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  • »A Force in Consumer Banking
    Banks have been stepping up their customer satisfaction game in recent years against the typical market forces at play. The pace of change has been head-spinning for an industry not well known for its swift response to customers.
  • »Time To Simplify and Get Organized (Well, At Least Your Cloud Services)
    The practice of adding cloud services in silos and based on specific department needs often results in overlapping and many different contracts with the same vendors.
  • »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.
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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!

  • »Q&A: Keeping It Simple
    BCG’s Six Simple Rules sets out to simplify some organizational complexity.
  • »Review: Leading the Life You Want
    It seems that everyone has an opinion on work/life balance these days, but Stewart D. Friedman’s Leading the Life You Want isn’t necessarily one of them.
  • »Review: The Culture Map
    Globalization led to the rapid connection of internationally based employees from all levels of multinational companies, and now those same employees are expected to collaborate with colleagues scattered all over the world.
  • »Review: Twitter is Not a Strategy
    Today’s digital frenzy has led many to declare that advertising is dead… or at least dying. Is 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.
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  • 9 8 2014
    »More Than a Decade in the Making
    Way back when, in what seems like another lifetime, I was the Editor-in-Chief of a trade publication called Training magazine. All the rage for CHROs (Chief Human Resources Officers) was about transforming Human Resources into a more strategic part of the overall organization.
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  • 8 7 2014
    »Intensive Care
    This month’s cover story focuses on healthcare, a topic and an industry sector we focus on quite a bit here at Consulting magazine. Our last cover story on the topic was July 2012, an eternity in healthcare. A lot can happen—and did happen—in two years.
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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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