Old Dogs New Fix

I just love the way things cycle. The old ideas get pulled out of the trash, dusted off a bit, and stood up with a new name and loud fanfare. Instead of getting sucked in by the new round of marketing, we should be thinking hard about what trashed this thing the first time around. If we can address that, maybe we can make a go of it this time. Do you remember when every [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:04+00:00 May 4th, 2016|Big Data|0 Comments

Banking On Acquisitions

If there’s one thing bankers know how to do, it’s acquire. Pundits are once again predicting that banks will be at the top of the charts for M&A activity. Despite their wealth of experience, bankers continue to fumble through post-acquisition integration from time to time. We offer five lessons from the big leagues that bear repeating: Keep the management team that knows what it’s doing. Bank executives mistakenly use acquisitions to make wholesale “upgrades” to [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:04+00:00 April 21st, 2016|Banking Technology|0 Comments

Seeing the Big Picture

My first large fiber art wall hanging—four feet square—has been lying on the floor of my studio (aka guest bedroom) for two weeks now. Normally I lay out my pieces as I work on them to allow them to soak in. I walk away then come back to them again and again with fresh eyes and new ideas. Sometimes I take photos along the way so I can glance at them in odd moments for [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:04+00:00 March 21st, 2016|Project Management|0 Comments

What is the Business Value of Business Intelligence?

Maybe we should define Business Intelligence (BI). According to CIO magazine,“Business intelligence, or BI, is an umbrella term that refers to a variety of software applications used to analyze an organization’s raw data. BI as a discipline is made up of several related activities, including data mining, online analytical processing, querying and reporting. Companies use BI to improve decision making, cut costs and identify new business opportunities. BI is more than just corporate reporting [...]

By | 2017-10-23T16:00:15+00:00 February 19th, 2016|Big Data, Project Management|0 Comments

Loving Your Things

Call me weird, but I love some of my things. I can’t quite explain what makes a suitcase or a computer system lovable, but I swear there’s a difference between the things that just tickle me and those that don’t. Of course, there’s the IKEA effect. It’s real. If I’ve put some energy into assembling or enhancing something, I love it more. This matters even if I didn’t have to do all the work myself. [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:05+00:00 February 10th, 2016|Project Management|0 Comments

Saved By a Surface

Ok, I shouldn’t have opened that email. I certainly shouldn’t have clicked on the attachment. I knew immediately that I was in trouble. My company’s McAfee virus system leaped into the breach and started trying to delete the viral leavings as it worked its way through my C drive. The list of deletions scrolled by faster than I could read it. Now, we have one of the best help desks on the planet. Before I [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:05+00:00 December 10th, 2015|Microsoft Surface|0 Comments

7 Powerful Reasons to Buy a Microsoft Surface Pro 3

When in 2014 Microsoft released Surface Pro 3, they made one thing very clear- This tablet was meant to replace your laptop, and that it did. It’s a single device solution to all your technological needs. For people who tend to carry the weight of both iPad Air and a MacBook wherever you go, this tablet gives you the best of both worlds. Along with being very light and travel friendly, the kickstand has also [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:05+00:00 September 22nd, 2015|Microsoft Surface|0 Comments

Leading Without Getting Your Hands Dirty

One of my wonderful step daughters and her husband taught me something about leadership recently. Keven has a responsible position in an environmental engineering firm and has been receiving leadership training lately as part of his company’s career development program. Keven’s summary comment? It all seems like common sense. Nonetheless leadership was on Keven’s mind when we got together, along with 25 other members of the family, for a long-weekend housewarming at our place. Yes, [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:05+00:00 September 10th, 2015|Project Management|0 Comments

Lonely Candidate Seeking Feedback

Feeling lonely and forgotten thanks to your recruiting contact?  Wondering what you may / may not have done to be ignored?  Experiencing “radio silence” after what you felt was a great conversation? We promise that it’s not personal… we are, indeed, busy and at the mercy of Hiring Managers, changing job descriptions, organizational changes, changing priorities, even vacations.  Sometimes there are simply not enough hours in the day to get to everyone that we wish [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:05+00:00 September 8th, 2015|Recruitment|0 Comments

Don’t Fear the Resume

The Resume… that lone document that can make or break our chances at getting a job.  I have spoken with job seekers who absolutely agonize over writing a new resume or updating an existing one.  They dread it and put it off like a kid dreads and procrastinates when having to write thank-you notes to grandma for that Christmas gift.  Don’t fear the resume… tame it and make it your single best piece of marketing [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:05+00:00 September 8th, 2015|Recruitment|0 Comments