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Founder and Chief Catalyst of Smarter-Companies

For nearly 30 years, I have helped business leaders conquer challenges such as growth, change, mergers and acquisitions. Along the way, I have lived the shift from the Industrial to the Social Era. This shift is driving a need for basic changes in how we measure, manage and monetize our collective knowledge.

My absolute passion is unlocking the collective power of intangible capital, the key asset class for companies today, providing 80% of the value and 100% of the competitive advantage of the average company today. In connection with this work, I co-authored of Intangible Capital: Putting Knowledge to Work in the 21st Century Organization with Michael Oleksak and founded the IC Knowledge Center which was re-launched in January 2013 as Smarter-Companies.

I started my career in high-risk finance at Citicorp and Sanwa Business Credit. After that I founded Trek, a management consulting firm where she developed the tools that are now in the ICounts Toolset.

You can find me on LinkedIn as MaryAdamsICA. My Twitter name is also MaryAdams ICA. Please feel free to contact me by email or call me at 781-729-9650,

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What kind of role(s) do you usually fill?
Consultant
Expertise Key Words (so you're easier to find!)
intangible capital, management, measurement, ICounting,
What brings you here?
I believe that IC is the core asset of every organization today. My work with Smarter-Companies is a reflection of my view that there is much work left to be done in this field--and we need an open, collaborative community to ensure our collective success.
How do you help companies get smarter?
As the founder of Smarter-Companies, my mission is to empower my fellow consultants to help apply intangible capital thinking to create more vibrant, successful organizations and economies.
What is your working definition of intangible capital?
IC = Human Capital + Relationship Capital + Structural Capital + Strategic Capital
Where can we learn more about you on the web? (LinkedIn, Facebook, Website (you can add more later on your profile page)
http://www.linkedin.com/in/maryadamsica/

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Value Creation Scorecard

I was the guest speaker last night for the Massachusetts Systems Contractors Association (MSCA). The goal was to help them think about building a stronger future for their businesses.As I like to do, most of the talk was interactive using a worksheet to help them think about the tangible and intangibles drivers of their success. I've been playing around with some new approaches and created a new worksheet that I promised to put on our…See More
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Why do you like IC?

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At 11:58am on January 27, 2015, Akeem Famuyiwa said…

Hi Mary 

Thank you for the warm welcome, I look forward to using and sharing content here and taking part in the ICountant Course. 

Akeem

At 5:13am on January 27, 2015, Joe Doyle said…

Hi Mary,

Thanks for the welcome and I am looking forward to using the tools.  I'm feeling smarter already!

Joe

At 4:59pm on April 22, 2014, Thamer Alabbadi said…

Hi Mary,

Sure I will share,

Saudi Arabia just lunched its national Knowledge Based Society strategy (KBS) that would be the umbrella for all other national plans.

We are following the Korean footsteps, quite ambitious, I believe.

At 10:12am on August 22, 2013, Cai Linlin said…

Dear Mary,

Thank you for your messages. I am waiting for my visa now. Hope it can be permitted. I am very looking forward to see U. I like your new blog about McKinsey. It is so cool!!!

Thanks,

Linlin

At 11:08pm on February 3, 2013, Michelle Bloom said…

Hi Mary,

Thanks for your reply. Yes we do include intangibles in our offering...embedded all the way through but overtly up front in an audit process (intangible value audit) and in our value proposition..i.e We guide you to deal with complexity. It is our belief that business need to lift their level of thinking, clean up the power and politics that erode value and become systems thinkers in order to thrive in the future.

Cheers

Michelle

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