Archive for the ‘business’ Category

Sustaining Innovation – Achieving Near-Term and Long-Term Objectives

Monday, August 16th, 2010

There was a great article in the July 26th edition of Computerworld - IT Innovation: How to avoid being a one-hit wonder. There is also a related article - "Innovation: Trendy Topic, Hard to Do" that I had to mention, because the headline really hits home. I think the challenges that ...

Lunch, Learn, Lenexa: Using Social Media in your Business

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Andy Huckaba & I presented on social media for Lenexa Chamber of Commerce members today. We had a great turnout and there's a large amount of interest about social media for small businesses. Thanks to everyone that attended and to the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce for organizing & hosting the ...

Point-Counterpoint: ROI of Employee Engagement in Social Media

Friday, November 13th, 2009

I'm a huge believer that employee involvement in social media, within reasonable boundaries, is a good thing. But, many companies still block access to social media sites. Having social media and internet access policies are really the best route. Unfortunately, the people that think social media is a waste ...

Wine Tasting Fees Bad for Business?

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Above: Patty giving us a tour of the Chateau Julien Wine Estate I'm not in the wine industry. Or the food & beverage industry, for that matter. But, I do travel a reasonable amount and love to visit different wineries and breweries around the country. On my last visit to wineries around Monterey ...

Americans Blame Ad Agencies for Economic Crisis

Monday, April 20th, 2009

When I first read the story called Americans Blame Ad Agencies, Media for Economic Crisis from MarketingVox, I thought it was a joke. Really? Americans blame Ad Agencies? Where is the personal responsibility? Two-thirds of Americans (66%) believe ad agencies have at least some responsibility for the current economic ...

Should you ban tech gadgets from meetings? No, but boundaries are important

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

I read an article over the weekend called "Should you ban tech gadgets from meetings" by Chris Penttila from the January Issue of Entrepreneur magazine. Do I think mobile devices should be banned from meetings? Not exactly, although I do think that some guidelines should be put in place and if ...

Innovate on Purpose

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

In the tough financial times that we are in right now, too many companies drop their investments in innovation. Via SmartBrief on Leadership, a link today to an article called Innovation isn't free. In summary: Many companies talk about their innovation needs "..right up until they discover it might require an investment ...

Home Depot gets props for recycling compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

A few years ago, I started replacing my standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. Note: Keep in mind that when you start replacing bulbs that there are a few different size bulbs, as well as different levels of true white light (soft white vs. day light). Also, ...

To Lead, You Have to Follow: 8 Traits of Effective IT Leaders

Friday, March 14th, 2008

I like lists. I stumbled upon a great list of called To Lead, You Have to Follow: 8 Traits of Effective IT Leaders Leadership means focusing on the needs of others, not yourself Leadership comes from your actions, not your title Leadership makes you accountable, even if it's not your fault Leadership is not a ...

Best Buy: you lost my business. And I’m not the only one.

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

I just got back from vacation and if I didn't have a backlog of posts already (about 50 blog posts in various stages), I certainly do now. Let me start with my frustration with Best Buy. Several of my friends already refuse to shop there for various reasons. As if ...