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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 | January 2018

CEOs’ Existential Threat The tech-adoption cycle has sped up so rapidly that any CEO not personally leading a digital transformation in their companies will inevitably fail, says Tom Siebel, chairman and CEO of C3 IoT. On the coming corporate extinction event and those CEOs who are reinventing the transformation playbook: When I see CEOs who may […] Read More »


G100 Network Notebook | December 2017

Understanding the Global AI Talent Race Technologists and economists have warned that China is poised to dominate in AI. If China has the strategy to compete, the US holds the resource advantage, says a report from Chinese tech giant Tencent. Per The Verge: Canada has strong educational background (which has attracted many big companies to launch […] Read More »


G100 Network Notebook | November 2017

Finding Optimism in Retail This year’s Cyber Monday was the single biggest online shopping day in US history, with $6.6 billion in sales. Focusing solely on e-commerce misses a key storyline, as Fast Company suggests. It profiles companies thinking creatively about brick-and-mortar experiences and how they differentiate from Amazon. Target, for example, is focusing on its exclusive […] Read More »


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 »


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