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Tag: Opinion

Security is “in the news.” What can we learn?

August 28, 2013
Security is “in the news.” What can we learn?

I can’t help but chuckle as politicians, who most likely think a “server” is the guy in the tuxedo waiting on their table, opine on how the NSA should run their IT system security. What a joke! I don’t make this statement as a knee-jerk supporter of one political party or another. Rather, I say […]

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Book Review: What The U.S. Can Learn From China by Ann Lee

August 21, 2013
Book Review: What The U.S. Can Learn From China by Ann Lee

I had the pleasure of seeing Professor Lee at a recent Harvard Business School Alumni presentation where she was the guest speaker. Her discussion left no doubt about her commitment and passion when it comes to bringing the United States and China closer together. She knows both countries quite well and acknowledges the good, the […]

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Danger! Leader On Pedestal

July 17, 2013
Danger! Leader On Pedestal

Many times, when facilitating discussions around leadership, I will ask participants to “brainstorm” a list of attributes for leaders. The list is always long with great characteristics for all manner of leaders. The chances of finding a person with all or even a significant number of the attributes is nil. Yet, it seems as though we […]

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STOP – Don’t BUY that!

June 15, 2013
STOP – Don’t BUY that!

We are becoming a “rental nation.” What? Is that bad? You mean we’re willing to forgo the pride of ownership? Personally, I think so. Here’s what David Houle is thinking along these lines – and I very much agree with him on this topic. Four years ago David started to suggest that in the United […]

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Follow the Bouncing Eyeballs

May 6, 2013
Follow the Bouncing Eyeballs

I was swiping through Flipboard on my Nexus 7 (okay, let me interpret for some of you. Flipboard is my news/blog aggregator application, that looks like an electronic magazine, running on an Android powered Nexus 7 tablet computer – a tablet other than the ubiquitous iPad) when an LA Times article caught my eye. The […]

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No Trust, Minimal Business Activity . . .

February 17, 2013
No Trust, Minimal Business Activity . . .

At the time I write this blog post, there is a great deal of “stuff” being thrown into the air, inked into headlines and typed into cyberspace about the so-called sequestration. This man-made “disaster” is, depending on who you listen to, “just what we need to at least begin putting our fiscal house in order”; […]

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The Curmudgeon . . .

February 10, 2013
The Curmudgeon . . .

My day didn’t start out to be this way. Being a curmudgeon is definitely not my normal mindset. Actually, the day began with gratitude. Mimi’s Cafe has a location close by my home. I use it, from time to time, to meet folks I’m mentoring since I work out of my home office. It’s a […]

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Re-presentation

December 8, 2012
Re-presentation

I continue to study and be amazed by what I find in the neuroscience literature. It causes me to rethink a whole bunch of my own concepts about the world. And it certainly sheds light on some past mysteries while generating a whole bunch of additional new mysteries. Iain McGilchrist, in his 2009 book, The Master and […]

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Data: What You See is . . . . What You Believe

July 21, 2012
Data: What You See is . . . . What You Believe

I’m guilty as charged and I’m confident that you are too. The old saying, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” is backwards. We see what we believe. It’s the way our brains are wired and we have to work pretty hard to make sure we are really seeing what’s in the data. This topic […]

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I Have Met the Enemy . . .

February 8, 2012
I Have Met the Enemy . . .

Missteps There has been a rash of company “screw ups” these last couple of months. Everything from very public embarrassments of leading companies with respect to privacy issues, failures to acknowledge “do not track” requests to my own personal problem with my long time bank. It seems we forget, every now and then, who we […]

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