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Be Social

I was a cast away as a kid—the last one to be picked for the softball teams; the one who spent lots of time alone reading; great with focused concentration, but given to making statements that got me into trouble or hurt others. Guess what? I became an engineer. But, that’s not the end of the story. To advance in the business world, I had to learn to be social.

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Keep Up-To-Date

On April 29, I’ll be discussing Over The Air updates to computers. You can listen in to the free webinar (http://bit.ly/1CZz2s4) put on by the Technology and Maintenance Council , a trade association I’ve been part of for more than 25 years now. The focus will be on updating the software in the many computers on a car or truck. That got me to thinking about all the other things we do to keep up-to-date, and some of the problems. Let’s look at it in the areas of software, physical, personal, and professional.

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5 C’s for Business

In several areas, I’ve run across 5 C’s that are important. For diamonds, the 5 C’s are Carat weight, Cut, Color, Clarity and Certification. I suspect most women know this one vary well. For diesel engines, there are also 5 C’s: Cylinder block, Crankshaft, Cylinder Head , Camshaft and Connecting rod. What might the 5 C’s for business be? Certainly, something to do with Cash, but what else?

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Cloudy with a Chance of Profits

I was recently struck by the invasion of the Internet of Things to this world, where most people have their feet on the ground and transportation is where the rubber meets the road. I’m sure there are some that don’t believe it. But, technology solves some problems and improves operations. we don’t always look kindly on those who are starry-eyed or have their heads in the clouds. But, that IS the future. Your profits will be sky high up in the clouds.

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Risk to Reward

We take risks every day. The risks can be small, such as taking a shower or crossing the street. They can also be average such as rolling through a stop sign, speeding or texting while driving. (I actually hope you see these as more risky than average.) Rarely do we do things that are very risky, such as driving while under the influence, trying to do something physically that we’ve never done before that can hurt us seriously, or taking all our money and putting it on one number of a roulette wheel. So where on this scale of risk is buying new technology that will…

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inte—GREAT—ion or inte—GRATE—ion?

Which way do you look at the world of modules, components, systems, and eco-systems? Do you want open architectures and open standards or do you favor tightly controlled interfaces? Which works better and gives you a seamless, extraordinary experience? Do you think integration is GREAT or does it GRATE you in some way? I’ll bet…

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Align 7 Forces to Accelerate Your Business

Financial success only comes when you figure out what customers want and how you can provide it profitably with the help of suppliers; when you deal effectively with business disruptions and how to differentiate yourself from the competition, while living within the rules and capitalizing on changes in technology. These are the basics, though it may seem complicated. In the world of science and engineering, the basics often revert to the equation F=mA, where the resultant force equals the mass times acceleration. In business, the basic is…

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Don’t Use Your WITS! — What?

Why would anyone not want to work smarter by using the smarts in their brain? I certainly do everything possible to continuously improve everything I touch. I tell people I am inherently lazy, therefore I want to find ways to work smarter, not harder. In this respect, I want to do Whatever It Takes to Succeed. Whoa–is that ethical?

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Scalable Strategic Plan–Check Your BP

Have you checked your company’s BP, it’s Blood Pressure–its Business Plan? Along with other things to do this month, such as preparing for last minute sales and figuring out what to do with taxes, it’s important to also determine where you are taking your business in the next year–or two or three or more. Imagine a Scaleable Strategic Plan, one that works whether you are a solo entrepreneur, or a leader at a Fortune 1,000 company. What’s right for…

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We Killed it!

When’s the last time you killed it in your organization? Killing it is a very positive term suggesting you did a job so well that nothing can compare to it. It means you beat the competition. It means you aced the test. Yet, it can have a very different meaning in a …

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