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At Long Last, The Turning Point is Upon Us

5.29.2013 by Bill Achtmeyer, Roger Brinner, Ram Charan

Be it North Korea threatening war against the US and Japan, or the Cypriots tempting bankruptcy, or Apple’s nose dive in value, or the horrific bombings at the Boston Marathon, one could conclude that the world is a mess. However, while we are constantly barraged by the 24/7 maniacal media about how these events spell uncertainty and financial disaster in one place or another in the world, they are but blips on the global financial radar screen. In fact, we see us reaching a turning point towards an imminent upward shift to a steady and new period of economic growth.

Parthenon Partner and Chief Economist Dr. Roger Brinner provides insight on the global economy, and the factors which support the global turn in 2014 and beyond.

HBR Blog Network: Tony Tjan

4.12.2013 by Anthony Tjan

Vice Chairman Tony Tjan is a recognized thought leader in the business arena and is one of the World Economic Forum Global Leaders of Tomorrow. He has a regular blog on Harvard Business Review online, providing insights on a range of topics.

10.15.2013 The Power of Restraint: Always Leave Them Wanting More
(subjects: leadership, sales)
09.10.2013 It Takes Purpose to Become a Billionare
(subjects: entrepreneurship, leadership, organizational culture)
06.17.2013 Becoming a Better Judge of People
(subjects: hiring, leadership, talent management )
04.15.2013 Make Priorities Clear with Green, Yellow, and Red
(subjects: communication, leadership, strategy)
Parthenon Perspectives: The "Fiscal Cliff" Threat

9.13.2012 by Roger Brinner

This issue of Parthenon Perspectives focuses on the fiscal cliff: how big is it, and what is its impact on the economy and federal debt under various scenarios? The unmistakable takeaway is that business leaders must be prepared for significantly different outcomes on the macroeconomic front.
Investing for Impact: Case Studies Across Asset Classes

3.1.2010 by Tracy Pun Palandjian, The Parthenon Group; Bridges Ventures

There has been rising interest within the investment community in making sustainable investments which generate a positive social or environmental impact as well as financial, often market-rate, returns. Impact investment funds are attracting investors ranging from high-net-worth individuals to institutional investors, corporations and foundations. The newly published Parthenon/Bridges report, titled Investing for Impact: Case Studies Across Asset Classes, examines the growing Impact Investment sector and illustrates the perspectives of over 50 pioneers in this increasingly vibrant space. To bring greater understanding of the sector, the report presents a system for cataloguing investment opportunities using the traditional asset allocation model familiar to the investment community. 18 case studies have been documented in detail to illustrate the diversity of opportunities by asset class, risk and investor motivation.
Private philanthropy and government subsidies are no longer sufficient sources to address social and environmental concerns.  The challenging current economic conditions - plummeting endowments and the shrinking budgets of non-profit organizations and governments - combined with the threat of climate, render impact investments more important than ever. Mobilizing the capital markets to help solve deep seated social and environmental challenges on a large scale is key to creating a more sustainable form of market capitalism.
Update on the Global Market Outlook

6.26.2012 by Roger Brinner

Parthenon's Chief Economist, Roger Brinner provides an updated outlook on the economy. Bottom line, our March forecast of anemic U.S. GDP growth of 2% in 2012 and 2013 holds. Europe's situation has definitely taken a turn for the worst. Short of a "Grand Compromise," Europe will struggle as is evidenced by its retreat back to recession. The most recent U.S. jobs report indicated rising unemployment, which garnered much public attention. While both of these events would lead one to believe that our forecast would be revised downward, the reality is that Roger had already baked this into his March forecast.
The Economic Challenge: Coping with Global Deficit Reduction

4.10.2012 by Bill Achtmeyer, Roger Brinner, Richard DeKaser

Parthenon's Chairman and Managing Partner, Bill Achtmeyer, Parthenon's Chief Economist, Roger Brinner, and Parthenon's Deputy Chief Economist, Richard DeKaser provide an updated outlook on the economy. It is not very different from the outlook presented for the past six months; the message of the "Guardrail" memo last fall was that neither extreme optimism nor pessimism was appropriate, and the same is true today. Only now the risk is that people have become overly optimistic, the reverse of last fall. The economy is actually running very close to our projections and models, with one exception: the labor market.

Lead or Be Led by Fear

12.12.2011 by Bill Achtmeyer, Roger Brinner

Parthenon's Chairman and Managing Partner, Bill Achtmeyer, and Parthenon's Chief Economist, Roger Brinner, provide insights and analysis behind our view on how fear has depressed equity markets to the tune of approximately 45%.

View Roger's Video Presentation Read Bill Achtmeyer's personal perspective on the call to action for business leaders in addressing the gridlock in Washington with the following link:
The Proper Perspective: Moderate Pessimism

9.13.2011 by Roger Brinner, Bill Achtmeyer

Parthenon's Chief Economist, Roger Brinner, provides insights on the economy in this video presentation.

View Roger's Video Presentation
“Guardrail-to-Guardrail” Is Wrong

8.11.2011 by Roger Brinner

Emotions rather than logic are driving opinions, actions, and markets. The resulting volatility is abetted by too little attention to the facts of the economic and financial situation. This Parthenon Perspective aims to add clarity and forecast logical outcomes.
A more comprehensive point of view will be published in the near future.
Unappreciated Facts About the Global Economic Setting

5.25.2011 by Roger Brinner

View Roger's Video Presentation
Not So Fast

12.13.2010 by Bill Achtmeyer, Roger Brinner

President Obama and Chairman Bernanke are taking undeserved global grief. The new, self-crowned masters of economic policy—Germany, China, Britain, and Brazil—feel it is time to teach the President and Chairman their course in macroeconomics. Not so fast. The over-arching truths are that 1) Germany has a miserable track record over the past three decades with regards to creating an economic recovery for their nation, and 2) a healthy America begets a healthy world. Read on for more analysis on our opinion.
Webcast: The Economic Outlook—Facts Versus Pundits’ Anecdotes

5.25.2010 by Bill Achtmeyer, Roger Brinner

In this May Parthenon Perspective webcast, our Chairman and Managing Partner, Bill Achtmeyer and our Partner and Chief Economist, Roger Brinner share our analysis and insights on the following topics:  The “Great Recession” in Historical Perspective, The Range of Opinion on the Outlook, Global Comparison, Challenges to the US Recovery After 2010, and Facts and Myths: Consumer Behavior (based on Parthenon’s proprietary survey of 1,500 consumers)
Economic Indicators

4.1.2010 by Roger Brinner

Our April Parthenon Perspective includes the 2010 economic forecast from our Partner and Chief Economist, Dr. Roger Brinner.  Parthenon distributes economic advisories to provide our clients with an analysis of the current economic environment.  

Creating Hot Opportunities in a Cold Economy

6.1.2009 by Bill Achtmeyer

Everyone hears the message of turning adversity into opportunity. The question we address is whether there is any objective evidence that companies actually can accomplish this given the current economic environment. Our answer...absolutely yes.

When the Eagles Are Silent, the Parrots Begin to Jabber

5.1.2009 by Bill Achtmeyer, Roger Brinner

Winston Churchill's shrewd remark spotlights the tendency of ill-informed pundits to dictate the tone of public discussion whenever knowledgeable opinion leaders remain silent. Today, this is surely a widespread problem. Apocalyptic chatter dominates the news outlets, and even well-meaning journalists, executives and investors struggle to extract clear signals from the background uproar. Sometimes the difficulty stems from an unawareness of clear historical analogies. More often it arises from the lack of a strong, high-level armory of facts concerning current conditions.

Transforming Strategy One Customer at a Time

3.1.2008 by Anthony Tjan

Vice-Chairman of The Parthenon Group, has co-authored the above article for the March 2008 issue of Harvard Business Review. The article examines how customer driven strategies can be applied in a B2B setting using an approach called Front End Customer Strategy

Corporate Social Responsibility: Doing Well While Doing Good

May 2009 by Tracy Pun Palandjian, Greg Butler

Why is CSR Important? Why now? In the current economic climate, companies are looking for ways to do more with less.
PRESS RELEASE | Dr. Nigel Gault Joins Parthenon As Co-Chief Economist

by The Parthenon Group

The Parthenon Group Expands Economic Leadership With Addition of Co-Chief Economist, Dr. Nigel Gault
Former Chief U.S. Economist at IHS Global Insight, Dr. Nigel Gault, joins The Parthenon Group to team up with
Chief Economist, Dr. Roger Brinner
The Parthenon Group Press Release June 25, 2013
Boston, MA, June 25, 2013 – The Parthenon Group, a leading advisory firm focused on strategy consulting, continues to strengthen its economic analysis and thought leadership capabilities with the addition of economist Dr. Nigel Gault. Formerly Chief U.S. Economist at IHS Global Insight, Gault joins Parthenon’s longtime advisor and partner Dr. Roger Brinner as Co-Chief Economist.
The team of Gault and Brinner will counsel Parthenon’s clients in sorting through mountains of data to understand the impact of key economic indicators on business. As a team, they deliver deep expertise in macroeconomic analysis—each having spent time at IHS as well as earning Ph.D.’s. in Economics from Harvard University.
“Nigel’s impressive achievements in macroeconomic forecasting and analysis for the U.S. and Europe make him uniquely suited to help our clients address their business challenges,” said The Parthenon Group Chairman and Managing Partner, Bill Achtmeyer. “With these insights, our clients have the data-driven knowledge to make critical strategic decisions, impacting the profitability of their organizations. We are very fortunate to have Brinner and Gault working together as a team, strengthening the integration of macroeconomic analysis into our strategic casework and giving us even more depth to our bench.”
“I’m thrilled to join The Parthenon Group team,” said Gault. “I was initially drawn to their entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit. I look forward to working side by side with Roger, Bill, and the entire Parthenon team to help elevate the analytical work provided to Parthenon’s impressive stable of clients.”
Having spent the last 10 years at IHS, Gault recently held the position of Chief U.S. Economist. In his decade-long tenure at IHS, he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the macroeconomic forecasts and analyses for the U.S. economy. Gault, who was frequently quoted in the press, led his team to receive the Forecasters of the Year award by Dow Jones Marketwatch in 2009 for the accuracy of their projections of key economic indicators. His team was also the seven-time recipient of the Marketwatch Forecaster of the Month accolade. Prior to his time at IHS, Gault served as Senior Global Economist at Decision Economics, Inc. and the Chief European Economist at DRI/McGraw Hill.
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