Tue.Nov 06, 2018

Wow! It’s Easy to Improve Every Part of Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

You can boost the fortunes of your consulting firm in numerous ways. Improve your processes, adopt better techniques, dial up your leverage, incorporate dessert breaks… the list goes on and on. Amongst these, there’s one, (fairly) easy shift you could make today that will help every aspect of your consulting firm. How cool would it … Continued. The post Wow! It’s Easy to Improve Every Part of Your Consulting Firm appeared first on David A. Fields. All Articles Consultants Consulting

5 Essential Competencies for Executive Leadership

Consulting Matters

It’s a common career trajectory: An employee becomes a front-line supervisor, then a manager, then a leader of leaders and then eventually an executive over a department or an even broader entity. From that perspective, leadership is leadership and executives merely have a larger scope and span of control. Despite common perception - executives are not simply managers with a broader scope and span of control.

Building digital ecosystems in Japan

McKinsey

Two Merck Healthcare digital specialists explain their company’s transformation and the impact it has had on patients. Insights on Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products

When the Open Office is Closing In

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

Everyone has seen an "open plan office" setup. A bunch of my clients had them, especially Out West. I actually liked the look, minus the dogs and yoga balls, but I hadn't really worked in one until now. Open plan offices suck.

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How leading CEOs manage their middle tenures

McKinsey

Five principles are useful in guiding CEOs in their third, fourth, and fifth years on the job. Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights

Who is in your scene? (get better, faster in a group)

Rod Burkert

When it comes to your practice, who is supporting and challenging you to get better? Because getting better – REALLY better – will happen faster if you work with people who understand your journey. When it comes to your practice, don’t overlook the power of belonging to a group.

How to lead a successful government transition

McKinsey

The government transition period between an outgoing and an incoming government leader is a remarkable opportunity to capitalize on the momentum of the election and lay the foundation for success. A six-step approach can set an incoming administration on the right path. Public Sector Insights

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Black Friday 2018: Consumers are eager, more digital, and willing to spend

McKinsey

This annual survey helps companies better understand changing consumer attitudes about Black Friday retail and how shoppers are planning for the 2018 holiday season. Marketing & Sales Insights

Ego Is the Enemy of Good Leadership

Harvard Business

Francesco Carta fotografo/Getty Images. On his first day as CEO of the Carlsberg Group, a global brewery and beverage company, Cees ‘t Hart was given a key card by his assistant.

Five enterprise-architecture practices that add value to digital transformations

McKinsey

Enterprise-architecture teams can play an integral role in transforming companies with technologies. New survey findings and firsthand experience highlight the practices that matter most. Digital Insights

9 Out of 10 People Are Willing to Earn Less Money to Do More-Meaningful Work

Harvard Business

bulentgultek/Getty Images. In his introduction to Working , the landmark 1974 oral history of work, Studs Terkel positioned meaning as an equal counterpart to financial compensation in motivating the American worker.

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Automation and the future of work

McKinsey

The future of work looks set to be not a tale of machines replacing humans, but of machines complementing humans in the workplace, writes James Manyika in Milken Institute Review. MGI in the News

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If Your Employees Aren’t Speaking Up, Blame Company Culture

Harvard Business

PM Images/Getty Images. Companies benefit when employees speak up. When employees feel comfortable candidly voicing their opinions, suggestions, or concerns, organizations become better at handling threats as well as opportunities.

How consumer-goods companies can win in Southeast Asia

McKinsey

Disciplined spending, stronger partnerships with retailers and distributors, and cross-functional collaboration set winners apart. But all companies in the region need to step up their game in digitization and analytics. Insights on Consumer Packaged Goods

The Kinds of Data Scientist

Harvard Business

Monty Rakusen/Getty Images. In 2012, HBR dubbed data scientist “the sexiest job of the 21st century ” It is also, arguably, the vaguest. To hire the right people for the right roles, it’s important to distinguish between different types of data scientist.

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Who cares?

Seth Godin Blog

On almost every issue that divides the electorate (in the US and abroad), the group that gets out the vote will win. In most elections, the more some candidates spend, the more disillusioned the electorate becomes. The goal is to keep the opponent’s supporters from caring enough to vote. These are not unrelated facts. We’re being played, manipulated and pushed around. It’s important to not fall for it.

Competing in the Huge Digital Economies of China and India

Harvard Business

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Lessons Learned From Adidas' College-Recruiting Scandal

Henry DeVries

Bad scandals can quickly undo years of good marketing. Leaders have to make a decision as to what standards they are going to set and then hold themselves and everyone under their guidance for living by those standards

Transforming Customer Experiences: Driving Performance and Profitability in the Service Sector - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM HBS EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

Harvard Business

The service sector is a large and growing part of our economy. But a lot of service businesses are managed according to old ideas imported from more traditional industries, says Ryan Buell, UPS Foundation Associate Professor of Service Management at Harvard Business School (HBS).

Examples of Automation Software in Today’s Workforce

Cheryl Cran

Robotics, automation, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and virtual reality are all quickly influencing and shaping the future of work. As shown in Workfront’s State of Work report, knowledge workers today want automation software, with 86% of U.S.

U.S. Health Plans Can Save Billions by Helping Patients Navigate the System

Harvard Business

Shana Novak/Getty Images. Most people at one time or another have struggled to navigate the complexities of the U.S. health care system.

Avoiding Miscommunication in a Digital World

Harvard Business

Nick Morgan, a communications expert and speaking coach, says that while email, texting, and Slack might seem like they make communication easier, they actually make things less efficient. When we are bombarded with too many messages a day, he argues, humans are likely to fill in the gaps with negative information or assume the worst about the intent of a coworker’s email.