Friday, February 26, 2016

The New Math for Pricing

It represents one of the most difficult decisions you will make: What price do I charge for my products? Many people, including myself, have always held that pricing should be based on covering all of your costs with some allowance for profits. However, thanks to Robert Dolan of Harvard Business School, there is a new math for calculating price that goes beyond the financial numbers.  

Monday, February 15, 2016

Welcome to a World of Structural Change

It used to be economic change would run in cycles. We would experience periods of high inflation followed by tight monetary policy that led to an economic slow-down. Today, we have cheap money, no inflation and below average economic output that is continuous. Economists and the Federal Reserve are perplexed about a key question: Will we ever experience a full recovery? The answer is No – we are in an age of structural change where there are clear winners and losers. It’s like having an economic boom for some and a depression for others.    

Friday, February 5, 2016

Focus on the Process - Part 2 of 2

The words “business process reengineering” still leaves a negative impression for many in the business world. Years ago companies rushed to reengineer their processes to improve quality and efficiency. However, the end result was less than desirable – new processes were layered on top of existing processes resulting in more work with fewer people. Costs were temporarily lowered benefiting investors. However, other stakeholders in the process, such as employees, were victimized by reengineering.