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LESSONS IN NONPROFIT AND STARTUP STRATEGY 

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November 26, 2017

Each day on my subway ride to work this summer, I couldn’t help but notice that almost every rider’s eyes was glued to some type of device or screen. If not, it was more likely than not they were browsing a newspaper or, on rare occasion, reading a paperback book.  In today’s fast-paced and highly-digitized world, authentic engagement is becoming increasingly scarce. There are more social media platforms, news sources, marketing campaigns...

November 6, 2017

During the consulting process, each team member often takes initiative over one work stream. While we all have separate responsibilities, it is crucial to be on the same page about each other’s work and know exactly how each person's research fits into the larger puzzle. Ultimately, transparency throughout the project is key to creating high quality deliverables. There are three main impacts of transparency on consulti...

October 22, 2017

In high school, my favorite shirt was a black crew-neck with the words “teamwork makes the dreamwork” printed across the front. It should be noted that I had had this shirt since middle school, so it was faded and frayed from overuse and a few sizes too small.  Yet, I loved the shirt for two key reasons. First, those words, “teamwork makes the dreamwork,” had become my motto. Second, the shirt itself was part of my uniform for early morni...

October 15, 2017

I hate spiders.  There are many creatures on Earth that are far more dangerous but far less creepy; I would rather hug a tiger than come near a spider.  However, as much as I despise these vile arachnids, they provide an important lesson: the necessity of creating webs.

In a fast-paced business world, it is easy to attempt to solve problems in a heads-down fashion.  Research is essential, and with the powerful software available today...

April 21, 2017

When I was younger, my art teacher assigned us a fish-drawing project. Naturally, I chose to draw a clownfish like everyone else, because everyone loved Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo. After every student in the class had declared that they would draw a clownfish, our teacher looked at us at said, “Maybe try a different fish, or choose a clownfish and make it your own. All you need is a little creativity.”

While growing up, I have always been...

March 23, 2017

The concept of workplace evaluations and performance reviews is something that can been seen across most industries.  From banking to consulting to medicine, the majority of individuals in the workforce experience formal and informal methods of evaluations.  While performance reviews play a pivotal role in determining bonuses and promotions, they are also a strong indicator of growth and improvement. 

Having formalized processes...

March 14, 2017

One of the few certainties across the business landscape is failure – the story of Steve Jobs going from ousted employee to successful CEO has been repeated enough to become cliché. Given the frequency of failure, especially among start-ups (where approximately 50% fail before age 5, according to U.S. Census Data), it is vital to use failure as a springboard for success. Just as is the case for almost every business scenario, approaching...

February 26, 2017

In today’s society, particularly in the workplace, extroversion is valued at a premium. This preference manifests itself in hiring practices, promotions, and overall strategy and decision making. Yet when building a team, there is strong reason to consider the value that introverts can offer to both the team dynamic and project outcomes, either in a leadership role or as a team player.

Susan Cain’s 2013 book Quiet: The Power of Introverts...

April 1, 2016

 

In the rapidly changing global economy, there are few certainties. However, as employers never fail to remind potential hires, one thing is here to stay. Teamwork is critical to the success of organizations, whether they are universities or firms or government agencies. The benefits of productive teams and costs of dysfunctional ones have prompted research into why some teams succeed and others fail.
 

Most notably, recent research from...

December 10, 2015

A non-profit organization is one that uses its proceeds to achieve a mission or goal. These well intentioned organizations often serve underprivileged sectors of society. However, in a day and age where trust is not so easy to obtain, breaking into these sensitive networks can be extremely difficult. This is especially the case for online start ups. Users are less likely to trust web-based nonprofits even if their online presence is solid...

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