience in the design field and great success in operations, but decided that his talents and passions could truly be put to use when he pursued his dream of helping companies achieve success. Failure means a lesson has been learned.