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  Sugath Warnakulasuriya explains how to take the first step in accessing the digital value in an old-school business model. For leaders of traditional industrial and business service companies operating in eroding markets, the typical daily experience is one of keeping existing customers from leaving, holding onto already scant revenue and margins, and staying alive. […]

  Giving feedback is a delicate process. It is a conversation that involves feelings, egos, judgment, bias, and misunderstandings. Xavier Lederer co-authored this article that provides the key steps on how to give feedback to ensure constructive outcomes.  When I was a young manager, I was panicked by the idea of giving feedback – until […]

  From Sven Beiker, a short and informative post and video on how electric batteries are priced.  After having discussed battery performance improvement last time and figuring out how something like Moore’s Law actually can be applied, this month I am looking at cost decrease over time. One often-used model for this is Wright’s Law, […]

  Tobias Baer shares an article that questions the current, popular credit strategy of instant gratification with delayed payments.  Buy-Now-Pay-Later (BNPL) is hot – and that makes it increasingly controversial, as it was made clear by Monday’s article in the Financial Times. Retailers love it as a way to increase sales, FinTechs as a way […]

  Kaihan Krippendorff provides insight into the rising valuations of tech stocks and attributed the rise of cryptocurrencies, and NFTs (non-fungible tokens). It’s been a while since Saturday Night Live was a staple of Monday morning conversation, but this week as our team gathered around the Zoom screen to join our check-in call, the sketch […]

  James Black provides an update on how COVID-19 forced museums and cultural institutions to reshape how they interact with the public and still provide an engaging experience. As the WSJ noted, “With galleries and museums closed due to Covid-19, online offerings blossomed—giving viewers the chance to experience outstanding exhibitions and masterpieces in a new, […]

  Indranil Ghosh shares the latest episode of Powering Prosperity Weekly. In this post, he shares an interview with Rachel Ziemba of The Street where they discuss the fiscal and infrastructure proposals in Biden’s US congressional address. Welcome to this week’s edition of Powering Prosperity Weekly. This newsletter looks at issues relating to the Global […]

  The future of work, agriculture, education, and even relationships are all areas facing change thanks to AI technology. David Edelman extols the benefits of AI in this post. The digital explosion, accelerated by Covid, has not made life on the front lines of sales and customer service any easier. In fact, when customers are […]

  In this article, Amanda Setili explains why conflicting opinions are a necessary part of growth. Back when I was applying for admission to Harvard Business School, one of the essays I had to complete was “when did you confront an ethical dilemma and how did you handle it?” I remember being stuck on this […]

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Camila Fernandez with Alux Management.  Camila Fernandez spent 4 years at Bain & Company and is setting up her independent consulting practice based out of the Dominican Republic. Her academic background is mostly Economics and International Development (Harvard Kennedy School). She started her career in government, then transitioned to Bain […]

  Alex Sharpe shares a post from the archives that illustrates the pertinence and importance of social media as critical infrastructure.  “If you can spy on a network, you can manipulate it. It is already included. The only thing you need is an active will.”Michael Hayden, Former Director, NSA and Former Director, CIA. Social Media […]

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Theresa Nanigian with TN Executive Coaching. Theresa is an executive coach with a particular expertise in leadership. She works with senior leaders, those in leadership transition and teams to successfully lead themselves and others by taking a future-back approach to sustainable individual/organisational change. Before establishing her coaching practice, Theresa worked […]