Isn’t it strange that in a time of crisis, ideas come flying in response? America is facing a horrifying situation and the demand for PPE, ventilators and other medical equipment exceeds supply. Immediately, ideas from sources that aren’t even in this industry started pouring in. I have seen Dyson repurpose their vacuum technology, a ventilator made from Lego robotic pieces, manufacturers change from making cars to making vents, people printing face masks on their own 3D printers and analytics at massive scale be purposed to tell a story. It is in these unseen times everyone becomes part of the solution … Continue reading Innovation Unleashed
The industry built on relationships now finds itself distanced from the clients that need it the most. In this temporary reality, many companies, both on the consulting side as well as the client side, have put restrictions in place related to travel or onsite meetings. This has forced projects to transition to a remote environment typically not seen before. Normally, some meetings with consultants happen remove via tools such as WebEx, GoToMeeting, Teams or Zoom, but hardly do activities like sales, demos, testing, training, go live support, etc. Many of these projects are critical for clients to achieve much … Continue reading Consulting In A Remote World
Unicorns are unique creatures and as such, finding a good match where a company really understands us, values us, accepts us and embraces us is pretty tough. After my journey to create my own company, start a cool tech blog and begin a search for my forever home, I spent countless hours talking to all kinds of companies with all kinds of opportunities. There is truly something out there for everyone, but I wanted a very unique opportunity. I was searching for that needle in a haystack. What I found was a lot of entry level positions, even more PM roles and lots … Continue reading Why Did A Unicorn Choose RPI?
Today we talk about the importance of quality. Without it, compromise of expectations happens and that can lead to disappointment. This is important in your personal and professional lives. So many times we compromise in what we put forward to our customers and hope they ride along with us till we fix it. Unless you have their buy in that they are in a BETA or such, this is a dangerous gamble. Continue reading Importance of Quality
Saw this over the weekend and thought – nailed it. Now translate this to engaged employees. What if your employees never gave up – always got the best result. What if they were heroes and delivered amazingly service or performance to your customers. Wouldn’t you want heroes working for you? You set goals with your employees, these folks really focus on accomplishing all set before them. They take risks, because they believe there is a respawn. That drives imagination and creativity. Just have doers vs. innovators – this is why. They believe they can be anything they need to be, … Continue reading Who Are Gamers?
Relationships – personal and professional is what makes the world go round. Here Michael begins the conversation about professional business networks and the power they hold. Should you just have a small network of key individuals in your line of business or a wide harder to maintain network and how do you keep track of that. Watch the quick video to grow. Continue reading The Power of Relationships
The below is a recent post by my friend and colleague Nessa Morgan at http://www.toplineresumes.com. She posts regularly about career advice and I have personally used her services for a great resume rewrite. I was inspired by her personal self-reflection here and in the blue boxes are my personal thoughts on her lessons. I’d love to see some of your reflections to add to the list in the comments below. Here are a few things I’ve learned over the years and maybe you can use them to help propel yourself forward too: LESSON 1 // SUCCESS IS NOT AN ACCIDENT Probably … Continue reading Motivate Yourself To Motivate Others
I often tell people that one of the questions I ask in an interview is “What games do you play”. I like it because it is not something folks rehearse for and I get a myriad of answers and see the true candidate. Why do I care what games they play? Gamers seek the easter eggs…..they don’t stop till they solve the problem. They are relentless, often pursuing without sleep, or food. Gamers are inquisitive, they have an amazing imagination. What is the right answer? Some say console or some play Magic or some play World of Warcraft like me … Continue reading Gaming – Yep It Is Important
Why go through all this effort to start a personal brand and label myself as a mythical creature? This is a bit of a long story. If you have seen me in person, my hair style is in a point in the front, and my kids call this my “unihorn”. I went with it and said, that is right, I am a magical creature. Hey with teenagers, if they think you are magical as a Dad, you have to run with it. It has been a running family label for many years. Recently as I have been meeting more folks … Continue reading What Makes A Unicorn?