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

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.

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.

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

How a healthcare company is pursuing agile transformation

McKinsey

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

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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?”.

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.

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 platform play: How to operate like a tech company

McKinsey

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

What Makes and Adaptive Company… A Few More Thoughts

Kates Kesler

Martin Reeves sets out three elements of an adaptive company: flexible strategy approaches, leaders able to fit strategy to context, … Adaptable Organizations Publications

The Bionic Company

Strategy+Business

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

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.

An insurance company transforms itself by putting technology first

McKinsey

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

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 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.

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.

Who Are Your Company's Keystone Employees?

Strategy+Business

Your organization, much like a natural ecosystem, relies on a complex web of interrelationships to survive and thrive. And just as in nature, there are a handful of keystone workers who facilitate those relationships. To find your keystone employees, look beyond titles and paystubs, and consider who fosters the most significant interactions between your stakeholders

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.

Accelerating profitability for medium-size industrial companies

McKinsey

As companies transition from medium-size to established organizations, they often lack the DNA and organizational muscle to rapidly improve their bottom-line performance. An accelerated transformation can help. Advanced Electronics Insights

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

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.

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 Integrated Holding Company: Is Such a Thing Possible?

Kates Kesler

The demise of the GE business model has called into question the wisdom of trying to find strategic and operational … Blog

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

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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3 Digital strategies for companies that have fallen behind

McKinsey

We estimate that companies which follow this strategy of digital reinvention increase revenue growth by 0.9% and add 1.8% to their EBITDA growth annually on average compared with peers, write Jacques Bughin and Tanguy Catlin in Harvard Business Review. MGI in the News

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?

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.

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.).

The growth imperative for medical-device companies

McKinsey

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

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