Inclusive cultures have healthier and happier workers

Viewed in BCG Boston Consulting Group (BCG), currently the world’s second largest management consulting firm, takes a close look at the ongoing challenge of inclusiveness in work environments in this survey and accompanying article, and it includes some good news: In an age where a sense of inclusiveness is important among employees, the firm’s October… More

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A playbook for newly minted private equity portfolio-company CEOs

Viewed in McKinsey & Company The role of a chief executive officer in the 21st century is a challenging one. Looking for something even more challenging? That likely would be serving as a CEO for a private equity-owned portfolio company. More private equity-owned companies With private equity’s growing prevalence in corporate ownership, it is a… More

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U.S. Spencer Stuart Board Index 2021 Highlights

Viewed in Spencer Stuart Chicago-based global executive search firm giant Spencer Stuart needs little introduction. An iconic executive search firm Iconic in the executive search and leadership consulting spaces, the firm took in over $450 million in revenue in 2019 and operates over 50 offices in some 30 countries. They also famously have recruited and… More

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The 4 things every entrepreneur must do to thrive during the pandemic

Viewed in Inc. “Running a small biz is never easy,” Shark Tank star and billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit last month. “But we chose this life,” he reminded them. Running a small business is challenging Even in the most normal times, what Cuban properly calls “this… More

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3 ways leaders can hold engaging presentations in a hybrid setting

Viewed in Fast Company Most business leaders aspire to be seen as influencers in their respective fields and industries, or perhaps, on an even larger level, in the totality of global business.  Being a compelling presenter is a centerpiece of being a leader But if a leader thinks this can be accomplished without being able… More

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Psychological safety: Digging deep within

Viewed in EgonZehnder Before 1990, the phrase “psychological safety” did not exist in business phraseology. Defining psychological safety In this EgonZehnder article the authors draw its definition from a book, The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety, by business strategist Timothy R. Clark, who defined it as “a condition in which human beings feel included, safe… More

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Data science trends of the future 2022

Viewed in Data Science Central As data science evolves, artificial intelligence and machine learning is beginning to influence the vast majority of industry sectors. This is great news for knowledge workers; data science has become field blossoming with both job opportunities and promising opportunities for expansion in the years and decades to come. In this… More

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Digital sales market insights

Viewed in BCG Global management consulting firm BCG has taken a close look at compensation models and trends for inside sales personnel and concluded it is time for companies to take a fresh look at them too. Reason: Several factors may be rendering current models antiquated. To assess them, BCG partnered with the American Association… More

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It’s time for leaders to get real about hybrid

Viewed in McKinsey & Company We most definitely are in era where the idea of “reimagining things” has gained hold. Reimagining That includes, as this report by management consultant giant McKinsey contends, the way we work. There is, as McKinsey documents, historical precedent for these evolutions of this nature. “In the 1800s, the Industrial Revolution… More

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These 5 things indicate someone has strong social skills

Viewed in Fast Company A voluminous number of studies have established fairly definitively that there is a clear correlation between an employee’s social skills and their success on the job, despite the fact that employees’ underdeveloped social skills continue to challenge many companies. There is, of course, the instinctual feel regarding an employee’s skills in… More

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Achieving supply chain resilience in a volatile world

Viewed in BCG On the whole, the global pandemic has already cost the global economy trillions—and that toll still mounts. Learning moments It also is proving a learning moment for most companies as they identify new opportunities and challenges. Like many business thought leaders, management consulting firms, especially the biggest ones, are tending to predict… More

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Rethinking the board’s role in strategy, risk and culture

Viewed in Russell Reynolds Associates There seems a singular common denominator running through most business analysis and commentary these days: Business is changing rapidly and hugely, and it will never again be the same.  For the most part, it is the global pandemic, which now has taken over four million lives, that is cited as… More

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Data in Difficult Times

Viewed in EgonZehnder Pretty quickly into the emergence of last year’s global pandemic,  global management consulting and executive search firm EgonZehnder sensed some fairly seismic moves were underway in the direction of global business. They responded by doing what any exceptional management consulting firm would do; they sought out the facts related to these changes…. More

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Four New Reasons for CEO Succession Planning

Viewed in Spencer Stuart One of the many crucial roles of the corporate board is the successful management of CEO succession planning, and the task is becoming more complicated and more urgent in our evolving corporate world. Spencer Stuart, one of the world’s leading executive search firms, has long been a thought leader on this… More

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Millennial and Gen Z Survey: Highlights

Viewed in Deloitte Insights As far as generational surveys go, this one by Deloitte Insights is impressively large and insightful. Deloitte Global assessed the perspectives and attitudes of 14,655 millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) and 8,272 Generation Zs (those born between 1997 and the early 2010s). Pandemic: A defining life moment Likely similar… More

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7 effortless ways to develop work allies

Viewed in Fast Company When Harvard College career adviser Gorich Ng set about to author his book, The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right, he did not assume to have all the answers. Instead, as a former Boston Consulting Group (BCG) employee, he did what any good management consultant would do: he… More

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Why SMB Reps Struggle in the Enterprise. And Vice-Versa.

Viewed in SaaStr Not all sales functions are the born the same. Product, Cost of Product and Sales Cycle Time In fact, as most sales professionals will attest, it is really a gross oversimplification to label anything a “sales job” since there are such a broad number of sales categories that exist between the type… More

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The 5 Hybrid and Remote Work Models for Your Business

Viewed in Inc. Even in normal business times, business terms are seemingly ever-evolving and ever-emerging. But when a crisis, opportunity, or trend emerges, these new business terms develop at even an even more rapid pace. Keep pace with change In such scenarios, the burden falls on executives, managers, and employees to keep pace with new… More

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8 Brilliant Things you Can Do to Increase your Emotional Intelligence

Viewed in Inc. What is “emotional intelligence”? Before the phrase gained prominence in the mid-1990s following publication of a book by the same name by science journalist Daniel Goleman, it is not something most executives could answer. Ability to recognize the emotions of others But in the years since, its definition—“the ability to recognize, understand,… More

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Forget about Building an AI-First Business. Start with a Mission

Viewed in MIT Technology Review Andrew Ng, the British-born technology entrepreneur, has proven a pioneer in 21st century artificial intelligence leadership, co-founding Google Brain in 2011, serving as chief scientist for China’s Baidu, and serving as an adjunct professor at Stanford University. Customer-Led and Mission-Led Artificial Intelligence So what does this artificial intelligence pioneer have… More

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