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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.


G100 Network Notebook | October 2017

Politics Is Failing America – and Business The US political-industrial complex – supported by a network of lobbyists, super PACs, and the media, among others – has built up a duopoly that hurts citizens and businesses, argue Harvard Business School’s Michael E. Porter and former CEO Katherine M. Gehl. Their new report looks at strategies […] Read More »


The BS Business

Six Ideas That Made Us Think 1. The BS Business Do not miss Lucy Kellaway’s long, magnificent rant against “corporate claptrap.” Drawing on 25 years of listening to self-important, bloated clichés, she gives example after embarrassing example of meaningless business jargon. Among the many gems, former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrends stands out with “the most […] Read More »


The Art of the Protest

Six Ideas That Made Us Think 1. This Is How You Write About Hard Rock On the 30th anniversary of Def Leppard’s monumental hair-metal album, Hysteria, Rob Havilla writes an unforgettable encomium. Is it tribute or parody? Does it even matter? Every sentence is brilliant: If you stacked every stripper pole ever utilized during a […] Read More »


How Friendly are the Skies?

Six Ideas That Made Us Think 1. How Friendly are the Skies? If you are a nervous flyer, skip this article in Harvard Business Review. It argues that automation of the cockpit has introduced new risks: Automation provides massive data-processing capacity and consistency of response. However, it can also interfere with pilots’ basic cycle of […] Read More »


The Future of Health Insurance in the United States

Is the 20th century model still viable in the 21st century’s new economy? The 20th century’s health insurance business model based on risk pooling no longer reflects the social, technical, economic, and political realities of the 21st century. The new reality and long-term trend suggest that health insurance in the US will evolve into a […] Read More »


John Bradshaw and John Blankenbaker quoted in Procurement Leaders magazine

SSA & Company Vice President John Bradshaw and Principal Data Scientist John Blankenbaker were quoted in Procurement Leaders Magazine on creating a predictive analytics team within an organization. In today’s digital revolution, any company can adopt predictive analytics in its operations, but Bradshaw notes “it may require upscaling staff through training.” Blankenbaker explains that companies […] Read More »


G100 Network Notebook | July 2017

Confronting Cyberwarfare Evolving cyber threats demand greater agility from security officers to protect a corporation’s most valuable – and vulnerable – assets. A Spencer Stuart study profiles how companies build better responsiveness by staffing cybersecurity teams with talent outside of IT and rethinking the CISO’s role: “More sophisticated CISOs are social butterflies; they’re very collaborative. […] Read More »


John Rodgers and Nick Kramer contribute to CFO Tech Outlook, “How do data analytics-savvy CFOs stay ahead of the game?”

SSA & Company’s John Rodgers and Nick Kramer authored “How do data analytics-savvy CFOs stay ahead of the game?” in CFO Tech Outlook. New technologies, additional data, and other digital disruptions dramatically impacted today’s business landscape. Consequently, CFOs must lead efforts to adopt and invest in digitization and analytics as a broad business initiative to […] Read More »


John Rodgers and Sachin Sachdeva featured in Insurance Innovation Reporter

SSA & Company’s John Rodgers and Sachin Sachdeva authored, “4 Ways Established Insurers Must Future-Proof Their Organizations” in Insurance Innovation Reporter. While digitally born insurance firms may have advantage in today’s increasingly digital landscape, legacy insurers can still “achieve the flexibility of a startup while maintaining the benefits of a market leader.” Though the tools […] Read More »


SSA & Company Notebook | Summer 2017

Ideas That Made Us Think Delivering on Robotic Process Automation’s Promise Robotic process automation (RPA) can fundamentally change the way companies operate. While many financial services firms have experimented with the technology, universal best practices have yet to surface, leaving many to learn as they go. Deutsche Bank made significant investments in RPA over the […] Read More »


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