Resources

Core Catalysts maintains a knowledge base of various tools that assist our team members on projects. The tools are composed of processes, methodologies and templates that have common re-use to them depending on the client situation.

We sit down with our clients to understand their business challenges first and foremost. Many times, we document our understanding of the challenged areas so that we are on the same page with our clients. Next, we review our past solutions and capabilities, and our alliance networks to determine if and how we may be able to assist. Then we deliver our approach including timelines, methodologies, resources and business terms. Next, we gather our team needed to deliver the results and proceed with the engagement with the appropriate client kick-off and status meetings until the goals are achieved
Other tools available to our consultants and clients include white papers, professional organization presentations, industry research, case studies and deliverable examples that speed the delivery on subsequent client engagements. We find that in some cases, our clients expect us to use their methodologies and standards while in other cases, we are expected to bring the approach and methodologies to the project. We also bring third party relationships to the table where there may be specific tools and solutions available on the markets that are best for our clients.

Blogs

9 Steps to Reduce Risks in Global Supply Chains

Many companies embrace global supply chains for the financial and competitive advantages they offer. Some have no choice because the raw materials or products they require only exist or are manufactured in certain parts of the world. But, for all the benefits associated with global supply chains, there are also risks. Those risks include transportation […]

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Creating Organizational Value in the Supply Chain

Today’s marketplace is competitive. Businesses in all industries are looking for ways to increase operational efficiencies and reduce costs. Maximizing the supply chain process can have a dramatic effect on the bottom line. Recently, two of our executives discussed how they help companies to create significant value in their supply chain and how suppliers can […]

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A Short Primer on Process Improvement

Process Improvement (PI) or Business Process Improvement (BPI) is typically used by Industrial Engineers and Consultants to analyze an existing process to determine bottlenecks, waste, inefficiencies or areas of time delay and then develop possible solutions for improving the process. Examples of improvements could be things such as implementing a new application or system (i.e. […]

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Change is hard! Here’s what to do about it!

Change Management has been a hot topic since the dawn of time. Yet, despite the huge investment that companies have made in tools and training and the thousands of books available (over 183,000 on Amazon), we still see a 60-70% failure rate for organizational change projects. A similar proportion of projects do not deliver the […]

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Sales and Operations Planning Insights into Global Marketing

Effective sales and operations planning, or S&OP, must strive to have a common focus, which can be difficult to achieve without a process to guide the way. S&OP in manufacturing environments provides a structure for a culture of open communication, a common language for that communication and measurements to assure optimal results. With a clearly […]

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As Your Workforce Retires, Don’t Be Caught With a Knowledge Gap

Most companies don’t recognize the value of their resources until they are gone. Will that be you?   Soon, many manufacturing companies will miss out on one of their most valuable resources—50% of their valuable resources! It is not the C-level executive or the manager, but production workers on the manufacturing floor, making the product […]

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What is Management Consulting, Anyway?

Ok, I have been in the ‘Management Consulting’ business for many years and with several companies.  I have suffered for years at various family picnics and outings as my in-laws, as well as family members, still don’t quite know what I do.  This also happens with many people and companies I talk to in a […]

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Have a failing project? Get it back on track!

The project from heaven has turned into the project from hell.  Nobody has said anything yet, but key milestones are about to be missed, it’s over budget, and now people are not even turning up for meetings.  Time’s running out! Matt Craig, Director of Consulting at Core Catalysts and resident Project Management subject matter expert, […]

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Five Business Growth Questions You Should Ask Yourself

The 2008 recession put most businesses in ‘defense’ mode. More than a decade later, many are still thinking this way or have forgotten how to grow. Yes, it’s true that powerful forces are reshaping the world today, but as a business leader, you must ensure you are creating an organization that doesn’t just survive but […]

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HOW COMPANIES WIN BY MAKING THE MOST OF INTERIM LEADERSHIP

How do you make the most of the interim executive opportunity? We’re all living in uncertain times: the only constant is change. Change in a business or market can leave you needing outside help. People at the top may suddenly leave or need to leave, resulting in planned or unexpected gaps in leadership, experience, and […]

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How Many of the 8 GOLDEN RULES of Project Management Do You Follow

Managing a complex project can be a daunting task. Many consulting firms concentrate a lot on the ‘theory’ of project management and cookie-cutter methodologies versus real and practical approaches to implementing project management that works, borne from hard won experience. Here at Core Catalysts, we follow eight tried and true ‘golden rules’ to help our […]

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We are the Sweet Spot…

“We are the Sweet Spot” – Warning – HUGE Sales message coming your way…firmly cemented in reality… Flexible resources – We have worked for years in identifying and hand selecting people that share some common traits: high intelligence (IQ), high emotional intelligence (EQ), multiple industry experiences, strong consultative skills and extreme team orientation.  These people […]

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The Basics of PMO Maturity

I would argue the it’s important to every organization to first know at what level is their PMO operating.  It is equally important to determine what level their PMO should be operating.  In reflecting on the multitude of organizations I have had the pleasure of working with I’ve seen three basic PMO operating levels.  These […]

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The Best Kept Secret In Kansas City…

Here is THE best kept secret in Kansas City for improving and growing your business.  Core Catalysts is a management consulting company that has some of the best handpicked minds in town. We have experiences across multiple industries and multiple disciplines.  We are supported by tools and templates that can be brought to bear and […]

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Core Catalysts – Chief of Barketing Announcement

We are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of our new Chief Barketing Officer, Edison Perry Jacobs, effective April 1st, 2019. Edison has already set new sartorial standards for the Consulting team here at Core Catalysts: he is seldom see in the office without a tie. Edison pedigree in overseeing productivity is undeniable, so it’s […]

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Innovation, Strategically.

Technology innovation is changing for CEOs and CFOs

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Reflections on the Kansas City Market and our clients (Part 1 of 2)

As I reflect on the business growth of the past 18 months across Kansas City businesses, I see distinct trends. We touch the growth and strategy of many mid- to large-size companies across Kansas City by providing management services, advisory services, leadership services and board positions for the organizations we are involved with. 2019 brings […]

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Reflections on the Kansas City Market and our clients (Part 2 of 2)

My previous blog highlighted some of trends we are seeing in the Kansas City market in the industries and clients we serve.  These trends can be verified by sources such as the recent Country Club Capital Advisors report on M&A activity The State of M&A in Kansas City The trends of services support needs across […]

Slides & Presentations

Lease Accounting Presentation for Banks Aug. 2017

This lease accounting presentation is tailored for banks and financial services.  It includes an overview of the new FASB lease standards, a list of potential implications for banks, and how external consultants can be leveraged to help implement the major lease accounting changes.

White Papers

Project Risk Management Part 1

The process of project risk management encompasses many different facets. This multi-part whitepaper will discuss specific elements of the major facets as well as cover the definition of risk, Risk Strategy, and how to execute upon that strategy.

Slides & Presentations

Core Catalysts – FEI Business Model Presentation Nov. 2016

This presentation provides tips, tricks, and examples that both business users and finance teams can use to develop and maintain a financial model. Core Catalysts presented this deck to finance professionals as part of FEI’s Fall Feast Professional Development Day.

Blogs

Lease Accounting Workflow

Introduction The following lease accounting implementation process flow represents a potential implementation project for a company.  This narrative will provide a high-level overview that will allow an efficient workflow analysis and better content understanding.  We can assist in any or all of the following project facets including stakeholders, tools, inventory, process, value, and reporting.   Stakeholders […]

Slides & Presentations

Lease Accounting Workflow

The following lease accounting implementation process flow represents a potential implementation project for a company.  This narrative will provide a high-level overview that will allow an efficient workflow analysis and better content understanding.  We can assist in any or all of the following project facets including stakeholders, tools, inventory, process, value, and reporting.  

White Papers

Lease Accounting Insights

We have engaged with several individuals and companies as we have developed our lease accounting product offering through business development, hosting round tables, and other interactions. We are sharing our insights and tidbits of knowledge we believe will help as you implement the new lease accounting requirements. Our implementation methodology focuses on the following categories:

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A Snapshot: Lease Accounting

Here is a high level overview… of the upcoming Lease Accounting guidance coming from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Use it for education purposes or for your explanation to those not tracking these guidelines like we do! Need some more tools or ideas on how to easily comply? Give us a call! – Jim […]

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Here Comes Lease Accounting: 7 Things Companies are Saying

Some may think we have gone off to the accounting deep end here…  Please bear with us. Many people know that the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issues new guidance periodically for accounting standards and that Revenue Recognition and Lease Accounting are quickly coming up for implementation dates.  Many companies are in the throes of […]

White Papers

Vendor Management: Constructing a Request for Proposal (RFP)

This whitepaper has been prepared to assist department decision makers and procurement professionals who would like to use a request for proposal (RFP) as a means to support purchasing decisions for their businesses.      

White Papers

Project Management Office: The Simplicity of a Project Charter

This whitepaper covers the project management topic of the project charter.  The paper discusses the purpose, challenges and composition of an effective project charter.  In addition, the paper will discuss the challenges that organizations typically face in composing the document and how to avoid these challenges.

White Papers

2016 Regulatory Update: Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

This whitepaper introduces certain topics within the Food Safety Modernization Act regulation, known as FSMA. The paper introduces key topics, regulations, and businesses involved in the food supply chain. Lastly, we have included regulatory reference tables that can be useful references to those businesses involved in the food supply chain.

White Papers

2016 Regulatory Update: ERISA

This regulatory white paper covers certain changes to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The document addresses “The Conflict of Interest Rule”, including “fiduciary duty”, and the requirement for retirement plan advisers to act in the best interests of their clients. Enforced by U.S. Department of Labor, its agencies, and other parties.

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Consulting as a Profession – Part II

This is the second in a short series that furthers some thoughts I have developed over the years in regards to Consulting as a Profession.  In this document I talk about the perception of business value from using consultants.  The definition of ‘consultants’ is worth noting here first as there can be widely different ones.  […]

Success Stories

Revenue Enhancement

Multi-billion dollar manufacturing company offers trade discounts to distributors to promote the sale of its products. Often, the discounts are in the form of rebate payments which are calculated by the company.  The administration processes to support these programs (data gathering, payment calculation) are complex and labor intensive for the company.

Success Stories

Process Improvement (Complex Sales)

This Division of a multinational manufacturer of food and beverage packaging needed to document and standardize their proposal response processes for new and existing customers.  The sales processes were complex, often requiring the involvement of multiple groups at the company, including finance and accounting, product operations, product management […]

Success Stories

Management Consulting

This financial services company was implementing a new core system, and their internal project management resources were not meeting expectations, due to lack of experience and necessary skills.  A new leadership team had just been put in place and time was of the essence due to regulatory pressures for addressing certain business issues such as […]

Success Stories

Financial Services

A mid-sized Bank needed to implement an Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program for their organization. A new internal audit Vice President had recently been hired, and there were regulatory pressures to show development of an ERM program. They engaged Core Catalysts to provide subject matter expertise and thought leadership to help them define the ERM […]

Success Stories

Program and Project Management

A multi-million dollar services company was implementing a document management system and the implementation effort was over a year behind schedule. Company personnel did not have strong project management skills and execution discipline. They were in a high growth mode and needed to build their ability to deliver new software applications and process […]

Success Stories

Healthcare

This large hospital system had concerns regarding the cost of the current outsourced maintenance contracts to a local maintenance services provider. It was believed that in-house management of the services might yield better service and a lower cost.

Success Stories

Expense Reduction

This large hospital system had concerns regarding the cost of the current outsourced maintenance contracts to a local maintenance services provider. It was believed that in-house management of the services might yield better service and a lower cost.

Success Stories

Asset Efficiency

Multi-billion dollar, global manufacturing company frequently offers special pricing to distributors of its products in the form of bill-backs and discounted pricing below a distributor’s into stock pricing. The company also offers trade discounts to distributors to promote the sale of its products.

White Papers

Enterprise Risk Management

ERM is a unique implementation process for every organization which provides many paths to success depending on industry, regulatory oversight, culture, program maturity, and resources. However, there are a number of key concepts that drive organizational acceptance and success

Blogs

Consulting as a Profession – Part I

I have been in a consulting career for many years with several companies and find myself explaining the profession to many that I meet. Consulting is a learned set of skills that can be acquired through extensive formal training coupled with on-the-job training, mentoring and a heavy dose of individual learning. I have found that […]

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Creating Organizational Value in the Supply Chain

Today’s marketplace is competitive. Businesses in all industries are looking for ways to increase operational efficiencies and reduce costs. Maximizing the supply chain process can have a dramatic effect on the bottom line. Recently, two of our executives discussed how they help companies to create significant value in their supply chain and how suppliers can […]