Here’s an exercise I found challenging. Picture yourself in ten years. Who you are then. What skills you have. Your relationships with friends and family. What you own. What you’ve accomplished and how you spend your time. Now, speaking as that person, that “you + 10 years,” talk about yourself (try doing it out loud): “I am…. […]


Paul Millerd shares eleven timeless insights on the value of life and work options. #1 Valuation & Options On The Pathless Path When I listen to my own podcasts, I am often surprised at how I don’t fully remember everything from the conversation. This can be embarrassing until you realize that this happens in many […]

In this podcast, Robbie Baxter interviews Ira Ehrenpreis of DBL Ventures where he explains how profit and purpose are combining to create new 21st century iconic D2C companies like Tesla, The RealReal and Bellwether Coffee. There is no bigger topic when it comes to consumer sentiment than the rising demand and focus on Environmental, Social, […]

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Ana Maricevic with Partners for Life. Ana is a research immunologist by training and still fascinated by all things medical. She started out at McKinsey and moved on to be an independent consultant, investor and board director in Life Science companies. She has expertise in innovation, new business development and […]

This in-depth article from Boris Galonske explains how digitization helps improve resilience in commodity trading. “Commodity trading suffers from shrinking margins and in some commodity classes also from low price volatility. At the same time operating environments struggle with manual routines, legacy processes and systems resulting in high cost income ratios (CIR).   How can this […]


Geoff Wilson explains why microeconomists were mostly right and what a business can do about it.  We are in a world of opportunity and hurt.  Demand is high, spirits (and prices) are up, and supply is constrained.  What’s a leader to do? When I was a young man I learned microeconomics on the back of […]


Barry Horwitz explains how applying war games to business is a useful exercise and effective planning tool.  “You’ve probably heard the term: ‘War games.’ Long used in a military context to plan for future conflicts, when applied in a business setting, the phrase refers to a group exercise in which participants try to anticipate the […]

David A. Fields offers practical scenarios to get a company foot in the door of a new client.  A small project with a new client could pave the way to a long-term, lucrative relationship with your consulting firm. Alternatively, it could waste your time with a low-margin, low fee engagement. Let’s say your consulting firm […]

Robyn Bolton shares a post on where innovation happens and why. “Innovation happens in the gaps.” It’s a statement so simple yet so profound that as soon as my client said it, I wrote it down.*  It’s not sexy to innovate in the gaps.  Most people and companies believe that innovation must be something entirely […]


Over the past few weeks, two consultants told me that DocuSigns they receive always go to their spam folder, and they couldn’t figure out how prevent that from happening. With most email providers, you can set a filter so that emails from a given sender always go to your inbox, never to spam. Or if […]


David Edelman shares an article that extols the benefits of video as an effective business communication tool.   “When you buy a new car, do you really want to learn about it from a 300-page manual, or would you rather have a curated curriculum of two-minute videos that you work through at your own pace, […]


Dean Lindo shares a blog post from his company website that provides insight into the doability of sustainable operations in business. “Retailers remain under ever-growing pressure from a younger, more socially conscious, and more vocal consumer and employee base to embed values deep into business strategy. A National Retail Federation survey in early 2020 found […]