Evolving from a Vision 1.0 to a Vision 2.0 Organization

The Entrepreneurial Dilemma

"An entrepreneur is someone who jumps off a cliff and builds a plane on the way down." - Reid Hoffman

Every business starts out as an idea. Put the right idea with the right entrepreneur and out of the thousands of good ideas, a single organizational foundation may be laid. From that foundation, a new organization is built. Building that organization is the first stage of business that we’ll call the Vision 1.0 organization.

Topics: Business Continuity Business Culture Planning business consulting

The Essentials of Cyber Security Planning

Cyber Security Planning Levels

This article discusses some of the levels of systems planning for almost any  business for protection from security breaches. Planning should include focus on these topics.

  • Identify – Who is accessing the network resources
  • Protect – How much access is given to each network resource
  • Detect – Systems that identify unexpected or un-identify access to the network
  • Respond – Once a breach is detected, how the company teams will respond
  • Recover – If there is loss after the breach, how will the company resolve the loss
Topics: Security Cybersecurity

The Cyber Awareness Conference - What You May Have Missed

I recently attended the Cybersecurity Awareness Conference, sponsored by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). In this conference, cybersecurity issues were covered. Some of the cybersecuirty experts who presented includ:

Topics: Cybersecurity

A Tactic For Agile Team Efficiency

We love the stories about the small entrepreneur that in 10 years disrupts an industry.  The success story is told quickly and glosses over years of sweat, brilliance and painful growing pains.  I've always been intrigued by what's missing.  The story starts with an owner putting in an intense number of hours.  Then finishes with teams of people, working togehter and committed to the vision of the organization.  

Over the last 25 years I've worked with lot's of successful business owners, building thier technology.  You learn a lot from the brilliance and the mistakes made by brilliant (and not so brilliant) leaders.  I wanted to share a tactic that most brilliant leaders develop on thier path from success to industry leadership.

Topics: Agile Leadership Productivity Scrum

Increasing Sales or Building Capacity - Which Comes First?

This is what you might call a Chicken or Egg question, "Which comes first?” It is a conundrum which can be difficult to answer and people affirm the truth to both sides of the argument. In this case, our chicken or egg can be equated to “Sales or Capacity.”

If sales come from selling widgets and the number of widgets sold determines sales, which comes first: The ability to make more widgets or the ability to sell more widgets?

Over the last 30 years, I’ve changed my point of view on this question more than once, depending on whether I was producing widgets or selling widgets.

Topics: Business Development Business Value Business Assessment Technology Self-assessment Employee productivity EBITDA

Technology Predictions Your Company Should Invest in Today… for 2020 and Beyond

I’ve been in technology for the last 26 years. I was fortunate to participate in work study role after going back to college where I learned about networks and network technologies.

Way back then, during the first year I started, 'advanced' included:

Topics: Competitive Advantage Business Technology Trends

Three Basic Cyber Security Principles for Business

There is a myth that cyber security is too complex for the average, non-technical, business leader to understand.  In this article, we’ll be disputing that myth.  

If you are a CEO, doctor or technical expert, here are three basic principles that every cyber security expert will be following to secure your systems.

Topics: Cybersecurity

Top Banking Security Concerns

In regards to new technology, fraud and cyber security, there are recent concerns around hacking impact on the 2016 elections, data security in banking and many other regulated industries.  Besides driving growth and profitability, the top challenges in banking includes managing risk around;

Topics: Cybersecurity Bank Security