There Are No Shortcuts to Professional Services Growth

Managing partners and practice leaders dread hearing certain refrains: "Our biggest client just left for a competitor.," "Our top consultant is quitting," and the dreaded, "We...

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The 3-in-1 Drivers of Brand Preference

The 3-in-1 Drivers of Brand Preference

Attributes that drive brand preference are akin to biblical laws. The Old Testament laws numbered 613. When Jesus was asked which of the laws was most important, he consolidated them all down to one; “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul...

4 Steps to Align Buying and Selling Mentalities

4 Steps to Align Buying and Selling Mentalities

My marketing education began before kindergarten, but I "officially" began working in my family’s auto parts business when I was thirteen years old. By working in our company’s many stores over the years, I came to appreciate the business, our employees and our...

When It’s Time to Reinvent the Firm

When It’s Time to Reinvent the Firm

At some point, the capability, service or consulting model that built your brand becomes commoditized, trite or simply out of fashion in the business world. You have stopped growing and redesigning your logo isn’t going to fix it.  It happened to actuaries at the HR...

Integrity Test

I was in a meeting recently where a leadership team was grappling with their long-term direction. They’re doing what many leadership teams must do – trying to discern how to kick-start growth in their business. It complicates things that they work in the healthcare...