Archive for the ‘Quotes’ Category

Is Your Foundation Secure?

No matter whether I am talking with the former chairman of Merck & Company, a family run company of tens to hundreds of millions of dollars in sales, or the 2-4 founders of a new tech startup, the importance of setting and maintaining the right culture comes up. It, literally, is the foundation of every company. Culture has seven parts to it that pervade and infuse a company. It is not just a few words that . . .

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It’s Virtuous/Vicious Out There!

Climb the ladder to success. Go faster by taking the escalator. Create your elevator pitch. Cross the chasm. Virtuous cycles spiral upwards while vicious cycles spiral downwards. What goes up must come down! Cliches, metaphors, and more that play out every day in business. How do you do the right things for your business?

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Very Important People

“No man is an island.” “We are all in this boat together.” Whether the boat is a project, small company, department of a larger company, the country, or the planet, we need to effectively work with people. Very Important People want to benefit from you Value Improvement Proposition.

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Balance It Out

If you ever want to transition from the business-world to the After-Business-Life™, it’s important to create the right balance in your life and in your books. Your balance sheet in business is not the same as your personal net worth. Balance the two sides of a beam to make sure you don’t have all your financial eggs in one basket.

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ABC’s of Driving

Sherlock Holme’s famously said, “‘Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth.’ Autonomous vehicles are all the rage. They should save lives, improve traffic flow, and reduce emissions. But, they are not the only way to solve the problems. We could be overlooking something that Sherlock would consider a trifle. He also said, ‘There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.’ Is there another, more innovative way of solving the problem?

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Technology Jobs — Steve Jobs that is!!!

In 1983, Steve Jobs said the average home has 55 fractional horsepower motors (fans probably in lots of electrical equipment). How many computers do you have in your home now?

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Technology — Friend or Foe?

Hold on to values, but adapt how you do things as technology advances.

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Fire in the Hole!!!

That’s a warning in mining that an explosion is about to occur.  It came to mind last week while I was doing some research on fuel economy.  At the same time, my son reminded me of a short saying attributed to Sam Parker in his “212 Book.” “At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 […]

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Here to Serve

Technology is meant to serve the needs and desires of people–not rule them. I spent some time Thursday morning watching our recycling get picked up. Surprisingly, it was a Sterling low cab forward, right hand drive. It was obvious that the cab had a monitor for watching the camera mounted in the bin to be […]

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Technology is Manageable when It Just Works!!!

For the last several years, I have used the term “It Just Works!!!” as a vision for what most people expect of electronics and items controlled by electronics. It is a very high hurdle to obtain. People talk about the Apple products as being “intuitive.” Earlier today, someone said that their six year old had […]

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