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Doing Business in Mexico: Mexico’s Legal System
  • Doing Business in Mexico: Mexico’s Legal System

    Preparing for a Downturn

    Mexico’s legal system is a result of the 1910 revolution and the subsequent promulgation of its Federal Constitution on February 5, 1917. Although historically influenced by the legal systems of Spain, France, and the United States, Mexico has been able to structure and maintain a distinct legal system that incorporates truly unique Mexican components. Mexico’s legal system is a civil law system but not as it exists in other civil law countries.

    Patterned after the United States, …Read More

    This entry was posted in Global Initiatives, Mexico, Strategic Execution, Weekend Thought, on August 31, 2016
  • Brexit and The Impact on Business Strategy

    Preparing for a Downturn

    On Friday 6/25, we awoke to the screaming headlines about the citizens of the UK voting to leave the EU.  Brexit was a reality.  All the experts and the polls were wrong!  Leading up to this there was tremendous volatility in financial markets and uncertainty about the impact of Brexit on global financial markets and business.  Business executives that we have been working with have displayed the “deer in the headlights” look: strategically frozen in place while waiting to see what happens.  Now what?  …Read More

    This entry was posted in Global Initiatives, Strategic Execution, Weekend Thought, on June 27, 2016
  • Customer Service Excellence Through Value Stream Mapping

    Preparing for a Downturn

    Every organization views Customer Service as a critical function for their business.  It has a significant impact on your Voice of the Customer (VOC).  Customer service is on the front line of interfacing with the customer, but it isn’t the only function that interfaces with your customers.  Finance, Shipping, Sales and Marketing also play an important role in customer service.  The Customer Service group acts  …Read More

    This entry was posted in Continuous Improvement, Market Effectiveness, Weekend Thought, on June 10, 2016
  • China vs. Mexico

    Preparing for a Downturn

    The importance of proximity to the customer is a greatly recognized principle that can derive tangible benefits for any organization that desires to improve market synergies.  China vs. Mexico is quickly becoming a market proximity consideration.  The results can be multiple fold.  First, proximity increases customer loyalty, it gives the organization greater flexibility to execute changes faster and adapt based on the voice of the customer.  The ultimate result …Read More

    This entry was posted in Global Initiatives, Manufacturing and Distribution, Market Effectiveness, Mexico, Weekend Thought, on May 27, 2016
  • Business Restructuring : Operational and Financial

    Preparing for a Downturn

    Every company is faced with some type of restructuring activity during its history.   The restructuring process is painful and often unsuccessful.  There are two basic types of restructuring:  financial and operational.  Financial restructurings are often a result of poor operational performance and the reality that the management team has not responded quickly enough to changing business dynamics. In this case, a wall to wall cost takeout is called for. Often, the need to restructure is a gut reaction by senior management in response to perceived weaknesses in the business.  This article focuses on operational restructuring and the process for planning and successfully implementing it.

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    This entry was posted in M&A, Manufacturing and Distribution, Strategic Execution, Weekend Thought, on April 15, 2016
  • The Executive Conundrum With Hiring a Consultant

    Preparing for a Downturn

    Executives are faced with a conundrum when they are trying to decide on when and how to hire a consultant. There are typically 5 issues that nag an executive during this decision making process.  Those issues typically go along these lines:

    • Consultants are too expensive; especially the top tier consulting firms and they don’t get real, measureable value
    • Every professional who is unemployed or underemployed is a consultant until their next job and they don’t have the appropriate bandwidth; but they are cheap
    • Finding a consultant or consulting firm who is a cultural fit with the organization
    • Finding a consulting firm who has all the functional resources required for an entire project.
    • When to admit that we really can’t solve the problem ourselves

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    This entry was posted in Exit Planning and Transition, Global Initiatives, Manufacturing and Distribution, Market Effectiveness, Organizational Development, Strategic Execution, Weekend Thought, on February 20, 2016
  • Talent Management – Comp & Benefits – 7th in a Series

    Preparing for a Downturn

    In the Group50’s series of Talent Management Blogs, we defined “Talent Management” as a set of integrated organizational HR processes designed to attract, develop, motivate, and retain productive, engaged employees. …Read More

    This entry was posted in Organizational Development, Talent Management, Weekend Thought, on February 13, 2016
  • Preparing for an Economic Downturn

    Preparing for a DownturnIn an article I wrote about writing your company’s chapter on 2016, I asked if your view was optimistic or pessimistic. The first couple of weeks of 2016 should have reigned in all of the optimists, unless you are one of the lucky few who have a business that is absolutely bullet proof, or you have completely forgotten what an economic downturn is like.It is already here. All of the companies and countries whose fortunes are tied to oil have cut back their capital spending by as much as 80%. In the United States alone, that amounts to over $90 billion in reduced spending in 2015 and the worst isn’t over. Middle Eastern companies have reduced their spending by similar amounts. Not included in that is …Read More

    This entry was posted in Strategic Execution, Weekend Thought, on January 16, 2016
  • The 2016 Chapter in Your Company’s History

    2016 messageFor most of us, 2015 has been one of those years where business leaders were continuously faced with new obstacles to progress. Tepid demand, a strengthening dollar (+13%), the first interest rate increase in 8 years, a slowdown in China’s growth rate (-30% to – 50%, depending on who you listen to), oil down (-30.5%), volatile stocks on the DOW which is down (-2.2%) for the first time since 2008, geopolitical turmoil, a decline in the manufacturing index (-14%), etc. etc. etc. 2015 should be a reality check for …Read More

    This entry was posted in Strategic Execution, Weekend Thought, on January 2, 2016
  • The ” Known Good Product ” Litmus Test

    Known Good ProductIt doesn’t matter what size your company is or what industry you are in. Every company is challenged with delivering a Known Good Product or Service  Let’s face it, companies are only about offering products and services. When working with clients, I often ask their definition of a Known Good Product and am usually surprised by their inability to give me a good answer. They often say that it is a function of cost or quality or customer satisfaction or profitability, but I typically never hear them say …Read More

    This entry was posted in Manufacturing and Distribution, Strategic Execution, Total Cost of Ownership, Weekend Thought, on December 13, 2015
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