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»Consulting Without Consultants
Management consulting is an enigmatic business. The industry is alternately ridiculed, reviled, or revered depending on one’s perspective. The same attitudes hold true for consulting’s standard-bearers (e.g. McKinsey, BCG, Bain et al). Such conflicting opinions are distilled in two recent exposés on the industry.
»The Jetsons and Cyber Security Measures
As a child watching the animated TV show The Jetsons I was convinced they lived the ideal life. The Jetson family had technologies and gadgets used in everyday life that seemed unfathomable as I watched in the 1980s.
»U.S. Healthcare Reform and Integration
While each week in the U.S. different reports come out about key aspects of the US healthcare reform being adopted, implemented or delayed, fewer elements of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) impact are clear.
»Financial Services: Shooting from the Hip
It became rapidly clear as the economic crisis spun out of control in 2008 and 2009 that new regulations were coming, and those expectations were not disappointed. Governments around the world rose to the anger their constituents felt as jobs were lost and homes foreclosed on, and sweeping new regulations were enacted. Some were carefully thought out, but others more resembled what could best be described as “shooting from the hip.”
»Twinkies and Positive PR for Private Equity
If you are someone who began hoarding boxes of Twinkies last year, you may have felt a bit reactionary following the recent news on Hostess. With the Private Equity buyout of Hostess, this heartening symbol of U.S. culture is returning to store shelves. Even with expertise on their side, the two firms that agreed to the buyout certainly have their work cut out for them in revitalizing the brand to its glory days.
»Back to the Frontier
In Monty Python’s professional services world, the long-serving employees of the Crimson Permanent Assurance Company fight off the Very Big Corporation of America, then sail off in their Edwardian office building to become pirates of the “Accountan-cy.” Unfortunately for this small firm, they then fall off the edge of the world.
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»Extended Stay America Offers Rooms to Patients
Extended Stay America is teaming with the American Cancer Society to provide some 10,000 free nights, as well as another 10,000 discounted nights, in its hotels to cancer patients who are forced to travel to receive treatment.
»Oakwood Worldwide Expands NYC Presence
LOS ANGELES—Oakwood Worldwide expanded its portfolio in New York with new corporate apartments at the newly renovated 25-story property called The Nash.
»Best Places to Stay: Travel Bounces Back
Consultants are on the road again, at least according to the results of our annual Best Places to Stay survey.
»FAA: ‘Staffing Challenges’ Causing Delays
In case you haven’t noticed, non-weather related delays at U.S. airports are on the rise. (And I know you’ve noticed that weather-related delays are definitely on the rise.)
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»Author Q&A: PwC's Ted Shelton
PwC’s Ted Shelton’s book Business Models for the Social Mobile Cloud: Transform Your Business Using Social Media, Mobile Internet, and Cloud Computing, examines how the three technologies are coming together to transform businesses.
»Review: The Three Rules
Why do some companies achieve exceptional performance while so many others struggle to survive? That’s the question Deloitte’s Michael Raynor and Mumtaz Ahmed—along with an international team of dozens of researchers at Deloitte—set out to answer with their book The Three Rules.
»Review: The Athena Doctrine
While women don’t yet rule the world, plenty of people wish they did.
»Review: The Strategy Book
Max McKeown’s The Strategy Book focuses on how to create powerful strategies to deliver success.
»Excerpt: Finding Your Firm’s Growth Engine
The following is an excerpt from Leading Firms: How Great Professional Service Firms Succeed & How Your Firm Can Too by David C. Kuhlman. In the book, Kuhlman distills 25 years of
experience advising senior management at some of the world’s most prominent consulting firms. This excerpt from Chapter Six: “The Growth Engine” explores two of the key factors driving growth in the most successful firms.
»Excerpt: The Online Marketing Revolution
The following is an excerpt from Online Marketing for Professional Services, a thought-provoking and practical approach to online marketing by authors Aaron E. Taylor, Sylvia Montgomery, Sean T. McVey and Lee W. Frederiksen.
»The 2012 Seven Small Jewels
In the uncertain economy we’ve seen over the last several years, most consulting firms seem content to carve out whatever growth they can and move on to fight another day.
While it’s been necessary to recalibrate the revenue realities of the profession, there are those firms that defy the odds—and that’s the case of the 2012 Seven Small Jewels. They all, in one way or another, stood out from the rest—like the three firms that more than doubled revenue in 2011.
Nearly 150 firms threw their hat in the ring for a chance to be called one of the Seven Small Jewels in 2012. The stories of the seven winning firms are highlighted over the next 10 pages. There are some differences among the firms, for sure.
But their similarities are most striking. They all provide outstanding client service. That’s a given. But take note how these firms treat their own people, their development, and their firm’s culture. That story is worth telling. And we do.
- ARMANINO CONSULTING
- DOMINION BUSINESS SOLUTIONS
- INTEGRITY MANAGEMENT CONSULTING
- LOFT 9
- NOAH CONSULTING
- THE TRIUM GROUP
- VISION CONSULTING