With increasing competition from freelancers, boutiques and solo specialists, most professional service firms are realising that their primary source of competitive advantage is the ‘collective’. By winning and delivering together, they can offer things the one-person bands can’t. The edge is not from economies of scale, but rather in more holistic advice and lower client transactions cost. The value proposition is not cross-selling but integrated cross-practice problem-solving.
See KDK Bulletin 3 August 2017 for why investors care about culture from Zillow Group, Dentons on disclosure obligation for office owners, Minter Ellison on dealing with emerging contaminants , and where have all the shop assistants gone from Strategyand. A matter of opinion is by the ANZ on housing: boom or doom. This week’s expert is Alison Sheridan from Grant Thornton.
Australians love talking about property – how expensive it is but also how desirable. At the same time as affordability is at cyclical lows and household debt at highs, both major Australian media organisations have launched huge, glossy inserted marketing magazines wallowing in the allure of luxury property.
The other day, two investors from a major shareholder of Zillow Group visited our head offices. Fresh off our Q1 earnings report, I was well-versed in our figures and prepared to answer their questions about our financial results, business metrics, product strategy, market size and most recent wins and opportunities.
They asked about none of that.
See KDK Bulletin, 27 July 2017 for hiring strong digital leaders with Strategy&, the Flight Centre on how to keep your frequent flyer status, Hall & Wilcox on landmark employment ruling and Deloitte on Australia’s fall in quality of life. This weeks matter of opinion is on 5 ways to resolve conflict more easily and quickly from Susan Berstein.
How do you feel about conflict? Too often, we see examples of conflicts that stall out or escalate, leaving the people involved feeling burned — like what we’re seeing in the United States, where political parties refuse to fully hear each other.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Faced with organizational challenges, more and more companies are hiring an executive to manage their digital transformation. This year’s Strategy& report looks into the CDOs role given the company’s digital ambition and includes in-depth interviews with CDOs from leading industries.
Over the last several months, we have witnessed the increasing chatter around one of the hottest buzzwords in the digital space: robotics. Robots are a bit like macros in Excel. They execute tasks that are often repetitive.
See KDK Bulletin 20 July 2017 for closing the employee-leadership gap, Hall & Wilcox on Crowdfunding Act, Govt updates enterprise agreement legislation, IoT platform wars from the Boston Consulting Group, why robotic automation is stumbling from McKinsey & Company. This week’s expert is Tony Nunes from Kelly & Partner.
Is company culture a roadblock or a catalyst for digital transformation?
Does the big moment for an organisation arrive when they have embraced the fact that the prerequisite to digital transformation isn’t a technical issue, but a cultural change?