Mark Hess shares a valuable article that explains how to increase profitability. With the economy slowing, many companies will shift their focus to improving their profitability. Is your management team prepared to take a fresh look at how to grow profit margins? In our work with mid-market companies over the last decade, we have helped […]


On their LinkedIn profile, about 90% of the members of this community still have the default, greyish banner. This is a missed opportunity to communicate a visual and emotional message about you or your practice to potential clients. Here are a handful of ideas to serve as an inspiration for your profile’s banner image. It […]


This post from Nora Ghaoui takes a look at revenue models that work for smart products with a digital service. Making a smart product needs more than adding an app. You need to cover the costs of the digital service or risk losing money. Which revenue model can you use? And why would anyone pay […]

Zaheera Soomar shares an article on the success of the Anglo American education programme. In spite of the significant impact of Covid-19 on education in South Africa in 2020, Anglo American’s education programme continues to make an impact on the learning outcomes of nearly 70 000 learners in schools around its mining operations in South […]


Sean McCoy shares the second post in a series on how to incentivize teamwork.  Our second article in a series about incentives. Incentives are powerful levers for business leaders to change behavior. Sadly, incentives are often under-utilized and mis-used tools. Everyone pays lip service to teamwork. And with good reason, because these days, most activities, […]

Sherif El-Henaoui provides a few insights into changing our perspective when dealing with difficult people.  Often I hear the term difficult about a person that colleagues don’t like or don’t like working with. I kept thinking about that for a while with the conclusion that there is no such thing like a difficult person. Let […]

Shelli Baltman shares Fiona Stevenson’s article from the archives that explores the value of brutal honesty in both professional and personal life.  The Idea Suite’s President and Founding Partner Fiona Stevenson makes the case for brutal honesty: Let’s make this the year of brutal honesty in our personal and professional lives! Flashback to a decade […]

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Ashish Vatsal with Vatsal Consulting Group.  Ashish is an independent consultant interested in combining strategy, implementation, and data for values-driven organizations that recognize financial return is just one dimension of success. He most recently spent eight years as a Managing Consulting, Owner, and Account Leader at Point B and started […]

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Guillermo Reyes with BP&S. I have more than 25 years of experience in business turnaround, articulating strategies and developing performance initiatives in 27 countries, as well as in charge of the strategy formulation and management of some of the most important corporations in LATAM. During my career as strategy consultant, […]

Stephen Wunker shares an older but relevant and interesting post published in Forbes that identifies lessons to be learned when investing in emerging markets. Largely due to the huge corruption cover-up unearthed by the New York Times, Wal-Mart and Wal-Mart de Mexico have lost over $20 billion in value over the past two days.  That’s […]


Susan Drumm shares an episode from her podcast series, “The Enlightened Executive,” where she interviews Andrew Behar on the benefits of embracing a corporate sustainability model for long-term success.  As individuals, many executives care about the big issues facing our world today, like climate change and racial/gender inequality. But as leaders, it can be tough to […]


In this article, Supriya Prakash Sen draws our attention to the ever-growing problem of mass consumerism and how dematerialization could help.  This theme of today’s blog post is in the backdrop of a stunning rise in e-commerce globally – from books to electronics to food to fashion. Sounds great for consumers as well as for […]