INSIGHTS

A compilation of recent, high-quality business insights from our businesses that brings together some of the best ideas and stories on Vision and Ideas, Strategy Execution, Top Leadership Effectiveness, and Talent and Succession.

 

How an Icon Stays Agile To the surprise of some, Ford has pulled ahead in the driverless car race, thanks to AI investments and acquisitions of ride-sharing and lidar startups, says Wired: “That may sound all kinds of wrong to anyone who has seen Uber, Waymo, and Tesla flaunt their tech, and regards Detroit’s old guard as ill-prepared for the robotic future. But it’s the state READ MORE>>

How to Learn from Startup Success With “strategic philanthropy,” says a report about Google’s new spin on the startup accelerator. Under the program, Google finds mature startup talent in emerging markets and helps them solve business challenges with six months of free funding and mentorships. This offers Google crucial product feedback from different markets while positioning company experts at the epicenter of new startup ecosystems. “Transporting READ MORE>>

SSA & Company’s Regenia Sanders, Vice President, and Alison Ponder, Senior Director, were quoted in a IndustryWeek’s Services Trade: Why it Matters to U.S. Manufacturing, on manufacturing and a new major growth opportunity–services trade. Alison commented on congestion at ports as volumes rise, leading to increased wait times and companies needing to “get more advanced in how they manage their inventory” such as inventory management, logistics, tax READ MORE>>

Advanced Analytics, Leadership, and Future Growth With global GDP growth slowing, CEO tenure decreasing, and a talent shortage emerging, CEOs and management teams look to challenging—but exciting—opportunities provided by data and digital. The promise of new technologies and data tools to create faster, more comprehensive solutions has existed for decades, but today it has become a reality for most companies. The possibilities have increased exponentially—but just READ MORE>>

What You Don’t Know About CEO Tenure New data from Spencer Stuart reveals an encouraging and overlooked sign in the media coverage of CEO turnover. Tenure for S&P 500 CEOs continues to rise partly because of better board and management alignment around performance: “Contrary to common perception that the market has become less patient with public company CEOs, for S&P 500 chief executives, the average total READ MORE>>

Ideas That Made Us Think Evolving Customer Sentiment Can Unlock Your Supply Chain’s Potential Consumers’ demands to know what’s in their products is putting unprecedented pressure on companies. Supply chains are increasingly fragmented, and “suppliers are often reluctant to share their formulations, buyers balk at higher costs, and in some cases cost-effective safer substitutes simply aren’t available.” According to Bloomberg, companies, including Levi Strauss & Co., READ MORE>>

SSA & Company’s Regenia Sanders, Vice President of Supply Chain and Business Technology, was quoted in an article in TechTarget on mobile logistics technology. Regenia was cited that wearable and augmented reality technology can increase productivity and reduce error in a supply chain within the warehouse and “offer a significant advantage in data entry.” Regenia offers the example of DHL International’s successful pilot program using Google Glass READ MORE>>

Bob Silvers, Managing Director of Energy and Life Sciences at SSA & Company, was quoted in a MarketWatch article titled “Oil logs weekly drop on concerns over rise in U.S. crude supply and output”, on the many factors that are driving oil prices right now. Bob was quoted suggesting that a rise in the price of oil will depend on the ability of U.S. companies to increase shale production. READ MORE>>

SSA & Company’s John Rodgers and Sachin Sachdeva contributed an article, “Best Practices for Operational Compliance Transformation” to International Banker today. With stricter regulations, banks and other financial services companies have resources to compliance teams to signal to regulators that the organization is compliant with all laws. But these investments are usually met with budget cuts to operations groups and many companies have struggled to find READ MORE>>

SSA & Company’s Jason Meil and The Miles Group (TMG)’s Matthew Bedwell’s article “The Art and Science of Evaluation” was featured yesterday in AMA Quarterly’s Winter 2016-2017 edition. For today’s leaders, human capital proves to be the biggest asset and cost. Yet, most companies do not prioritize measuring, assessing, and retaining that capital. Jason and Matthew lay out several ways in which data and analytics can drive performance READ MORE>>