Improving Corporate Earnings Through Swarm Intelligence

September 9, 2021
Hosted by William Ulrich

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Have you ever been involved in a “brute force” cost cutting exercise? Ever felt helpless as valuable programs were eliminated or gutted and skilled talent walked out the door? If so, you are not alone. You were likely involved in a corporate expense slashing exercise or what many call “corporate downsizing”. These efforts have historically been orchestrated by C-suite executives coupled with management consultants, with little or no input from rank-and-file employees. Unfortunately, the C-suite and their advisors often lack the in-depth knowledge and appreciation for what is involved in the complex operations of medium-to-large enterprises. The fallout from these efforts can be devastating, taking years to restart key programs and rebuild lost talent, if it happens at all. This episode of The North Star is titled “Improving Corporate Earnings via Swarm Intelligence”. William Ulrich and his guest, James Smith, will examine the major shortcomings of historic corporate downsizing efforts and discuss innovative approaches to achieving the long-sought goal of intelligently reducing corporate expenses. If you want to explore more optimal and effective ways to improve corporate earnings, tune in and gain insights into how this innovative approach to cost reduction may be deployed in practice.

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William Ulrich

William Ulrich is President of Tactical Strategy Group, Inc., Cofounder of Business Architecture Associates, President and Cofounder of the Business Architecture Guild and Cutter Consortium Fellow. As a management consultant for more than 40 years, Mr. Ulrich continues to serve as advisor, mentor and workshop leader to corporations and governments worldwide. He is a thought leader in strategy execution, business transformation, business architecture and transformation oversight. Mr. Ulrich has the unique ability to engage executives and practitioners across business and IT boundaries to facilitate and streamline ecosystem-wide transformation. His transformation workshops and lectures have been widely attended by organizations worldwide. Mr. Ulrich blends his IT transformation expertise with his extensive business architecture and business transformation experience to deliver end-to-end solutions that are fully aligned to business strategy. He has authored or coauthored multiple books and transformation methodologies and was an originating contributor to “A Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge.” Prior to founding Tactical Strategy Group in 1990, Mr. Ulrich served as management consultant, spending the bulk of the 1980s with KPMG where he helped mature its software reengineering practice. His latest writings focus on the cognitive enterprise, transitioning to the circular economy and business-driven IT architecture transformation.

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