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.

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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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.

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.

When Company Culture Counts

Joellyn Sargent

Instead of shutting employees out of the process, leaders in these companies turn to them for support. A one-time report won’t do it, but quarterly or even consistent annual updates help your staff understand their role in the company’s financial success. Company Culture is Strategic. Moving into your next executive strategy session, make some time to consider your company’s culture. The post When Company Culture Counts appeared first on Joey Sargent.

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.

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

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.

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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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.

The Bionic Company

Strategy+Business

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

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.).

Artificial-intelligence hardware: New opportunities for semiconductor companies

McKinsey

Artificial intelligence is opening the best opportunities for semiconductor companies in decades. How can they capture this value? Insights on Semiconductors

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.”

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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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.

The Link between Engagement and Company Culture

LSA Global

Employee Engagement and Company Culture. The link between engagement and company culture is not hard to find. Employee engagement is NOT the same thing as happiness, satisfaction, or well-being, and company culture is NOT the same thing as employee engagement.

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.

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

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 growth imperative for medical-device companies

McKinsey

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

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

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.

‘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 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.

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