management consulting

CredForce moves to conquer APAC & ASEAN markets with the opening of CredForce Singapore Pte Ltd

Partnerships with the likes of Pearson and Wiley. 50+ international products on certifications. Footprint in 178 countries. 18+ standard frameworks. And now, the announcement of the establishment of a new office in Singapore – CredForce Singapore Pte. Ltd. The world’s largest conglomerate providing integrated capability-validation and credentialing solutions, is certainly flying high and ...

Beware The Off-The-Shelf Consultant

When meeting with potential new clients, I am occasionally struck by their "what can you do for me?" or "how much do you charge for an evaluation?" approach to hiring consultants. There is a fundamental flaw in this line of questioning that can doom a foundation-consultant relationship from the start. ...

Small Wins Approach. Sensible Strategy Or A Suicidal Note?

‘I am convinced that a well thought out "small wins approach" is the premier path to effective strategy implementation, and therefore to long-term organizational capability building’, Tom Peters, Guru of Gurus said in 1998. Retweeted in 2016. And it kept me wondering whether this perfectly legitimate advice would still be valid 18 years ...

I Wanted To Visit San Francisco On Someone Else's Dime. I Ended Up With The Perfect Job.

Join us live with Marcus Lemonis at Thought Leaders Arizona on May 24. Seats are limited--secure yours now >> While I have written quite a bit about my first job as an investment banking analyst, not many people know about the story behind how I got that job. Here’s my story ...

Is The Digital Wave A Threat To Your Business, An Opportunity, Or A Distraction? The Answer In 6 Questions

In July 2015, during the championship round of the World Surf League’s J-Bay Open in South Africa, a great white shark attacked Australian surfing star Mick Fanning. Right before the attack, Fanning said later, he had the eerie feeling that “something was behind me.” Then he turned and saw the ...

I'm The ‘Boss’ And Damn There’s No Paycheck-

Being a business owner is a balancing act, and not an easy one for that matter. While the rewards of being a business owner comes in many forms, salary, which is a short-term reward, bonuses which are the medium-term reward; and increased valuation of the business, which is the long-term ...

You Can Only Change ‘the Culture’ If You Have ‘one’.

The main reason why many cultural change and transformation programmes in large organizations fail is because you can’t change ‘the culture’. Not because ‘you can’t’, as the silly article in HBR says, but because there isn’t one. There are many subcultures interacting and overlapping, and only an ...

In The Absence Of Organizational Transformation, Technology Innovation Will Fail

"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things." — Niccolo Machiavelli The Prince (1532) I submitted in my earlier blog (http://blog.comakeit.com/is-disruptive-innovation-the-exclusive-domain-of-only-startups) that you ...

Tales From A Buy-side Mandate

It never ceases to amaze me when sell-side targets fail to respond to buy-side approaches. Yes, it can be a distraction, but if the leadership of a sell-side target has time and curiosity they can learn much. Just to make it clear to the uninitiated – we don’t work on ...

Canning The Spreadsheet: How Business Partners Can Move To A New Level

Co-authored by Don Rupprecht and Ed Shapiro Imagine your fund manager rang up to tell you that your portfolio is losing money and then hung up. The very least you would have wanted to hear is where you could put your money to get a decent return. Even better would ...

What You Should Be Tracking Instead Of Time

Professional firms who have come to terms with the fact they don't sell time still fear the prospect of trying to manage their staffing, workflow, and finances without the information provided by timesheets.  They fear they'll be operating in the dark, devoid of the data they need to evaluate and ...

Rule #3: Systematic Use Of Sweeping Generalizations Is Reason For Dismissal

OK, a bit harsh, but this is what I mean. Some people are very good at this. ‘We have a big communication problem in the company’, ‘in this company, our employees are not engaged’, ‘our processes and systems are dysfunctional’, ‘we have a chronic problem of failure of leadership’, ‘we ...