Scott Kirsner’s HBR article, The Biggest Obstacles to Innovation in Large Companies, analyzes a survey of large companies who were asked about obstacles they face when tackling innovation.  Top responses include the importance of politics, lack of executive alignment, a culture that doesn’t embrace change, and an inability to react to disruptions. I couldn’t agree […]

Over the years at enlight, we’ve had the great fortune of serving great clients.  While each client situation is unique, we’ve also noticed that clients typically seek to achieve one of a few things from their engagements with us: 1. grow the business 2. improve profitability 3. align teams to execute 4. solve a tough […]

At enlight, we’ve always promoted the importance of market insight – about customers, competitors and the industry – to drive strategy.   Here’s the way we break down the insights typically used by companies to manage their businesses: 1.  Native Insight:  the institutionalized views that drive financial and operational metrics; Native Insight reveals what the […]

In HBR, Leslie Dach provides some invaluable advice to executives in his column, “Don’t Spin a Better Story.  Be a Better Company.”  While the advice, based on his experience at Walmart, is focused on how to effectively and authentically respond to negative PR, the insight is also powerful for unlocking hidden value in organizations. Here’s […]

Poorly managed family business successions have destroyed untold amounts of value in individual businesses and ripped countless families apart.  Don’t let your business or your family fall victim to the same traps that have haunted business owners for generations.  For example, The Donald and his three Trump real estate heirs were recently profiled in the […]

Everybody’s talking about “big data” and what it can do to transform business.  It’s really exciting to think about how we can knit together disparate data sources and analyze more data than ever.  However, more often that not we see companies neglecting their fundamental business data and the value it can provide for this business. […]