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Rick Williams is a Partner in the New England practice of the Newport Board Group. Rick works with his clients as a business advisor when the CEO and leadership team are at a critical decision point for their organization and recognize the value of engaging outside help with the broad experience and mature perspective that Rick brings to his work.

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What Are We Selling? Chicken McNuggets or Sci Fi Fantasy?

We often do not know what our customers are buying from us. What are they hiring our product or serves to do for them? McDonald’s recently had near riots at their outlets after a one-day promotion of Szechuan sauce for their chicken McNuggets linked to a sci-fi cartoon character. We may believe we are selling […]

GE Leadership Changes – Message from the Top Matters

The leadership change at GE is front page news because new leadership means dramatically different strategic priorities. My earlier note described Jeff Immelt as the savior of GE. He drove a fundamental transformation of the company towards the innovation economy of the future. I contrasted GE with General Motors, Kodak and US Steel who did […]

Teamwork at the Core of Success

Leaders are only effective when their team is effective and successful. The team, working together and with the leader, creates a successful organization. My Farr 37 sailboat – CHARIAD – won the Storm Trysail sponsored Ted Hood Regatta in Marblehead Massachusetts this summer. Ted Hood won multiple America’s Cups while based in Marblehead. Ted Hood’s […]

Growing to Scale: Overcoming Barriers to Success

Download a PDF Version of this Article A shortened version of this article was first published in the 43 Biz Journal city publications across the US. Smaller companies that successfully grow to significant scale are rare. The barriers to growth beyond $5 to $15 million in revenues are high. Some companies are founded with the […]

The Board of Director’s Role in Cyber Security

Cyber security is a serious challenge for companies of all sizes. Boards of directors have an important role in preparing companies for cyber attacks and responses when attacks occur. Rick Williams was recently interviewed by Geri Denterlein, founder of the prominent Boston-based strategic communications firm Denterlein Associates, on the board’s role in cyber security. Cyber […]

Raising Equity Capital – Getting Started

Download a PDF Version of this Article This article was first published in the 43 Biz Journal city publications across the US. Three business school friends recently founded TakeOff Technologies with the concept of radically disrupting the traditional grocery store model. Instead of a customer walking down aisles of supermarket shelves filled with every conceivable […]