StrategyDriven Enterprises Partners with Xen Wireless to Form StrategyDriven Analytics, a Utility Industry Asset Management Blind Benchmarking Service

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StrategyDriven Enterprises LLC and Xen Wireless form StrategyDriven Analytics to provide utility industry executives and managers with asset management program benchmarking data supporting operational and investment decisions and fleet and individual plant performance assessments.

Mike Purcell Joins StrategyDriven Power & Utilities Advisory Services Practice

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Increasing demand for clean, affordable electricity combined with an aging infrastructure, retiring workers, growing regulations, rising capital costs, and intensifying budget pressures challenge utility executives and managers now more than ever.

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Philip Mudd: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

He is the current director of enterprise risk at SouthernSun asset management in Memphis, Tennessee. Bob's blog entries Amazon CIA's Counterterrorist Center CNN Daniel Kahnerman FBI's National Security Branch Fox News John McLaughlin Los Angeles Times Meredith Blake NPR PBS Peter Drucker Philip Mudd: An interview by Bob Morris SouthernSun Asset Management Steven Colbert Thinkin [comma] Fast and Slow Warriner’s English Grammar

Pure Accountability

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However, when performed together, your department, plant or organization will be transformed into a sophisticated retention machine that will be the envy of your fellow managers or competitors. He has trained hundreds of first-line supervisors, managers, and executives during his career.

Use Scarcity to Spur Innovation

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. Bob's blog entries devise new ways of operating make better use of limited assets Management Tip of the Day Harvard Business Review Necessity is the mother of invention The Number One Key to Innovation: Scarcity" by Uri Neren. To sign up for a free subscription, to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here. * * * Necessity is the mother of invention.

Software Asset Management: A New Defense Against Cybersecurity Threats - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM MICROSOFT

Harvard Business Review

By 2021, worldwide cybercrime damage is expected to reach $6 trillion— double what it cost businesses in 2015∗ Of course, companies cannot protect what they cannot manage. And that’s where software asset management can help. Why Software Asset Management (SAM) Matters. Comprehensive asset management is essential to an effective IT infrastructure, service, and cybersecurity management program.

Just How Useless Is the Asset-Management Industry?

Harvard Business Review

Writing under a pseudonym in the Financial Analysts Journal in 1960, mutual fund executive Jack Bogle made "The Case for Mutual Fund Management." After costs, actively managed mutual funds trail the market. trillion in assets in 2010, up from $25.8

Voice of Experience: Joanna Cound (BlackRock)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from a profile of Joanna Cound (Managing Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy, BlackRock) written by Melissa J. Bob's blog entries Advice for Women in the Industry appreciate the impact of legislation on the end investor and to avoid any unintended consequences BlackRock Women’s Initiative Network (“WIN”) BlackRock’s International Cash Management Business Building a Better Europe European Commission European Parliament London Business School Melissa J.

Voice of Experience: Asahi Pompey (Goldman Sachs)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from a profile of Asahi Pompey (Managing Director, Compliance, Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs) written by Melissa J. Bob's blog entries “Know yourself – know your strengths and weaknesses” Be a subject matter expert Careers for Attorneys at Goldman Sachs” Columbia Law School Forging a Career in Compliance Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Private Wealth Management Melissa J.

Protecting Your Business’s Brand

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Manage your digital assets. Today, a lot of a business’s brand can be found online and wrapped up in all of its digital assets, i.e. all the things that exist online that your business has a right to use, such as photos, logos, presentations, etc.

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Dealing with Change as Your Company Grows

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In the very early days of your enterprise, especially one in the manufacturing sector, you are likely to have only a few facilities and a small number of maintenance workers and managers. Change Management business management strategydriven

Unlocking the Full Potential of Your Business Software

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If it’s a specific problem, such as payroll management or asset management, then things like fixed asset management software or a dedicated program to manage staff wages could be a great alternative.

How to Conduct a Behavioral Interview

Chart Your Course

Conflict Management: Addressing and resolving conflict constructively. Sample question: “Describe the most difficult conflict you’ve ever had to manage.”. Self-Management: Demonstrating self-control and an ability to manage time and priorities. By Jennifer C. Zamecki.

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Minority-Owned Private-Equity Firms Drive Higher Rates of Return

Women on Business

NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE: A study by the National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC) found that the funds managed by its member firms (79% of which are owned by minorities and 69% of which have women or minorities in at least half of the investment roles) had a median net internal rate of return of 15% from 1998-2011. of managing directors and senior executives, the highest-ranking and best-paying jobs, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from the companies and their websites.

StrategyDriven Enterprises Extends its Energy Advisory Services, Partners with NTE Solutions

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StrategyDriven Enterprises, LLC and NTE Solutions partner to provide energy industry executives and managers with asset lifecycle management and regulatory compliance advisory services. Risk management and compliance. Project development and management.

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Six Ways to See the World through New Lenses—and Lead More Effectively

Leading Blog

Senior managers at Allianz Global Investors, a global asset management company, attended a workshop called Dialogue in the Dark, led by visually impaired trainers who conducted the entire workshop in total darkness.

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Greg Gaskey Named StrategyDriven Enterprises Chief Operations Officer

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Executive leader brings hands-on management and operational experience to StrategyDriven’s Power & Utilities focused advisory services.

StrategyDriven Welcomes Jeff Kortes

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Jeff Kortes is the President of Human Asset Management LLC, a human resources consulting firm which specializes in executive search, retention, engagement and front line leadership training. The StrategyDriven family is proud to introduce Jeff Kortes as our newest contributing author!

Nathan Ives Named StrategyDriven Enterprises Chief Executive Officer

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Senior industry leader adds hands-on management and operational experience to StrategyDriven’s Power & Utilities focused advisory services.

What Value Do I Bring?

Mills Scofield

The University provided me with an exceptional opportunity - to work in Hong Kong at a financial company in their asset management and private equity divisions. I'm honored to host this guest blog by Elizabeth Weber about her summer interning at a financial firm in Hong Kong. The lessons she shares at age 20 are ones many of us don't even learn in our 40's, 50's or our lives. She's bringing these lessons home, as Co-President of the Entrepreneur Program at Brown.

People Quit Their Boss… Not the Company!

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However, when performed together, your department, plant or organization will be transformed into a sophisticated retention machine that will be the envy of your fellow managers or competitors. Certain managers tend to churn thru people… even the ones the managers hire themselves.

Retain Talent Through a Concrete Corporate Culture

Coaching Tip

At Cascade Asset Management , an environmentally minded recycler of computer components, sustainability reigns supreme, from a wholly green headquarters to employee nameplates personally made from recycled computer pieces. By Barbara T. Armstrong.

The Focus Factor

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However, when performed together, your department, plant or organization will be transformed into a sophisticated retention machine that will be the envy of your fellow managers or competitors. He has trained hundreds of first-line supervisors, managers, and executives during his career.

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The Great Eraser

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However, when performed together, your department, plant or organization will be transformed into a sophisticated retention machine that will be the envy of your fellow managers or competitors. He has trained hundreds of first-line supervisors, managers, and executives during his career.

Fire the Slugs! And Other Great, No-Nonsense Ways to Retain Your Best People

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However, when performed together, your department, plant or organization will be transformed into a sophisticated retention machine that will be the envy of your fellow managers or competitors. Assess your supervisory and management team! Identify the poor managers and supervisors.

Corporate Diversity Still Coming Up Short for Women

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We are very concerned about the fact that women and minorities continue to be under-represented at the highest levels of management,” said Barbara J. StrategyDriven effective executives, efficient employees Home About The StrategyDriven Organization Our Company Our Contributors Karen K.

One Big Reason There’s So Little Competition Among U.S. Banks

Harvard Business Review

Basically, a handful of asset management firms have become the most powerful shareholders of the nation’s largest banks. This collective flood of individual investment has turned asset management companies into ginormous shareholders. trillion in assets.

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Rethinking Sustainability in Light of the EU’s New Circular Economy Policy

Harvard Business Review

We are academics and practitioners focused on product recovery economics and life cycle asset management. We began collaborating when we recognized how interlaced asset management and product recovery were in textbook CEs. Our combined skill sets (academic expertise on leasing, the choice of modularity and refurbishing, and practical expertise on asset management and product recovery) allowed us to identify three approaches to breaking through.

Research: Index Funds Are Fueling Out-of-Whack CEO Pay Packages

Harvard Business Review

The pay of top managers has risen faster than those of other star earners. Top management compensation packages guarantee a high level of pay, but are often only weakly linked to the performance of the firm relative to its industry competitors. Nowadays, the same handful of large, diversified asset management companies controls a significant proportion of US corporations. In other words, these managers are rewarded less for outperforming their competitors.

How Accounting Can Help Build a Sustainable Economy

Harvard Business Review

Eccles , a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School points out, that’s not because these issues don’t have financial consequences. Environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues are often referred to by investors as “nonfinancial information.”

How to Fix Financial Capitalism? Focus on Ethics

Harvard Business Review

These were among the questions addressed at a luncheon in New York convened by CFA Institute President John Rogers with financial industry leaders that included representatives from private and not-for-profit asset managers, public pension funds, insurance companies, and diversified financial services firms. The organization has developed an Asset Manager Code of Professional Conduct , which more than 700 firms have adopted.

What’s Driving Superstar Companies, Industries, and Cities

Harvard Business Review

These “superstar” sectors include financial services such as banking, insurance, and asset management, professional services, internet and software, real estate, and pharmaceuticals and medical products. Apexphotos/Getty Images.

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Carlos Ghosn, Nissan, and the Need for Stronger Corporate Governance in Japan

Harvard Business Review

As a result, when making close calls on the company’s financial reports, that auditor may be too deferential to Nissan management. If that happens, it would give shareholders a better chance of holding management accountable for serious executive misconduct or poor company performance.

Can Index Funds Be a Force for Sustainable Capitalism?

Harvard Business Review

It is tough to beat the market and over long periods of time indexing has been shown to outperform most active managers. On the other side, fans of active management see it as a trend that can damage market efficiency and lead to distortions in market prices. First, large index asset managers, such as Blackrock, State Street, and Vanguard. Third, large pension funds such as GPIF, Norges Bank Investment Management, AP, and New York Common Retirement Fund.

Americans Haven’t Saved Enough for Retirement. What Are We Going to Do About It?

Harvard Business Review

Each year, BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, sends a much-anticipated letter to leading CEOs. Employees in defined contribution plans often do not have significant investing expertise and earn rates of return that are substantially below professionally managed pension plans. Workers select a professional pension overseer, which could include government entities such as state pension funds or private sector pension managers. Phil Ashley/Getty Images.

Where Teamwork Thrives in the Money Management Industry

Harvard Business Review

Recently, my colleagues at the Focus Consulting Group and I surveyed more than 100 asset management firms around the world, testing both for the strength of their cultures and for the effectiveness of their leadership teams.

Seven Ways CEOs and Investors Can Promote the Long Term

Harvard Business Review

The board of directors and top management should spend the largest chunk of their time communicating with long-term investors. After meeting a fund manager whose rigorous due diligence on potential investments, investment conviction (as exhibited by high portfolio concentration and low turnover), and insights on potential operational improvements had impressed him, the chief executive of a rapidly growing Japanese manufacturing firm openly asked the investor to buy shares in his company.

Venture Capitalists Get Paid Well to Lose Money

Harvard Business Review

LPs pay VCs like asset managers, not investors. This fixed 2% fee structure creates the incentive to accumulate and manage more assets. In fact, many VCs don’t even invest in their fund from their personal assets, instead contributing their investment via their share of the management fees. LPs can certainly do a better job of paying VCs to act less like asset managers and more like investors.

Morning Advantage: Going Way Out on a Limb for Profits

Harvard Business Review

Contrarian Number 1 is George Elliott, founder of a hedge fund (Naftilia Asset Management) that plans to buy nothing but stocks from – wait for it – Greece. Ulukaya, who already managed a small cheese company, had been mulling over the lack of good yogurt in the U.S., As befits a Monday, we’re into contrarians this morning. Whatever it is, they’re against it, and we find that attitude bracing.

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Who Should Actually Have Say on Pay?

Harvard Business Review

Say-on-pay is part of a big shift in recent years toward giving professional money managers more tools to affect the governance of (and in some cases discipline the managers of) corporations. Individual investors tend not to vote, and while brokerage firms used to vote the shares of customers who didn''t get around to voting themselves — almost invariably siding with management — the SEC stopped allowing that practice three years ago.).

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How CFOs Can Take the Long-Term View in a Short-Term Economy

Harvard Business Review

Investors are increasingly seeking firms with long-term growth strategies, rather than ones focused on managing short-term earnings to boost the stock price. As head of the world’s largest asset manager, with $4.6

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Can Insurance Companies Incentivize Their Customers to Be Healthier?

Harvard Business Review

Such examples are featured in FSG’s new research on shared value in the insurance sector, along with efforts by sector leaders to reach more underserved customers with insurance and better leverage their asset management side to create the context for prevention. Behavioral economists know well the power of instant gratification and overoptimism that too often lead to poor decisions — like reaching for an extra slice of cake or putting off the dreaded morning run.

Why an Activist Hedge Fund Cares Whether Apple’s Devices Are Bad for Kids

Harvard Business Review

But CalSTRS is one of the world’s leading asset owners on the importance of integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues into investment decisions — investing as a way of maximizing returns while making the world a better place — so why would it be interested in partnering with an activist hedge fund? trillion in sustainable and impact investing strategies, representing one out of every five dollars being professionally managed.