Company analysis: Pandora Media

Consultants Mind

The post Company analysis: Pandora Media appeared first on Consultant's Mind. Reading Pandora Media’s financial statements is like rubbernecking at a car crash on the highway. Completely not necessary, not classy, and perhaps a waste of time.

Analyzing a company: Agilent example

Consultants Mind

You better spend 2-3 hours getting smart on the industry and company. To that effect, wanted to choose a random company and show how I might go about […]. The post Analyzing a company: Agilent example appeared first on Consultant's Mind.

Corporate Consulting For Fortune 500 Companies With Suzanne Bates: Podcast #43

Consulting Success

If you aspire to make it as a Fortune 500 company, then you might want to consider corporate consulting to help you bridge that gap from strategy to execution. Luckily we have Suzanne Bates to guide potential leaders with her company, Bates Communications. Corporate Consulting For Fortune 500 Companies With Suzanne Bates: Podcast #43 is a post from: Consulting Success.

BCG report: The most innovative companies, 2016

Consultants Mind

BCG recently published its 11th annual global survey of the most innovative companies here (PDF, 1.1Mb). See the list of top 50 companies. No surprise you see FAANG companies (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google).… Read More » The post BCG report: The most innovative companies, 2016 appeared first on Consultant's Mind. Learning BCG Big Data Competitive Intelligence Incubator Innovation Innovative companies Patent

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Consulting tip: Subscribe to Fast Company

Consultants Mind

I read Fast Company. Read Fast Company. The post Consulting tip: Subscribe to Fast Company appeared first on Consultant's Mind. Learning Consulting Fast Company Future Trends

Example Companies Involved with Behavioral Economics

Steve Shu Consulting

These days I see an increasing number of internal behavioral economics groups or initiatives starting within traditional companies or organizations.

Special Discussion on Starting Consulting Services Organizations Within Product Companies

Steve Shu Consulting

When people think about consultants, they often think about those that work for companies like McKinsey, Accenture, Deloitte, etc. These are companies that are essentially independent from product vendors.

Only 38% of US publicly-traded companies are profitable

Consultants Mind

The post Only 38% of US publicly-traded companies are profitable appeared first on Consultant's Mind. Finviz is a great way to filter stocks. It’s free. It’s like Bloomberg-lite for the non-investment bankers.

How To Productize Consulting Services with John Warrillow: Podcast #55

Consulting Success

To productize consulting services and build a sellable company, the ultimate challenge is to try to find something that you offer which is truly unique to what you do. Bestselling author and founder of five companies John Warrillow says they spend a lot of.

A framework for understanding technology companies

Tom Spencer

The technology industry is booming: in 2008, Microsoft was the only tech firm ranked in the world’s top 10 public companies by market capitalisation. Tech is often treated as a monolith; ‘Silicon Valley’ serves as shorthand for many genres of company.

Big Design: McKinsey & Company buys Lunar

Consultants Mind

It’s not surprising that McKinsey & Company bought a design company. Design is popular. Many consulting firms are branching out with acquisitions in areas which were once considered non-core. Deloitte has picked up a few digital agencies. Accenture bought Fjord, a … Continue reading → Consultant Consulting Design Management consulting McKinsey

BCG: List of top 100 emerging market growth companies

Consultants Mind

Boston Consulting Group (BCG) just released a report called 2014 BCG Global Challengers here which lists the top 100 fast-growing and formidable companies from emerging markets. It’s their 6th study and argues these companies are not only growing, but reaching a new level of maturity. Jumping to … Continue reading → Learning BCG Consulting Management consulting

Regulatory challenges faced by technology companies

Tom Spencer

Unlike aggregators who sell advertising, hardware and software companies do not primarily make money through user data. No hardware or software company is as close to a vertically integrated monopoly today, so break-ups seem less likely.).

BCG blue team = Bain & Company

Consultants Mind

Also, great trivia story about how the BCG “blue team” became… Read More » The post BCG blue team = Bain & Company appeared first on Consultant's Mind. If you are a consulting geek, or like to read business history, The Lords of Strategy (affiliate link) is a fascinating and easy read. Helps you understand the economic, regulatory, and business trends that gave rise to the Big 3 consulting firms (McKinsey, BCG, Bain).

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The Bionic Company

Strategy+Business

Businesses used to rely on financial capital, human capital, and sometimes environmental capital for growth.

Why Are Public Companies Too Short Term Focused?

Tom Spencer

Boards of public companies, responding to investor demands, often pressure management to meet short term earnings estimates. DOMINIC Barton , global MD at McKinsey , talks with Tom Keene about how corporate boards of publicly listed companies tend to be too short term focused.

Should Your Consulting Company Name Include Your Own Name?

David A Fields

A consultant just emailed me this question: I feel like large companies want to hire large, established, consulting firms and since the name of my firm–Smith Consulting Group– has my name in it, it seems too obvious I’m a “lone ranger.”

Outsourcing is reality: Of top 20 global companies, 5 are outsourcers

Consultants Mind

Labor has become so specialized (read: Adam Smith talk) that there is a company willing to take that repetitive process off of your… Read More » The post Outsourcing is reality: Of top 20 global companies, 5 are outsourcers appeared first on Consultant's Mind. This is shocking because it shows the extent to which outsourcing is no longer a trend, but just a simple, fat reality. The days of Hershey, PA life-time employment are long-dead.

Are Companies Following "2 Second Lean" Really Doing Lean?

Markovitz Consulting

He wondered whether these companies are truly practicing lean, or just kaizen. I don’t think the companies are doing much deep analysis of operations work using standard combination worksheets; I’m not sure if anyone reorganized their company along value streams; and I didn’t see any of the heavy math supporting kanban levels, etc. For one thing, these companies consistently strive for one-piece flow and perfect quality, not just neat and tidy workplaces.

Why You’re Struggling to Improve Company Culture

Markovitz Consulting

The new Proqis BTOES Insights report on operational excellence is out, and by a landslide margin (55% to 37%), the most critical challenge for respondents is “improving the company culture.” Anytime I read that culture is a stumbling block for companies pursuing continuous improvement, I go back to John Shook’s reflections on NUMMI. I think there are several reasons that companies struggle with cultural change. Most companies don’t talk about this obligation.

Why Good Companies Fail

Steve Tobak

If you ask 10 CEOs why good companies fail, you’ll get 10 different answers. The post Why Good Companies Fail appeared first on Steve Tobak. They’ll say corporations are like complex, modern-day sports car engines. They have so many moving parts it isn’t funny.

The Tax-Savvy Company Restructuring

Strategy+Business

Consequently, leaders are likely either to create tax inefficiencies or to miss opportunities to put their companies in a better tax position During a corporate restructuring, executives often treat taxes as a cost of compliance after the major decisions are made.

Five Fifty: The talented company

McKinsey

Want to get the most from your talented employees? Start with a more energetic approach to matching people and opportunities. Insights on Organization

What's driving superstar companies, industries, and cities

McKinsey

Superstar status remains contestable, it’s easy to fall from the top, and possible to rise even from bottom all the way to the top, write James Manyika, Sree Ramaswamy, and Michael Birshan in Harvard Business Review. MGI in the News

‘True Gen’: Generation Z and its implications for companies

McKinsey

The influence of Gen Z—the first generation of true digital natives—is expanding. Insights on Consumer Packaged Goods

The Mindset That Wins Consulting Work With Fortune 500 Companies with Mindy Millward: Podcast #24

Consulting Success

We talk about how to find clients that are really ready to make lasting change, how to most effectively market your services, and whether it’s worth your time to compete with larger consultancy firms, particularly for the business of Fortune 500 companies.

The Most Innovative Companies: An Interactive Guide

BCG

This interactive guide shows the changes to The Boston Consulting Group’s list of the most innovative companies. Companies on the list every year from 2005 through 2016. Companies that advanced ten or more positions from 2015 through 2016. * Companies that first appeared on the list in 2016. Companies that returned to the list in 2016 after falling off in 2015 or before. Interactive Thursday, January 12, 2017.

The Mindset That Wins Consulting Work With Fortune 500 Companies with Mindy Millward: Podcast #24

Consulting Success

We talk about how to find clients that are really ready to make lasting change, how to most effectively market your services, and whether it’s worth your time to compete with larger consultancy firms, particularly for the business of Fortune 500 companies.

Obituary: Booz & Company

Tom Spencer

RIP Booz & Company. PwC reported that “This new name, which will be used alongside the PwC name and brand, reflects the strength in strategy consulting that Booz & Company brings to the PwC Network and the benefits this deal will bring to all clients and stakeholders.” PwC completed its acquisition of Booz & Co today. Regulators approved the deal, as we expected.

Review: 2016 BCG Global Challengers

Consultants Mind

In sharp contrast from the last post about slow global growth, BCG writes in their 10th annual report about emerging market companies that are killing it. Who does not want a company that does 13% / 13%. Lots of B2B companies.

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How consumer-goods companies can win in Southeast Asia

McKinsey

But all companies in the region need to step up their game in digitization and analytics. Disciplined spending, stronger partnerships with retailers and distributors, and cross-functional collaboration set winners apart. Insights on Consumer Packaged Goods

Advisory Board Company Interviews and Culture

Management Consulted

THE ADVISORY BOARD COMPANY. Today we continue our firm profile series with an in-depth review of The Advisory Board Company. The Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ: ABCO) is a professional services firm that offers resources to players who are mainly in the healthcare industry.

Anxiety loves company

Seth Godin Blog

Somehow, at least in our culture, we find relief when others are anxious too. So we spread our anxiety, stoking it in other people, looking for solace in the fear in their eyes.

The growth imperative for medical-device companies

McKinsey

Can your company deliver? Recent valuations have been driven by high expectations of growth. Our Insights

McKinsey’s $125B savings plan for the Pentagon, Ignored

Consultants Mind

Consultant Cost Savings Department of Defense McKinsey&Company Pentagon PresentationSo this morning there was a fantastical headline in the Washington Post here: Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste What the hay? Isn’t this a Ben Affleck movie about a government cover-up?

The Sharing Company

Strategy+Business

In only a few years of activity, it''s become clear that the unfettered exchange of otherwise unused major assets, including physical space and industrial equipment, allows a sharing company to operate more efficiently than its non-sharing rivals

R.I.P. Stan Lee – 1922-2018

The More Clients Blog

Stan Lee Stan Lee Stan Lee cameos The Walt Disney Company Thor Thor ComicsWhere would popular culture be without the great Stan Lee, creator of Marvel Comics? As I kid, I used to love Thor and Spiderman Comics, and more than 50 years later I (and umpteen million others) are still watching Marvel Movies. One thing about Stan is that he loved what he did. In any picture of him, he always had a smile on his face. Do you love what you do?

Make Your Company's Culture Go Viral

Strategy+Business

See also "How Can You Make Your Company's Culture Go Viral? How to spread the critical few behaviors that drive strategy forward.

Deals That Transform Companies

Strategy+Business

This article lists seven fundamental tenets of M&A integration that can help your company shift its business model and maybe reshape its industry Transformational deals have become desirable, but business leaders agree that they are the most difficult transactions in M&A today.

The Real Value of Your Company

Strategy+Business

Executives pay too much attention to something they can't directly control: their company's share price. But they do control the decisions -- the inputs to business performance -- that affect the intrinsic value of the company.

Advanced analytics can drive the next wave of growth for transportation and logistics companies

McKinsey

Even without perfect data, T&L companies can generate sales growth through analytics-based insights. Here’s how it’s done. Marketing & Sales Insights

U.S. Companies Reconsider Corporate Citizenship

Strategy+Business

Serious questions are being raised about the ability of people and goods to move freely across borders. What does that mean for business

How companies can guard against gender fatigue

McKinsey

Show you are serious about basics such as mentoring and work–life flexibility—then hold yourself accountable. Our Insights