Umbrex Weekly Roundup

By February 28, 2017

A weekly roundup of news about, and insights from, our global community of management consultants.


How to Identify Inflexion Points.

In this insightful post, Luiz Zorzella identifies the limitations of relying on market reports followed by five smart moves that can be employed to take advantage of new opportunities.


The Limiting Cost of a Business Model that Works

Kaihan Krippendorff,  author of several books on organization and strategy, illustrates how a successful business model can be a barrier to progress and suggests that in a new market of multiple pricing, product, and distribution options, we should also adopt multiple business models. He provides examples of companies that have successfully adapted their business model, and offers a few preliminary steps to explore new ways of thinking about strategy, growth, and innovation.


Strategic Planning 360

When planning a strategy, Amanda Setili, author of The Agility Advantage, explains the importance of examining and understanding the implications change will have on your business environment to anticipate and prepare for the multiple effects that follow the change.


The Pressures of Publishing in a Digital Age

As many large publishing houses restructure and implement lay-offs to stay competitive in a digital age, consolidation and diversification are key to survival.  Media expert Peter Kreisky explains why in this recent interview for The Street.


For Profit and Non Profit – The Jargon that Unites and Divides.

Non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses often connect and collaborate on mutually beneficial initiatives; they also share a lexicon of terminology that is similar. However, while the words are the same the meanings may differ. Esther Kim decodes some commonly used terms to help bridge the gap in corporate conversations.


Less Is More: High Productivity Management Skills

In today’s fast-paced economy, there are many old-fashioned standard practices that could be reduced to save time and money. Hock Kim Teh identifies the benefits of lean thinking and how a manager who streamlines a system to do less, builds a better managerial model.


Overcoming Barriers to Change

Change is the one sure constant in life; and yet, it is the most difficult constant to accept. Stefan Pap draws from the expertise of psychologist and practicing therapist Robert Kegan, to identify why we resist change, and offers a proven process that encourages receptivity and acceptance to enable smoother transitions.


The One Key Step to Cut through Complacency

Tirrel Payton identifies the one major barrier to implementing change in an organization’s culture, and he also recommends a tactic to overcome this common barrier.