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“Show and Tell” is more powerful than “Tell.” When independent consultants ask what’s the one thing they can do to increase the conversion rate of leads into projects, my answer is: Create a portfolio of your templates and sanitized samples of your work. When a client hires McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Deloitte, KPMG, LEK, or any other […]

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  Peter Costa shares a lesson from history to illustrate why leadership without management renders a leader ineffective and possibly dangerous.  What do you think of when you see the word “management”? Probably nothing good.  Management seems to have become a dirty word, the antithesis of what a real leader is supposed to be. I […]

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Nicky Shah. Nicky graduated with a BA from the University of Oxford, after which she became a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton (now Strategy&). She picked up experience across a range of industries and practices whilst at BAH. In 2008 Nicky moved into industry and focused her discipline on revenue […]

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Willem Koelewijn. Willem is an independent healthcare services entrepreneur. After several years in management consulting (McKinsey) and telecoms, marketing 3G equipment to operators in Europe, Willem set a several Ambulatory Surgery Centres in the Netherland under the Alant Medical brand name. These clinics were merged with Bergman Clinics to become […]

  In this article, Robyn M. Bolton provides a few practical steps that can be taken to help build and improve innovation in the workplace.  According to a 2018 survey by NPR and The Marist Poll, the most common New Year’s resolution is to exercise more.  Not surprisingly, losing weight and eating a more healthy […]

  In this post, Dan Markovitz identifies the weak spots in  productivity hacks and explains why they don’t work. Leaders in organizations are always seeking to improve employee productivity (including their own). All too often, that quest goes no further than time management training provided by the HR department. Those classes cover the pros and […]

  Indranil Ghosh shares an article and interview from Powering Prosperity Weekly that explains how clean energy is one way to help prevent Africa from backsliding into poverty.   This week Matt Lomas discusses with the NGO Energy 4 Impact how energy access is critical to helping people escape poverty. Matt is joined by Ben Good […]

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Jeffery Perry with Lead Mandates. Jeff is a dynamic thought leader and global strategic business advisor. After an impactful 30-year career in management consulting at notable firms Booz & Co., A.T. Kearney, and recently retiring from Ernst & Young (EY), as Founder & CEO, Lead Mandates LLC, he fulfills his […]

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  Nora Ghaoui shares the top three ways she built her business as a solo consultant during the difficult year of 2020.   Building a consulting pipeline is tough in any year. In 2020, the uncertainty caused by the pandemic made companies cautious, so it was harder to get projects agreed and started.  I tried out […]

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  Set sail with Chris Rooney as he explains what a bosun is and why your business needs one.  The Bosun is the deck boss of a ship, also known as the “Chief of the Boat.”  The most experienced and trustworthy operator, they have charted the world and mastered every role.  They are the human […]

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  Susan Meier shares an always-relevant post on storytelling that explains why brevity, honesty, and making it memorable are key components of a good story well told.  There’s a passage from the childhood classic One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish that I personally consider to be the best story ever told: ‘My hat […]

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If you are planning to start a blog or a newsletter or podcast or other form of regular content creation, it is worth taking time up front to articulate – at least to yourself – your objectives. It is easy to get distracted by metrics such as number of views or downloads, when those may […]