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.

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

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.

CNBC 16 min video on McKinsey & Company

Consultants Mind

The post CNBC 16 min video on McKinsey & Company appeared first on Consultant's Mind. Recently read The Firm: The Story of McKinsey, by Duff McDonald (affiliate link). Before I do a write up, please find a 16 min video by CNBC which highlights some of the strengths (reputation, history, alumni, 17,000 over-achiever consultants), and controversies (Enron, Valeant, MIO, South Africa) In the end, McKinsey excels at what it does.

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.

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.

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.

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

Bain & Company Careers vs Working at McKinsey or BCG

Management Consulted

Bain & Company careers are different versus competitors BCG and McKinsey. What it’s like to work for Bain & Company. The post Bain & Company Careers vs Working at McKinsey or BCG appeared first on Management Consulted. Jenny Rae explains to us, not about Bain Case Interviews like in some of our other videos, but on culture. … Continue Reading.

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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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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.

The Bionic Company


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

How much is your company worth to its customers?


Established companies with long histories of performance, increasingly face new competitors with no track record and lower prices. What’s the value of experience? Insights on Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products

How a healthcare company is pursuing agile transformation


Roche’s head of talent innovation discusses her company’s global leadership initiative. Insights on Organization

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A Meaningful Company Mission Matters

LSA Global

A meaningful company mission, your fundamental purpose, helps to create broad organizational commitment and drive peak performance. A meaningful company mission underpins an organization’s game plan for success. Your company’s purpose should create a strong desire to want to do more.

Corporate Center Design in Complex, Global Companies

Kates Kesler

That’s the question Neville Isdell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Coca-Cola Company, … Function Design “How are you adding value?”.

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.

Bridging the gap between a company’s strategy and operating model


Four questions can help a company translate business goals into operating-model design. Insights on Organization

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.

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.

Stagnant Industry, Stagnant Company, What To Do?

Martinka Consulting

I do see more and more companies mentioning how they give back; one new restaurant has a saying, “You Dine – We Donate.). A business can grow market share, even in a stagnant industry, by buying other companies or their customer list. The post Stagnant Industry, Stagnant Company, What To Do? Recently the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club had a recap meeting following our very successful fundraising event, the All in for Autism 10K-5K run and walk.

An insurance company transforms itself by putting technology first


The deep transformation of healthcare company Anthem presented unique challenges. Here’s how the company set up its strategy to meet them. Digital Insights

The Most Innovative Companies: An Interactive Guide


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 Tax-Savvy Company Restructuring


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.

How companies can help midlevel managers navigate agile transformations


Agile organization models have less hierarchy and fewer conventional managers. Here’s how executives making the move to agile can keep their valuable former managers engaged and motivated. Insights on Organization

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Critical infrastructure companies and the global cybersecurity threat


How the energy, mining, and materials industries can meet the unique challenges of protecting themselves in a digital world. Risk Insights

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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.

Games Companies Play: Hide and Seek Support

Joellyn Sargent

One of these is the ability for companies to put up digital walls, hiding from their customers after the sale. ” Emails go unanswered or worse yet, companies ( yes, you Google ) make it virtually impossible to have a dialog about an issue in any way, shape or form. The best companies provide multiple points of contact for customers, giving them a range of options like online chat, email and phone support. Ah, the Internet Age!

How to Write a Great Sales Letter

The More Clients Blog

We work with high-tech companies to dramatically increase employee engagement and productivity by 25% or more.”. In the ABDO (Attention-Based Direct Outreach) Marketing process there are five main components: 1. Getting your list of prospective clients together.

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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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Reinforcing Switzerland’s attractiveness to multinational companies


Switzerland could reestablish itself as the leading location for multinationals by reviving its business-friendly and pragmatic mind-set. Europe

The platform play: How to operate like a tech company


For tech to be a real driver of innovation and growth, IT needs to reorganize itself around flexible and independent platforms. Digital Insights

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.