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  • »Riding the Waves of Healthcare Risk
    The modern healthcare system is much like the ocean—stormy, choppy, and hostile at times, soothing, calm and inviting at others. For surfers, the more waves you go for, the more you will catch, and the more likely you’ll “wipe-out.”
  • »The Department of Defense Wants a New Mantra
    “Do more with less.” It’s become a tired refrain that U.S. Department of Defense leadership is all too familiar with hearing from all directions, whether it is their direct superiors, Congress, or the Executive.
  • »Things Go Wrong
    Things go wrong. Anyone who plays poker knows this. One moment you’re on the verge of a royal flush, and the next, you pull a six of diamonds, and you’re called. Things do indeed go wrong.
  • »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.
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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.
  • »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.)
  • »Hilton’s Building Boom
    Coming off a whirlwind 2012, Hilton Worldwide is the fastest growing global hospitality company by number of rooms.
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Book It!

  • »Excerpt: Procurement as Productivity
    The following is an excerpt from the book Procurement 20/20: Supply Entrepreneurship in a Changing World by a quartet of McKinsey & Company consultants—Peter Spiller, Nicolas Reinecke, Drew Ungerman and Henrique Teixera.
  • »Review: The Risk-Driven Business Model
    Most companies focus their innovation on new products.
  • »Review: Lead Positive
    Today’s business leaders face intense pressure to deliver results in an uncertain, chaotic, and high-stress business environment.
  • »Review: Step Up
    No matter what your title or place in the organization chart, you have the potential to be a leader.
  • »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.
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  • 7 8 2014
    »Strategy& ... Convergence
    This month’s cover story focuses on PwC’s acquiring Booz & Company and creating the co-brand Strategy&. In retrospect, the move itself wasn’t all that surprising. PwC had made no secret about the fact that it wanted to acquire firms to bolster the strategy side of the advisory business.
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  • 6 5 2014
    »The Profession’s Best
    Here was a typical day in mid-February for myself and a few others tasked with the sometimes difficult, always inspiring, job of selecting the 2014 Top 25 Consultants: Read a few dozen nominations; take a break.
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  • 5 2 2014
    »CPG's Perfect Storm
    There’s certainly no shortage of client industries facing challenges these days, but perhaps none of those industries are in the same boat as the Consumer Package Goods industry.
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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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