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Ushma Pandya shares a short post that identifies a big problem from a small, but globally ubiquitous, item and what we can do about it.  Underwear is 6% of womenswear product sold in the US + UK.  (source:  EDITED Market Intelligence Platform).  That is a lot of product!   But what do you do once your underwear is at the end of its wearable life?  This is a question that we often ask ourselves.  There is no perfect answer but we…
Belden Menkus shares a practical post that summarizes how to rebuild your business strategy process for a post-pandemic world. Covid-19 has caused broad acceleration of existing trends. So, what does this mean for strategy – particularly how organisations develop and implement them?   This is the second of three articles in which I explore the impact of Covid on strategy. The first is at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/when-picture-blurred-change-frame-belden-menkus In several months we have seen change across multiple areas that we might have expected to…
Amanda Setili shares an experience and a reminder on the importance of preparing for unseen threats in business. We were kiteboarding last weekend off Sullivan’s Island, near Charleston. The wind was blowing hard, over 20 mph, and I was having a great time. Three hours into my session, I was jumping near a sandbar, because the water was so smooth and beautiful there. In other words, I was intentionally close to the sandbar and thinking that it was safe to…
Jessica Graf shares an article and report supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on an initiative launched in Africa that was developed to improve the nutritional status of lower-income consumers by creating a new business model that would also be sustainable for the company. For several decades, pioneer companies, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations have attempted to build women networks selling “beneficial” products in their communities, with some level of success. However, the execution of women sales networks has…
Paul Millerd shares an insightful perspective on how he makes sense of his path without the traditional measures of corporate success. I received the following question from a reader of my internet thoughts and thought it might be worth re-posting my answer here: Question: “I understand navigating our own path, but I think people need to aspire to things to contextualize their journey. People especially love rituals and rites of passage. To this end, have you heard of any ideas…
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Sisi Liang.  Sisi is a Multidisciplinary Strategist, a former BCG Consultant and Equity Research Analyst with experience in Financial Institutions, and the Media, Retail and Energy sectors. She has also led Marketing & Branding Strategies in SaaS Ventures and Tech Startups, seamlessly merging technical expertise and creative storytelling. Sisi has robust experience delivering high-stake consulting projects, conducting and converting research into compelling insights, stories and actions for key clients and decision-makers. Strong ability to combine…
Zaheera Soomar shares a post that identifies the top factors she learned from her experience in research and while working on her Doctorate.  During my current Doctorate studies, I have been embarking on a number of different research topics and studies, and have taken some time out recently to reflect and document the learnings that have emerged. I am fortunate to have had formal research training and experience through my MBA and DBA degrees, in addition to research forming a…
From his company website, Andrew Hone provides a step-by-step guide to applying top-tier strategic consulting techniques, including value creation through strategy and delivering a strategic review.  What is a strategy review? A strategy review is a process to identify new value-creating opportunities within a business. It could be about improving the performance of an existing division. Or it could be about taking advantage of a new market adjacency opportunity. It is also an opportunity to step back from day-to-day operations….
Jane Licurse shares a post and a poem designed to remind us to take time lying in the grass and contemplate the wild and precious in our lives. Harvard Business School asks graduating MBA students each year what it is they plan to do with their one wild and precious life. I remember thinking there was a “right answer”, one Harvard wanted to hear: to create a company, do something BIG, to show up in Forbes magazine’s top 30 under…
Koen Veltman shares a company post that uses metaphors to explain Holacracy governance. The Map is Not the Territory Normally, I like my coaching to be concrete — e.g., here’s what you need to ask for, here’s how you need to ask, etc. But this post, I’d like to share several orienting metaphors to help early practitioners grok what governance is all about. I’m taking a shotgun approach by not presenting them in any particular order. I hope at least one helps….
Jayanth Krishnan shares an article that explains how a tool their company developed connects departments and promotes growth. We have developed a tool that provides a common language of growth between strategy, finance, marketing, product and design teams. The tool draws upon CLV concept from marketing science, Jobs To Be Done thinking and broadly Management Science ideas. We are calling this tool CLV 2.0. This article provides the motivation (why) CLV2.0 is going to be useful for our clients and…
David Gross shares an evergreen post and case study on WeWork’s accelerated IPO and how it contributed to business growth. The Startup Muse’s recent articles on WeWork Founder Adam Neumann and WeWork’s accelerated IPO got me thinking. In the WeWork story, are there indispensable reminders — i.e., reminders that apply regardless of industry, revenue, or stage of maturity — for all business leaders? I found five and cover three in this article, the first in a two-part series.  1) Business…