Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Portia James | Founder & CEO of Behavior Genius The idea of planning often gets more attention than any of the other critical steps to accomplishing a goal. But let’s be honest: If writing SMART goals were the only way to reach the finish line, we’d all be lapping our competition. While millions of people make New Year’s resolutions as a re-up on their goals, few actually hit their target before the end of the year. This raises a few questions: Are we as effective at execution as we are at planning? Furthermore, are we as effective at planning as we think we are? Organizations do not fail for lack of good ideas; they fail due to ineffective planning and poor execution. Goals that accelerate the growth of an organization require a commitment to the process. In order to move the needle and achieve greater success, leaders must learn to follow a specific process wherein they master the art of thinking, planning, … [Read more...] about Planning For Success: A Four-Step Cycle For Leaders
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Every year there are new tactics, channels for reaching consumers and methods of converting them to consider when devising a marketing strategy. While you may want to double down on efforts that saw great results last year, there may be other items that should be incorporated into this year’s marketing budget to gain the most traction for your brand and help fuel its growth. The experts of Forbes Agency Council stay up to date on the latest movements, concepts and trends having an impact in the marketplace. Here, they share what “table stakes” look like for marketers in 2022. See some of the key elements they believe should be accounted for in every brand’s marketing budget in 2022 below. 1. A Balance Between Lower- And Higher-Funnel Campaigns With indoor shopping on a continual decline, brands are subsequently experiencing a drop-off in the brand equity in-store experiences provide. Looking forward, I anticipate brands … [Read more...] about ‘Table Stakes’ For Marketers: 15 Things To Budget For In 2022
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin The U.S. healthcare market, and pharmaceuticals in particular, does not work the way economists envision markets are supposed to. Asymmetries of information are omnipresent, first and foremost being the fact that healthcare providers know much more about diseases and treatments than patients. Furthermore, because most of the costs of treatments are paid for by third parties, patients and healthcare providers are unaware of their true costs. The pricing of healthcare services and technologies that emerges from the maze of intermediaries and contracts, across a wide array of stakeholders, is arcane and inscrutable, even for experts in the field. Until there’s more transparency for all stakeholders in the healthcare marketplace inefficiencies will persist, leading to multiple market failures. The rather incredible variation in prices of the same healthcare service or technology - even in the same geographic region - points to … [Read more...] about U.S. Healthcare Markets Lack Transparency; Stakeholders Want To Keep It That Way
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Transparency is the buzzword in healthcare. It’s easy to understand why. U.S. healthcare markets lack transparency. And, without it, the market cannot operate optimally. Most stakeholders in the business of healthcare say they like the concept of transparency. But, in reality, many appear to want to keep the healthcare market opaque . Perversely, opacity in healthcare can help boost revenue and profits. It keeps consumers or purchasers in the dark, so it’s not obvious to them where to find a better deal. Billionaire Mark Cuban is trying to do something about this. Last month, he launched a generic drug company bearing his name; the Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company. The company’s origins go back to 2018 when Dr. Alex Oshmyansky founded Osh Affordable Pharmaceuticals. Cuban financially backed Oshmyansky’s efforts, and now the company has been renamed. The firm’s mission statement describes how it is dedicated to … [Read more...] about Mark Cuban’s Generic Drug Company Has Disruptive Potential In Niche Markets
(Reuters) - The success of Microsoft’s biggest deal ever rides on rehabilitating Activision Blizzard’s culture, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella declared after announcing the $69 billion transaction. Accomplishing that will require Microsoft to deviate from its usual hands-off approach on acquisitions to tackle what amounts to a “clean up” job of fixing the famed maker of the “Call of Duty” games franchise, which faces multiple accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct, analysts and management experts say. Microsoft has traditionally allowed the companies it acquires to run autonomously, RBC Capital Markets analyst Rishi Jaluria said. In recent years, Microsoft purchased LinkedIn, GitHub, Skype and Mojang, the Stockholm-based creator of the video game series Minecraft, all of which have not seen major changes since their acquisitions. The Activision deal announced on Tuesday will require a heavier hand. Since July, Activision has faced a lawsuit from California regulators … [Read more...] about Analysis-Microsoft faces challenge cleaning up Activision Blizzard’s culture
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Although Donald Trump said he favored “merit-based” immigration, his policy team never seemed to find high-skilled foreign nationals it wanted to let work in the United States. In contrast, the Biden administration has proposed new policies that take the opposite approach. Announced January 21, 2022, the new Biden policies can be divided into four general areas. Each holds the potential for making America more welcoming for talented foreign-born individuals at a time when human capital and innovation have never been more valuable to a nation. Improved National Interest Waivers For Employment-Based Immigrants: As reported earlier in an article previewing immigration in 2022 , new guidance for “National Interest Waivers” in the employment-based second preference could be a significant improvement for many immigrants. “The USCIS [U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services] policy update clarifies how the national interest … [Read more...] about Unlike Trump, Biden Plan Welcomes Immigrant Scientists And Engineers
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Luminar stock , a company that develops lidar sensors for use in self-driving cars, has declined by roughly 15% over the last week (five trading days), underperforming the S&P 500 which was down by about 4%. The stock also remains down by about 17% over the last month. There are likely a couple of factors driving the recent sell-off. Firstly, Luminar issued about $550 million worth of convertible debt last month, while buying back around $250 million of its stock. It’s possible that investors are a bit concerned about these transactions given that the company hasn’t started meaningful commercial operations yet, with profitability and positive cash flows likely several years away. Separately, electric vehicle stocks, in general, have underperformed the market in recent weeks, due to rising bond yields and this could also be hurting Luminar. For perspective, EV bellwether Tesla stock is down by about 17% year-to-date in 2022. … [Read more...] about Why Luminar Stock May See Lower Levels Going Forward
Labor shortages are rampant today, and high-wage employees are especially difficult to retain. Engineers, executives, and professionals in finance and marketing were already difficult to attract and keep, but historically low unemployment has increased churn and salary expectations. Most managers believe the fallacy that they need to pay higher salaries to prevent churn. While wages are the main driver of churn in low-skilled workers (restaurants, hospitality, etc.), pay increases will not prevent highly skilled employees from leaving your company. That's because high-wage employees have enough disposable income to be picky about their employer. Often, these employees will choose a lower salary with a better work environment over high pay at a traditional workplace. Here's how you keep highly skilled employees for a long tenure. Provide career-growth opportunities Lack of career opportunities is the No. 1 reason skilled professionals leave an employer. Growth means … [Read more...] about Retain Highly Skilled Employees Without Increasing Pay
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin General Electric is scheduled to report its Q4 2021 results on Tuesday, January 25. We expect GE stock to see little movement due to mixed Q4 with revenues beating consensus estimates, but earnings falling short. The overall economic growth likely bolstered the revenue growth in Q4, but with the spread of Omicron, and continued supply chain issues may have adversely impacted the margin growth. That said, our forecast indicates that GE’s valuation is $118 per share, which is more than 15% above the current market price of $102, implying that the stock has more room for growth, in our view. Our interactive dashboard analysis on General Electric’s Pre-Earnings has additional details. (1) Revenues expected to be above the consensus estimates Trefis estimates GE’s Q4 2021 revenues to be around $23.2 billion, reflecting a 6% y-o-y growth, and it is 7% above the $21.7 billion consensus estimate. While GE’s aviation … [Read more...] about How Will General Electric Stock Trend Following Q4 Earnings?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Scientific Games (NASDAQ: SGMS) announced the sale of its Lottery and Sports Betting businesses with an aim to raise $7 billion and de-lever the balance sheet as a part of its strategic plan. The company provides technology-based products and services for iGaming, lottery, and social gaming industries. Despite reporting promising revenue growth numbers in recent years, the company has been incurring losses due to high interest costs. So is SGMS stock likely to gain more in the coming weeks and months or is a decline more likely? Per the Trefis machine learning engine which analyzes historical stock price movements, SGMS stock has a 57% chance of a rise over the next month (21 trading days). See our analysis Scientific Games Stock Chance of Rise for more details. ( related: Will Tides Turn For Las Vegas Sands Stock? ) Five Days: SGMS -3.6%, vs. S&P 500 -0.3%; Under performed market (26% event probability) … [Read more...] about Should Investors Remain Optimistic On Scientific Games Stock?