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About Mark Bridges

Mark Bridges is a Senior Director of Strategy at Flevy. Flevy is your go-to resource for best practices in business management, covering management topics from Strategic Planning to Operational Excellence to Digital Transformation (view full list here). Learn how the Fortune 100 and global consulting firms do it. Improve the growth and efficiency of your organization by leveraging Flevy's library of best practice methodologies and templates. Prior to Flevy, Mark worked as an Associate at McKinsey & Co. and holds an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. You can connect with Mark on LinkedIn here.

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M&A Turnaround Strategy

The impact of the global pandemic, volatile stock markets, and slowed economic outlook across the globe has hurt the performance of enterprises across the world.  The scenario has forced leaders to consider undertaking Transformation of their strategy and operations significantly. The strategy to buy out troubled businesses and determining to fix the issues that upset […]

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Continuous Process Improvement and Innovation (CPI2) Framework Simplified

Market pressures, technological disruption, and process related challenges adversely affect organizational performance, and force the organizations to continuously refine, reduce costs, and perform better.  Eventually, they start exploring the possibilities of implementing continuous process improvement or other innovation methodologies. Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) involves improving a product, service or process, either incrementally or revolutionally.  However, […]

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ROTI: Return on Training Investment Calculations

The concept of Return on Investment (ROI) was formed as part of the concept of Value Creation.  The origins of ROI were in the Manufacturing sector, where it’s simple to measure time and output.  Next, to adopt the concept was the Banking industry where intense competition necessitated Innovation Management and with that the need to […]

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5 Stages of Tuckman’s Group Development Model

Studies on Team Motivation and Building Effective Teams stem from the research carried out in Psychology and Sociology.  Wilhelm Wundt (1832-1920), the Founder of Modern Psychology, is credited with conducting the 1st research on the subject. The Social Psychologist Kurt Lewin (1890-1947) is credited with introducing the term “Group Dynamics.” The term defined the constructive […]

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5 Critical Success Factors for Successful Business Transformation

Business Transformations have become a necessity in the fast-changing technological and competitive business environment.  Transformation is characterized by significant and risk-laden Restructuring of a company, with the objective of accomplishing Operational Excellence and changing its future course. Business Transformation is a priority for many top executives but it is usually a reaction to challenging circumstances […]

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6 Mindset Traits of Great Problem Solvers

Problem Solving is a fundamental life skill indispensable for survival of an individual.  It is honed in every person to varying degrees.  It is especially a useful skill to embody Leadership Development. Problem Solving skill can be taught and learnt. MIT defines Problem Solving as: The process of identifying a problem, developing possible solution paths, […]

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Strategic Cost Reduction: Good vs. Bad Costs

Disruption is creating opportunities for some businesses and threats for the others.  As a matter of fact, it was considered one the most significant concerns by the CEOs in a PwC 2016 global survey.  A significant percentage (70%) of the leaders in the survey were planning to implement a cost reduction initiative, owing to low […]

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Consumer Benefits Ladder

Marketing, these days, is shifting towards developing great ideas and creating customer experiences that consumers discuss further in their circle.  The focus of the marketing effort is on building a brand image.  To supplement this organizations need to develop a culture that lives the brand. Top brands have been built by communicating their message to […]

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Managerial Grid Model

One leadership style does not work in all situations.  A variety of management and leadership styles exist for people in leadership roles, but each individual utilizes a unique style to get work done.  Successful leaders need to understand the pros and cons of various leadership approaches, their impact on the people they command, and the […]

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6 Strategies for Post-Merger Integration Synergies

A significant number of Mergers remain unsuccessful, because companies do not employ a thorough and disciplined approach to realizing Post-Merger Integration Synergies.  In reasons for failure, we hear remarks like: Targets were set several months earlier by the top management without consulting the line managers, or taking ground realities into consideration. Assumption base for setting […]

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Product Management KPIs

Product Managers are responsible for defining the features or functions of a Product and for overseeing the development of the Product.  The role of Product Managers spans many activities from developing Product Strategy to tactical plan and can vary based on the organizational structure of the organization. Typically, Product Leaders are involved with the entire […]

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GE-McKinsey Matrix: A Strategic Business Portfolio & Investment Analysis Tool

A problem that executives often face is finding a tool to identify where and how to compete, identify profitable markets, evaluate investment options, and price their products rightly. GE-McKinsey Matrix is one such strategic planning tool that helps the executives make investment decisions and manage their product portfolio based on sound analysis.  Outlined by McKinsey […]

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