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There Are Two Kinds of Companies

June 22, 2016 0 Comments
There Are Two Kinds of Companies

MBA vs Relationship Business For a long time I’ve been talking about there being only two kinds of companies. I started out calling them Number Businesses and Family Businesses. That got some blank stares and a few folks were a bit offended when I referred to their companies as a “Family Business.” They insisted that “No, we […]

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It Matters What YOU Believe

June 8, 2016 0 Comments
It Matters What YOU Believe

I have the privilege of working with a couple of business incubators and several start up company founders. The founders are sometimes surprised when I suggest that they must pay attention to leadership now, not later. They are even more surprised and usually totally unprepared to talk about their own fundamental organizing principles. It “all” starts with […]

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There Are Only 10 Kinds of People

April 6, 2016 0 Comments
There Are Only 10 Kinds of People

It has been said that “There are only 10 kinds of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who do not.” For the non mathematically inclined reading this blog, an explanation may be helpful. This joke mocks phrases that begin with “there are two types of people in the world…” and relies on […]

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Applecyber

March 9, 2016 0 Comments
Applecyber

Last week I posted my thoughts on Tim Cook and how he is handling the FBI security grab controversy. I refrained from stating how I felt about the issue in order to stay focused on Mr. Cook’s leadership. This week, I will wade in on the technology, privacy and security issue. First, let me make […]

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Leadership and Tim Cook

March 2, 2016 0 Comments
Leadership and Tim Cook

Tim Cook is in the middle of a firestorm. Well, at least, many of the folks I hang around think it’s a firestorm. Of course, I’m speaking about the issue of pushing back on the US Government over breaking into an iPhone. Based on my recent reading (Data and Goliath), I am quite skeptical about all […]

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Trust – Up, Down and Across the Organization

January 6, 2016 0 Comments
Trust – Up, Down and Across the Organization

The issue of trust in organizations came up several times during the last two months (of last year). I am working with a couple of new executives and so we had not been through the conversation at that point. And I was reminded of this again when I saw a list of the “Six T’s” […]

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The Black Box

December 9, 2015 0 Comments
The Black Box

Eons ago, when I was in engineering school, we had an exercise known as “The Black Box.” The idea is simple, the challenge wasn’t always so simple. Inside the box, hidden from our view, was an electronic circuit. There were two variations, a paper exercise where we were given the input and output wave forms […]

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Leadership and Craftsmanship

September 2, 2015 0 Comments
Leadership and Craftsmanship

Real World: Fresh out of engineering school and excited to begin my new job, I enthusiastically began work on test equipment design for a digital fuel control. One of the more memorable experiences was working with the technician assigned to our team. He was (is?) a true craftsman. The circuit breadboards he built to our […]

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And Progress Stops

July 8, 2015 0 Comments
And Progress Stops

Progress Thomas Watson, Jr. once observed that, “Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.” That rings true to me. I think that’s why vision statements are so important. Visions are larger than missions and while the mission may be “achieved,” the vision is usually pretty far out there, an […]

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The Wisdom of Silence

June 24, 2015 0 Comments
The Wisdom of Silence

The Heavy Lifting There are times when it pays to speak up. Indeed, there are times when in order to be true to our values we must speak up and take action. Whenever we see someone being demeaned, bullied, slandered or disregarded we do well to speak up on their behalf. Less obvious are the […]

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