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Join My Patriot’s Day Book Promotion for the American Red Cross

If Getting a Business On Track for Success is a topic that appeals to you, you’ll enjoy my new book Course Correcting – Finding the Shortest Path from Here to Success!, now live on Amazon. The second installment in a multi-book series entitled Course Correcting – Six Steps to Getting your Business On Track for Success, this e-book features the contributions of an expert panel gained through direct interviews as well as extensive resource research hyperlinked throughout the book to dramatically expand ... Read more

Quantity, Quality or Quick?

Let me tell you about our “connected Christmas.” My wife and I spent Christmas alone this year for the first time since before we had kids. Our kids eventually grew up and moved away but they used to “come home” for Christmas. In recent years as the number of their kids multiplied, we’ve alternately made the trek to be with one of them. This year was the first one where none of us could make the trek. Initially, this felt like a relief! ... Read more

Join My Book Promotion for the Wounded Warrior Project

If “Getting a Business On Track for Success” is a topic that appeals to you, you’ll enjoy my new bookCourse Correcting – Crafting an Operating Strategy that Fits You!, now ready for release. The first installment in a multi-book series entitledCourse Correcting – 6 Steps to Getting your Business On Track for Success, this e-book features the contributions of an expert panel gained through direct interviews as well as extensive resource research hyperlinked throughout the book to dramatically expand the knowledge base available to ... Read more

Get Your Business Model Right from the Start!

Are you creating or transforming a business? If so, hold off on building a business Plan until you’ve defined a business Model that works! This discussion from OpenView Labs confirms the importance of qualifying key structural elements of your business before you even begin building your business model! It points you to several experts on the topic, including Tom Eisenmann, a professor at Harvard Business School, who has built a “20-Questions” table that you might find helpful along with a comprehensive discussion of key ... Read more

The 3 P’s of Good to Great

In his seminal book, Good to Great, Jim Collins presents a smorgasbord of prerequisites to business greatness which he derived from the many years of consulting experience of his team at McKinsey & Co. Leaders aspiring to build great organizations still turn to Jim Collins’ teachings to guide them in their decision-making. Among his many lessons, Chapter 5 stands out as a fundamental guidepost for anyone trying to navigate the inevitable forks in the road to greatness. He calls this chapter “The Hedgehog ... Read more

Using Stress to RELAX!

Dr. Travis Bradberry, author, co-founder of TalentSmart and a specialist in emotional intelligence, wrote a blog about How Successful People Stay Calm. He contends that “90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control.” No doubt this is true but the article equates stress with anxiety, suggests that the route to remaining “calm and in control” is through managing one’s emotions and that only “top performers” are capable of ... Read more

High Availability through Big Data

“Big Data” describes the ability to collect massive amounts of data from a given universe which a computer can then analyze to detect patterns which would be invisible to humans because of the scope or complexity of the data. The last few years have seen the emergence of user-friendly tools by which to accomplish such aggregation and collection of data, for which the primary applications today are in consumer marketing. However, operators of high value, distributed systems can realize an advantage from Big ... Read more

The Rise of the Leader / Manager / Engineer

Yasser Al-Saleh, Senior Research Fellow at the INSEAD Innovation & Policy Initiative, recently pointed out in an INSEAD post entitled “Why Engineers Make Great CEOs” and reposted in Forbes that engineers’ basic qualities make them good candidates for the top role: they are detail-oriented, analytical and trained in systematic problem-solving. There’s another reason: Innovation. The people who create the products bring the value to the company. Often the wellspring for that value comes from the engineering team behind the innovation. In a company where innovation is ... Read more