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

Fintech – A Bold, New Frontier of Opportunities

David Martinez de Lecea defines Fintech and discusses the impact of the new,  disruptive and non-traditional ways of operating Fintech has enabled.

 

A 4.5% Promise Leads to Exceptional Results

Christy Johnson discusses her company’s decision to devote 4.5% of Artemis staff time to changing lives, communities, and organizations, and what they have learned and achieved in the last 365 days.

 

Make the Most of Psychometric Testing

Ben Dattner explores the benefits and limits of using psychometric testing when hiring new staff, and he provides a few valuable tips on how to use it for best results.

 

Fintech and Small Business Crowdfunding in the MENA Region

Radical changes are taking place in the world’s economy thanks to Fintech, startups and socially-minded entrepreneurs. Tanvir A. Uddin explains this and the benefits of supporting small business.

 

The Importance of Process

Jeff Holland makes a strong case for the essential, but unappreciated and often vilified key to productivity – process.

 

The Value Sharing Economy – What it Is and Why You Should Pay Attention

Anant Singh examines the value of sharing in both culture and economy, how the advent of the Value Shared Economy is being driven by the current social need to create equality and the value that is inherent in this direction.

 

Grow Global – Why, Where, and How to Go

Andre van Regenmortel highlights the importance of growing internationally and getting into emerging markets.

 

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Rolling Stone’s $80 Million Stake Sale

In a recent article for The Street.com, Peter Kreisky was interviewed for his view on the recent sale of Rolling Stone’s controlling stake.

 

Stress Testing and Scenario Planning

An insightful post from the company blog of Martin Pergler on stress testing and scenario planning.

 

Cost and Value

From the company blog of Luca Ottinetti, key points on how to get more value out of cost.

 

Key Ingredients of Customer Care

Raj Sevilimedu shares valuable insights that are proven to improve the customer experience.

 

Think Like a Startup

Kaihan Krippendorff, author of four books on strategic thinking for business, identifies four key behaviours that help startups succeed and why you should follow in their footsteps.

 

What Does a VC Want?

For startups, from the company blog of Sanjay Gandhi some excellent advice and insight into how a VC evaluates your business and what you can do about it.

 

When Is it Best to Review Your Goals?

David A. Fields explains the importance of choosing the right time to review your long-term strategic goals.

Amanda Setili on Her New Book Fearless Growth

Our guest today is Umbrex member Amanda Setili, and we discuss her new book that is being published today: Fearless Growth: The New Rules to Stay Competitive, Foster Innovation, and Dominate Your Markets

Amanda has been a guest on the show before, on episode 8, when we spoke about the Strategic Agility Think Tank which she established, and when we spoke about her first book, The Agility Advantage.

In today’s discussion we dive deep into the content of her new book.

In the first half of the show we discuss five strategic dilemmas that companies face.

These dilemmas include tough choices such as:

To what extent should we develop a carefully thought out plan vs plunging in and trying something new?

–  and –

When new capabilities are needed, should we build them internally, acquire, or partner?

Amanda’s book suggests that these five dilemmas require seven new rules, and we touch on each one of those in the second half of the show.

If you work on strategy projects, this book is full of fresh thinking and well worth reading.

You can read more about Amanda’s firm at www.setili.com

 


 

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Upholding Trust

An insightful article from Geoff Wilson on the loss of trust and how to repair the damage caused.

 

Three Steps to Better

David A. Fields, author of two books, delivers a useful three-step strategy on how to increase the value of your consulting projects.

 

Placed to Succeed

In Soyini Coke’s broadcast, CEO Executive she discusses what makes a location the ideal choice for a company’s headquarters, and why it can mean the difference between success and failure.  

 

Overcoming the Obstacles to Ideas

A fun and informative free download from Stephen Wunker, Jessica Wattman, and David Farber on overcoming the obstacles to the adoption of new ideas.

 

Avoiding Plateaus

Author Amanda Setili reveals the dangers of complacency and what can be done to avoid reaching a plateau.

 

How to Build Strong Client Relationships

From the company blog of Susan Drumm, expert advice on how to build long-lasting client relationships.

 

Making Sustainability Successful

Kelsey Edwardsen is on a panel at the Successful Sustainability Within Global Corporations Conference in Boston – Hynes Convention Center, October 1st – 4th, 2017 She’ll speaking on integrating sustainability into the core culture, similar to safety within the construction industry and exploring strategies relating to sustainability that your clients use.

 

Alexander Petersen on getting known in your industry

Our guest today is Alexander Petersen. He is a McKinsey alum and a successful entrepreneur, having started a pet care business called Wagly.

After starting Wagly, he was able to attract private equity funding to grow the company and hire a strong full time leadership team.

He is now the owner of a boutique consulting firm focused on animal health, which I learned in this episode is a $50 billion dollar industry. Alexander has built a thriving firm by tightly focusing on an industry where he’s been able to get to know all the top players and build lasting relationships that continue on beyond individual projects. You can learn more about his practice at www.danashift.com

 

 

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Finding the Fit

Great article and interview from Soyini Coke’s weekly broadcast CEO Exclusive. This week, when CEOs should let go to grow.

 

Walking the Talk

Phillip Ebert explains why great leadership is more than a position: it’s a way of being.

 

How to Create Consensus

Amanda Setili offers insight into the importance of reaching consensus to move forward and provides few key steps on how to make it happen.

 

Four Steps and 20 Minutes to Get in the Game

In an article for Fast Company, Kaihan Krippendorff reflects on the blocks that stop us taking action and shares the steps he took to move from thought to action.

 

Expanding Access for Non-Profits

From the company blog of Mary Kate Scott, a free and information-packed download on

expanding access for non-profit dental practices.

 

Turn on and Tune in

Susan Hamilton addresses the importance of intuition.

 

Big Bank Shift

Marcin Mazurek shines a light on the current Central Eastern European bank leaders.

 

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How Entrepreneurs Could Bring a Peaceful Era of Prosperity?

In an article for Next Billion, Steven Koltai explains why “entrepreneurs are natural peacemakers” and how supporting them can help transcend conflict in troubled areas.

Steven is teaching “Peace Through Entrepreneurship” at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, and will be giving a public talk on “Startups, Security & Social Change,” on September 26, at Tufts’s Cabot Intercultural Center. RSVPs are requested.

 

Yes – Unicorns Do Poop Rainbows

Let Susan Hamilton brighten your day with this post that sheds light and insight into a recent cultural trend. A 2-minute read guaranteed to make you smile.

 

Scroll Below the Fold to Improve Marketing Strategy

Sage marketing advice for entrepreneurs from James Black that gives three key steps you can take to look beyond the obvious opportunities to build an effective marketing strategy.

 

The Right to Win – Does it Have Your Name on It?

An insightful post from David A. Fields on the importance of understanding which projects you have the right to win. He provides four key questions to ask that will help you determine where you have a right to win.

For more stellar tips and guidance on hiring consultants, check out  David’s book The Executive’s Guide to Consultants.

 

Key Steps to Success for Entrepreneurs

From David Burnie’s company blog, five tried and tested tips to help entrepreneurs start and run a successful business.

 

A Brave New Future for the Energy Industry

From the company blog of Boris Galonski, an in-depth article that explores how and why  a decentralized energy solution may be the answer to the current energy crisis.

 

A Bright Future for Bitcoins

Do you feel a bit like a hobbit when the discussion turns to bitcoins? You’re not alone. Adam Warden shines a light on the current bitcoin environment and the death of Smaug.

Larry Oglesby on the importance of speed in lean transformations

Larry Oglesby has been a close friend and mentor of mine for over a decade. I first got to know Larry when he was my Engagement Manager at McKinsey on a manufacturing lean operations project back in 2005, and we bonded over our shared service in the U.S. submarine force.

Larry is a deep expert on operational transformation – after spending time in the Ops practice at McKinsey he joined the George Group – a boutique consulting firm focused on operations.

After the George Group was purchased by Accenture, Larry stayed on and ended up as the Managing Director for North American Process and Innovation Performance Service Line.

Larry has now started his own consulting practice, 440 partners – and we start our discussion with Larry explaining the name of his firm.

A cliché in operational transformation is: To go fast, go slow.

Larry has a different approach: To go fast, go fast.

In our discussion, Larry talks about the importance of speed in a successful transformation; he also shares how he incorporated into the transformation a book club with weekly discussions.

To learn more about Larry, visit his firm’s website: Four40Partners.com 

 

 

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Prepare to Succeed

From Guillermo Herbozo, a reminder on the benefits of preparation and a few key tips on best practices.

 

Marketing Dictatorship from Apple: “an exceptionally clean (and generally delightful) customer experience.”

Geoff Wilson explores the relationship between dictatorship and Apple’s marketing strategy, and why consumers happily follow this leader.

 

Opening the Doors of Perception to STEM

From the company blog of Christy Johnson Project Ascendence, a study on gender and racial gaps in STEM participation.

 

Key Steps to Gain the Competitive Edge

An incredibly useful and timeless post from Amanda Setili on “how to get inside your competitors’ head and win. Amanda’s latest book, Fearless Growth, is now available.

 

The Power of Value Goal Alignment

Pithy and packing a punch, this short thought from Paul Millerd explores three elements that need to be in place to move ideas from thought to reality, and how these elements are equally important in business.

 

How to Think Like a Consultant

Sound advice and direction for general managers in this free download from Robbie Kellman Baxter, author of The Membership Economy, on how to think strategically and improve performance and operations.

 

Beyond AI – Adaptive Leadership

Stefan Pap explains the benefits of adaptive leadership and identifies the limitations of technology when it comes to organizational change that requires people to change their behaviors and mindsets.

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Eyes on China – Financial Crisis Ahead?

Ian Mombru provides a deep dive analysis of over 1,300 listed Chinese companies and a summation of what this means in the near future.

 

A Reality Check on AI

From Sanjay Ghandi’s company blog, insight into the current AI environment for both entrepreneurs and investors.

 

The Power of Value Goal Alignment

Pithy and packing a punch, this short thought from Paul Millerd explores three elements that need to be in place to move ideas from thought to reality and how these elements are equally important in business.

 

How to Get Valuable Data from from KPIs

Not all KPIs are created equal. Nils Boeffel explains how to determine effective KPIs.

 

Beyond AI – Adaptive Leadership

Stefan Pap explains the benefits of adaptive leadership and identifies the limitations of technology when it comes to organizational change that requires people to change their behaviors and mindsets.

 

A 3 Step Guide for Companies in Uncertain Times

In an article for Forbes, Stephen Wunker, author of Capturing New Markets: How Smart Companies Create Opportunities Others Don’t, examines the importance of agility in times of uncertainty and offers three steps towards agility.

 

The Benefits and Growth of Bitcoins and Blockchains

Soyini Coke discusses the next disruption in business operations with logistics experts John Haber and Paul D’Arrigo of Spend Management Experts.