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  • »The Next Big Thing
    Consultants are always looking for the next big thing, the innovation that will see clients storming through their gates, bypassing pesky procurement departments, and writing blank checks for the magic mousetrap that whitens and brightens and cleans windows, too.
  • »JP Morgan and The Whale: A Parable
    After a tumultuous period of banking hyper-regulation after 2008, no one would have suspected in 2012 that JP Morgan, the world’s largest bank, had ineffective controls in place that left the company flat-footed when its “rogue” trader had taken untenable, long-term positions on Credit Default Swaps.
  • »Optimizing Manufacturing Strategy
    Bloomberg News recently reported that GE intends to use 3D printers to produce 85,000 fuel nozzles for its newest jet engine, a significant leap for a technology that until now has largely been confined to prototyping tasks.
  • »‘Post’-Ideological Privatizations
    We may be witnessing the start of a new wave of privatizations, which will see governments throughout Europe significantly increasing their sales of assets across a wide range of economic sectors.
  • »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.
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Travel Advisory

  • »Marriott Goes Big in NYC
    Marriott International, Inc. and G Holdings opened what they’re calling an “iconic addition” to the New York skyline, a combined 378-room Courtyard hotel and 261-suite Residence Inn hotel in midtown Manhattan. The $320 million, 68-story property is the tallest single-use hotel in North America.
  • »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.)
  • »Hilton’s Building Boom
    Coming off a whirlwind 2012, Hilton Worldwide is the fastest growing global hospitality company by number of rooms.
  • »Extended Stay America Serves Up Free Breakfasts With ‘Grab and Go’
    Extended Stay America launched a new Grab and Go Breakfast program, which is available seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at all of its more than 600 locations.
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Book It!

  • »The Three Rules
    Earlier this year, Deloitte Consulting’s Mumtaz Ahmed and Michael Raynor published The Three Rules: How Exceptional Companies Think. The authors set out to answer what was, in their mind, the ultimate business question—how do some companies achieve exceptional performance over the long haul?
  • »Thinking in New Boxes
    Creativity is key if you are to thrive in a time of accelerating change, according to The Boston Consulting Group’s Luc De Brabandere and Alan Iny.
  • »The Effortless Experience
    We live in a golden age of customer service, when many executives say their goal is to ‘delight the customer.’ It’s a worthy goal, for sure, but what if it’s wrong?
  • »The Solution Revolution
    What drives the social economy? What opportunities does it present for business? William D. Eggers and Paul MacMillan set out to answer these questions and more.
  • »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.
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  • 4 4 2014
    »The Rising Stars of the Profession
    It’s always dangerous to make a sweeping generalization about just about anything, but especially dangerous to make one about an entire generation. But that’s precisely what I’m about to do.
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  • 3 5 2014
    »James Madison and the Seven Small Jewels
    For two years, I was the Sports Editor at James Madison University. Our football program was what was called Division I-AA. Basically, a step down from the big boys you see playing in front of 100,000 people on Saturday afternoons. Our stadium held 18,000 people.
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  • 2 7 2014
    »Happy Days Are Here Again
    Not sure exactly why, but my January columns and song titles seem to go hand in hand. Last year, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” struck the right chord of cautious optimism and cynicism prevalent in the marketplace. Before that, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” summed up a time of frustration, angst and ultimately acceptance for the consulting profession.
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  • 1 8 2014
    »Women Leaders in Consulting 7.0
    This is Consulting magazine’s seventh year honoring The Women Leaders in Consulting.
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  • 11 4 2013
    »BCG’s Fifty Years and Counting

    Fifty years is a long time. How long? Well, the Beatles hadn’t yet played Ed Sullivan in 1963, and therefore, pretty much no one—on this side of the pond anyway—had any idea John, Paul, George or Ringo existed. Long enough? Well, seven months before the mop tops wanted to hold your hand, Bruce Henderson hung a shingle as a one-man consulting unit of the Boston safe Deposit and Trust Company at 100 Franklin Street in Boston.
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  • 9 9 2013
    »Cars
    The last time we had a cover story focused on the automotive industry was way back in the summer of 2007. Much of that article focused on how the industry would avoid what consultants referred to as “doom loops”, which were defined as “systemic failures responsible for overcapacity, uncompetitive cost structures, and other symptoms that tend to receive more attention.”
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  • 7 15 2013
    »Editor's Note: A Gala for Greatness
    Consulting magazine’s Top 25 Consultants Award has been around since 2000. Well, that’s not entirely accurate, the concept of the Top 25 actually launched in 1999 as The Top 10 Most Influential Consultants.
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  • 6 27 2013
    »Editor's Note: Cue the Belt-Tightening cliches...
    The cover image of this month’s issue is darn near perfect. A few dollar bills being squeezed a little tighter by a belt, which obviously has been tightened a few notches. A perfect visual to illustrate what’s going on in the Public Sector these days.
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  • 5 30 2013
    »Editor's Note: Credit Where It's Due
    It’s celebration time around here. For starters, this issue—our annual Top 25 Consultants issue—is one of the biggest and most prestigious awards we bestow upon the consulting profession.
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  • 5 1 2013
    »Editor's Note: Sliced Bread... Strategically Speaking
    Strategy Consulting has been around longer than sliced bread. The machine that slices bread was invented in Iowa in 1927 and began operation a year later. (By the way, bet you didn’t know that same machine was banned briefly in 1943 as a wartime conservation measure. Neither did I.)
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