M&A: When Being in the Majority is Bad News

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When you’re looking to grow, a merger or acquisition deal can be an attractive proposition. But the unfortunate truth is that most mergers and acquisitions fail—anywhere between 70% and 90%, according to McKinsey and the Harvard Business Review. The reasons behind the high failure rate…

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Optimizing from the Inside Out: Independent Operations Consulting

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As organizations grow, new roles emerge, new processes evolve, and strategies become more complex. During this shift, it’s easy for gaps and inefficiencies to develop, and—especially when the business is growing—just as easy for them to be overlooked. This is where the outside perspective of…

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What Technologies Will Drive the Future of Work?

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By now, it’s clear that technology is a major driver for the growing gig economy, both as a tool and as a potential disruptor. At its most basic, technology has helped independent workers connect with prospective employers via online platforms. Increasingly, however, companies are tapping…

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4 Myths About Freelance HR Consultants

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Disrupting long-stable industries can be invigorating, but for many of those industries’ incumbent organizations, it’s also a sudden wake-up call. Businesses that are bigger and better-established often struggle to pivot, because they’re not as nimble as the disruptors. Those who succeed do so because they’ve…

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Reinventing Hiring: Jobs in the Gig Economy

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As individuals, it’s not hard to feel the effects of accelerating technological change. Companies—not to mention public policy—move more slowly. Most organizations already recognize the advantages that technological advancement offers: enhanced organizational agility, increased efficiency, and improved productivity. Yet the monumental challenge of overhauling outdated,…

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A New Social Contract for Freelancers

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Over the past decade, changing demographics and new economic realities have given rise to a dynamic, flexible workforce that prefers to work on a freelance basis instead of seeking full-time employment. On the surface, this would seem like a win-win for both parties: businesses get…

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Is Freelance Going Mainstream? A Look at the IRS Data

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From part-time freelancers to full-time entrepreneurs, many folks have struck out on their own at some point in their lives. But now, according to a report by Fiverr, the independent path is becoming even more heavily traveled. Fiverr, an online freelance services marketplace, teamed up…

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Consulting Disruption: Advice for the Advice Givers

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You know the names: McKinsey, Bain, BCG. For decades, these three firms have dominated the management consulting space. And for good reason: their ranks include some of the most experienced and successful business strategists out there. So do their alumni. According to Kennedy Research, the…

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When Should You Bring in a Freelance Strategy Consultant?

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Growth can come from many directions. Should you move your current products into an adjacent market or build the next big thing? Should you focus on growing margins or on optimizing your product portfolio? What’s the best way to streamline your strategic priorities? And how…

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