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. rate of return for the U.S.

A Refresher on Internal Rate of Return

Harvard Business Review

Any time you propose a capital expenditure, you can be sure senior leaders will want to know what the return on investment (ROI) is. There are a variety of methods you can use to calculate ROI — net present value , payback, breakeven — and internal rate of return , or IRR.

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Seven Ways Leaders Impact Training’s Return on Investment

Kevin Eikenberry

People often talk increasing the return on investment for training, and generally, most people point to others to be responsible for that return, or measure that return. The reality is that there are three groups and one other factor that have significant impact on that rate of return, and they work together like the four [.].

Put a Little Air in the Balloon

Great Leadership By Dan

I heard the following simple but powerful little lesson from a Fortune 500 executive last week: As a leader, if you want to create a culture of innovation, you need to create an environment where all employees feel encouraged to bring new ideas forward.

How to Diversify Your Happiness

Next Level Blog

If you’ve spent any time thinking about your retirement account or other investments you may have, you’re probably familiar with the concept of asset diversification. The idea is to not over-invest in one particular company or class of investments but to balance your portfolio across different types of assets. As a simple example, it makes sense for many people to invest in both stocks and bonds since when one of the two is up the other is often down.

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Coaching Tip

An analysis by Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) shows that public companies with a higher rate of return (ROR) also employ professionals who exhibit higher levels of self-awareness. . The frequency of such blind spots was then gauged against the ROR of those companies’ stock.

Cut through the noise to communicate


On top of that, their day will be spent talking on the phone or Skype, using instant messaging all day, being interrupted for “urgent” matters, and attending meetings. Unfortunately much of it is just noise. I’m willing to bet that 70% to 80% of the communication that’s going on in our workplaces (maybe even yours) is irrelevant, annoying, cover the butt-ish, or just plan blah-blah-blah. . How many email messages do you get in a day?

Promote Healthy Behaviors

Eric Jacobson

According to the American Heart Association , research shows that employers that spend on health promotion and chronic disease prevention programs achieve a rate of return on investment ranging from $3 to $15 for each dollar invested with savings realized within 12 to 18 months.

Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) Business

Coaching Tip

New research from DDI and The Conference Board, titled The Global Leadership Forecast (GLF) 2014 | 2015, Ready-Now Leaders: Meeting Tomorrow’s Business Challenges , examines the relationship between leadership practices and financial performance in this environment and identifies the seven specific leadership best practices most unique to organizations in the top 20 percent of financial performance. . Those in the bottom 20 percent counted only 19 percent of their leaders as women.

Some Thoughts on Investing from My Recent Interview

Curious Cat

In the first few years of this blog I posted occasionally, but still much more than the last few years, on investing and economics. I was recently interviewed about investing strategies and thoughts and decided to share that with the readers of this blog. The stocks in the portfolio for the entire period are: Google, Amazon, Toyota, Intel, Pfizer… We got out of the “Too Big to Fail” crisis, but have not addressed the core problems – and likely have made them much worse.

A Refresher on Payback Method

Harvard Business Review

There are a variety of ways to calculate a return on investment (ROI) — net present value , internal rate of return , breakeven — but the simplest is payback period. This is the major limitation of the payback method.

What Private Equity Investors Think They Do for the Companies They Buy

Harvard Business Review

PE firms typically buy controlling shares of private or public firms, often funded by debt, with the hope of later taking them public or selling them to another company in order to turn a profit. We also ask questions about the organization of the private equity firms themselves.


Will Wall Street Be Able to Earn the Trust of Younger Investors?

Harvard Business Review

First, they created a combination of breakthrough product innovation and breakthrough business model innovation— the definition of category creation. But total net inflows of money into all mutual funds and exchange traded funds is at its lowest levels since 2014.

Don’t Take Money from VCs Until You’ve Asked 4 Questions

Harvard Business Review

Most entrepreneurs, if they had full visibility into the performance of each VC firm, would choose to partner with a top performer. Instead of looking at fund returns to judge VCs, many entrepreneurs treat a firm’s brand or logos as a proxy for performance.

The Most Common Mistake People Make In Calculating ROI

Harvard Business Review

Your company is ready to make a big purchase — a fleet of cars, a piece of manufacturing equipment, a new computer system. But before anyone writes a check, you need to calculate the return on investment (ROI) by comparing the expected benefits with the costs.

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The Fortune 500 Can’t Go Along with a Rollback on Climate Policy

Harvard Business Review

out of the Paris agreement. It is very possible that global cooperation to fight climate change will collapse as a result of the Trump presidency. And yet by my rough estimate nearly every firm in the Fortune 500 has acknowledged the reality of climate change, as have thousands of other companies. Many have developed programs designed to address it, while simultaneously generating significant returns for shareholders.

Walmart Broadens ROI for Green Power

Harvard Business Review

I've followed the greening of the retail giant fairly closely for years, so I wasn't expecting a lot of new information from Bedore, Walmart's Senior Director of Business Strategy and Sustainability. But amidst a seemingly scripted set of responses on Walmart's supply chain and operational greening efforts, the discussion took an interesting turn. When addressing the company's aspirational goal of using 100% renewable energy, Bedore said two noteworthy things.

Venture Capitalists Get Paid Well to Lose Money

Harvard Business Review

2013 had all the signs of being a comeback year for venture capital. The industry realized its highest returns since the Internet boom. The industry’s persistent inability to outperform public equities is a disappointment to investors, and a very real threat to the sustainability of the VC industry as we know it. The ongoing poor performance of venture capital firms should be an obvious problem for institutional investors. What is the optimum level of VC commit?

The Case for Stock Buybacks

Harvard Business Review

If paying excessive CEO salaries is the most maligned use of corporate funds, stock buybacks may well take second place. It boosts prices in the short run, but the real way to boost the value of a corporation is to invest in the future, and they are not doing that.” ” The UK Government is launching an inquiry into buybacks , due to concerns that they “may be crowding out the allocation of surplus capital to productive investment.”

An Experiment in India Shows How Much Companies Have to Gain by Investing in Their Employees

Harvard Business Review

It may seem that the employers of such low-wage workers — who focus mainly on keeping costs down in order to survive in a relentlessly competitive industry — would have no incentive to provide such training or resources for personal development. We measured the impacts of soft skills training on workplace outcomes such as retention, productivity, and salary, using the firm’s administrative data along with changes in knowledge, behaviors, and personality traits of workers.

Most Industries Are Nowhere Close to Realizing the Potential of Analytics

Harvard Business Review

Back in 2011, the McKinsey Global Institute published a report on the transformational potential of big data—and it would take a supercomputer to process all of the articles that have appeared since then urging companies to get on board before some digital disruptor renders them obsolete. And yet for all the hype, most industries have still not come close to realizing the full potential of data and analytics.

Requiring Companies to Disclose Climate Risks Helps Everyone

Harvard Business Review

Over 20 years ago, Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter introduced the Porter hypothesis , which posits that environmental regulation can benefit companies by nudging them to explore their current production methods and eliminate costly waste that they have been blissfully unaware of. Nobel laureate Herbert Simon’s model of bounded rationality in decision making explains how this could work.

Morning Advantage: Can Markets Cure Cancer?

Harvard Business Review

Most of the money tied to cancer research comes from the federal government via the National Institutes of Health, and like many programs facing financial scrutiny, the NIH’s budget is on the verge of being trimmed. One cancer trial costs about $200 million and has fairly low odds of success. But if you do lots of research and conduct many trials at the same time, your odds of success are greater. businesses, fill 16 percent of seats on U.S.

How to Give a Robot a Job Review

Harvard Business Review

Microsoft’s recent Tay debacle is a perfect example of what happens when you don’t take machine learning “training” seriously enough. “This goes to the heart of intelligent systems design,” asserts Jerry Kaplan, author of Humans Need Not Apply.

American CEOs Should Stop Complaining About Uncertainty

Harvard Business Review

This month, the chief executive officers of America's biggest companies went on a media blitz to decry the uncertainty caused by the fiscal cliff. I departed Washington in the midst of these rumblings to attend a forum of Africa's leading CEOs. Mo Ibrahim, founding CEO of Celtel.

Even for Companies, the U.S. Is Split Between Haves and Have-Nots

Harvard Business Review

The worldwide trend of rising economic inequality applies not only to individuals. companies’ return on invested capital (ROIC), and compare it with economy-wide ROIC estimates constructed by Deloitte. The comparison is imprecise, of course, but nevertheless suggestive.


Your Judgment of Risk Is Compromised

Harvard Business Review

A key aspect of risk intelligence is recognizing the limits to your knowledge. People's judgment of risks is deeply compromised by psychological biases. Since then, numerous studies have found evidence of the bias at racetracks and other sports betting markets all around the world.

Can Impact Investing Avoid the Failures of Microfinance?

Harvard Business Review

The impact investment industry is growing rapidly, a fact that many of us in the field celebrate. Morgan projected up to $1T in investment would be deployed this decade — which would make impact investing twice the size of official development aid to the world’s less develop countries (as defined by the United Nations) , presuming historic levels of aid stayed constant since 2010. Erik Dreyer/Getty Images.

Failure Isn't Enough

Harvard Business Review

The notion that innovation and failure go hand-in-hand has become popular of late. In his soon-to-be published book, Adapt , Tim Harford recounts the story of Mario Capecchi who leveraged safe NIH projects to fund a highly speculative attempt to make specific changes to the DNA of mice.

How Facebook Uses Empathy to Keep User Data Safe

Harvard Business Review

The ways those people interact with technology and each other can completely change the effectiveness of your security strategy. So security products and tools must take into account the human context of the problems they’re solving — and that requires empathy.

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The Comprehensive Case for Investing More VC Money in Women-Led Startups

Harvard Business Review

Only 8% of venture capital (VC) firms in the U.S. But what much of the VC world might not realize, is that female-led firms may have a higher rate of return on average than male-led firms. According to First Round Capital’s review of their own holdings, female founders’ companies out-performed their male peers’ by 63% in terms of creating value for investors. of VC funding in 2015 went to firms founded by women of color.

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

Harvard Business Review

One of the first big issues he highlighted was retirement : “Many [individuals across the world] don’t have the financial capacity, the resources, or the tools to save effectively; those who are invested are too often over-allocated to cash. For millions, the prospect of a secure retirement is slipping further and further away — especially among workers with less education, whose job security is increasingly tenuous. of every paycheck to the GRA until they retire.

3 Emerging Market Risks Companies Should Watch for in 2018

Harvard Business Review

We identified three emerging market risks that are top multinational leaders should be paying more attention to this year: the election of populists in Brazil and Mexico increasing the cost of doing business. If these events occur, they would severely disrupt multinationals’ market strategies, supply chains, and exchange-rate assumptions. real GDP growth rate for the region, but there is more business risk than many expect. Navy for the better part of a century.

Should Companies Retain "Strategic" Cash?

Harvard Business Review

To enhance financial flexibility, companies have been retaining unprecedented amounts of cash on their balance sheets, calling it "strategic" cash to distinguish it from the "operating" cash that is needed to run the business. This raises the question of whether retaining strategic cash makes economic sense and should be viewed as a legitimate corporate finance tool in today's environment. Much of the strategic cash is typically held outside the United States.

Retirement Planning Needs a Better UX

Harvard Business Review

” You might have missed this story — or at least assumed that designing a fiduciary standard is the fraught work of policy makers. The details of the proposed new rules are sure to raise questions about things like fee disclosures and conflicts of interest.

The Disruption of Venture Capital

Harvard Business Review

It had been over five years since the Nasdaq peaked in March 2000, and it was becoming apparent that VC firms were having trouble deploying the tens of billions of dollars they raised during the boom years. Graham argued that the proliferation of money combined with the decreasing costs to start a business were making the VC job more difficult, prophesying significant changes for the industry.

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What to Measure If You’re Mission Driven

Harvard Business Review

Most of what an organization chooses to measure, and to do, must hinge on this question. I recently had the opportunity to learn from what, in design-speak, we might call an “edge case” of this: the question of what measures should guide the management of a church.

Let's Be Realistic About Measuring Impact

Harvard Business Review

Claims about making a difference are no longer sufficient; evidence of how much difference you're making is now required. I studied three organizations at the vanguard of performance measurement: Acumen Fund , Robin Hood Foundation , and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

The Reason Air Travel Is Terrible and So Few Airlines Are Profitable

Harvard Business Review

There is an answer, and it has to do with the dynamics of disruption. One of the most powerful corporate growth mechanisms – and at the heart of disruption theory — is moving upmarket. After all, in 2015 Nucor recycled 17 million tons of scrap.

When Business Models Trump Technology

Harvard Business Review

helped to develop the principle of shifting from low-frequency, high-volume irrigation to high-frequency, low-volume irrigation", the system known as drip irrigation. Netafim now controls over one-third of the market for this seemingly commoditized micro-irrigation equipment market.

A Refresher on Cost of Capital

Harvard Business Review

You’ve got an idea for a new product line, a way to revamp your inventory management system, or a piece of equipment that will make your work easier. You’ll likely be asked to show that the return on the investment will be better than your company’s cost of capital.

Capitalism’s Future Is Already Here

Harvard Business Review

On September 13, 1970, The New York Times published an article by Milton Friedman castigating any managers of businesses who were “spending someone else’s money for a general social interest” – in other words, requiring customers to pay more, employees to be paid less, or owners to accept smaller profits so that the firm could exhibit some amount of social responsibility beyond the requirements of the law. Very quickly, shareholder value became the gospel of capitalism.

As More People Worry About Monopolies, an Economist Explains What Antitrust Can and Can’t Do

Harvard Business Review

According to a growing chorus of critics, America has a “monopoly problem.” Carl Shapiro is a professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, an expert in antitrust, and served at the Department of Justice during the Obama and Clinton administrations. He also served on the Council of Economic Advisors under President Obama. In a new paper , he reviews the evidence of growing concentration in the U.S.