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"Nothing's going to change" is the worst thing you can say

Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) are massive events in the corporate world. They promise new opportunities, efficiencies, and growth. But saying 'Don't worry, nothing's going to change' instantly erodes a leader’s credibility. This statement is not just misleading; it's damaging.

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Navigating the Road Ahead: The Evolution of Auto Insurance in the Era of Autonomous Vehicles

The automotive industry is in the middle of a profound transformation, fueled by both electric and autonomous vehicles. As self-driving cars become a reality on our roads, the downstream impacts on other industries (transportation, logistics, parking, law enforcement, and insurance) will be seismic. Auto insurance is already being disrupted in a host of ways:

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Can GLP-1 therapies like Ozempic reshape healthcare economics?

As well as helping Hollywood stars lose weight, GLP-1 therapies like Ozempic are a very effective treatment for type 2 diabetes and, perhaps more importantly, show promise for the treatment of many other serious conditions. They have the potential to significantly alter cost structures, improve patient quality of life, and reduce long-term healthcare expenses.

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Stop fooling yourself—we're all in sales (whether we like it or not)

Early in my career, I complained to my boss about salespeople, fully convinced that I was several notches above those in sales. He took it as an opportunity to hit me with some radical candor: "Don't kid yourself," he said. "We're all salespeople. And, if you can’t sell, your career is over"

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The AI Genie Is Out of The Bottle

ChatGPT opened the world’s eyes to both the possible positive and negative impacts of Artificial Intelligence (AI). As a result, AI stands as both a symbol of hope and a warning of massive changes ahead. Here are some of the big social impacts we need to watch out for and manage, not just as business leaders, but as nations.

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All aboard! Achieving Stakeholder Alignment

You need to shake things up but getting everybody on board and rowing in the same direction is turning out to be a little more challenging than you thought. Why can’t they see what you see? It’s so obvious, right? Wrong! Getting all of those stakeholders aligned is not going to be easy.

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Which consulting firm should I hire?

The old saying used to be that you won’t get fired for buying IBM and, when you have a large high-profile project that needs consulting support you won’t get fired for hiring a large brand name consulting partner like Accenture, IBM, Deloitte, McKinsey, Bain, or BCG, even if the project fails. But, you probably won’t get promoted either, even if it’s a success.

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It’s only a good idea if…

To be considered a business genius you should always say a new idea is a bad idea because you'll be right 90% of the time. To really get ahead though, you need to be good at identifying and greenlighting the ideas that will make a difference. So how do you do that? How do you determine which ideas are actually good ideas?

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The Hard Truth: Why Many Consulting Projects Fail

Engaging a consulting firm is often lauded as the key to innovation, expansion, and project execution but, in reality many, if not most, consulting projects fail. This post digs into why and offers advice on how to ensure your consulting project is successful.

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Defining a Growth Strategy for Zarafa Consulting

Defining a Growth Strategy for Zarafa Consulting

An experienced DEI Strategist and Inclusion Coach approached Pepper Foster Consulting seeking support for scaling her firm’s impact. Her expertise is helping impact-oriented, heart-centered, and high-integrity executives who understand the importance of systemizing belonging and inclusion but don't know how to go about achieving it. She recognized the need for expertise in optimizing operations and accelerating growth.

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Cycle Oregon

Developing a Strategic Plan for Cycle Oregon

For 35 years, cycling events, rural economic development, and grants were the mainstay for Cycle Oregon. After establishing a Foundation to build stronger, safer, healthier, and more vibrant communities enabled by cycling, Cycle Oregon reached out to Pepper Foster to help it develop its first strategic plan, define success metrics, and narrow their focus to minimize resource impacts on the broader organization.

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Going For The Assist

Going for the Assist - Expanding Horizons with Strategic Planning & Market Analysis

In a dynamic collaboration with the management of a major and minor league sports franchise, Pepper Foster embarked on a transformative project that not only fortified the client's foundation but also paved the way for other opportunities of growth. Our mission: to establish their minor league team in the local community and amplify the major league team’s international presence and influence.

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In Home Healthcare - photo by Kampus Production

Creating strategic clarity and focus by merging two in-home healthcare disruptors

Two in-home healthcare disruptors were creating market confusion with their competing delivery models, resulting in business development, revenue growth, and service scale challenges for both companies. Driven by a mutual desire to resolve these challenges and emerge unified with strategic clarity, the companies engaged Pepper Foster to lead their merger integration and develop their new go-to-market approach.

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Healthcare Diagnostics - Photo by Artem Podrez

Uniting three companies to create an industry leader in diagnostics-driven healthcare

When three companies with distinct approaches to diagnostic healthcare programs merged in two months, their operations leaders turned to Pepper Foster to help them successfully integrate.

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Re-Imagining the Guest Experience to Increase Online Sales

After a surge in demand for ordering online as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, this quick-service restaurant chain engaged Pepper Foster Consulting to help it modernize its marketing technology stack and overhaul the online guest experience.

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