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What has changed in Management Consulting?
According to Turner, professor of organizational behavior at Harvard Business School, there are eight fundamental objectives that impact on a management consultancy engagement’s success.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
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The motivation is protection of national industries, iconic businesses, employment, incomes and competitive advantage.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia professor and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia, is a controversial figure for his neoliberal stance on macroeconomics and his role in promoting the use of “shock therapy” in emerging economies. But it is also important to recognize that criticism from a connected, respected insider has more significance than that of someone like Bill Black, who has made a career of taking on bank fraud but has never reached a top policy-making level.
This talk is blistering at several points. It was recorded at a conference “Fixing the Banking System for Good” on April 17 (hat tip Jesse). If you have trouble with the embedded version, try YouTube.
[NC's anonymous transcriber made a complete transcript of Sachs' statement, so I'm going to replace the partial transcript previously posted with what follows. --lambert]
Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
But as Allan Norton explains, certain laws govern how we deal with them, learn from them, conceal them, and even profit from them.
Why do we repeat them?
These 10 laws will give you a better understanding of what mistakes are and how to best deal with them.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Enter 4G, a collective term for next generation of wireless technologies offering download and upload speeds several times faster than 3G.
The most commonly used 4G technologies are LTE - Long-Term Evolution - and WiMax - although LTE dominates in the UK and increasingly in the US too.
Speeds of LTE services vary but are generally sold as being five to 10 times faster than 3G services. TechRepublic sister site CNET benchmarked speeds of between 23 and 40Mbps using the 4G EE LTE network recently launched in the UK - although obviously real world performance will vary.
But why should businesses care about 4G, and what are the potential pitfalls when buying 4G-compatible hardware?
Sunday, March 17, 2013
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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Brain Chemistry is Out of Balance
|Your brain chemistry drives you – it drives your energy levels, your
moods, your thoughts, actions, behaviors, your beliefs, your desires,
dreams, and motivations. And in turn these all drive your brain chemistry. |
Neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, create and reflect your feelings moods, thoughts and behaviors. They are a powerful group of chemicals in the brain that result in physiological and psychological changes in how we experience our lives. All behavior has a corresponding chemical pattern in the brain.
Your behaviors and your experience affect your biochemical profile and your biochemical profile affects your behaviors and your experience. By picking up on the yellow flags that tell you when your brain chemistry is out of balance you can take specific steps to put your self back "at choice" and in charge again.
Here is how you will know that an out of balance brain chemistry is driving your behaviors.
1. You are not happy.
Contentment, happiness, appreciation are emotions not readily available to an out of balanced brain. Practicing appreciation, gratitude and forgiveness can promote optimal brain chemistry.
2. You are stressed.
A neurochemically imbalanced body is stressed – it is tired and listless, its mind is dull and foggy, it is weak, and it suffers more than it needs to.
3. You do not have insight.
An out of balance brain misperceives. And it misperceives in the direction of the imbalance. It does not have access to accurate perceptions. Because an out of balance brain misperceives it does not have access to insight.
4. You are driven to certain behaviors.
When your brain chemistry is out of balance, you are driven into unhealthy lifestyles and behaviors. You unwittingly begin to engage in activities, behaviors, and lifestyles that create neurochemical chaos in your body. You are not "at choice" - you are not choosing deliberate considered action.
5. You do things that you do not want to do but feel good to you in the short term.
When your brain is out of balance it drives you to behaviors that will keep it out of balance. It seeks its own imbalanced baseline.
6. It feels good to continue doing the same old things that you want to change.
When you seek to establish a new baseline brain chemistry that supports a change you want to make, there are numerous physiological feedback loops that act to keep it at the old baseline. It will feel uncomfortable to change these physiological feedback loops.
7. You rely on what "feels good" to you as your guide to behavior.
When you have out of balance brain chemistry you can not rely on what feels good to you as your guide for what you should be doing, feeling, thinking, experiencing. You must take deliberate conscious actions that are specifically designed to bring your brain chemistry back into balance.
8. You do not recognize the need to choose a deliberate action designed to balance your brain chemistry.
When you are driven to a behavior, thought, feeling or experience, that is exactly the time that you need not to do it because it will drive you further out of balance. An out of balance brain drives your behaviors and experience in the direction of the imbalance.
9. You believe that you can override your biology.
You alter your brain chemistry, manipulate your neurochemical profile and affect your body’s physiology every day by what you do and don’t eat or think, and how and where you spend your time.
10. You think that you cannot change.
You need 3-6 weeks of consistent action to begin to see some real noticeable results in your behavior changes. However, the brain seeks to return to the old baseline for about 3-6 months. So when you do not follow through with your changed behavior the brain will gravitate back to the original unbalanced baseline.You can have the knowledge, power, and technology to craft your inner and outer worlds in order to overcome the stress, resistance, and friction in them. Through your daily behaviors and the environments in which you spend your time you can create the emotions, energy, thoughts, actions, and psychological states that you want.
You can promote clarity, focus, peace, excitement or you can contribute to confusion, depression, anxiety, and conflict within yourself. The degree to which you have one or the other of these experiences is the degree to which you are in harmony with your body’s physiology or in conflict with it. How close are you to a balanced neurochemistry is the degree to which you will experience peak performance.
Take the time and effort to design and live a life that fosters your optimal brain chemistry. Open the way for optimal development of your personal resources, talents, and dreams.
Optimizing you brain chemistry and neurotransmitter profile can produce phenomenal results in improving your well-being, achieving your dreams, and living the successful, healthy and integrated life of your choice.
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
A great customer experience has become the key pillar of success when standing out against your competitors. Yet, providing a consistent and interactive online experience is an ongoing challenge for many global organizations. With unconsolidated corporate content across disparate systems and many new online channels to reach, how can corporations create engaging and relevant interactions with their customers and employees in a way that is meaningful?
Join Frost & Sullivan, Sprint and OpenText for a complimentary eBroadcast as we share a real-world case study on Sprint and Nextel’s merger in 2005, when each had their own corporate portal. Sprint realized it needed to establish a centralized platform to support a superior customer experience strategy.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
|The 2012 Guide to Agile BI
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For major corporations, these new data management and visualization tools
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|Three Steps to Using Live Chat as a B2B Lead Generation Catalyst
This white paper outlines three steps B2B companies can take to turn
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Across all businesses, they would like nothing better than to know what their customers like. How old are they? What do they like? Structured customer intelligence was the primary currency and see how social interaction enhances engagement.
This report outlines the vision of Forrester's solution for customer intelligence executives working on driving customer loyalty. Many loyalty programs fail because they focus too heavily on discounts or they lack differentiation.
Focusing only on underlying technologies of learning management system functionality misses a key point around the business impact of learning content. As a result, this has created a number of fallacies in organizations.
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Have you ever wondered if your organization is getting the most out of CRM? This 30 page analyst report from Gleanster Research explores best practices for augmenting CRM to optimize sales success.
In this paper we will explore end-user's view on Smarter Computing. Data Center investment comes in two flavors - those that differentiate in the eyes of the customer when they are improved, and those that become visible upon failure.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Insurance and Pensions
Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Accepting Uncertainty, Embracing Volatility
The defining characteristic of future change, according to Nassim Nicholas Taleb, is that it is impossible -- and foolhardy -- to try to predict it. Nonetheless, the dominant impulse among policymakers and so-called experts is to attempt to reduce volatility rather than deal with it more productively. In his new book, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, Taleb argues that in order for individuals, institutions, industries and societies to not only survive but also thrive, it is essential to make peace with uncertainty. http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/index.cfm?fa=viewFeature&id=3136
Leadership and Change
Barry Schwartz's 'Practical Wisdom'
Swarthmore professor Barry Schwartz says rules and incentives are an "insurance policy against disaster, but [they don't] produce excellence." In his recent book, Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing, Schwartz and co-author Kenneth Sharpe, also a Swarthmore professor, say that what is needed is not more bureaucracy. Instead, society needs the Aristotelian ideal that trumps all others -- practical wisdom. Knowledge@Wharton recently discussed with Schwartz why individuals fail to do the right thing, what practical wisdom looks like in practice and what organizations can do to regain people's trust. (Video with transcript) http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/index.cfm?fa=viewFeature&id=3133
Multinationals from Emerging Markets: Making a Virtue out of Necessity
In recent times, emerging markets have attracted a great deal of attention from the rest of the world because they have become the motors of global economic growth. This has been accompanied by two trends: a boom in investment from corporations in developed nations, and the rise of homegrown multinationals. A recent book, co-authored by Wharton professor Mauro Guillen -- Emerging Markets Rule: Growth Strategies of the New Global Giants -- analyzes the winning strategies of emerging multinationals as well as the lessons that can be learned from today's more globalized distribution of power. http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/index.cfm?fa=viewFeature&id=3130
'Makers': Chris Anderson on DIY Manufacturing
Just as the Internet enabled anyone with a computer to become an entrepreneur, today's newest technologies have spawned a DIY (do it yourself) micro-manufacturing movement, so anyone can be both inventor and manufacturer. Wired editor Chris Anderson, author of the new book, Makers: The New Industrial Revolution, recently spoke with Knowledge@Wharton about how technology is changing the limits of what inventors can do, what the Maker Movement is, why he started DIY Drones and how the new technologies will drive the global economy. (Audio with transcript) http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/index.cfm?fa=viewFeature&id=3134
'Kill the Company': Identify Your Weaknesses Before Your Competitors Do
For many, implementing an innovation strategy, which requires changes within an organization, means adding layers of new processes. Lisa Bodell, author of Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution, argues that there are straightforward ways to make change without bogging down the organization. Knowledge@Wharton spoke with Bodell recently about her approach to getting companies to face their vulnerabilities, why taking risks is essential and why small changes make all the difference. (Video with transcript) http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/index.cfm?fa=viewFeature&id=3132
Finance and Investment
'Bull by the Horns': Sheila Bair's Insider View of the 2008 Financial Crisis
The 2008 financial crisis caused a recession in the United States, forced the government to bail out several banks and investment firms to the tune of $125 billion and led to 1.9 million housing foreclosures in 2008 and 2009 due to lax and often predatory subprime mortgages. In Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself, Sheila Bair, director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) from 2006 to 2011, gives an insider's view of what caused the crisis and what can be done to prevent similar meltdowns in the future. http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/index.cfm?fa=viewFeature&id=3128
Finance and Investment
Maneet Ahuja on Hedge Funds and the 'Alpha Masters'
Maneet Ahuja began her career at age 17 as a credit risk analyst at Citigroup. Now, 10 years later, she has been named to the Forbes 2012 "30 under 30" list, is a producer for CNBC's Squawk Box and has written a new book called The Alpha Masters: Unlocking the Genius of the World's Top Hedge Funds. Knowledge@Wharton recently talked with her about the alpha masters she profiled in her book and about where she thinks the hedge fund industry is headed. (Video with transcript) http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/index.cfm?fa=viewFeature&id=3135
Leadership and Change
'The Corner Office': Adam Bryant on the Five Qualities of Successful Leaders
New York Times editor Adam Bryant has interviewed more than 200 CEOs for his Corner Office column. In his book, The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed, Bryant shares what he has learned from Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, Ford CEO Alan R. Mulally, Yum Brands CEO David C. Novak, Teach for America CEO Wendy Kopp, Zynga co-founder Mark Pincus and other leaders. Knowledge@Wharton recently sat down with Bryant to discuss five qualities of successful leaders, the age-old question of whether leaders are born or made and how his discussions with CEOs have influenced his own approach to leadership. (Video with transcript) http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/index.cfm?fa=viewFeature&id=3129
Leadership and Change
Gretchen Rubin's Search for Happiness
Are you happy? Could you be happier? Gretchen Rubin was already "pretty happy" when she asked herself these very questions. In search of the answers, she started her own pursuit of happiness, which eventually became a New York Times bestseller titled, The Happiness Project. She has now written a second book called Happier at Home. Knowledge@Wharton recently spoke with Rubin about why happy people work more hours each week, how to make and keep happiness resolutions and how to ward off the three happiness leeches. (Video with transcript) http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/index.cfm?fa=viewFeature&id=3131
Dec 19 - Jan 1What's New
Windows 8: Will Microsoft's Latest Big Bet Pay Off?
When Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer officially launched Windows 8 on October 25, he touted a "re-imagined Windows" with touch-screen capability, a new user interface and elimination of the traditional Start menu. However, declining PC sales worldwide and uncertainty surrounding Microsoft's ability to woo consumers to its new operating system -- which differs significantly from previous Windows versions -- have some experts wondering what will happen to Microsoft if Windows 8 doesn't take off. http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/3144.cfm
The Promise -- and Perils -- of Personalized Medicine
Personalized medicine -- the ability to tailor therapies to patients' individual genetic characteristics -- has long been the holy grail of the life sciences industry. The effort has produced a string of recent successes, including European approval of the world's first gene therapy treatment. While exciting for patients, such advances raise a host of ethical, legal and financial challenges that people working in the field will need to address before personalized medicine can become a thriving business. http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/3143.cfm
When Values Collide, Consumers Speak with Their Wallets
The leaders of several different organizations -- including Chick-fil-A, the Salvation Army and Susan G. Komen for the Cure -- have been in the news this year for actions or statements that appeared to go against the groups' stated missions. But is the fallout from such controversy different for nonprofits like Komen and the Salvation Army than it is for for-profit businesses like Chick-fil-A? Experts from Wharton and the University of Pennsylvania say yes, noting that the stakes are higher when consumers are spending on a donation that reflects their beliefs. http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/3142.cfm
Leadership and Change
Carol Bartz on Bad Bosses, Picking Your Fights and Saying 'I Don't Know'
Carol Bartz is widely-known in Silicon Valley for two things: being a high-profile executive at some of the best-known technology companies, and being a pull-no-punches speaker who says whatever is on her mind. Both traits were in evidence at a recent talk on Wharton's San Francisco campus during which she discussed how bad bosses can be as instructive as good ones, how important it is to pick your fights and why she is not a fan of mentoring, among other topics. http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/3138.cfm
Real Estate with a Cause: Identifying Investments that Serve a Triple Bottom Line
Real estate is already a complex industry, and it grows even more so when the investment is intended to satisfy the triple bottom line of being profitable, hospitable for those who work or live in the structure, and socially responsible. During a discussion at the recent Wharton Social Impact Conference, panelists from the industry discussed the challenges of crafting initiatives that serve all three masters without cutting corners. http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/3141.cfm
Why Anxiety Makes You a Sucker for Bad Advice
Individuals are regularly faced with weighty, anxiety-wrought decisions, and most will seek at least one person's advice before deciding what to do. But, according to recent research by Wharton professor Maurice Schweitzer, anxiety -- and the hit to an individual's self-confidence that accompanies it -- can make a person more likely to take advantage of outside help and less equipped to discern between useful tips and poor guidance. http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/3140.cfm
Leadership and Change
Joseph Perella and Peter Weinberg: Secrets to a Successful Partnership
Joseph Perella and Peter A. Weinberg were both enjoying successful careers at two of Wall Street's major players, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, respectively. But in 2005, they were feeling the itch to try something new. A year later, they formed a partnership. Today, Perella Weinberg manages about $9 billion in assets. At a recent Wharton Leadership Lecture, the two discussed the intricacies involved in making such a business work. http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/3139.cfm
Highlights from Our Blog Are Bank Regulators Now Encouraging Fraud?
This week, in the endless stream of bank fraud news, UBS agreed to pay $1.5 billion in a “settlement” to regulatory agencies. Last week, HSBC got nailed for a record $1.92 billion. Mere nuisance fees, many argue. Once again, megabankers look “too big to jail.”
(Posted on December 19, 2012)
Smoking: A Drag for Job Applicants?
Some employers' attempts to ban smokers from their pools of prospective hires are prompting questions about the difficulty of enforcement -- and how much leeway companies should be given to dictate employee behavior on and off the job.
(Posted on December 18, 2012)
Twitter and Instagram: The Current Skirmish, Unfiltered
As Twitter and Instagram trade blows, Wharton marketing professor Pinar Yildirim outlines what's at stake for both platforms -- and for Instagram's owner, Facebook.
(Posted on December 14, 2012)
Why India Is the Most Challenging Market for Private Equity
In 2011, India was the fastest growing private equity market in Asia. A recent report now suggests that the country is the most challenging market globally for this sector.
(Posted on December 13, 2012)
Trading Compliments, not Insults
A Facebook page that posts anonymous compliments about students, student groups and even animals has been adapted by more than 50 colleges around the world. Can this last?
(Posted on December 11, 2012)
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