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May 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

Are Job Postings Going The Way Of The Dodo Bird?

In a Wall St. Journal article today, Zappos announced that they are taking the ax to job postings.  Instead, would-be Zappos employees will have to join a social network called Zappos Insiders, where they will be given opportunities to enter contests, answer Q&As, etc., all to prove that they’re Zappos’ type of people. In the […]

Thursday, May 22, 2014

There’s A Skills Gap, But It’s Not What You Think It Is!

Where is the gap? In Adecco’s 2013 State of Economy and Employment Survey, they asked 500 senior executives where they feel the biggest skills “gap” is.  Their results are a little surprising – 44% believe that the biggest gap is in soft skills:  communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.  The second highest gap they identified is […]

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The End of an Institution…Charlie’s is Closing

In our industry, we create tombstones for companies. That’s simply what we do.  When one company is  ‘no longer’ it usually means that it was acquired for the “greater good” of another company…this is not one of those cases. “I am not “a Boston –Guy.”  I worked in  Boston, lived in JP, but, as they […]

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.

Last week, Peter Alternative and I met with the CEO of a successful BPO faced with a familiar challenge. The business process that they are fulfilling for customers remains a critical need, but the multi-billion dollar market for this service is no longer growing, in fact it’s shrinking. His firm provides a service that everyone […]

Monday, May 12, 2014

Made in Massachusetts – the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative

Mirus recently sponsored the Advanced Manufacturing Summit in Worcester, which attracted hundreds of executives, local and state political leaders, and academics interested in the manufacturing industry.  Governor Deval Patrick spoke about the important role advanced manufacturing plays in the local economy and multiple speakers discussed how their businesses, and the manufacturing sector, have changed over […]

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mergers and Acquisitions in PLM Q1 Update

With Q1 now behind us, I wanted to take just a minute to make a few observations that update our thoughts on 2014: 1)      Acquisitions in total actually accelerated over the 4 month period from November to March with almost half the total of the prior 12 months, but… 2)      Only three players accounted for […]

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Top 10 Takeaways for Successful Deal Making in the Middle Market

As a tribute to David Letterman, who has announced his retirement from the Late Show, I thought I’d share with you my Top 10 List of Key Takeaways from my fifteen years of deal making experience.  Many of these lessons were learned the hard way so hopefully they help you make the right decision the […]

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

When Should I Sell My Business in the Human Capital Management Sector?

One of the most frequent questions I hear from business owners is “How do I know when it’s time to sell my business?”  In my opinion, there are generally 4 factors to consider: 1.  Business performance – what have you done lately and what does the future look like?  You don’t want to make the […]