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 […]

Tineke Keesmaat blows the cover of a common change management myth.  Imagine this scenario. Ambitious leader. Countless dollars and hours invested into creating an exciting new strategy. Lots of team members to rally. An awesome launch. And then, wait for it, nothing. Ok, maybe not nothing, but definitely not knock-your-socks off success. Yet another case […]

Tirrel Payton tackles the all-too-common messy problems that plague many a team and team manager.  “Our project is to implement a new widget management system”, she stated confidently. “Ok”, I said, “but what is the problem we are trying to solve?” “We need a new system…”, she reiterated. “Yea, but to what end? Whats the […]


While most travel is still limited, this small problem identified by Tobias Baer’s article may still be an issue for many suit-wearing globe trotters. Fortunately, he provides a simple solution. Sometimes good risk management comes down to doing very practical, even banal things. It would be both ironic and tragic if you are, say, one […]

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Henry Tung with Alex Russell LLC. Henry Tung, MD MBA had 10 years of clinical medicine experience as an anesthesiologist prior to returning to school to Kellogg Graduate School of Management to earn an MBA. Post MBA, he consulted for McKinsey & Co. in their medical device, pharma and provider […]


Ushma Pandya explains why building design should consider low waste goals at the earliest stages of design.  Buildings are designed for comfort, productivity, entertaining and living. Buildings have historically not been designed to support low waste goals. However, that is changing as architects and developers have come to realize the importance of design in supporting […]

Xavier Lederer explains a key step to take to help grow your business. You are not competing directly against your competitors, you are competing to be unique in the marketplace. What does your most valuable prospect look like? “Probably a lot like your existing valuable customers. The easiest and most profitable growth will be achieved […]

Wojciech Gryc shares a post that explores a strategy, Salesforce, Slack, and the future of work.  If you judge Salesforce based on its best-known product lines, you’re likely to underestimate the business and its level of creativity. Between its Slack acquisition, its latest streaming content announcement, and its rivalry with Microsoft, the company is executing […]

Darryl Stickel shares a few best practices for parents who want to improve the bond of trust with their children.  When it comes to trust, kids are a special case.  They tend to trust us more than they should when they are young and less than they should as they mature.  Unfortunately, our kids tend […]

Amanda Setili shares how she started her podcast Fearless Growth with a little help from her friends and what she learned in the process.  When my podcast guest Ginger (Virginia) Bowman was a waitress right out of college, she went to see Jurassic Park and instantly had the desire to create animated imagery like the […]

Using previous, global disruptive events as examples, Emmanuel Verrier-Chouquette shares an article that provides sound advice for building strategies that are designed to withstand disruption.  Like many others have pointed out since, the Brexit referendum, the rise of Donald Trump and the Brangelina break-up (!) left many voters, observers and institutional leaders shocked, dazed and […]