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Bringing together top leaders, innovators and renowned faculty from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania discussing topics that matter to consumers and the business world.
Rank #1: Evaluating Companies' Impact on the Women They Employ.
What makes a company a good employer for women? Host Laura Zarrow examines the new report published by the Wharton Social Impact Initiative called "Four for Women: A Framework for Evaluating Companies' Impact on the Women They Employ" on Women@Work. She speaks with Sandi Maro Hunt, Sr. Director at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, host of Dollars and Change, and co-author of this report, about their research into the four outcomes that matter most to women: representation, pay, health, and satisfaction.
Rank #2: The Financial Journey of Modern Parenting Report.
Surya Kolluri, Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, joins hosts Nick Ashburn and Katherine Klein to discuss their new report on the financial implications of modern parenting on Dollars and Change.
strategy+business Media, a unit of the global strategy and technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, publishes a quarterly magazine, Web site (www.strategy-business.com), books, and, in conjunction with Knowledge@Wharton, this series of podcasts. The s+b/K@W podcasts draw on the insights of experts at Booz Allen and the Wharton School to bridge the gap between theory and practice in contemporary global business.
Rank #1: Business in the Middle East.
Despite the ongoing global recession, the Middle East "is still one of the better places to be," according to Joe Saddi, chairman of Booz & Company and managing director of the firm's Middle East business. In an interview with Knowledge@Wharton conducted during the recent Wharton Global Alumni Forum in Dubai, Saddi noted that although sectors such as real estate and tourism have been hit hard, the region's underlying growth fundamentals remain positive. And although Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) companies will need to be prudent and maintain enough cash to weather the current storm, now is the perfect time for them to "go on the offensive" and "take advantage of the recession to acquire or stake out a stronger strategic position."
Rank #2: High-Leverage Innovation, Part Three.
Money isn't the key to successful innovation. In fact, many companies spend far less than their competitors on R&D to achieve far better performance. To learn why that's the case, strategy+business and Knowledge@Wharton spoke with Kevin Dehoff, a partner at Booz & Company, and Karl Ulrich, Wharton professor of operations and information management. In this final part of a three-part series, Dehoff and Ulrich talk about innovation in the auto industry -- what constitutes it, why some manufacturers, like Toyota, are more innovative than others, and the role that customers play in innovative product development.
Expert advice and cutting-edge discoveries from one of the world’s leading business schools.
Rank #1: Advice on Advancing Your Career.
Here’s how to connect with headhunters, deliver with data, and ensure you don’t plateau professionally.
Rank #2: Let Your Purpose Guide Your Career.
At some point in our careers, we all question if we’re truly on the right path. But how do you know for sure? Nicholas Pearce, a clinical professor at Kellogg and author of "The Purpose Path," explains how to find your calling, and summon the courage to make it a reality.
The Business is a Harvard Business School podcast. Twice a month, host Brian Kenny will bring you a new take on the business world. Through unexpected stories, and conversations with business leaders, entrepreneurs and faculty members, our goal is to inspire listeners to think more broadly about the word business. Thanks for listening!
Rank #1: Not Your Basic Business Books.
What books would guests on The Business give as holiday gifts? Listen for what Mitch Weiss, Dan Koh, Nancy Koehn, Max Bazerman, Frank Cespedes, and host Brian Kenny would recommend for the bookworm in your life.
Rank #2: Comeback Kids: How the Boston Red Sox went from last place to World Series.
Last year at this time the Boston Red Sox had already packed up their lockers and headed home after finishing last in their American League East division. This year, they're in the World Series. We talk to Red Sox COO Sam Kennedy about how the Sox turned their team around in a year. Then HBS Professor Stephen Greyser weighs in on the risks and rewards of leveraging the Red Sox brand to expand beyond baseball.
The Strategy Skills Podcast is the channel where strategy partners teach you the tools and techniques to solve mankind’s greatest problems. Learn all the skills of McKinsey and BCG consultants without having to work at a consulting firm. The podcast teaches both technical analyses and soft skills like communication.Each week we discuss concepts to help listeners advance their strategy, operations and implementation skills, enhance their critical thinking ability and build their executive presence. We also dissect individual consulting studies in great detail so you can replicate them with confidence. www.firmsconsulting.com www.strategytraining.com
Rank #1: 1: Bill Matassoni on Competitive and Comparative Advantage, Why Strategy is Less Analytic than it Seems and how McKinsey Really Makes Decisions.
One of the great privileges of our unique network is that we have access to some of the most eminent former partners like Kevin Coyne and Bill Matassoni. We adopt their insights when designing our case training and strategy training programs. Our goal at Firmsconsulting is to allow our members access to the partners from whom we seek advise. This is an exclusive interview that Bill Matassoni recently had with Firmsconsulting where he shared some counter-intuitive concepts you will not hear anywhere else. Bill Matassoni was the partner who was involved in developing and implementing the McKinsey philosophy that helped the firm pull ahead of BCG in the 1980s and 1990s. He was thereafter the partner who led BCG's efforts to overtake McKinsey. This insightful, inspiring and counter intuitive podcast explains the steps McKinsey took in the 1980s to reposition the firm. Planning is meaningless unless you know what to plan. You need a point of differentiation and you need to consistently drive that difference. Competitive advantage is wrong to pursue. You need to look for comparative advantage. See if you can extract those lessons from this podcast. Bill Matassoni started his career in management consulting in 1980 when he joined McKinsey & Company. He was a partner there for almost 20 years, focusing on the branding of professional services. He was responsible for building McKinsey’s reputation and protecting its brand, which included publishing the McKinsey Quarterly. In doing so he worked closely with many of his colleagues worldwide including Tom Peters, Jon Katzenbach, Kenichi Ohmai, John Sawhill, John Stucky, and John Hagel. He was also responsible for much of McKinsey’s internal communications. This included the creation of McKinsey’s systems to manage and disseminate its practice knowledge. These efforts are described in an HBR case study. He left McKinsey to join Mitchell Madison Group, a strategy consulting firm he helped to take public through its sale to USWeb/CKS in 1999. He then joined The Boston Consulting Group, where he headed for over five years a group responsible for innovation, marketing and communications. As at McKinsey, Bill Matassoni worked closely with several of BCG’s thought leaders — George Stalk, Michael Silverstein, Philip Evans, Yves Morieux, Hal Sirkin and others — to develop their ideas and turn them into consulting assignments. Bill Matassoni retired from BCG a few years ago and founded The Glass House Group, a consulting firm that helps professional service firms with branding and marketing issues. At one of his clients, Tapestry Networks, Bill has become a senior advisor. Bill Matassoni is a graduate of Phillips Andover (1964), Harvard College (B.A. Literature, 1968) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A., 1975). For many years Bill Matassoni was on the board of trustees of United Way of America and United Way International. He is now on the board of trustees of First Book and a senior advisor to Ashoka, an organization that invests in social entrepreneurs. He is also on the Board of Advisors of The Demand Institute, a non-profit funded by The Conference Board and Nielsen. He remains interested in the management and marketing of professional services firms, social marketing and healthcare reform. If you have never had the opportunity to meet Marvin Bower, and that would apply to most of McKinsey's current partners, Bill's thinking is the second best thing to have access to. In this wide ranging interview, Bill Matassoni and I discuss the following about the strategy, culture, values, mistakes and problems of McKinsey and BCG: McKinsey & Co. How a partner's background shapes his or her viewpoint The old influence of HBR on a consulting brand's position Bill's unconventional path into McKinsey and BCG Managing versus inspiring other senior partners Working with senior partners from McKinsey like Ron Daniels, Fred Gluck, Herb Ensinger, Kenichi Ohmae, Tom Peters, Bob Waterman, Lowell Bryan, Tom Steiner and Marvin Bower Insightful new anecdotes and stories not published before How to get partners to build a firm's position and knowledge Competitive advantage in management consulting The problem with trying to position a firm as a consulting firm McKinsey problems in recent times and lack of differentiation Why strategy is less analytic than it seems WSJ vs. The Economist vs. HBR for eminence The Fortune Magazine story that changed McKinsey's profile What is McKinsey's point of differentiation - it is not analytics or strategy How to build a leadership factory Why all the books about McKinsey, like "The Firm", completely miss the mark Anecdotes about Marvin Bower Using actions to build principles versus using principles to build actions The problem with marketing in consulting How McKinsey really makes decisions and tests them aka how to know when you are junior How to bring about change in traditional businesses with deep histories BCG The difference between BCG and McKinsey BCG's strengths and weaknesses What is BCG's culture How positioning drives operational decisions Managing practice meetings And much, much more. If you found this piece interesting, please post comments and questions. We will be interviewing other very senior ex-partners of McKinsey and BCG, and will use these comments as an input for future interviews. We also use comments and social shares to determine if a series should be pursued. If you would like us to interview another BCG or McKinsey ex-partner, corporate executive or renowned athlete please let us know. Hope you enjoyed it. Michael
Rank #2: 59: What is Corporate Strategy.
Corporate strategy is very different from other types of strategy. In this video podcast we explain why. Click here to see the full study and here to see the merger study and market entry study. SIGN UP FOR EMAIL UPDATES HERE & RECEIVE FREE STRATEGY TRAINING STAY IN TOUCH: Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn IF WANT TO LEARN FROM FORMER STRATEGY PARTNERS REFER TO THE FIRMSCONSULTING ORIGINAL TRAINING PROGRAMS.
The Wharton FinTech Podcast discusses the trends, topics and ideas that are reshaping financial services globally. It features founders, investors, students and thinkers from the world of FinTech with unique perspectives. This podcast is produced by Wharton FinTech, the first student-led FinTech initiative; visit whartonfintech.org for more details.
Rank #1: Andy Rachleff, Co-founder and CEO, Wealthfront.
Christophe Williams (MBA '18) chats with Andy Rachleff, co-founder and CEO of Wealthfront. Andy discusses a wide range of topics in FinTech, investing, and how to grow tech companies. He goes in-depth on Wealthfront's competitive advantages in automated investing and how he approaches product/marketing strategy to grow sustainably. Also covered are Andy's background in venture capital, the process of founding Wealthfront, and how he sees disruptive innovation affecting financial service incumbents.As a bonus, we have a special Wealthfront sign-up link for our listeners. To get your first 15,000 dollars managed for free, sign up using:http://www.wealthfront.com/whartonfintechAndy Rachleff is Wealthfront's co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer. He serves as a member of the board of trustees and vice chairman of the endowment investment committee for University of Pennsylvania and as a member of the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he teaches courses on technology entrepreneurship. Prior to Wealthfront, Andy co-founded and was general partner of Benchmark Capital, where he was responsible for investing in a number of successful companies including Equinix, Juniper Networks, and Opsware. He also spent ten years as a general partner with Merrill, Pickard, Anderson & Eyre (MPAE). Andy earned his BS from University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Rank #2: Rex Salisbury, Founder of Fintech Dev and PMs.
Christian Rolon (WG '19) is joined by Rex Salisbury, the founder of the Fintech Devs and PMs Meetup based in San Francisco. The Fintech Devs and PMs community has roughly 2,000 members, hosting monthly events highlighting many exciting Fintech firms in the Bay Area. Past Meetups have featured speakers from: a16z, Affirm, Branch, EarnIn, Plaid, SoFi, Wealthfront, and many others. Learn more at: https://www.fintechdevsandpms.com/.Rex Salisbury is the founder of the Fintech Devs and PMs Meetup in San Francisco. Rex is a product engineer at Checkr. Prior to Checkr, Rex worked at Sindeo as an engineer, and Merrill Lynch in investment banking on the real estate team. Rex has his BA in Economics and History from Davidson College.
Firmsconsulting maintains a 80% success rate at placing clients within McKinsey, BCG and Bain. This is the highest in the industry and the rate is higher if we include other firms. We achieve this rate because we only use former partners from McKinsey, BCG et al to develop our clients. This makes us unique. We never use analysts, associates, engagement managers or associate principals. We also carefully select and develop clients on their communication, image, technical and case interview skills. This podcast channel describes our lessons from training our clients.www.firmsconsulting.com www.strategytraining.com
Rank #1: 274 Interview: How to Become a Management Consultant.
Our managing partner Michael Boricki gave an interview at Accepted, a well known site for MBA admission.
Rank #2: 221 The First 3 Minutes of a Case Interview.
The first 3 minutes of a coaching session, practice session and case interview determines everything. First impressions count.
Insights is a weekly video news podcast program designed to deliver the latest economic, financial and business information to today's mobile executive. Join moderator Sean O'Grady for this week's discussion with industry luminaries and the minds at the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu member firms.
Rank #1: Insights: Applying private-sector Merger and Acquisition strategies to public-sector cost-reduction challenges.
Congress has enacted legislation that requires 1.2 trillion in budget cuts before January 2013, but where these cuts are made and how they will be implemented is up for debate. The latest episode of Deloitte Insights features Robin Lineberger, chief executive officer of Federal Government Services, Deloitte LLP, John Powers, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and JoAnn Boutelle, partner, Deloitte and Touche LLP. Tune in to learn how Federal agencies, through merging, integrating, consolidating, and divesting, can reduce inefficiencies and redundancies without significantly impacting their core missions.
Rank #2: Insights: Cost Cutting Practices in the New Normal.
A recent survey of more than 130 Fortune 1000 senior executives found that roughly 90 percent of respondents expect their revenues to either grow or remain flat over the next 24 months, and of those same respondents, about 80 percent expect to pursue cost improvements. The simultaneous expression of optimism and cost control signals a new normal driven by economic and regulatory challenges. The latest episode of Deloitte Insights features Omar Aguilar and Faisal Shaikh, both principals with Deloitte Consulting LLP in a conversation with Sean OGrady, moderator. Tune in to learn about cost cutting practices in todays business environment.
Cold Call distills Harvard Business School's legendary case studies into podcast form. Hosted by Brian Kenny, the podcast airs every two weeks and features Harvard Business School faculty discussing cases they've written and the lessons they impart.
Rank #1: Bringing “Moneyball” to the NBA.
Are people better off as a result of your presence? Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei discusses her case “Discovering Hidden Gems: The Story of Daryl Morey, Shane Battier, and the Houston Rockets” — leadership lessons from basketball, the ultimate team sport.
Rank #2: IDEO Is Changing the Way Managers Think About Thinking.
IDEO’s human-centered design thinking is a systematic process used to help create new products and services. And, the best part? They are open about the process and how to adopt it. Harvard Business School professor Ryan Buell explores this process through the example of Cineplanet, the leading movie cinema chain in Peru. The company hired IDEO to help them determine how to better align their operating model with the needs of its customers. Like Buell, this case, entitled “IDEO: Human-Centered Service Design,” may change the way you think about thinking.
Artificial intelligence. Robotics. The Gig Economy. Globalization. The world is changing at a dizzying pace in ways that will have a profound effect on the economy, jobs and the flow of talent. How will firms cope with the changes ahead and what steps do they need to take today? Each episode features faculty from the world’s leading business school interviewing CEOs, technologists and experts on the bleeding edge discussing how to survive and thrive by managing the future of work.
Rank #1: Ep 3: What really worries the AFL-CIO about the future of work?.
Damon Silvers, the Policy Director and Special Counsel at the AFL-CIO believes that with the Supreme Court slated to rule on Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees in June-July 2018, financial stability—not technology—is the biggest threat to America’s labor movement. Silvers tells Bill Kerr that he’s a technology optimist: technology can actually help strengthen the role of labor if it boosts productivity.
Rank #2: Werk-ing the angles: how mapping work to real life can boost productivity.
Werk Enterprises uses surveys and data analytics to help organize work through a set of predefined, flexible arrangements, rather than the traditional 9-to-5 in the office. This HR version of mass customization can recalibrate the relationship between employers and employees to better match the needs of both. HBS alumna Anna Auerbach and her cofounder, Annie Dean, were initially motivated by the challenges facing professional women, whose careers have often suffered due to the conflicting demands of work and life. Werk touts hard numbers – in employee retention, net promoter scores, and productivity -- to make the business case for carefully tailored flexibility across the board, in contrast to the chaotic approach blamed for recent high profile pullbacks.
Welcome to the Press Room, from Deloitte Insights, your source for the issues and ideas that matter to your business today. Host Tanya Ott interviews thought leaders and change makers on developments in business strategy, emerging technologies, growth, innovation, performance, risk and security, social impact, sustainability, talent and more. Deloitte Insights publishes original articles, reports, and periodicals that provide insights for businesses, the public sector, and NGOs. Our goal is to draw upon research and experience from throughout our professional services organization, and that of coauthors in academia and business, to advance the conversation on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to executives and government leaders.Deloitte Insights is an imprint of Deloitte Development LLC. This podcast is provided by Deloitte LLP and is subsidiaries and is intended to provide general information only. This podcast is not intended to constitute professional advice or services of any kind. For additional information about Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries, please go to www.deloitte.com/about.
Rank #1: Gaming away the leadership gap.
How can video games help organizations develop better leaders? Cary Harr and Roxanne Splitt discuss how games, or simulations, encourage employees to examine their unconscious biases and internalize behaviors to become more inclusive leaders.
Rank #2: Ther future of the business landscape.
Massive changes in digital technology are reshaping the business world—from more power to consumers, to business models that are more about ecosystems than competition. John Hagel of Deloitte Services LP spoke to Tanya Ott about digital disruption’s challenges and opportunities—for companies big and small.
The Wharton Customer Analyticast, produced by the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative, shares different opinions, observations, and speculations about the world of customer analytics.
Rank #1: Harnessing the Power of Weather Data with Earth Networks.
Harnessing the Power of Weather Data with Earth Networks by Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative
Rank #2: Minimizing Uncertainty with Analytics.
In this episode, Eric Bradlow and Teradata's Kathy Koontz recap a lively discussion at Wharton San Francisco that explores strategies that businesses can use to minimize uncertainty with analytics.
The Harvard Business School alumni podcast
Rank #1: The Business of Burning Man .
Jennifer Raiser takes you behind the scenes of the annual Burning Man gathering
Rank #2: Skydeck Live: Galactic Returns.
Space entrepreneur and investor Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux on how to search the skies for profits
What is the future of work? The New World of Work explores how technologies like automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence are shaping how we work, where we work, and the skills and education we need to work. Featuring conversations with experts from the McKinsey Global Institute and thought leaders from the public and private sectors, this series will help business leaders, policymakers, and organizations understand what changes are afoot and how we can prepare today for a future that works.
What can history teach us about technology and jobs?
This is not the first time the world has experienced significant shifts in employment due to new technology. History tells us that in the long run, technology is a net creator of jobs. But with AI and automation's rapid advances, could this time be different? Here's what we can learn from past employment transitions, first out of agriculture and more recently out of manufacturing. Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 34:59) >
How can business leaders can make the new world of work better for people?
We speak with two leaders on the forefront of applying AI techniques such as automation and machine learning in the business world. How can CEOs stay ahead of the curve in training and developing their workforce for using this technology? Since companies are doing the hiring and creating the jobs, what role do they play in talent and development? How should companies think about hiring as work changes? John Donahoe, CEO of ServiceNow, and Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, tackle the tough questions facing companies today. Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 28:53) >
We talk with McKinsey partners and corporate executives on the challenges they face creating lasting strategies in a fast-changing world. We also examine the different ways these executives approach these challenges and the new and innovative ways they think of creating a vision for their enterprises.
Want better strategies? Become a bulletproof problem solver
As the pace of social, economic, and technological change accelerates, organizations everywhere must make increasingly complex decisions in the face of an uncertain future. This is why the value of creative and strategic thinkers capable of solving complex problems has never been higher. Today’s episode features a conversation between Chris Bradley, a senior partner in our Sydney office, and Rob McLean, a Director Emeritus of the firm, a trustee of The Nature Conservancy in Australia and Asia, and director of Australia’s largest philanthropic foundation, the Paul Ramsay Foundation. Rob, along with Charles Conn, is the co-author of a recently published book called Bulletproof Problem Solving: The One Skill That Changes Everything. Chris and Rob recently met in our Sydney office to talk about Rob’s new book and how a disciplined and comprehensive approach to problem solving can be applied to almost any kind of problem — from personal decisions through to business strategies, and on to some of most complex challenges facing society today. We hope you enjoy listening to their conversation. Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 32:07) >
How to move fast: Innovation at speed and scale
Innovation is critical to driving growth. Today we are talking about how large companies can take innovation plays from startups' play books to make them more competitive. We will hear from entrepreneurs and McKinsey experts about the techniques they use to go to market and scale quickly with limited resources. We'll see how larger companies can emulate some of that behaviour. And we will discuss how large companies can leverage what they already do very well and apply it to new growth initiatives. Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 34:39) >