Comparison, escalation and the golf clap

Seth Godin Blog

Comparison and escalation are at the heart of what makes our culture work We've all encountered a tepid group, an audience that won't make noise, a bunch of disaffected students, or perhaps the distracted masses. Cat taught me this trick, which gives great insight into human nature.

Ukrainian Currency Comparison: Budget Rate vs. Official Rate vs. Interbank Rate vs. Street Rate

MishTalk

Last Friday, reader John told me the " street rate " for currency in Ukraine was not the reported 28 Hryvnias per US$ but rather on the order of 32 per US$. I asked John where he got his information. He replied, " from my sister who lives in Lviv ". Lviv is a beautiful city in Western Ukraine.

“Up All Night” Protests Spread to French Prime Minister’s House, Teargas Used; Comparisons to US

MishTalk

The “Nuit Debout” (Up All Night) movement in France spread from the Place de la République (Republic Square) to prime … Continue reading → Economics

Existing Home Sales Solid, Not Spectacular; Be Careful With Year-Over-Year Comparisons

MishTalk

Existing home sales bounced in April as expected. Compared to pre-recession totals, sales look weak, but compared to the last … Continue reading → Economics

48.6% of Spaniards Aged 18-24 Would Take Any Job, Anywhere, for Low Wages; Ikea Spain Gets 100,000 Applicants for 400 Jobs; Walmart, McDonalds Comparison

MishTalk

Walmart, McDonalds Comparison To be fair, there is a major difference between McDonalds'' employees and Spaniards seeking jobs. In contrast to McDonalds'' workers in the US demanding $15 an hour wages, Almost half of young Spaniards accept any job, anywhere, despite low salary 48.6% of Spaniards aged 18 to 24 said they would accept any job, anywhere and even with a low income. felt very or fairly likely to have to work on what is available, 61.7%

How to Keep Envy from Poisoning Your Team’s Culture

Harvard Business

Create a culture of compassion, not comparison. Managing yourself Leading teams Motivating people Digital Article

The Benchmark That Builds Consulting Businesses

David A Fields

I only know if I have some sort of standard for comparison. Many readers know that I’m 6’1″ tall… if my posture is perfect, I think tall thoughts and I stand on two tins of homemade, coconut dream bars. Is that tall? Short?

Five (and a half) Pricing Strategies that Will Win You More Projects at Higher Fees

David A Fields

Look no further than the gas pumps to see the extraordinary, often nonsensical, choices made by shoppers reacting to comparisons. Prominent signs proclaim each brand’s current price per gallon, making it easy to compare among alternatives.

Favorability Ratings: Clinton vs. Trump, Hollande vs. Le Pen vs. Sarkozy

MishTalk

However, those ratings pale in comparison to the negativity in French politics. The favorability ratings of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the worst ever in US politics. more…). Economics

Disruption and distraction: Y2K, GDPR and Brexit

The Source

While Brexit is an unpredictable bump in the road somewhere on the horizon (possibly coming rapidly into view), comparisons are being made with two other considerable regulatory, and technological changes—the Y2K millennium bug and the EU’s 2018 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Showing vs. telling

Seth Godin Blog

All the promises, explanations and asides in the world pale in comparison with what you do. Too often, we forget that jargon and narrative exist to help shape our actions, not to replace them. Words keep getting cheaper, which makes action more valuable than ever

Quote Your Consulting Billing Rate with Confidence

Successful Independent Consulting

Remember, even your higher rate will be cheaper in comparison.) ID 46944176 © Dundja | Dreamstime. It takes practice to quote your consulting billing rate with confidence. The tactics in this article will help if you bill by the hour or by the day.

Self-Employed? Prep for Tax Season to Save Big

Successful Independent Consulting

Each has pros and cons ( see attached comparison sheet ) but both work essentially the same. Tax season is probably the most important time for independent consultants to think like business owners. This especially means being smart about how we handle our money.

Five Reasons Fed Won’t Hike Even Twice in 2017

MishTalk

Following that comparison, I present my reasons why all the expected hikes are not coming. On December 14, right before the FOMC decision I took a snapshot of rate hike odds and posted them in Fed Hikes Today, Then What? Today, we compare the before vs. the after, the latter is from Friday, December 16. more…). Economics

5 Effective Content Marketing Tips for Consultants

Consulting Matters

Purchase : Your items for purchase are lower-price offerings, in comparison to a full-on consulting engagement. Content marketing is not some marketing fad.

Outsiders

Seth Godin Blog

All it means is that when people begin to measure themselves only in comparison to others ("How did I rank?") You can't have insiders unless you have outsiders. And you can't have winners unless you have losers. That doesn't mean that you're required to create insiders and winners.

Compared to.

Seth Godin Blog

What is the comparison for? And then ignore all comparisons that don't relate. The most important comparison, in fact, is comparing your work to what you're capable of. Without a doubt, there's someone taller than you, faster than you, cuter than you.

PPI Services Shows No Price Pressures

MishTalk

but that is based on easy comparisons and it also includes a big jump in oil prices which barely filtered through. Wholesale prices show continued weakness, especially services. The BLS reports PPI for Final Demand Declines 0.1% in March. Services and goods both decreased by 0.1%. Year-over-year prices are up by 2.3% more…). Economics

Customer Loyalty Isn't What It Used to Be

Strategy+Business

The Internet and digital tools such as advanced search engines, review sites, price comparison apps, and social media platforms have changed how consumers make purchasing decisions. And the traditional means through which companies built up loyalty -- points and perks programs and advertising -- are no longer as effective as they once were.

Gap Between Nowcast and GDPNow Narrows to 1.9 Percentage Points: Or Does It? What Happened?

MishTalk

However, that straight-up comparison is invalid for reasons discussed below. On Friday, the FRBNY Nowcast estimate for first quarter GDP dipped from 3.2% to 2.8%. That makes the spread between Nowcast and GDPNow 1.9 percentage points. First, let’s investigate Nowcast changes. more…). Economics

Pattern matching

Seth Godin Blog

Not the obvious similarities on the surface, but the deep comparisons, the resonant influences, the patterns that a trained insider sees. The problem is that marketers often force the comparison, because we're so eager to get people to do Y, our Y, the Y we have in hand.

The Growth of the Consulting Industry in the Nordics

QEmploy

This allows for comparison between the Danish market and the 3 other Nordic countries. Growth at its Finest. The Nordic consulting industry has experienced a drastic increase in previous years. Growing by 5.7% with a market value of €2.77 billion.

Consulting Website Design 010: Setting Your Anchor [VIDEO]

Tsavo Neal

If he leads with his Mobile Onboarding Teardown at $1,200, and the offers were ascending in price, you would start to measure the following services compared to that smallest price — and they would look much bigger in comparison.

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Over €1 Trillion Nonperforming EU Loans: EU vs US Percentages

MishTalk

For comparison purposed, a World Bank Report has the US at 1.3%, Japan at 1.5%, and Canada at 0.6%. An EU report out this month shows nonperforming loans were a staggering €1.092 trillion as of the end of 2016. The average non-performing rate in the EU is 5.1%, down from 5.7% in 2015. In contrast, Greece and Cyprus have NPL ratios of 46% and 45% respectively. Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, and Romania all have NPL ratios between 10% and 20%. more…).

How to Create Breakthrough Success without Burnout: Interview with Rachelle Stone

Consulting Matters

So, tell me a little bit about the stone piece comparison to Vertical Challenge because there was something in the story of vertical challenge that you still wanted to have, but then we talked about it is really important to have your name and your brand. Interview with Rachelle Stone.

People Don’t Want to Be Compared with Others in Performance Reviews. They Want to Be Compared with Themselves

Harvard Business

We call those temporal comparison evaluations. We call those social comparison evaluations. Our findings demonstrate that employees consider temporal comparison evaluations to be fairer than social comparison evaluations. After they finished their task, in one condition their manager provided evaluations that compared their performance from round two to their performance from round one; temporal comparison evaluations. HBR STAFF/Schreiber Sons/nypl.

Striking Weakness in Home Prices

MishTalk

Case Shiller 20-City Index Year-over-year comparisons have held stable at 5% in spite of month-over-month declining prices because of easy comparisons. Year-over-year comparisons will be increasingly difficult in the upcoming months.

Compared to what?

Seth Godin Blog

Comparison leads to frustration which sometimes leads to innovation. If a comparison isn't helping you get to where you're going, it's okay to ignore it A quick look at Yelp reviews will show you that NY restaurants are not quite as good as those in some suburbs.

Durable Goods Orders Surprise to Upside, Led by Autos

MishTalk

percent which reflects an aircraft comparison with the Farnborough airshow in July last year. Monthly vs. Yearly The skew in aircraft orders made the year-over-year comparisons this month (yellow highlight) especially tough.

Showrooming: Two Companies, Two Opposite Experiences

1 to 1

Since customers rarely leave their homes without their mobile phones, it''s easy to research an item and make comparisons while still in the store. The concept of showrooming has become ingrained in customers'' shopping habits.

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Dueling Forecasts: GDPNow 4.2% vs Nowcast 1.8%

MishTalk

For comparison purposes, Nowcast was at 2.9% For the first quarter, the initial GDPNow forecast was 2.3% on January 30, 2017. The GDPNow forecast spiked quickly to 3.4% then crashed to a final estimate of 0.2% on April 27. on February 3, the closest date to the initial GDPNow forecast. The final Nowcast estimate was 2.7%. The advance GDP estimate from the BEA was 0.7%. Thus the Nowcast was two full percentage points too high. In contrast, GDPNow was in the ballpark but 0.5

A disconnected Middle East

McKinsey

In addition to allowing country-by-country comparisons, it includes regional rankings.

CFO Branding 101

Free Agent CFO

In a recent example, he revealed that the prospect was controlling the conversation and appeared to have the upper hand with pricing since he was comparison shopping.

MBA vs Non-MBA Programs as a Pathway to Consulting

Tom Spencer

Yet, what about other graduate degrees in comparison to an MBA? An MBA degree has long been known as a robust pathway towards accessing management consulting career options.

Criteria for Selecting a Training Vendor

Gina Abudi

When selecting a vendor to provide training curriculum within the organization, consider the following criteria to enable comparisons between various training vendors: Content: How robust and complete is the content? How practical and usable is the content for participants once they complete the workshop? Can content be customized to be relevant to the organization? What [.]. The post Criteria for Selecting a Training Vendor appeared first on Gina Abudi.

The Pitfalls of Absentee Ownership

Martinka Consulting

It is a state of comparison.” Absentee ownership is a dream of many would be business owners. Imaginations run wild when thinking of having a business where all you have to do is check in every so often and have money transferred to your personal bank account. After a recent meeting with the managing member of an absentee ownership group I realized there are (potential) pitfalls, both ongoing and when it’s time to sell.