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Jeffery Perry shares his views on Elon Musk’s recent acquisition of Twitter to explore the pros and cons of making a company private. The holy grail in business is participating in a bell-ringing ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) or Nasdaq, illustrating the power and prestige of being a publicly-traded company. However, quarterly earnings reports, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations and required disclosures, and the abundance of private capital have many public companies considering going private. So…
Jeffery Perry shares an article on the problem of cybersecurity and why everyone must make it a priority. Cybersecurity threats are growing significantly across the business landscape. Not a day goes by without media reports of cyber attacks by bad actors intent on holding businesses hostage to disrupt operations and/or demand major ransom payouts. As such, businesses are increasingly investing in cybersecurity human capital, cybersecurity frameworks, and significant financial capital to wage the cybersecurity battle. Even with these efforts, businesses…
In this article, Jeffery Perry writes about frothy mergers and acquisitions, synergy expectations, and integrations. Despite the business challenges of the global pandemic, global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in 2021 has been at record levels across sectors. For corporations, private equity (PE) firms, and special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), when M&A deals happen, headlines rightfully focus on valuations and strategic rationale. For corporate combinations and PE rollups, synergy expectations and integration approaches garner a great deal of attention as…
Jeffery Perry shares a post that explores Gen Z  and their move towards financial acumen. Gen Z is no longer just children. The oldest members of Gen Z turn 25 in 2021 and are demonstrating their own attitudes about money and their financial futures. As the first generation to be completely immersed in digital technologies, from the ease of buying almost anything with a touch of a smartphone, endless subscription opportunities, and cashless payment systems, it is easy to assume…
Believe it whether you want to or not, exercise can improve your performance as a leader. Jeffery Perry explains how in this article. John F. Kennedy once said, “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” There is arguably no greater dynamic and creative intellectual activity than personal leadership. Leaders have significant daily demands as they manage teams and engage with internal and…
  Jeffery Perry explores what the new normal may look like as the return to the office begins. People want to get back to normal as the world emerges post-pandemic, but this has different implications across aspects of life. Back to normal may apply in social situations like visiting family and friends, dining at restaurants, going to bars, attending sporting events, and enjoying live concerts. However, for people who traditionally work in office settings and who worked remotely for over…
  Jeffery Perry shares an article that explains how to leave a leadership position in the best possible way and shape. Leavership? No, this is not a typo where the “v” is meant to be a “d.” Much has been written about business leadership—the art of guiding and motivating others to achieve a set of goals and objectives. Most business leaders are judged based on performance during their leadership roles. However, leavership is the art of personally transitioning leadership roles…
  Jeffery Perry shares a post on how business must walk a fine line between delivering content through digital media and overstepping consumer privacy. In the age of data analytics and digital marketing, businesses have grown in the ability to gain insights into consumer needs based on capturing their behavior and tendencies. Consumers want their preferences known and often freely share their information to get more personalized and tailored experiences. At the same time, consumers increasingly want their privacy. This…
  Jeffery Perry identifies the importance of authenticity in leadership and how to achieve it.  Do you? In the age of “keeping it real,” people in leadership roles are encouraged to project their authentic selves as a prerequisite for top performance and to inspire others. It is almost impossible for leaders to be effective without being true to themselves. This requires looking in a mirror, unapologetically embracing who they are and projecting to the world. However, not all authenticity is…
  Jeff Perry shares a post that identifies the positive potential of divestitures in a company’s growth portfolio.  Houston, do we have a problem? While many companies talk about the need to regularly reshape its portfolio, divestitures are too often considered aborted missions. Quite the contrary, divestitures can be rocket fuel for other business priorities of the parent company. Divestitures are unsung in portfolio-shaping. When businesses are rumored to be for sale, many questions are raised internally and externally: Why…
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 passion as an independent advisor—to help organizations improve business and leadership performance. Businesses are facing unprecedented disruption and uncertainty. Based on his years of advising…