Robert Brodo

Robert Brodo is co-founder of Advantexe. He has more than 20 years of training and business simulation experience.
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The Curious Case of the “Top Down Budgeting Pushback”

By Robert Brodo | Nov 13, 2019 8:38:01 AM

I hope I grabbed your attention with my headline as my intent for this blog is to present an interesting read for those who enjoy learning more about the world of Business Acumen.

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The New Skills and Art of Prospecting

By Robert Brodo | Nov 5, 2019 8:01:11 AM

Over the past couple of years, I have been astounded at how large organizations with large personal selling sales teams have not been able to successfully evolve their strategic selling strategy to prospect more effectively.  Recently, our research, design, and development teams completed the development on a new digital sales simulation called Strategic Prospecting and it is based on data that shows:

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Insights Needed to Balance an Evolving Product Portfolio

By Robert Brodo | Oct 31, 2019 8:35:59 AM

How Business Acumen and Business Simulation Can Help

In today’s complex business environment, balancing the product portfolio has become more important than ever before.  The product portfolio is defined as a group of products being marketed and sold by an organization.  Sometimes they are related and sometimes they aren’t.  An example of related products in a portfolio are the different types of soft drinks sold by Coca-Cola; they have regular Coca-Cola, Coke Zero, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Powerade just to name a few.  An example of unrelated products in a portfolio are the different types of products sold by a pharmaceuticals company such as a cardiovascular product, a vaccines product, and a couple of new oncology products.

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Understanding the Impact of The Accountable Capitalism Act on Corporate L&D

By Robert Brodo | Oct 22, 2019 8:19:44 AM

Over the coming months, the level of political conversation in the U.S. will continue to intensify and we all will be subjected to endless hours of propaganda coming from candidates running for office and all sides of the political spectrum. The different perspectives will present themselves in all different shapes and forms with some of them being very explicit and some of them being subtle and unrecognizable.  It’s been interesting for me to begin to integrate some of these current geopolitical issues into our Business Acumen and Business Leadership simulation workshops. Sometimes they are purely conversations and learning opportunities to apply economics and finance to business strategy, and sometimes they are scenarios that we build into our digital business simulations. For example, last week we introduced the notion of tariffs on raw materials and finished goods into the third year of a four-year simulation to see how participants would react in the middle of a planning cycle.

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Can Businesses Have Winning Aspirations within Different BUs?

By Robert Brodo | Oct 17, 2019 8:04:07 AM

As the lead facilitator of hundreds of Business Simulation-Centric Business Acumen workshops I answer dozens of questions a week from our participants about the critical elements of learning around business strategy and financial management.

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