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  • »Confluent Talent: It Might Just be Rocket Science
    While strategic HR decisions may not equate to life-or-death, for employers the alignment of talent management with business strategy will determine the future of the business. Employers with tens of thousands of employees are stuck in decision limbo.
  • »Breaking the Cycle of Volatility and Supply Chain Performance Deterioration

    The great moderation that lasted from the mid-1980s through 2007 was characterized by low volatility and strong gains in business performance that combined in the fashion of a virtuous cycle. The supply chain was a significant beneficiary and source of these gains.
  • »Disruption, Financial Services and the Buffalo Bills
    The year was 1996: Alanis Morissette and the Smashing Pumpkins dominated radio—we still listened to radio back then—while your Internet 1.0 experience began when your dial-up modem screeched for 20 seconds and then connected you to your AOL account. You had mail! It was in that year that Episode 7 of the fourth season of the popular SciFi drama The X-Files aired, during which a conspiracy was laid bare in a secret meeting by powerful men.
  • »It’s a Floorwax... It’s a Dessert Topping... Actually, it’s Both!
    There are few sure things in the world. One might cite death and taxes, but only slightly down the list is the inevitable answer a Big Four consultant provides to the question “What is your firm’s strength?” Everything, of course.
  • »Show Me The Money
    Management consulting is a cash business. Now salaries and bonuses within the consulting industry are certainly not at the stratospheric levels enjoyed by their kindred brethren in investment banking. But consultants generally do realize much-better-than-average wages relative to their counterparts in the corporate world.
  • »Will ‘Knowledge Workers’ (Consultants) Be Replaced by Machines? It’s Possible
    The management consulting industry to date has been largely unscathed by the wave of technological change. However, there are signs that digital technologies are now beginning to disrupt the management consulting industry as well, with potentially deep and far-reaching consequences.
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Travel Advisory

  • »Survey: Consultants Are On the Road Again
    After years of fits and starts in an uncertain economy, travel is back in the consulting profession, at least according to the results of our annual Best Places to Stay survey.
  • »Marriott Goes Big in NYC
    Marriott International, Inc. and G Holdings opened what they’re calling an “iconic addition” to the New York skyline, a combined 378-room Courtyard hotel and 261-suite Residence Inn hotel in midtown Manhattan. The $320 million, 68-story property is the tallest single-use hotel in North America.
  • »Best Places to Stay: Travel Bounces Back
    Consultants are on the road again, at least according to the results of our annual Best Places to Stay survey.
  • »FAA: ‘Staffing Challenges’ Causing Delays
    In case you haven’t noticed, non-weather related delays at U.S. airports are on the rise. (And I know you’ve noticed that weather-related delays are definitely on the rise.)
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Book It!

  • »Q&A: Keeping It Simple
    BCG’s Six Simple Rules sets out to simplify some organizational complexity.
  • »Review: Leading the Life You Want
    It seems that everyone has an opinion on work/life balance these days, but Stewart D. Friedman’s Leading the Life You Want isn’t necessarily one of them.
  • »Review: The Culture Map
    Globalization led to the rapid connection of internationally based employees from all levels of multinational companies, and now those same employees are expected to collaborate with colleagues scattered all over the world.
  • »Review: Twitter is Not a Strategy
    Today’s digital frenzy has led many to declare that advertising is dead… or at least dying. Is it?
  • »Excerpt: Procurement as Productivity
    The following is an excerpt from the book Procurement 20/20: Supply Entrepreneurship in a Changing World by a quartet of McKinsey & Company consultants—Peter Spiller, Nicolas Reinecke, Drew Ungerman and Henrique Teixera.
  • »Review: The Risk-Driven Business Model
    Most companies focus their innovation on new products.
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  • 4 7 2015
    »Consulting in a Flat World
    As client work habits and offices adapt to a world that is becoming increasingly flat, consultants should rethink their own approaches to serving clients.
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  • 4 7 2015
    »Six Things Service Companies Need from SRP Systems
    If you work in professional services, you already understand the need for professional services automation (PSA) software to track employee hours, projects and costs. But what you may not know is that recent trends in the services industry are motivating more companies to move from standalone PSA to end-to-end services resource planning (SRP) platforms.
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  • 3 13 2015
    »How Transforming a Company Culture Can Improve the Bottom Line
    While evidence is mounting that ties employee happiness to productivity, there’s not always agreement for the best way to keep employees happy and engaged.
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  • 3 13 2015
    »The Door is always Open—Or Is It?
    Unfortunately, it is clearly evident in today’s business climate that the majority of Managers & Executives have lost a significant portion of not only their listening skills, but also their inter-personal relationship skills when it comes to engaging employees.
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  • 2 7 2015
    »eCommerce Success in Pakistan: Doubling Conversions and Tripling Orders
    In the last quarter, EGO's cost of customer acquisition has fallen by 70%, with conversions rates nearly doubling, and monthly orders tripling. This makes Ego’s online store its best performing store (offline or online) on a Sales AND ROI basis.
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  • 1 21 2015
    »How Visible Experts Can Transform Management Consulting Firms
    Any management consulting firm worth its salt has knowledgeable experts in-house. But in today’s marketplace, simply having experts on your team isn’t enough to stay competitive: those experts need to be visible to the industry at large.
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  • 1 21 2015
    »Four Tips to Avoid the Pitfalls of Over-Servicing Your Clients
    Over-servicing. Mere mention of the word—which refers to carrying out more work than necessary for a customer, often at the expense of other clients and the well-being of your firm – can elicit sighs of aggravation from staff and management alike.
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  • 11 4 2014
    »The Well-Balanced CEO is a Paranoid Optimist
    No company wins all the time. It’s not realistic to think a CEO won’t face problems during their tenure. I managed NetQoS through thirty-one consecutive quarters of double-digit growth, but that winning streak was bookended by the recession after 9/11 and the great recession beginning in 2008.
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  • 11 4 2014
    »HighPoint Solutions Gains Agility and Scalability for Rapid Growth with NetSuite OpenAir PSA
    Founded in 2000, HighPoint Solutions has experienced exponential growth becoming the premier provider of specialized IT services globally, by focusing on serving the life sciences and healthcare industries.
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  • 10 17 2014
    »The State of Digital Marketing in 2015
    Heraclitus, an ancient Greek philosopher, said “The only thing that is constant is change.” Nowhere is this truer than in the digital marketing arena.
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