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In this article, Natalie Ceeney identifies a few reasons why transformation efforts fail.  …or why large organisations find transformation so hard Anyone in business knows that ‘change’ is a fact of life. ‘Change management’ is taught on every leadership course, and we all know the essentials of good ‘change management’ (clear vision, over communicate, create […]

Neeraj Monga shares an article on the recent banking news. First Republic Bank (“FRC”, or the “Bank), with a current market capitalization of $4.2B, is still standing with conflicting opinions as to its viability. Although The Federal Reserve (“The Fed”), the U.S. Treasury, and a consortium of the largest U.S. banks agreed to provide deposit […]

In this article, David A. Fields helps you hone your focus and remember why you’re doing what you do.  Who is the one person your consulting firm needs to serve? Long-time readers (and even short time readers) know that consulting Rule #1 is… Consulting isn’t about YOU, it’s about THEM—your prospects and clients. However, while […]

In this article, Serge Milman explains the high costs of adopting a tail spend category. Unmanaged Spend ≠ Spend Category. Tail Spend is not a spend category, and thus cannot be sourced effectively. Tail Spend – or more accurately, Un-managed Spend – is an aggregation of spend and vendors that typically represent 40%-60% of total […]

Marc Bachs Castan co-wrote this article on the compounding benefits of long-term thinking. To eat or not to eat the marshmallow, that is the question You are 4 years old. Instead of taking you to the playground like any other day, your parents take you to a building you have never been to before. You […]

Robbie Kellman Baxter shares more than a few useful resources on business development and partnership strategies in this article. Delivering on a forever promise, and maximizing an organization’s overall business potential, is often a task too big for one company. So they need partners, and new ways of doing things. But who builds out those […]

In this article, Joydip Gupta identifies the one thing that consistently separates winners from losers in consumer startups. Most of you know the usual must-have’s in a startup business plan. Market must be big, product should solve a real pain point, scalable idea, strong leadership team, solid execution, and so on. No, these are not […]

Mark Hess shares an article on how to maximize your exit valuation multiple. Successful private equity (“PE”) firms generally execute well in the three commonly accepted phases of portfolio company value creation: 1) Buy right, 2) Grow EBITDA, and 3) Sell that EBITDA at highest multiple possible. In our experience, many PE firms are missing […]

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In this article on the current inflation, Tobias Baer offers an overview of all contributing factors. Every time #inflation rears its ugly head, the fight central banks fight is different – as an economist by training, I therefore don’t envy decision-makers at the Fed and ECB the least in their current attempt to fight inflation. […]

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Matt Ahlers shares a concise article on a talent strategy for data scientists. It’s not uncommon for firms to face several core challenges recruiting, developing, and retaining data scientists and technical leaders. Below are several reasons why: Hiring teams don’t really understand what they’re looking for. Data science is marketing genius but remains a foggy […]