Consulting is a competitive trade. Become complacent, and changes in your area of expertise will begin to pass you by. What’s more, without having the ability to properly assess and convey in digestible terms where and how an organization needs improvement, a career in consulting is doomed to failure. There are programs available that have built their pedigree on training consultants to maximize their efficacy and therefore their profits. One such organization is the CAPCO program.
The CAPCO program equips consultants with what they need now to become industry leaders going forward. The CAPCO Associate Talent Program places consultants in a rigorous and involving training regime. The course provides an overview of the rapidly changing financial services sector, along with instructions on the regulatory hurdles and risks that financial firms are faced with. In addition to gaining key industry knowledge, CAPCO offers hands-on skills training that culminate in a live client assignment. CAPCO’s program walks you through the very beginning stages before ramping up the training regime, until finally you emerge as a fully-equipped consultant.
Another training platform for those seeking to improve their consultant know-how is the Association for Talent Development, or ATD. ATD employs a 5-D consulting model that trains consultants on establishing clear goals with clients, managing expectations, and yielding results worthy of respect. Consultants who undergo ATD’s training program will be able to walk customers through industry obstacles and regulatory barriers, as well as craft workable plans that instill trust in clients.
McKinsey & Company is another reputable consultant training firm that is worthy of mention. They invest over $100 million in their program each year that is designed to aid consultants in developing skills in communication, building relationships, improving confidence, and planning careers. Embark, their flagship consultant training program, teaches its students how build their own network of clients, how to specialize in a particular field, and the best ways to stay ahead of the curve in learning new methods in their field.
Working to become a successful consultant is a difficult task. Many crash and burn within their first couple of years. The knowledge and skills an instruction program can impart on future consultants is immiscible. For many, it will mean the difference between success and failure in their chosen fields. Even a seasoned consultant whose business has grown a bit stagnant can expect significant dividends by enrolling in consultant training led by professionals.
The PGA Tour, currently, is in the middle of its “silly season”. No competitive golf will be played until the two PGAtournaments take place in Hawaii. This is a good time for the players to kick back and relax, to lick their wounds, to change coaches or caddies, or to work on a part of their game which could stand improvement.
At the end of the PGA Tour in 2015 Jason Day and Jordan Spieth were both at the height of the game. It remains to be seen if either or both fall victim to the enticing romance of product endorsements and myriad business opportunities taking either or both away from the competitive aspect of the game of golf. Many great players on the tour have achieved the top only to find their dominance slipping away for any of a vast number of reasons. Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus remained entrenched at the top of the game of golf for long periods of time, earning each either the number one or number two ranked player in golf’s modern era. The golf jury is, still, deadlocked. The reasons for success for any player on any of the professional golf tours are multiple. No professional golfer achieves dominance on his own, no golfer can be an island unto the game.
The golfer/caddy relationship is the most delicate of mixes, combining friendship, ego support, sage advice, as well as a subservient devotion to the professional player. The relationship between Phil Mickelson and Jim Mackay may be the best current example. Phil is his own boss on the moss but his caddy, like all caddies, walks that thin line between supporting his player and being able to defuse dangerous situations and countermand calamitous decisions.
If the player/caddy relationship is brotherly, the relationship between swing coach and player is father to son. While you can reasonable applaud the swing changes of Phil Mickelson that allowed him greater control of his drives and long irons, altering Tiger Woods’ golf swing is like painting a moustache on DaVinci’s Mona Lisa. Woods had something rare. His dominance was otherworldly. He was an artist with a golf club, he could be inspired by the most difficult of shots because he knew it was immensely difficult, but it could be solved just like the most difficult of puzzles. Woods, truly, rose to the occasion and watching his dominance was sublime.
NewTek has made a major investment promise to the state of Louisiana and the state’s CAPCO programs, and this promise is going to pay for many companies to expand their operations. Each and every investment that is made from the new infusion of $100 million will help the state improve its slumping economy, and the people that are looking for jobs will find new companies near them offering positions. Louisiana is in need of companies that are going to create jobs, and the state can no longer sustain its struggling economy simply by promising to cut taxes. The social programs that are needed for the poor are suffering, and only the CAPCO program can pay companies to put more people to work.
Increasing Job Numbers
The companies in the state that get a piece of the $100 million offered by the CAPCO program can pay for new positions, or these companies may expand their operations to make sure that they can offer more jobs to the people of the state. The people of the state who are put back to work will help to rebuild their communities, and more development is likely to happen in the poorest areas of the state.
How Much Can Companies Get From The CAPCO Program?
The companies in the state that are getting money from the CAPCO program are going to have a chance to apply for money more than once. Each time a company gets money, that money is tracked to make sure that it was put to good use. The state will use the stats they build to figure out how to make future decisions, and the state will make better decisions with the money it is given. NewTek is just one company to offer money to the CAPCO program, and it will not be the last. If the state wants to grow, it needs to make sure that it has invested heavily in making sure that the venture capital it hands out is as effective as possible.
The CAPCO program could completely change the state of Louisiana with its capital investments. The companies that are getting money from the program are going to be able to expand as much as they want, and people who have been hunting for jobs for years will finally have a job to come home to. These companies will be able to afford more employees, and the poorest in the state do not have to leave to find work.
Consumer Reports, known for its independence when it come to auto reviews, has singled out four car models as representing the worst of the lot for 2015.
One is a familiar car, two are luxury crossovers and the last is a minivan that’s also known as a SUV. They are singled out in the magazine’s October issue. If nothing else, the picks show how the auto market has blended genres.
The magazine buys all the cars it tests, as opposed to virtually all other publications and websites, which borrow them from automakers. The goal is to buy the same vehicle that any consumers would get on their own at a dealership.
Here are the four at the bottom of the car barrel:
•Chrysler 200. It’s now dead last among its midsize car rankings. When it was introduced, the new 200 was considered a vast improvement over the one it replaced.
But Consumer Reports disliked its “raspy” four-cylinder engine, balky transmission and “klutzy” handling. The cramped rear seat is something only a submariner could appreciate, the magazine writes.
•Land Rover Discovery Sport. The SUV has a “flat footed” engine and a transmission that’s unrefined. Handling is “lumbering,” and the entertainment system seems to be from another age.
•Lexus NX 200t/300h. The new compact SUV edition form the Lexus line seems too much to Consumer Reports like the Toyota RAV4, especially the “jostling” ride. Some components feel cheap, and overall it falls short of German competitors.
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Originally posted on USA Today
n eagle-eyed car enthusiast spotted what may be the new Tesla Model X being road tested today in California.
Brandon Kiehne posted an image to Instagram, which was picked up by Electrek, which suggested he caught “the first photo” of Tesla’s long-awaited SUV, expected sometime next year.”I saw this one being pulled into the trailer at [Naval Air Station Alameda] at an entrance to the closed airfield,” Kiehne wrote in a caption. “The truck pulling it was a Tesla vehicle.
“After [the trailer] was closed up I asked if I could be nosey hoping to find out what the car was but I got a quick ‘not on this one,'” he said.
The 1.5-minute clip shows a Prius-like vehicle driving at high speeds, making wide loops, and braking. Its camouflaged body, TechCrunch pointed out, appears to share common design and size elements with the Model X.
Tesla did not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment.
In February 2012, the motor company unveiled a prototype of its third battery-powered car—a crossover vehicle described as a blending of SUV and minivan, with unique “falcon wing” rear doors (see video below).
Initially set for production in late 2013, the Model X has been delayed twice; as of November, the car is set to ship in the third quarter of 2015.
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Originally posted on pcmag.com
Aventura Mall, Miami’s premier fashion destination, recently partnered with Warren Henry Auto Group to debut its new luxury vehicle rental service. VIA (Very Important Automobiles) powered by Warren Henry Auto Group offers Aventura Mall visitors a wide variety of highperformance and exotic cars for rent as well as short term leases. Owned and operated by Turnberry Associates and its Co-Chairman and CEO Jackie Soffer, Aventura Mall welcomes more than 29 million visitors each year, a significant percentage from Europe and Latin America. Recently, Soffer has led an evolution of the shopping center’s luxury retail mix, adding an array of the most renowned names in fashion. In 2014, Tiffany & Co., Fendi, Brooks Brothers, DVF, Bally and Peek Kids opened boutiques at Aventura Mall, complementing Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Burberry, REDValentino, Phillip Plein, Emilio Pucci and more. Prada, adidas by Stella McCartney and Melissa are set to open in 2015.
With access to limitless vehicles, the VIA rental collection is comprised of a number of luxury vehicles, from sleek, sexy Jaguars to sporty and spacious Range Rovers, plus high-profile exotics including Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, McLaren and Rolls Royce. In addition, on-demand VIA chauffeur service will be available with the fleet of luxury vehicles. “We are thrilled to join hands with an internationally recognized property like Aventura Mall to further enhance the luxury visitor experience,” said Warren Henry Zinn, President and CEO of Warren Henry Auto Group. “The VIA service offerings are essentially an extension of the Warren Henry Advantage Program, which gives our customers more, always.” For more information, visit AventuraMall.com or ViaLuxuryRentals.com.
The rear view mirror has been a part of the automobile for decades. For most of those decades it has been one of the simplest parts of the car. It has typically just been a mirror that is mounted on your windshield, but now Cadillac plans to change all of that. Recently Cadillac announced that they plan on introducing a rearview mirror that uses HD video.
The goal of this new HD rearview mirror is to give the driver a better view of the rear of the car. Currently, the rearview mirror is obstructed by headrests, passengers, and parts of the car. Cadillac believes that by using the HD camera they will be able to get around these obstacles. The current estimates show that the mirror will increase the drivers’ field of vision by four times. Continue reading Cadillac releasing Rearview mirror that utilizes an HD camera
Even though the economy may still be lagging, new automotive technologies are appearing at a scorching pace. While most of the new technologies are in the area of safety, some of the advancements are just for pure convenience. Normally, most new features start out as being offered only as option on higher-end vehicles but are eventually offered on less expensive cars as costs decline and awareness and demand increases. While some technologies were offered on earlier vehicles, new advances have made the systems more helpful. Continue reading New Advances in Automobile Technology
Long gone, seem the days when Henry Ford transformed the automotive industry by introducing car makers to high powered mechanization concepts like the assembly line and standardization. Today, a host of impressive new innovations lurk just around the corner. So many, in fact, that modern automobiles may resemble Model T’s in the minds of future generations. Continue reading Automating the Automotive Industry Likely to Continue in 2015