• How Merging Companies Can Beat the Synergy Odds

    January 09, 2015 |

    The open secret about M&A is that most deals fail to generate the synergies companies expect when they announce a merger. But the best companies justify higher targets and provide a roadmap for achieving them.

  • Surviving (and Thriving from) a Breakup

    January 06, 2015 |

    Separations can potentially deliver high returns, but they require CEOs and boards to thoroughly understand the most important contributors to success and to take a measured approach to spin-offs, even in the face of external pressures from investors.

  • Theme Park U: The problem with American universities

    December 18, 2014 |

    Universities have major financial problems that are driving up the cost of tuition, partially because of increased spending on amenities over academics. Even as schools have tightly managed teaching budgets, spending in other areas such as facilities, administration and “student services” continues

  • Getting divas to ditch their egos and work together

    November 25, 2014 | LinkedIn

    When the stakes are high, putting the best people on the job can multiply productivity and performance advantages, as well as spur creativity.

  • How electricity generators can jolt profits back to life

    November 14, 2014 |

    Executives can increase margins from electricity generation, even if demand is leveling off. Here are three things utilities can do to make their power generation operations more profitable.

  • Time is your scarcest resource. Stop squandering it.

    November 13, 2014 | LinkedIn

    Fixing spans of control, simplifying work by function and sharing management across departments can free up an enormous amount of organizational time.

  • Finally, a meeting that’s worth your time

    November 06, 2014 | LinkedIn

    Meetings should be managed to get things done quickly and effectively, with maximum output and minimal time loss.

  • Why many universities will fail in online education

    October 29, 2014 | LinkedIn

    Online programs and MOOCs are generating a lot of buzz, for good reason. Colleges and universities now face the critical issue of how to alter their model to deliver a better education at a lower cost.

  • Make meetings more effective: Your ideas

    October 24, 2014 | LinkedIn

    After a call for the end of unproductive weekly meetings, shared insights can help make meetings more effective.

  • Media’s blockbuster business tool: Big Data

    October 19, 2014 | The Business Times

    Media companies are awash with data about how their customers watch or listen to programming. Unfortunately, most lack the analytic firepower necessary to turn petabytes of data into strategic insights that yield new and valuable products.