Is the Consulting industry about to go the route of video rental stores and the Dodo?

Perhaps. That’s the warning from Soren Kaplan, writing for Inc. on the upcoming disruption about to rock the world of business and management consultants everywhere. In an article titled, “The Business Consulting Industry Is Booming, and It’s About to Be Disrupted,” Kaplan states: Continue reading “Is the Consulting industry about to go the route of video rental stores and the Dodo?”

Would a consultant by any other name smell so sweet?

Consulting, as a profession, is in my humble opinion an extremely honorable pursuit that can bring tremendous value to the purchasers of consulting services. But that’s only when applying a very narrow definition of the “consulting.” What is that definition? A true consultant is an independent professional that through the application of their unique knowledge, … Continue reading Would a consultant by any other name smell so sweet?

AECforensics.com is Back! (Be sure to check out the new Daily Edition…)

After almost exactly two years, AECforensics.com is back to dissecting the latest issues impacting quality and risk management in the built environment. And what’s more, there’s now a Daily Edition featuring the top curated news for professionals in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry.

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An unlikely, yet completely authentic business manifesto: Let My People Go Surfing

Patagonia is a company I first learned about through my high school government teacher, who happened to have been a longtime friend of the founder of the company. The two had shared many adventures backpacking and hiking in remote locations over the years, and as my teacher at the time shared, the company’s image as … Continue reading An unlikely, yet completely authentic business manifesto: Let My People Go Surfing

As craft beer industry matures, increased call for “Collaboration not Litigation”

When my wife and I were first married, we lived in the North Park area of San Diego. Once a second child was on the way we knew we needed to find a better living situation, so we left. That was right at the beginning of the explosion of the craft beer scene.

There is an interesting pattern that seems to exist in any new high-growth industry: after early adopters open the door to a mainstream marketplace creating widespread demand (thereby “crossing the chasm”), and as a complete ecosystem develops around this burgeoning industry, next come the lawsuits, followed by standardized insurance policy provisions. Eventually the lawyers specializing in these areas of law will get together at annual conventions where they sometimes drink far too much.
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Has Zappos finally jumped the shark with its wacky management practices?

I am afraid that I must agree with Steve Tobak on his bewilderment over Zappos’ bizarre experiment in business management known as Holacracy: Here’s what I don’t get. How can a system be billed as a self-governing and non-hierarchical democratized version of the corporation when, in practice, it’s actually the most rigid, tedious, bureaucratic, and … Continue reading Has Zappos finally jumped the shark with its wacky management practices?

Is your marketing ignoring one of the most important yet overlooked target demographics?

Over at Adweek, Jason Snyder has a great piece on who the real target demographic might be for marketing: robots. Whoever is closest to the consumer controls the conversation. But it’s not you who’s closest—it’s the machines. The good news for marketers is that unlike fickle, demographic-defying consumers, robots are consistent—staying true to their programming. … Continue reading Is your marketing ignoring one of the most important yet overlooked target demographics?

How much of an impact is craft beer to the San Diego region? 6,200 jobs and $600-million per year

San Diego has been at the epicenter of the microbrewery and craft beer scene since the beginning. The neighborhood my wife and I lived in when we were first married went from being an affordable place to rent an apartment, to becoming the scene for artisanal brews. The hookers have been mostly displaced by hipsters.

Besides my own personal observations, and bold statements made by various pundits in the local beer scene, is there really anything to this craft beer explosion in San Diego? Continue reading “How much of an impact is craft beer to the San Diego region? 6,200 jobs and $600-million per year”

Documentary showcases the world’s oldest family-run business still operating – a 1,300 year-old hotel in Japan

Way back in the year 718, an entrepreneur named Houshi or Hoshi (depending on who is translating), opened an inn on the site of a natural hot spring in the Awazu region of central Japan. 46 generations later, the Hoshi Ryokan hotel has remained operated by the same family, making it the oldest family-run business in the entire world. Continue reading “Documentary showcases the world’s oldest family-run business still operating – a 1,300 year-old hotel in Japan”