"The MECE Muse is a 2018 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Winner in the Non-Fiction - Business/Finance genre." Award - Winner in the Business: Careers category of the 2018 International Book Awards The MECE Muse is a Bronze Winner of the 2017 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Award and a playbook of how you too can become a great world-class business consultant! Great consultants possess a je ne sais quoi that are equal parts confidence, passion, technical acumen, purpose, and charisma. Great consultants are authentically imperfect; they take life by the reins and forge ahead with certainty no matter how complex a situation is, in an almost effortless way. Great consultants are humble yet make everyone around them step their game up. Great consultants take care of their people. Clients thank good consultants; clients are wowed by great consultants. Management consultant Christie Lindor has quietly been on a mission to be the mentor she wishes she had earlier in her consulting career. With 15+ years of experience working at top management consulting firms, Christie is now sharing secrets of great consultants in this new consulting business book. Christie conducted research by connecting with over 50 top consulting partners across 27 consulting organizations on what makes a great consultant, including thought leadership from 8 out of the top 10 consulting firms in the world. The MECE Muse is an insider's guide to consulting, providing invaluable insights and practical knowledge including unwritten rules, career strategies, in addition to interviews from top industry consulting leaders who relate their personal experiences and offer unique perspectives on building and maintaining a successful consulting career. What you learn from The MECE Muse, an insider's guide to great consulting Secrets and stories from 50+ top consulting partners across 27 professional services organizations on how to be a great management consultant A historical primer of profession and skills you need for consulting of the future either working for yourself or working at top management consulting firms Why being ambitious and working hard is not enough to succeed in consulting Top ways you can hurt your personal brand without even realizing it How to become a trusted advisor for your clients Why you need a consulting career toolkit and how to build one whether you are in management consulting or an independent consultant How to create & sustain habits, skills, and experiences to become a great business consultant Purchase The MECE Muse because it is an insider's guide to consulting, providing you with invaluable insights and practical knowledge including unwritten rules and career strategies on building and maintaining a successful consulting career.
EDUCATION AND CREDENTIALS: Doctor of Management in "Homeland Security" from Colorado Tech University, Denver, USA, Master of Business Administration (MBA) in "Finance and Accounting" from Regis University, Denver, USA, Bachelor in Economics, "Financial Management", C. University of Kinshasa/Congo, Certified (C.P.E) in Taxation, The Tax University, Denver/USA. GENERAL SKILLS: International Consultant in the area of Homeland Security, finance, Management,taxation, accounting, and Audit, Studies, Analysis, Design and Orientation of the National Security Plan, Security, Intelligence, and Criminal Investigation, Management and Development Organization, University professor in the area of national security and Homeland Security, Management of Leadership, Government Policy, Anti-terrorist strategies in major public places, and Other areas: Administration, budgets and financial forecasts on a regular basis, Audit and Control, Management and Monitoring of Development and Humanitarian Aid, Innovation Analysis of Security Tactics, Emergency Management, etc.
About the book“Why blockchain?” is one of the most frequently asked questions. These and many other questions are answered in a simple and understandable way in this book about blockchain.The authors, Michael Lewrick and Christian Di Giorgio, work with companies, investors, startups and other actors in Crypto Valley, Switzerland. With “Live from Crypto Valley” they provide aunique insight into how new business ecosystems are designed, for which projects ICOs are suitable, and how new market opportunities and growth markets can be tapped into using blockchain technology.The book offers:- Answers to the most frequently asked questions about blockchain and crypto.- Six different perspectives on the subject with information for startups, investors and well-established enterprises.- Simple explanations and visualizations of complex concepts.- Proven methods for the design of business ecosystems and the assessment of blockchain projects.More informationwww.crypto-valley-book.comTestimonialsThis is what industry leaders have to say about this book:“Live from Crypto Valley provides precise and easy to understand frameworks to make any blockchain project work.” Olga Feldmeier, CEO at SMART VALOR“The logic behind blockchain does not have to be difficult to understand. Here is an easily accessible guidebook to the future.” Bill Fischer, Professor of Innovation Management, IMD. Author of “The Idea Hunter” and “Reinventing Giants”“Easy to understand and skillfully illustrated, this book provides a solid introduction to a topic that will shape our future.” Eugen Stamm, Finance Journalist at the NZZ“The Crypto Valley book is simple, clear and filled with many practical examples.” Richard Olsen, Founder and CEO of LykkeThe authorsMichael Lewrick has had various roles in recent years. He served as Chief Innovation Officer and laid the foundation for several growth initiatives in industries undergoing digital transformation. In recent years, he has intensively worked on the design of business ecosystems, especially in connection with blockchain as an enabling technology. He has supported various startups and international companies design new business ecosystems and implement disruptive innovations. He is, among others, the co-author of the international bestseller “The Design Thinking Playbook”.Christian Di Giorgio has a particular talent: he purposefully transforms business requirements into digital solutions. As a computer scientist and business engineer, he knows both worlds. Over the last two decades, he has designed ICT architectures for complex IT challenges. After his career with IBM and Swisscom, he is now active as a blockchain consultant for large enterprises and startups in Crypto Valley. Customers value Christian’s IT expertise and experience, especially in the challenges of integrating blockchain applications into existing IT environments.
'In this second edition, Hooman Estelami solidifies his reputation as one of the foremost thinkers in the financial services sector. The book is indispensable for anyone working in the industry as it covers all aspects of consumer behavior, marketing strategy, and regulatory aspects of financial services.' (Russell Winer, Chair, Marketing Department, Stern School of Business, New York University) 'Marketing Financial Services is not only an excellent text for the course, but can serve as a reference to be used frequently well after the course work is completed.' (Alison Munsch, Principal, Insights For Actions Research) 'Both finance and marketing have been transformed in the turbulent present. Estelami's book notes these changes while emphasizing the core elements of both disciplines. Anyone, student, academic, or practitioner, will gain useful theoretical and practical insights from this book.' (Arthur Kover, Consulting Director at HCD Research Inc., Management Fellow at Yale University, and former editor of the Journal of Advertising Research) 'Estelami takes a strategic perspective to marketing while at the same time differentiating among strategy, tactics and policies. This is an insightful and highly informative book and one that is a must read for anyone involved in financial services.' (Kent B. Monroe, author of Pricing: Making Profitable Decisions) This book provides a scientific approach to the practice of marketing financial services. The book approaches the topic from the perspective of the customer. Research findings related to consumer psychology and human decision making provide the foundation for a structured approach to understanding how individuals make their financial decisions. Drawing from this analysis, the book establishes successful marketing practices for advertising, distributing, and pricing financial products and services. In addition, the book provides a detailed outline of regulations affecting marketing practices, and discusses tactical and strategic tools used by financial services companies to penetrate the market. The book has been developed for use by individual readers eager to gain in-depth training on the topic on their own, and for classroom use by instructors in business schools at the MBA, undergraduate, and executive levels. Hooman Estelami is a full professor of marketing at Fordham University in New York. He received his Ph.D. in marketing from Columbia University, and has served as a consultant to several leading financial services companies. Dr. Estelami is the associate editor of the Journal of Product and Brand Management, and has published dozens of articles, research reports, and book chapters on topics relating to financial services marketing, pricing, customer service management, and buyer behavior. He has received several national awards for his research and teaching, and his work has been published in journals such as Journal of Financial Services Marketing, Journal of Retailing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Service Research, and Journal of Services Marketing. He is also the author of Marketing Turnarounds: A Guide to Surviving Downturns and Rediscovering Growth.
&#8220;The most important leadership tool you have is not your education, your experience, or your know-how. It&#8217;s your heart. In this book, Mark provides a clear prescription for using yours to become the kind of leader people want to follow.&#8221; &#8212;Michael Hyatt, New York Times bestselling author and former CEO, Thomas Nelson Inc. &#8220;Mark once again demonstrates the power of a simple story well told. The Heart of Leadership will serve leaders around the world for decades to come.&#8221; &#8212;Dr. Henry Cloud, leadership consultant, psychologist, and bestselling author of Boundaries and Necessary Endings &#8220; The Heart of Leadership is a delightfully surprising read. Mark Miller&#8217;s wisdom shines in his ability to convey profound truths simply and clearly. This book propels leadership beyond strategies and techniques to its most authentic form&#8212;who you are.&#8221; &#8212;Dan Rockwell, author and owner of the Leadership Freak blog, consultant, and pastor &#8220;Mark Miller has crafted a masterwork. Too many books on leadership are about selfishly getting ahead. This book addresses the leader&#8217;s heart. By addressing the heart, you do get ahead, but it&#8217;s a more satisfying journey.&#8221; &#8212;Nancy Duarte, author of Resonate and CEO, Duarte Designs &#8220;This book will help you reach your leadership potential, espousing good principles that most learn only through the school of hard knocks&#8212;and many never learn at all.&#8221; &#8212;Ron Wallace, former President, UPS International &#8220;Mark Miller has done it again! Another outstanding book&#8212;this time on the most important aspect of leadership: who you are as a leader. If you focus only on skills, you are ignoring 90 percent of what makes a great leader. &#8212;Jesse Lyn Stoner, coauthor of the international bestseller Full Steam Ahead! &#8220; The Heart of Leadership addresses the primary stumbling block for leaders &#8211; themselves! If you want to improve how you lead others, you must first improve how you lead yourself. This great little book shows you how. &#8212;Daniel S. Harkavy, CEO and Executive Coach, Building Champions, Inc. ' The Heart of Leadership extends and deepens the bestselling leadership models pioneered by Mark Miller. This book is clear, compelling, and of real practical value. Keep it on hand -- a small investment of time will yield a lifetime of dividends, in life as well as career. &#8212;Jeff Rosensweig, Associate Professor of International Business and Finance and Director of Emory University&#8217;s Goizueta Business School and Global Perspectives Program &#8216;There's a difference between potential leaders with raw talent and great leaders with real influence. Mark's book reveals the foundational difference -- it's all about leadership character.&#8221; &#8212;Tony Morgan, author, Chief Strategic Officer and founder of TonyMorganLive.com &#8220;Mark Miller&#8217;s The Heart of Leadership immediately creates a place for personal discovery. As I read each page, I was no longer thinking of &#8220;Blake&#8221; the main character, but myself. Blake&#8217;s journey of discovery became my own. This is about the &#8220;life&#8221; of leadership and how it reaches within and without having profound and long-lasting impact. It&#8217;s about being unselfishly driven and highly motivated. It is about how others within the workplace and within our lives benefit from our personal resolve to lead from the perspective that others matter.&#8221; &#8212;Clifton L. Taulbert, Author of Eight Habits of the Heart and President, The Freemount Corporation/Building Community Institute &#8220;There are so many buzzwords in business that claim to be the answer to all leadership woes. The truth is that leadership is all about the people, and to have success with people, read The Heart of Leadership, and watch your leadership soar to a whole new level.&#8221; &#8212;Todd Nielsen, author and COO
A guide to the growing importance of extreme value risk theory, methods, and applications in the financial sector Presenting a uniquely accessible guide, Extreme Events in Finance: A Handbook of Extreme Value Theory and Its Applications features a combination of the theory, methods, and applications of extreme value theory (EVT) in finance and a practical understanding of market behavior including both ordinary and extraordinary conditions. Beginning with a fascinating history of EVTs and financial modeling, the handbook introduces the historical implications that resulted in the applications and then clearly examines the fundamental results of EVT in finance. After dealing with these theoretical results, the handbook focuses on the EVT methods critical for data analysis. Finally, the handbook features the practical applications and techniques and how these can be implemented in financial markets. Extreme Events in Finance: A Handbook of Extreme Value Theory and Its Applications includes: * Over 40 contributions from international experts in the areas of finance, statistics, economics, business, insurance, and risk management * Topical discussions on univariate and multivariate case extremes as well as regulation in financial markets * Extensive references in order to provide readers with resources for further study * Discussions on using R packages to compute the value of risk and related quantities The book is a valuable reference for practitioners in financial markets such as financial institutions, investment funds, and corporate treasuries, financial engineers, quantitative analysts, regulators, risk managers, large-scale consultancy groups, and insurers. Extreme Events in Finance: A Handbook of Extreme Value Theory and Its Applications is also a useful textbook for postgraduate courses on the methodology of EVTs in finance. François Longin, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Finance at ESSEC Business School, France. He has been working on the applications of extreme value theory to financial markets for many years, and his research has been applied by financial institutions in the risk management area including market, credit, and operational risks. His research works can be found in scientific journals such as The Journal of Finance. Dr. Longin is currently a financial consultant with expertise covering risk management for financial institutions and portfolio management for asset management firms.
Praise for Growth and Profitability 'Finally, a book that fits me and my business! Growth and Profitability did what an army of consultants could not do. . . . demystify the finance and accounting aspect of my business. This is a must-read for anyone with a small business or for anyone planning to start one.' -- Mandana Sheybani CEO and Founder Timeless Carpets Co. 'This is not the typical long on the analysis and short on the practical application treatise on finance and accounting. Geared toward the novice business owner and those already experienced and informed, Growth and Profitability is provocative, lively, and informative. After reading how a customized finance strategy benefits the organization, business owners and finance professionals will be prepared to make key value judgments regarding finance structure clearly and with precision.' -- George Maso Jones, PhD Director, International Press Information Agency former WTO Agenda advisor and World Bank consultant 'Michael Donegan provides an insightful look at the strategic role of the finance function, from a two-person start-up company through a multimillion-dollar corporation. He has mapped out a straightforward process to build a world-class, IT-enabled strategic finance organization.' -- Tom Shea President UpStream Software 'Laying a solid foundation based on pertinent information is critical for success in today s dynamic marketplace. Achieving success requires companies to be nimble, harnessing data that is essential to decision-making. Michael Donegan provides a blueprint to building the financial infrastructure needed to drive growth and profitability in a measured and sustainable fashion.' -- Alex J. Abreu Managing Director Sr. Client Manager, Financial Strategies Group Bank of America
Praise for Just-in-Time Accounting How to Decrease Costs and Increase Efficiency Third Edition &quote;Most books on business accounting focus only on the accounting process?and never address the operational issues that impact it. Steve Bragg has delivered the rest of the story the valuable insight and detailed information accountants need to help?them not only properly account for business activities, but to streamline and improve the overall process. Whether the practitioner is just starting up or is working with a well-established business, the information in this book offers real benefits to both.&quote; Joanie C. Mann, Executive Vice President, InsynQ e-Accounting; Business Development Consultant, The Sleeter Group &quote;Mr. Bragg delivers another essential reference for every CFO's bookshelf. Just-in-Time Accounting is full of specific guidance you can use right now to save money, improve processes, and make you more effective.&quote; Luella Schmidt, President, Fine Point Consulting LLC &quote;Just-in-Time Accounting is the 'go-to' accounting department transaction and streamlining reference. Process improvement begins here.&quote; Geoffrey Garland, Controller, Staco Systems &quote;Just-in-Time Accounting is an incredible toolkit for streamlining and simplifying the accounting process. Practical but intelligent approaches to the whole accounting cycle make this book so effective and unique that it is a must-read for accounting clerk and CFO alike, regardless of the company and accounting department size or the industry you are in. Shan Staka, MBA, Controller, PGP International &quote;One of the critical goals for the CFO is to develop a Lean Finance Factory that is efficient, on time, reliable, and accurate. Steve Bragg's Just-in-Time Accounting does exactly that and more. It not only teaches how to set up a system that delivers, but also teaches how to optimize it and, as such, is a great resource for both new and established CFOs. In today's world of information and data overload, this book is invaluable in teaching how to focus on the urgent and important.&quote; Arif Iqball, Executive Director and Board Member, Avon Products Co. Ltd., Japan &quote;The underlying theme of the book is working in a consistent and efficient manner. Topics discussed and suggestions presented often have a 'lean' feel to them. These methodologies and practices lead to higher efficiency, the elimination of waste, and an increase in quality. The examples on Value-Added Analysis are prime examples of 'lean' thinking. In a time when global competition requires faster response times and lower prices, having an accounting system in place to accurately and effectively support business operations is extremely important. Operational efficiencies lead to lower operating costs and higher operating margins, and Just-in-Time Accounting helps identify many potential candidates for increasing efficiency.&quote; Chip Nickolett, MBA, PMP, Director, Consulting Services Americas, Ingres Corporation;former president, Comprehensive Solutions (U.S. and UK)
Praise for Growth and Profitability 'Finally, a book that fits me and my business! Growth andProfitability did what an army of consultants could not do. . . .demystify the finance and accounting aspect of my business. This isa must-read for anyone with a small business or for anyone planningto start one.' -- Mandana Sheybani CEO and Founder Timeless Carpets Co. 'This is not the typical long on the analysis and short on thepractical application treatise on finance and accounting. Gearedtoward the novice business owner and those already experienced andinformed, Growth and Profitability is provocative, lively, andinformative. After reading how a customized finance strategybenefits the organization, business owners and financeprofessionals will be prepared to make key value judgmentsregarding finance structure clearly and with precision.' -- George Maso Jones, PhD Director, International Press Information Agency former WTO Agenda advisor and World Bank consultant 'Michael Donegan provides an insightful look at the strategic roleof the finance function, from a two-person start-up company througha multimillion-dollar corporation. He has mapped out astraightforward process to build a world-class, IT-enabledstrategic finance organization.' -- Tom Shea President UpStream Software 'Laying a solid foundation based on pertinent information iscritical for success in today's dynamic marketplace. Achievingsuccess requires companies to be nimble, harnessing data that isessential to decision-making. Michael Donegan provides a blueprintto building the financial infrastructure needed to drive growth andprofitability in a measured and sustainable fashion.' -- Alex J. Abreu Managing Director Sr. Client Manager, Financial Strategies Group Bank of America