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.

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.

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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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.

The Bionic Company

Strategy+Business

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

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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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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

The growth imperative for medical-device companies

McKinsey

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

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.

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.

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

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 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 digital imperative for pharma companies in Japan

McKinsey

Five facts showing that companies should invest in digital customer engagement in Japan. Insights on Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products

Quantum Underwriting: A Core Capability for Bionic Companies

Strategy+Business

The presence of risk requires robust systems for trading on and underwriting that risk.

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 Turkish companies can become global successes

McKinsey

The country’s demographics and business climate have made it fertile ground for local companies with global aspirations. Our Insights

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.”

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 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

The 6 Ways to Grow a Company

Harvard Business

Meanwhile, every company aspires to be as innovative as these startups. Many companies invest in or buy them, unsure what they’ll yield other than the halo effect they may overpay for, made worse by the fact that most don’t align with the company strategy or meet a market insight. An example is the Apple Store experience, which many would argue is as compelling as the company’s products. Juj Winn/Getty Images.

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How to Banish Bad Habits from Your Company

Strategy+Business

Bad habits may be so ingrained in a company that its leaders may not spot them. And that is a challenge for any company hoping to deal with disruption

Stress testing for nonfinancial companies

McKinsey

According to new survey results, exploring the more subjective side of investment decision making yields five elements that correlate closely with outperformance. Our Insights

Advanced analytics: Poised to transform Asian companies

McKinsey

Executives in Asia are increasingly aware of the tremendous impact that advanced analytics could have on their organization. Now they must take concrete steps to adopt these technologies. Analytics Insights

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.

How to Prevent a Faltering CEO from Damaging Your Company

Strategy+Business

Is your company's board missing early warning signals that the CEO's performance is slipping?

How to Prevent a Faltering CEO from Damaging Your Company

Strategy+Business

Is your company's board missing early warning signals that the CEO's performance is slipping?

How artificial intelligence can deliver real value to companies

McKinsey

Companies new to the space can learn a great deal from early adopters who have invested billions into AI and are now beginning to reap a range of benefits.

Lifting customer experience at an elevator company

McKinsey

Pierre Liautaud, executive vice president at Finnish elevator maker KONE, describes the critical role of frontline teams in navigating complex business-to-business (B2B) customer-experience relationships. Our Insights

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Pulling the Triggers That Pull Companies

Strategy+Business

Which will be the spur to your company's change Four types of triggers - each with its own form of awareness -- can set you on the road to coherence.