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November is my favorite month of the year. And why wouldn’t it be? The craziness of the holiday season hasn’t 100% kicked in, we spend time being very thankful, and football is in full swing! ‘Tis also the season for companies to begin their strategic planning for 2018. For me, I enjoy the activity, excitement, and optimism that comes along with planning for a new year. During this season, I also spend a lot of time with business owners and managers. Our goal is to figure out what they can do to improve the performance of Information Technology (IT) in their business. These conversations almost always stem from three separate situations:
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to chat with an amazing manager at a very successful distribution company. The manager called to ask if I would give them some quotes on some very important IT security tasks that she needed done quickly.I listened to the request and let her know that we could take care of the issues. Then, I asked her if it would be okay if I stopped by to discuss the problems in a little more depth. With some reservation, she agreed to a quick in-person meeting. When I arrived at her office, I immediately noticed an immaculate shop with technology being used as a competitive advantage. It was evident by the Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) all over the facility that the systems were tightly integrated. Awesome! We sat down, and I asked her to give me a brief overview of the problem she needed handled and how I could help. This was when I began to understand what was going on.
Optimize your business's IT function, understand proper - and cost effective - IT staffing, and learn from the mistakes others have made.
I was with a group of business owners a few weeks ago and the topic of company culture came up. As with any discussion of culture, it was an interesting and quite perplexing discussion. Some were curious what culture was all about, and others wanted to understand how to create a good culture at their organizations.
Over the past four weeks, I've met with lots of business executives -- spending hours discussing things from information technology (IT) to taxes, and everything in between. Turns out, business people are just about as frustrated with IT support as they are with taxes!
It’s a fact of life: we put off making decisions. Some of us are more decisive than others, but the fact remains, we all procrastinate from time-to-time. Whether it’s in business or in our personal lives, we all do it. But why?
This month has been significant in terms of the way business leaders have come to me for advice on getting the best technology results. As I reflect, I realize that there were two distinctly different ways in which people reached out to me. The first was a business owner that was looking to advance his manufacturing system.
Over the course of my business career, I've been lucky enough to meet and consult with a wide range of different leaders, and leadership styles. I'm thankful that I get to be the person that these leaders trust and confide in when they have business performance or employee-related issues. It seems like there are 7 areas all business leaders find themselves dealing with at one time or another. I thought this month I'd share those situations, and how these items could indicate it's time for a change.
I got the opportunity to run the iconic Boston Marathon this month. Held each year on Patriot’s Day (April 17), the Boston marathon is a “bucket list” race for many serious distance runners. The qualifications for entry are stiff. All 30,000 entrants (less 3,000 charity spots) had to run a qualifying time in a sanctioned marathon. There are people all over the world who work for years to earn a cherished spot in their respective age group.
The Cloud is awesome! Specifically, cloud storage is amazing. Think about it - we can store our files, reports, pictures, and just about anything we want "in the cloud." The manufacturers and cloud storage providers make it SO easy. You just upload/copy the data to whichever cloud storage provider you want, and you can access it from your phone, computer, laptop, or tablet from almost anywhere with an Internet connection.
This month, I’ve consulted with four different business executives in varying industries that all share the same frustration. They want better IT results, but after about 90 days of trying, they give up on the people and try something else.