Over the last few months, none of us have been operating as usual. Swift action has taken place in all parts of every business. Actions that typically would take months of reviews and decision making have been done in weeks, days and hours. In trying times, we bypass the strict regimen of decision making and discard many of the minor concerns that get in the way of quick decision making. That is possible because business teams have Continue reading Change Management in the Current Environment
Group50 sponsored this webinar which focuses on Recession Planning and Fine Tuning a company’s business plan in turbulent times. Subject matter experts in Finance, Leadership and Operations discussed best practices and the Do’s and Don’ts they learned during their corporate and consulting careers and multiple economic cycles with hundreds of companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies such as GE, Black & Decker, Deloitte, Underwriters Laboratories and Continue reading Recession Planning and Fine Tuning Your Business Plan – Webcast
We are in a recession as declared by multiple well known business and financial leaders in a recent Forbes article. I completely agree and believe that this will parallel the financial crisis of 2009. Given that this atypical recession is here with unprecedented speed, Group50 has put together a Recession Planning Workshop that is designed to provide senior leaders and stakeholders with a full view of the inherent recession risk in a company. The workshop has an elapsed time of 1-2 Continue reading Recession Planning Workshop
Cost Takeout has been heard at one time or another in every C-Suite and boardroom. The primary objective of every leadership team is to take out cost. We live in a world where everything can be done at lower cost. With that in mind, how does a leadership team develop a cost takeout strategy? The first thing is to make sure everyone is clear on what a cost takeout strategy really is. Let’s start with what it isn’t.
It is not: Continue reading Cost Takeout as a Strategy
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.
For 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 Continue reading The 2016 Chapter in Your Company’s History
The Group50® series on Anti-Strategy (see the series here), characterizes situations wherein talented, driven and well-intentioned employees act against their company’s best interests. Anti-Strategy often occurs when strategy is unclear or information is lacking. Is there another cause that feeds Anti-Strategy? Is it possible, to have Anti-Strategy designed into the company’s own processes or policies? Absolutely! Let’s consider how this can happen in Sales compensation systems.
In today’s manufacturing world speed and focus are the driving forces behind successful businesses. In the majority of non-defense related industries, customers have a myriad of options to choose from and they are quick to make changes when their profitability suffers from a poor performing supplier. This is especially true in consumer based products where every category of product has multiple vendors located around the world. It might take a few months for a product cycle to move to a new vendor, but once the decision has been made, the cost of reentry is prohibitive on both the top and bottom line. For the vendor and its executive team, when customers are Continue reading Restructuring A Large Manufacturing And Distribution Operation