How to Manage the On-Demand Workforce

Talent on-demand increasingly is an important component of workforce planning. The speed at which business moves today, coupled with the frequent need for specialized expertise, is leading more executives to pair independent consultants to business-critical tasks. The approach is cost-effective, flexible and allows companies to precisely match talent to specific, well-defined needs. However, effectively managing…

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Forecasting & Planning for the Strategy Team’s Talent Needs

As I’ve written previously, corporate strategy is a dynamic, real-time process, where CSOs must anticipate industry and market trends so their companies can quickly take advantage of new opportunities. Not surprisingly, this makes their talent planning more challenging. CSOs are under pressure to deliver and can’t maintain momentum when they’re trying to operate with open…

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Think Hiring a McKinsey Consultant is Only for the Fortune 500? Think Again!

  The top tier management consulting firms like McKinsey, BCG and Bain, among others do great work. These firms have smart, talented consultants and tried and tested methodologies, frameworks and processes that allow them to deliver consistently good work that delivers results for their clients. Yes, we’ve all heard the jokes and negatives about consultants,…

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3 Keys to Building a Sustainable Strategic Organization

It’s possible that our economy may never return to “normal,” Tyler Cowen, an economics professor at George Mason University, recently wrote in the New York Times. While some economists believe the slow wage growth and low labor participation we’re now seeing are temporary conditions, Cowen argues that they’re more indicative of structural dysfunction and fragility….

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The Growth of Real-Time Corporate Strategy

Remember when corporate strategy moved at a measured pace? Companies took an almost leisurely amount of time (by today’s standards) to survey their markets and track consumer behaviors, evaluate technologies and study a number of hypotheses about where industry trends might lead and how they could be exploited. But as I wrote last week, business…

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