How to Capitalize on Your Consulting Talents

David A Fields

One of the huge perks of independent consulting is that you can operate from anywhere. Even if you’re steering a sizable boutique, it’s fairly easy to jaunt off to Italy or India or Indiana for a month. The indisputably best location for you has nothing to do with geography, though.

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Upgrading your business to a digital operating system

McKinsey

One element of a successful digital transformation is developing a new way of operating that relies on the right talent, prioritizing speed, and targeting milestones.

Automation and the talent challenge in US consumer packaged goods

McKinsey

Insights on OperationsUS consumer products companies are facing a manufacturing-labor crisis. It’s time they took a fresh look at their automation options.

The Way You Deploy Your Rock Star Talent Matters

LSA Global

The research around talent management has uncovered some surprises. We had thought that the best performing companies had the most star talent. If, instead, marketing is paramount to your future success, then this is an area to identify, develop and deploy your top talent.

My Tour of L.A.’s Emergency Operations Center – So Cool!

Melissa Agnes

Colton (my business partner and the “Day” in Agnes + Day) and I had the opportunity to visit the LAFD’s Emergency Information Center, along with LA’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Department Operations Center (DOC), 9-1-1 Dispatch Center and Fire Station 4.

Figuring Out How IT, Analytics, and Operations Should Work Together

Harvard Business

A new set of relationships is being formed within companies around how people working in data, analytics, IT, and operations teams work together. For IT to operate in the data and analytics space often takes realigning roles and responsibilities. Analytics Operations IT Digital Articl

The Barriers to Recruiting and Employing Digital Talent

Harvard Business

Finding digital talent is one of the biggest challenges facing companies today. But it’s particularly difficult for large, traditional firms , especially those which operate in consolidated, non-growth industries (think pulp and paper, steel, airlines) and which are often located away from the metropolitan areas where data scientists live. These are the three biggest challenges we’ve seen: Integrating digital talent into the core business.

You Can’t Delegate Talent Management to the HR Department

Harvard Business

Successfully identifying, developing, and retaining leadership talent is critical for any organization’s long-term success. That’s why many of them, particularly the largest ones, rely on full-time “talent management” professionals, who work in coordination with other parts of HR. These talent management people create processes for assessing leadership capabilities and set the strategy for upgrading leadership talent over time.

Getting an Intricate Operation Back in Sync

Harvard Business

Facing interconnected operational issues, members of the eight-person senior leadership team were turning against one another. Essentially it is a fresh start, and it can begin any time we have an operational breakdown, to remind people of the need for change and continual improvement.

Companies Can Address Talent Shortages by Partnering with Educators

Harvard Business

” “Our goal,” it stated, “must be to develop the talents of all to their fullest.” The talents of all are not being developed to their fullest, and many U.S. million job openings , which companies are struggling to find the right talent to fill. operational headquarters in Lexington, Massachusetts, which has been working with nearby Quincy College for the past several years. Talent management Competitive strategy Digital Article

My Tour of L.A.’s Emergency Operations Center – So Cool!

Melissa Agnes

Colton (my business partner and the “Day” in Agnes + Day) and I had the opportunity to visit the LAFD’s Emergency Information Center, along with LA’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Department Operations Center (DOC), 9-1-1 Dispatch Center and Fire Station 4.

Connecting Unemployed Youth with Organizations That Need Talent

Harvard Business

With low unemployment, the competition for talent remains fierce. Gap is joining a growing corps of large companies that are turning to an overlooked pool of entry-level talent: the 5.5 Tapping into this talent has implications for HR management, calling for new approaches to screening talent, including sourcing, selection, and role definition. Sourcing eager talent is just part of the new equation. Gap Inc.

When Leaders Are Hired for Talent but Fired for Not Fitting In

Harvard Business

Even when organizations are good at assessing leaders’ talents (e.g., As a result, too many leaders are (correctly) hired on talent but subsequently fired due to poor culture fit. Motives and values operate as an inner compass, dictating what the leader will like and reward, the type of culture and climate they will strive to create in their teams, and the activities they will see as meaningful and fulfilling.

A 5-Part Process for Using Technology to Improve Your Talent Management

Harvard Business

And because organizational change tends to be driven by those who most acutely feel the pain, it’s often line managers who are the strongest champions for “talent tech”: innovations in how firms hire people, staff projects, evaluate performance, and develop talent. How companies are using artificial intelligence in their business operations. Working with new technologies in new and nimbler ways creates the need for additional innovation in talent practices.

Recruiting Strategies for a Tight Talent Market

Harvard Business

If any story demonstrates how far employers will go in today’s fierce war for talent, the tale of Snapchat’s geofilter recruiting campaign is it. Following are three such innovative approaches for connecting with top talent. Generate and nurture your own talent channels.

The Big Disconnect in Your Talent Strategy and How to Fix It

Harvard Business

Talent can move into and out of an organization, through a growing array of options such as freelance platforms , crowdsourcing efforts, and temporary, contract, or part-time work. As the talent ecosystem evolves to offer more options, talent systems have not kept pace. Their goal is to attract, engage, develop and retain employees – moving talent into, through and out of the organization. Extend the insights beyond talent acquisition decisions.

Who Needs An Operating Plan? Look in the Mirror

Henman Performance Executive Blog

Who Needs An Operating Plan? You don’t want your operating plan to concentrate on the past—to focus on the reflection in the rearview mirror. Instead, your operating plan should be a kaleidoscope that exhibits various symmetrical patterns that reflect the loose bits of information you have aggregated. The operating plan goes beyond last year’s budget to include challenges and opportunities that didn’t exist in last year’s reality. Talent Management. About Linda.

What I Learned from Transforming the U.S. Military’s Approach to Talent

Harvard Business

When contending for talent in a competitive world, no organization — let alone the largest in the world, with the largest stakes — can afford to lose employees like 2nd Lieutenant Riley. A case like Riley’s would make any leader take a hard look at his institution’s talent management, but it is particularly worrying at the Defense Department. Attracting Talent. Taking 50% of the population off the table meant losing too much potential talent.

How to Find and Hire the Right Digital Talent for Your Organization - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DXC TECHNOLOGY

Harvard Business

Talent wars will decide the winners and losers in the next decade. Getting access to great talent and unleashing motivation and discretionary effort are arguably the most important jobs for leaders in all areas of every business and government agency. To win the talent war, companies need to change. Four relate to accessing talent, and four to unleashing talent. Accessing Talent. Unleashing Talent.

HR’s Vital Role in How Employees Spend Their Time, Talent, and Energy

Harvard Business

Complaints about HR include things from weak, reactive business partnering to poor talent recruitment and development, from time-wasting processes to incomprehensible communications. Talent. The combination of these factors ( time + talent + energy ) and the interactions between them, is how human capital is converted into productivity and economic value. Next, consider talent. The best companies get a 29% boost in productivity from their talent.

Preparing for the Future of Talent Acquisition - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM KORN FERRY

Harvard Business

With unemployment rates in most developed nations at the lowest levels since the Great Recession, and with new skill sets required to keep pace with head-spinning technological advances, it’s no surprise the talent acquisition environment is incredibly competitive. In a new Korn Ferry Futurestep global survey of more than 1,100 talent acquisition professionals, 54 percent said it’s harder to find qualified talent now than it was just one year ago.

4 Battle-Tested Ways to Improve Corporate Learning

LSA Global

Organizations that strive to stay successful and competitive into the future must carefully consider how they manage top talent in a world that is increasingly dependent on technology. Companies need to recognize that their competitive edge will depend on the quality of their human talent.

3 Must-Have Skills for Experiential Learning Strategies to Work

LSA Global

While it can be helpful in certain situations to take immediate and concrete action, double-loop learning strives to address the underlying causes by incorporating feedback and thinking about actions and operating assumptions. Blog Attract Top Talent Differentiated Talent Talent Management

Revisit Your Strategic Plan

Gina Abudi

As the organization changes internally or is impacted by changes externally – it grows, new talent [.]. Leadership operational planning organizational strategy planning sessions strategic plan strategy planningOrganizational leaders should revisit and re-evaluate their strategic plan annually, or even more frequently if the organization has significant ongoing change or there is a major event – such as a merger or acquisition. Why Revisit Your Strategic Plan.

3 Underestimated Barriers to Rapid Growth

LSA Global

High growth helps set the stage to dominate market segments, to win big clients, to make strategic investments and to provide opportunities to attract and retain top talent. How can we keep our top talent engaged and reduce the stress as greater demands are made of them?

4 Ways to Protect Culture During Rapid Growth

LSA Global

During change, operational approaches, decision making boundaries, social norms, risk tolerance levels, go-to-market approaches and beliefs about customer and employee centricity can weaken or become misaligned. Employee attrition of top talent increases.

Thoughts on PwC’s Booz Purchase

Tom Spencer

Less than half of PwC’s revenues now come from its assurance business, and consulting is one of its fastest growing operations. We expect that the most talented Booz consultants will leave Booz even before the ink on the merger agreement is dry.

How to Learn New Skills Faster

LSA Global

Josh Waitzkin, chess whiz, martial arts expert and author of The Art of Learning , puts it this way, “The more present we are at practice, the more present we will be in competition, in the boardroom, at the exam, the operating table, the big stage.”. Learn New Skills Faster|.

Conversation with A.T. Kearney

Tom Spencer

I recently had the good fortune to communicate with Anne Burley, Director or Regional Talent Acquisition for Asia Pacific at A.T. Kearney offers a broad range of services including Analytics, Mergers & Acquisitions, Operations and Strategy. Kearney Anne Burley consulting consulting firms Director or Regional Talent AcquisitionKearney. Kearney is a leading global management consulting firm with offices in more than 40 countries.

Health Systems Need to Completely Reassess How They Manage Costs

Harvard Business

hospitals and health systems experienced an average 39% reduction in their operating margins from 2015 to 2017. Cost reduction requires an honest and thorough reassessment of everything the health system does and ultimately, a change in the organization’s operating culture.

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

Harvard Business

Additional organizational value comes in the form of retained talent. Top talent can demand what they want, including meaning, and will jump ship if they don’t get it. Employers must respond or lose talent and productivity. increase in annual operating profits.

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Why Career Conversations Are a Must for New Managers

LSA Global

Companies with lower levels of employee engagement report 12% lower profits, 19% lower operating income and 28% lower earnings per share. Blog Career Development Management Development Performance Management Talent Development

What If Companies Managed People as Carefully as They Manage Money?

Harvard Business

In contrast, today’s scarcest resource is your human capital, as measured by the time, talent and energy of your workforce. Difference-making talent is also scarce. Finding, developing, and retaining this talent is hard — so much so that the business press refers to a “war” for talent. You can actively measure the amount of difference-making talent that you have in your organization. Talent is scarce and worth fighting for.

#9: 5 Reasons To Love Corporate Politics

Consulting Matters

I was asked to lead a massive initiative at Disney to help the operations executives redefine the guest/cast and cast/leader experience. Download Episode Transcript. I'll never forget the moment when I first fell in love with corporate politics.

How Leading Companies Build the Workforces They Need to Stay Ahead

Harvard Business

And companies will be forced to rethink the talent they will need to play these business-critical roles in the future. It may be possible to retool some actuaries as data scientists, but the vast majority of these roles will probably need to be filled with new talent. Also, with technological innovation, there will always be a high degree of uncertainty regarding the kind of talent your company will need in the future. Technology Strategy Talent management Digital Article

Rewiring Citi for the digital age

McKinsey

Citigroup’s Head of Operations and Technology describes the bank’s efforts to accelerate its digital transition, as well as the importance of having the right talent and agility to pull it off. Our insights

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Reminder: Customers Care How You Treat Your Employees

Harvard Business

As companies pursue the talent they need for the future, and especially as the average age of U.S. Their talent practices aren’t just shaping the composition of their workforces — they’re also shaping their reputation, performance, and culture.