Businesses are dynamic entities that are not meant to stand still. A state of inertia may be positive in some situations but never in terms of a business. Growth is the beat that all businesses dance to. Attaining growth, be it steady and gradual or sudden and meteoric, is always the bottom line that businesses are built for. Although the more organic the growth is, the more long-lasting it is. A business must constantly keep working at streamlining and right-sizing all its functions to attain organic growth.
This streamlining should be an umbrella process, encompassing the entire organization. The synchronicity of changes ensures that no stone is left unturned, and no department gets left behind. Only in such a manner can the positive implications of the changes can be enjoyed by a business. And once a business steps into the next level of evolution in terms of growth, the sophistication of the steps that can promote growth also needs to ramp up. The first thing that businesses need to consider is what market forces are creating headwinds.
The stiffer the competition, the greater the need for more novel ideas and the greater the need to manage risk. Although differentiation isn’t a prerequisite for growth, special circumstances demand more dynamic measures. So, the more novel an approach a business adopts, the better the chances of gaining an edge against the competition. And what is more novel than adopting an out-of-the-box approach? Thinking outside the box is imperative in a competitive situation where there is no option other than moving forward.
When businesses explore novel ideas that are not only creative but also unique and are bound to break the mold of traditional thinking, they are setting themselves up for success. Sometimes there is a need to slightly bend the accepted rules of thinking to gain an edge, as conventional rules of thinking can sometimes stand in the way of progress. Once a business embraces such an approach, it moves in the right direction. But it isn’t always possible for a business to divert precious resources to craft profound changes in its modus operandi.
Businesses can partner with a consultancy to help them develop and implement such a radical change to counter this situation. Consultancies can help businesses in all aspects, from strategy to governance to operations. Consultancies free up the business to focus on growth while analyzing the business to identify areas that can be improved. These consultant agencies are driven by the experiences and expertise of visionaries that understand the needs of businesses. One such visionary is Alex Sharpe.
Alex Sharpe has a vast combined experience in the critical fields of cybersecurity, business strategy, and risk management. While businesses overlook these fields, they are extremely relevant to a modern business’s survival in the modern business landscape. This is precisely the reason behind most businesses struggling today in these fields. This is why visionaries like Alex Sharpe can prove to be important allies for businesses today.
Born in Nutley, NJ, Alex Sharpe is an American business leader with deep cybersecurity and risk management background. He is also the founder of Sharpe Management Consulting LLC. Sharpe Management Consulting LLC provides services in the areas of Digital Transformation, Cybersecurity, Complex Program Management, and Mergers & Acquisitions. (M&A). In addition to that, the experience and expertise that Alex Sharpe brings to the table enable Sharpe Management Consultancy LLC to help businesses embrace innovation, boost productivity, automate processes, launch new services, and enter new markets.
Alex Sharpe has more than three decades of a profound experience in privacy and cybersecurity with real-world operational experience. Unlike most cyber professionals, Mr. Sharpe has built and led businesses. He is one of the very few with strong business and cybersecurity skills.
He has delivered to clients in almost thirty countries on every continent except Antarctica. He has helped corporations and government agencies reap the rewards afforded by technology while managing their cyber risk throughout his career. This provides him with a great understanding of the balance between cybersecurity, operational effectiveness, and business realities.
Alex Sharpe is a member of the board of BWG Strategy. He is a guest lecturer and speaker. He attended the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), earning his BSEE concentrating in Computer Engineering with minors in Math, and Computer Science in 1986. He received his Master’s from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in 1995 in Systems Engineering, Operations Management, and Program/Project Management. Sharpe’s profound experience and talent won him two merit awards from the Columbia Business School in 2018.
Mr. Sharpe has contributed to several National and International efforts, including changes to regulatory environments for Crypto Currency and Digital Assets, the U.S. adoption of a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), the development of the Operational Resilience Framework (ORF), and the development of frameworks for Software-Defined Perimeter (SDP)/ Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA) for the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).
Alex Sharpe began his professional career at the National Security Agency (NSA) in 1986. He moved into the management consulting ranks, where he built practices at Booz Allen and KPMG. After gaining profound experience in business strategy and corporate governance, Sharpe co-founded two firms, including the Hacket Group, where he ran the eBusiness P&L for the firm, and eForce as the Vice President of Global Operations. He subsequently went out on his own advising boards and senior executive on business strategy, cyber risk, complex program management, and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A). Throughout his career, Alex regularly works with regulators, industry bodies, and standards organizations like the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), ISACA, InfraGard, Global Resilience Federation (GRF), the Global Digital Currency and Asset Association (Global DCA), the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), NIST and ISO.