Winning Now, Winning Later: Playing the Infinite Game

Leading Blog

Grow while keeping fixed costs constant. This means eradicating the quick fixes that “keep people stubbornly focused on today at tomorrow’s expense.”. W HEN David Cote became CEO of Honeywell in February of 2002, the company was a train wreck.

Love Them and Lead Them

The Practical Leader

Airline revenues collapsed while fixed costs stayed high. Southwest Airlines has been giving its employees and customers L — love and leadership — since its founding in 1971. Leadership is centered on emotions.


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During this Crisis, Don’t Expect Business as Usual from the Family Enterprise

Strategy Driven

This is a time to share the challenges regarding fixed costs, debt, obligations and the cost of doing business. He was awarded a special commendation for Outstanding Contributor to Wealth Management Thought Leadership by the Family Wealth Report.

How Do I Start A Small Business?

Strategy Driven

However, the traditional business plan is only widely used and includes; Creating an executive summary mentioning the mission statement, vision, services, employees, leadership team, location, products, of your business. Therefore, you are required to determine what will be your start-up cost.

How To Reduce Business Expenses

HR Digest

It is not wrong to have a team of financial experts but as a manager, you need to under the basic ways to reduce business cost. Cost control is an effective way of keeping your business in shape and that helps your business to strive in varied business environments and economic clause. From hiring and salary negotiation with employees to all business strategies, cost control is a paramount factor. The use of cloud computing can help to save hardware and operational cost.

The Challenges GM Is Facing, and the Reasoning Behind Its Plant Closures

Harvard Business

Capital-intensive factories have a high-fixed-cost, low-variable-cost operating model. If you greatly reduce the production volume, the cars that do come out have to absorb more of the fixed costs, and that eventually sends the product into a profitability death spiral. What is gratifying is local leadership at the grassroots level is finding effective solutions for retraining — the topic of a recent article I coauthored. Alistair Berg/Getty Images.

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It is useful to distinction between three motivations for creating partnerships: Optimization and economy of scale, Reduction of risk and uncertainty, Acquisition of particular resources and activities) Cost Structure – The business model elements result in the cost structure. (It It is useful to to distinguish between two broad classes of business models Cost Structures: cost cost-driven and value-driven from the following categories Cost-driven, Value-driven.

When Cost-Plus Pricing Is a Good Idea

Harvard Business

Cost-plus pricing is a lot like the romance novel genre, in that it’s widely ridiculed yet tremendously popular. Almost every manager I know will claim they hate pricing based only on costs. Yet cost-plus pricing remains the most widespread pricing method, used to price everything from a bottle of beer in a bar to multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects. The idea behind cost-plus pricing is straightforward. Cost-Plus Pricing Has Justifiable Drawbacks.

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What BMW’s Corporate VC Offers That Regular Investors Can’t

Harvard Business

Third, corporate VCs and accelerators are costly and complex to operate, turning them into a slow and expensive innovation tool. And the fixed cost from “touchpoint-to-pilot” are immense. For example, in the case of a $100 million CVC fund, which can close five to 10 investments a year, these costs typically range from $1 to $2 million per startup — not including the administrative and variable costs of the pilot itself.

Health Systems Need to Completely Reassess How They Manage Costs

Harvard Business

This was because their expenses grew faster than their revenues, despite cost-cutting initiatives. Cost reduction requires an honest and thorough reassessment of everything the health system does and ultimately, a change in the organization’s operating culture. Barnacle removal is a key element of serious cost control. However, doing this with blanket eliminations of layers carries a risk: inadvertently pruning away the next generation of leadership talent.

Who Wins in the Gig Economy, and Who Loses

Harvard Business

A full-time job provided the steady income needed to support our traditional version of the American Dream: the highly leveraged, high-fixed-cost house; the cars; the latest consumer goods. Workers who possess strong technical, management, leadership, or creative abilities are best positioned to take advantage of the opportunity to create a working life that incorporates flexibility, autonomy, and meaning. The winners and losers in the U.S.

What the Nonprofit Sector Needs to Reach Its Full Potential

Harvard Business

It has the Council on Foundations, which provides leadership and opportunity to philanthropic organizations. Imagine eliminating all of the redundancies in fixed costs. The nonprofit sector has limbs. It has fingers that reach into the most neglected corners of society, forearms that lead large national chapter and affiliate organizations, legs made up of the nation’s foundations and massive individual donor base that fund it and help it to move.

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The U.S. Media’s Problems Are Much Bigger than Fake News and Filter Bubbles

Harvard Business

” It explains why firms that have anchored their strategies to content have ceded digital leadership to those that have focused on connections. The media’s bias toward big events stems from three features of its economics: Fixed costs. The cost of covering a golf tournament doesn’t depend on whether Tiger Woods plays. Fixed costs have always been central to the economics of media. The U.S.

Why Tesco’s Strengths Are No Longer Good Enough

Harvard Business Review

The “ accelerated recognition of commercial income and delayed accrual of costs” undoubtedly flatters short-term results, but it soon catches up with you, as four suspended senior executives have found out. Successful companies are notoriously prone to pursuing tactical fixes rather than confronting strategic problems. They exhort their people to try harder, introduce overhead cost reduction programs, and reorganize – anything rather than admit that their strategy needs an overhaul.

America's Cities Need to Get Smarter

Harvard Business Review

This post is part of a three-week series exploring the re-invention of the social infrastructure of cities, published in partnership with the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. Meanwhile, declines in revenue and escalating fixed costs for things like public employee pensions and health care are crippling our cities budgets. Under the gun, many are proposing cuts that may produce short-term savings but could result in longer term costs.