I recently attended a city council meeting to watch a debate on a controversial commercial permitting issue. I won’t mention the name of the city or the company seeking the permit. The requested permit had been brought before the council on several prior occasions, and this was the company’s last push of a grassroots effort to win approval. Heading into the meeting,
By Andrejs K. Bunkse Our fascination with entrepreneurship is reflected in the millions of pages analyzing what qualities drive their ability to succeed at going out on their own. I’ve always been inspired by the success stories of some of the more idealistic – Richard Branson, Yvon Chouinard, and Jann Wenner come to mind. And then there’s my personal favorite Sir Ernest Shackleton. Their idealism, coupled with force of will, Read More
As a business moves through its life cycle, there are times when it makes sense to engage consultants to bridge the gap between the company’s existing human capital and the skills needed to make a strategic leap. Enterprises that experience successful consulting relationships excel at what I call the 4 Exceptionals.
By Andrejs K. Bunkse Years ago, I worked for a public company that manufactured and placed electronic bingo equipment all over the U.S. and in several countries. One day, I got a call from the Nevada Gaming Commission alerting me that one of our software engineers had likely manipulated our software systems to cause fraudulent jackpots. When the engineer discovered the allegations,
By Andrejs K. Bunkse Thirty years ago, most CEOs and Boards looked to senior counsel at an outside law firm for their legal support. As the corporate world has evolved in dizzying ways, so has the belief that a company’s outside legal service providers can be expected to holistically assess the challenges their clients face and advise at the enterprise level. Most practicing attorneys don’t have the decision making responsibility Read More
Andrejs K. Bunkse What do the most stable and predictable industries have in common even in the face of controversy? They have exceptional trade associations, where resources are pooled to create reasonable industry standards to combat political challenges and enhance the public’s perception of the industry. In industries from gaming to banking to energy, competitors set aside egos to create an environment where the fiercest of competitors collaborate to protect, Read More
By Andrejs K. Bunkse We’ve all heard the saying: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. But how many of us have been engaged with an organization that doesn’t seem to be able to bridge the disconnect that exists between its stakeholders? Invariably, operations are at odds with sales & marketing. Accounting is not in alignment with research and development. Most strikingly, legal and government affairs efforts Read More