peace

A Plea to the Decency of Humanity

Please STOP! 1. Stop categorizing and labelling entire groups of people. They likely have just as much in common with you as they do with one another. Get to know individuals and discover the secret reality: we are all much more alike than we know. 2. Stop punishing a group or a member thereof for the deeds of other…

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The 4-Stage Lifecycle of a Tech Start-Up

These days, it’s all about high-tech start-ups.  Every smart, ambitious young person aspires to build the next Facebook…and some will.  These aspiring entrepreneurs will follow what has become a clearly-identifiable, four-stage lifecycle as they take their companies from a back-of-the-napkin idea to a successful, $100 million or larger business. Stage 1: Imagine Getting to a…

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3 Things We Need To Say More Often

Over the years, we all learn a few seemingly magic phrases.  Children’s “magic words” used to be “please” and “thank you”; the following three expressions have equally magical effects when used by adults both in and out of the workplace. 1. “I need your help.” It’s so simple, isn’t it?  “I need your help.”  But,…

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Measuring What Matters: Choosing Metrics That Drive Performance

In business, we frequently say, “you can’t control what you can’t measure;” or, better yet, “you get what you measure.”  We thus invest in sophisticated (read expensive) business intelligence (BI) programs run by professional teams of analysts.  These BI programs frequently involve the purchase and installation of very high-end enterprise tools supported by large databases…