Why the Boutique Consulting Model Is Prospering

This month at Notion, we’re celebrating our 4-year anniversary. As we reflect on our journey to date, our growth story makes one thing clear – C-suite leaders are hungry for the experience that boutique consulting firms can provide.

In the same way that companies are facing consumers who want speed, expertise and a personalized experience - we are finding that our C-suite clients have changing demands as well. Fortunately, as a boutique and nimble company, this demand is helping to fuel our growth here at Notion. 

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Michelle Maksim
Tools, Training and Time: How Cornell’s SC Johnson College of Business Is Helping Leaders Manage Change

Recently, we sat down with client Laura Syer, Associate Dean, Finance and Human Resources at Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, to discuss her experience helping her teams lead and navigate change. With the help of Notion, Cornell leaders attended custom workshops to better understand their role and response to changes at the University. Here’s what Syer had to say about her team’s experience:

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Field Tripping: What We Learned About Retail Reinvention During Our Customer Immersion Outing

Our retail clients are keenly aware that reinvention is critical to their continued success, so many of them are making smart changes to their business models. 

 

At Notion Consulting, we often find ourselves helping our clients drive these changes from the inside. So we thought it would make sense to experience reinvention from the outside - as consumers. We recently went on a team field trip to the new Atelier Beauté Chanel in SoHo (NYC), where Chanel is experimenting with a new type of consumer experience that blends in-person service with social and digital experiences. Our goal was to immerse ourselves in the business of one retailer’s reinvention so we could understand the change experience from a consumer perspective.

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Michelle Maksim
Unlocking the Magic Middle: 3 Lessons for Activating Change

Spring fever has officially arrived. And with it, the restless urge to get things done, to be more efficient – to simply do more – is blooming as well. For our clients, the hustle of spring fever is alive and well – driving them to find ways to unlock the potential of the “magic middle" within their organizations. Which is why we’ve found ourselves in several conversations about activating this critical group to help carry the weight of big ambitions.

Leaders in the magic middle – why they matter

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Dear Tech Leaders: Your employees are trying to tell you something. Are you listening?

If the recent headlines about Kickstarter creating a union and the global walkout at Google teach us anything, it’s that tech employees want a seat at the table that gives them a voice in strategic business decisions. They want assurances that data and intellectual property are thoughtfully managed, equitable treatment, and truly transparent leadership. 

In the tight tech labor market, and in the wake of some very challenging times in the court of public opinion, now is the time to re-evaluate your engagement efforts with employees.

Here are three things you can do to make sure your people are engaged:

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Big Brands Are Taking Big Bets on Retail

An article published this week by Business Insider indicated that more than 5,300 stores are expected to close in 2019. But while many brands continue to close stores, many others, including big names across luxury, technology and fashion, are investing in retail’s future. They’re creating experiences that are unique, personalized, customer-centric, and social-media ready. To reinvent themselves, these companies are proving that they need to transform both inside and out.

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Michelle Maksim