#8: 5 Reasons Why EVERY Consultant Needs Systems Thinking

Consulting Matters

Any change in one part of the system, effects the others. If you don't adjust the system, your change effort will for certain fail. The key to sustainable change is taking into account the entire system. The concept of system thinking might be new to you.

System 216

Michael Zipursky on Sales Growth Systems

Consulting Success

Michael was recently featured on Sales Growth Systems Podcast. Michael Zipursky on Sales Growth Systems is a post from: Consulting Success. You can listen to it here: How and Why Service Professionals Should Gently Sell Within An Email Email. You use it every day. Sometimes when you’re talking with your clients. Sometimes when you’re taking with your friends. With a simple email address, you have the potential to reach anyone you’d like. But what about sales?

System 125

Importance of CRM Systems for Modern Businesses

Tom Spencer

Although there are seemingly hundreds of benefits to a comprehensive, cloud-based customer management system, there are three major advantages of employing CRMs, especially for large businesses.

System 108

Two kinds of system risk

Seth Godin Blog

When you set up a system, it helps to keep in mind what will happen if it doesn’t work. Depending on the costs of ‘not working’, you can build more resilience into the system. We make two mistakes when we organize a system: We get overly optimistic about the reliability of the system, and combine that with a narrative that minimizes the cost of living without it.

The No Joke System for Attracting Clients

The More Clients Blog

A few months ago I re-tooled my system for teaching people to attract new clients. Maybe you, if your client attracting system isn’t working. Those six steps are the essence of the ABDO system. And despite the Internet, social media, and videos, I’ve found that this system still works the best to attract high-end clients who have big challenges that require a real professional with specialized knowledge and skills.

Toward abundant systems

Seth Godin Blog

But some systems are based on abundance. The network effect helps us understand that for connection-based systems, more is actually better, not worse. The system works better when more people use it. The cultural turning point of our moment in time, the one that’s just beginning to be realized, is that education is an abundant system, not a scarce one. Industrialism is based on scarcity. So is traditional college admissions.

Health system financing: Tips for emerging markets

McKinsey

Many countries with emerging economies are considering health system financing transformation. Five no-regrets tips can help them build a strong foundation for their future health system. Insights on Healthcare Systems & Services

Building on maximized systems

Seth Godin Blog

If you eat beef, you're probably using a maximized system. The challenge gets worse when a maximized system is pushed just a little further. Maximized" means that more demands and more inputs lead to degradation, lower output and eventual system failure.

Become a Walking CRM System

The Thirsty Dog

Become a 'Walking CRM System' by asking the right questions. The post Become a Walking CRM System appeared first on The Thirsty Dog Blog. Management Consulting New Content building relationships business development Consulting crm system expat Jason Price jason price seattle living abroad prague relationship development SeattleThis post by Jason Price can be seen at The Thirsty Dog Blog - Seattle's Finest Blog on Business and Consulting by Jason Price.

The beginning of system dynamics

McKinsey

It is much harder to change decision-making procedures than we realized when system dynamics started. Modeling afforded a number of insights about why high-technology companies fail. Whether in school or management education, the focus will be on “generic structures.”. Our Insights

Alternative Systems for Corporate Survival

Strategy+Business

John Kotter and Rita Gunther McGrath both argue that change will inevitably overwhelm hierarchical management systems, but their solutions differ

Problem with US elections: winner-takes-all electoral system

Consultants Mind

In the US, it is a Presidential election year. Which means we will see lots of TV ads and general non-sense in the news until November. In the graph , you can see that political TV spend is about $2 … Continue reading → Learning Data Election Electoral College Graphs Politics President United States

System 191

Managing Boundaries in Systems - Free Management Library

Consulting and Organizational Management

Managing Boundaries in Systems By Jim Smith on September 28, 2010. Organization Development is all about change in work systems. Everybody talks about systems but what does that mean? General Systems Theory is an organizational theory. I have come to believe that we need a more sophisticated understanding of systems and this is first and foremost a way of seeing the world. Look around and you will see “systems” everywhere. Library. Translate This. Home.

Are systems and process holding up your organization’s effectiveness?

Peter Stark

In our Employee Opinion Surveys , one question we see low more often these days has to do with the systems and processes in the organization supporting employee’s ability to do their job effectively. Re-visit Regularly – Are your systems archaic?

Redesigning the public transportation experience: London’s contactless card system

McKinsey

The journey to a ticket-free transit system—and the path ahead. Our Insights

Taking a Systems Approach to Adopting AI

Harvard Business

Here’s how it will change the IT stack. IT Digital Article

How Geisinger Health System Reduced Opioid Prescriptions

Harvard Business

At Geisinger, a healthcare system serving more than 1.5 For example, in 2012 we launched a controlled-substance monitoring dashboard to better understand use of controlled substances in our system, with a focus on improving pain management. The devastating opioid epidemic in the U.S.

How the Internet of Things will reshape future production systems

McKinsey

Rich data, ubiquitous connectivity, and real-time communication are changing the way companies work. For leaders, that transformation will extend much further than the machines on the factory floor. Our Insights

System 112

Stop hunting & gathering clients. Start building a system!

Rod Burkert

Or like the Romans who built a functional and lasting system. They built a system that took care of them for a long time. Can you automate or outsource some of the pieces so that you have a system working FOR you? Start building a system!

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. Our Insights

Creating an effective workforce system for the new economy

McKinsey

Governments have an important role to play in building a deeper pool of qualified workers and fueling economic growth. Public Sector Insights

Rigged System: Fake Risk, Fake Return

MishTalk

Is the system rigged? If so, is this the end of volatility? more…). Economics

Commercial drones are here: The future of unmanned aerial systems

McKinsey

Investment in unmanned aerial systems is soaring, but challenges remain. Here’s what stakeholders need to know about the evolving landscape. Our Insights

The Upgraded Leadership Operating System

Cheryl Cran

However the bigger learning and training opportunity is to arm leaders and their teams with new models and systems that will help them to upgrade their leadership operating system. What does it mean to ‘upgrade the leadership operating system’?

An Insider’s Look at The Case Interview Scoring System

Management Consulted

Sandy Lerner, co-founder of Cisco Systems, once summed up consulting interviews perfectly when she said, “The first rule of any game is to know you’re in one.”. The insights we’re giving are derived from our team’s exact experiences at Bain, McKinsey, and Deloitte but does not reflect an exact existing scoring system (we’re staying out of hot water here by keeping the exact firm secrets a secret).

System 126

How secure is the global financial system a decade after the crisis?

McKinsey

Yet there is more debt than ever in the global financial system. Great strides have been made since 2008 to prevent a recurrence of the financial crisis and recession that followed. Insights on Financial Services

When Will Spanish Banking System Collapse?

MishTalk

The question on my mind today is "When will the Spanish banking system collapse?" The Spanish banking system passed a so-called "stress test" in 2012, but sovereign government bonds are are not included in the evaluation.

The potential impact of electric vehicles on global energy systems

McKinsey

Electric vehicles are unlikely to create a power-demand crisis but could reshape the load curve. Here’s how to bend that curve to your advantage. Automotive & Assembly Insights

Alternative Systems for Corporate Survival

Strategy+Business

John Kotter and Rita Gunther McGrath both argue that change will inevitably overwhelm hierarchical management systems, but their solutions differ

Different kinds of broken systems

Seth Godin Blog

From healthy to toast. Something is broken, we know it''s broken, we can fix it right away and we''ll learn from it. It''s broken, we know it''s broken, we fixed it, don''t worry, but we learned nothing, it will break again, I''m just doing my job.

Electric road systems: The future of freight transport

McKinsey

How electrification is helping Sweden meet its environmental sustainability goals. Our Insights

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.

How One Health System Overcame Resistance to a Surgical Checklist

Harvard Business

A case study for effecting change in a change-averse industry. Change management Digital Article

The problem with complaining about the system

Seth Godin Blog

is that the system can't hear you. And the problem is that people in the system are too often swayed to believe that they have no power over the system, that they are merely victims of it, pawns, cogs in a machine bigger than themselves. Only people can.

Systems View: A Social-Technical Perspective | Consulting and.

Consulting and Organizational Management

Systems View: A Social-Technical Perspective By Jim Smith on August 16, 2010. We need just a bit more theory before we can take the next step, which is broadening this monologue on systems from theory to principles of re-design and change. Organization as a Socio-Technical System.

Industrialized delivery systems and the future of real estate

McKinsey

Real-estate developers should accept that business as they have known it is changing. By adopting new construction technologies, they can improve delivery and affordability. Our Insights

Getting the Most from Consultants: The E-Tender System Sucks

Confessions of a Consultant

The better managers in the public sector know that the system is hugely wasteful, but feel powerless to change this. Unintended Consequences: The overall e-tendering process is designed on a cover your ass system, a paper trail to demonstrate ‘transparent’ decisions being made. In this way the system maintains a competitive edge, but is a slimmer and fairer process, which produces better outcomes for all parties. The current system isn’t just bureaucratic.