On April 20th, I have the honor of representing my organization in an open panel discussion with esteemed colleagues from some of the largest global brands. The topic of conversation won’t be centered on the monetization of big data, managing asset efficiency or any of the other “sexy” topics of the month. You may find it surprising to know that our time and attention will be focused on one of the most important (but least mastered) subjects facing any…Details
Lean startup expertise to effectively guide entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs through launch and growth acceleration.
Starting a new enterprise is a rewarding but tumultuous experience. The journey is riddled with uncertainty, hidden pitfalls, competitors, and grueling hard work. All of this is compounded by the fact that very few startups or small businesses have the infinite amount of experience, time, human capital or capital to weather all of the potential…Details
Having a successful innovation program is more than just simply crowdsourcing ideas, more than a sophisticated tool to manage it, and it’s more than throwing money at something and expecting great things to happen. It’s more than process improvement and it’s more than simply trying to squeeze money out of a mature process or product. Innovation is different…It looks different, feels different, acts different, and sounds different.Details
So, you know that your startup could use some management expertise. How then do you know the right consultant versus the run-of-the-mill consultant before wasting time and money?
I wish I could tell you that it’s a simple process but the reality is that most consultants are better at selling themselves than solving your issues.
So now that you’ve reviewed all the questions in Part 1 and have determined that you overwhelmingly answered “yes” to many of the questions, you’re likely asking yourself, “What exactly would a management consultant do to help pave the way for my concept launch?”
That is a great question but should be…
For those brave souls that dare take the risks necessary to take a concept from a mere fledgling idea to a tangible enterprise of any size, you’ve likely been solicited by various professional service providers: lawyers, accountants, public relations consultants, social media consultants, etc. Typically, your novice…Details
Dmitriy Navichonak is a Senior Analyst at Starr & Associates. He has a deep background in developing business intelligence solutions by leveraging the latest in data management technology. Dmitriy has a wide range of skills from customized visualization of data to database management. He is heavily involved in intelligence solutions innovation and forensic data analysis in order to unlock….Details
I recently took an executive education course in which I was asked the question, “What is Strategy?”As I listened to a myriad of answers, all of which could have been correct in my opinion, the course instructor put a counter-intuitive spin on the answer. “Strategy” as it pertains to business always seems to give the connotation of plans for future action. Most of us tend to think of “strategy” as…Details
In 2001, Apple’s market capitalization was $7 Billion, while Sony’s was $55 Billion.[i] Apple introduced the iPod, a portable digital music player in October 2001 and the iTunes music store eighteen months later. Through these two strategic moves Apple redefined the music industry reinventing itself as a communication and content delivery mobile device company. Signaling its renaissance Apple changed…Details
Many equipment manufacturers/distributors struggle with the delicate balance of customizing sales and service packages that meet the price sensitivities of their customers while ensuring they are not artificially eroding margin through hidden costs. The ideal circumstance for any dealer would be to sell a customer a 100% reliable unit while at the same time selling an associated maintenance and service…Details