An Outside Perspective

January 27, 2011 by · Comments Off on An Outside Perspective
Filed under: Leadership, Teamwork 

In a consulting role for the past 12 years, I’ve worked with organizations from an outside perspective. Whether mentoring project teams in an academic environment, performing due diligence for a venture capital firm, or facilitating key team discussions, the value that I bring from the outside is something that is difficult to replace. Here’s my view on the synergy produced by this relationship. Read more

A New Year, A New Start

December 29, 2009 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People 

A year ago, I wrote about dealing with difficult times as a means of driving appropriate change. A year later, unfortunately, the same message holds essentially unchanged. For many organizations (those that are still working to make it through these times), we are at a point where we get a second shot at starting the New Year on the right foot. Here’s another business perspective, but it isn’t aimed at your employer. Read more

When the Going Gets Tough

December 28, 2008 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Leadership 

In many sectors, 2008 has been a tough year. There are very few people that expect that 2009 will be much better, and most indications are that the foreseeable future will be at least as challenging, if not worse. How people and organizations deal with these difficult times is a strong indicator of how well off they will be as the situation improves – or whether they are still around at all. Read more

All That Jazz

July 6, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: People, Teamwork 

I sat down to lunch recently with a good friend, and we talked about challenges we face in staying motivated, and in keeping the troops motivated as well. On reflection, I think it is a matter of keeping everyone jazzed. Read more

Fire, Hire, Grow and Keep

February 17, 2008 by · Comment
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In this neck of the woods, there appears to be a real shortage of tech labor. The local industry association is citing the demand for new talent to be around 15%, and job postings on local boards are soaring. I expect this situation is repeated almost anywhere these days, and we are in the midst of a heyday for recruiters. Are we doing everything we can? Read more

Planning Cycles, Thinking Rhythms

July 15, 2007 by · Comment
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I was running a training session with about a dozen executives a couple of months back. These were all people from relatively small companies, so even though by title and role they may face strategic issues most of the day, they still have at least one foot firmly planted in day-to-day issues, and many of them remain more comfortable in a technical environment than a boardroom. Read more

Unintentionally Non-profit

June 10, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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I have been recently exploring different ways of contributing to the community where I live, and there have been a couple of times where I have had discussions with people involved in non-profit organizations. Read more

Zero-Sum Lunacy

April 22, 2007 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, Process 

It has been fashionable for quite a while in business circles to study competitive philosophy. Whether from the ancients such as Sun-Tsu’s The Art of War (I know my wife and I each had a copy before we met each other), Machiavelli’s The Prince, any of the hundreds of variations of these that are available, or some other source of military doctrine. There are all sorts of interpretations and translations to choose from, and I expect the niche will remain healthy in the future. Read more

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