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Breaking Bad: Show’s over, but the business lessons remain

WARNING: SPOILER ALERT. If you read further, you will be aware of how Breaking Bad ended. We warned you… It’s hard to believe Breaking Bad has reached its conclusion. Who imagined that Jesse would take out Todd, Walt would take out everyone else and that Lydia would succumb to Stevia (in a way…). It has […]

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Titstare – TechCrunch, are you kidding me?

I waited a few days to write this because it upset me so much. This week’s TechCrunch Disrupt 2013 in San Francisco brought us another example of boorish behavior by techies who still haven’t gotten the memo that we’re in 2013 and the workplace is diverse. What’s the deal? Why do technology workers feel they […]

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I am a weirdo. I don’t belong here.

…that’s right. I don’t belong here. In fact, what the hell am I doing here? Before you jump to the wrong conclusions, those aren’t my words. You’ll know whose words they are in just a minute. But before that, I want to spend a moment to talk about something that seems to be (but probably […]

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Making sure this post will NOT go viral

I’ve been wracking my brains for a while, trying to think of something super interesting and catchy that would go viral. The more I think about it, the fewer good ideas come into my head. People get writer’s block all of the time, but that isn’t my problem right now…I could write a 100-page software […]

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Life is short, share your passion

If you don’t know it, there’s a poster that you’ll find in some cubicles and offices around the world. It’s called the Holstee Manifesto and was written up by “Dave, Mike and Fabio” and designed by “Rachel.” I know that because their names are in small print on the bottom. I have no idea who […]

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Software as a service makes our lives more flexible

The following is a guest post from the team at evolve which provides flexible, secure recruitment software for businesses in the UK and across the globe. Cloud computing is having a profound effect on a multitude of industries across the globe, ranging from the health care industry and IT jobs, to law enforcement and how […]

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Defeat office politics or they’ll defeat you

Politics have been with us since the first cave man decided he wanted influence over the next cave man. It’s a reality of human nature that we all want to get ahead and some are willing to do more than others to make that happen. Politics  exist across region and industries and workplaces, even in […]

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Is it even possible to design intelligent process?

Earlier today, I read something that made me snort on my afternoon coffee. Not just because it was funny, but because, to me it had some additional insight that I thought was worth sharing with you, especially when you think about Intelligent Processes and how they can be crafted for a BPM initiative. Here it […]

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Our Berlin Wall

It seems the consumerization of the enterprise is over. In this article Owen Thomas, reporting that oil giant Shell is to allow its 135,000 employees to bring their own devices, declares the debate over. For him, at least, it’s no longer an interesting discussion, “What’s next?” he aks. Well let’s just hold on a second. This […]

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Have you been working during the 4th of July holiday?

Are you like many Americans who worked during the 4th of July weekend? I’ll be honest…we were in that group. But for as much writing and email catching up as we did, it wasn’t stressful for us. We had a great holiday and accomplished a significant amount of work at the same time by pacing […]

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Quarks and Cats – but is this really progress?

Recent events have me asking if we’re really all that better off with both our science and our technology. Before you jump on that statement, read on. My son. Max who is now 11, is into his science in a big way. Yes – he is a geek and he is proud of it. His […]

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Organizations need to be anti-fragile

Many large, successful organizations are more fragile than they seem. They break under stress. Remember the travails of Kodak, Digital Equipment Corp., and Washington Mutual? In their heyday, they were dominant players in their sectors. All disappeared. Why do relatively few companies prove resilient and withstand stress? And why are even fewer “anti-fragile” — that is, […]

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Email is Tyrannosaurus Rex: feared and soon to be extinct

We all use email whether we want to or not. Nearly everyone relies on it as much as many of us hate it and we mostly use it because everyone else does. An interactive presentation in Harvard Business Review this month by Barry Gill made the statement, “Email: Not Dead, Evolving.” Being in the ’email […]

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Expecting big change with new technologies? Good luck waiting.

Change has always been one of the most important wheels driving the IT industry. IT product vendors, systems integrators, technology vendors, a plethora of consulting service providers –- all partner with customers to engineer, deliver and enable change in some form or the other. At the same time, even as they facilitate change directly or […]

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I want (and you should, too) my kids to have tech jobs

I have teenage step children and a four month old daughter. In the short 15 years between the birth of the teens and the infant, the world changed incredibly. The Internet arrived and software began eating the world at an even faster rate. This has me concerned about their employment prospects by the time both […]

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Email addicts…pick up a phone!

Email is probably the worst way to accomplish anything that really, really counts. You know the scenario…there’s work to get done or a problem to be solved and rather than anyone having an actual conversation, it ends up being done through email. All too often, email is being used for one or more of the […]

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