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Marty Kaufman

Marty Kaufman

Marty Kaufman is Founder and President of Accent Computer Solutions, Inc., a Southern California-based innovator in IT thinking. He got his start in the world of Big Data as Manager of Information Systems for General Dynamics. He earned his B.S. degree in Computer Information Systems from California Polytechnic University, Pomona in 1985 and started Accent Computer Solutions as a consulting firm in 1987. He has spent his entire career researching and implementing Information Technology strategies and processes to help his clients reduce the cost and risk of IT.

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7 Signs That Something in Your Business May Need a Change

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.

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Follow the Plan - Give It Your Best

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.  

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Where Are My Files? A Small Business Executive's Concerns About Cloud Storage

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. 

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IT is a Process

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.

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Communication is King

Have you ever taken time off from work to wait for an installer or repairman? Ever been disappointed because your appointment time came and went without someone showing up, and you didn’t get so much as a phone call?

No matter who lets you down, the pain of this situation can always be eased with a little bit of good communication. Everyone likes to be in the loop with their particular order or project, especially BEFORE a deadline is missed.

I think we all understand that, in service professions, problems come up and the repair time doesn't always follow a normal schedule. It’s hard to estimate how long a morning install or appointment will take. But if the schedule needs to change, a call would be nice.

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How To Create And Prioritize Your 2017 Business Plan

Now's the time to kick 2017 business (and life) planning up a gear!

Some of the folks I've talked to already have the plan finished and they're ready to roll. Others haven't even started planning yet.

Not to worry! It's certainly not too late - and it's not as hard as it sometimes seems. 

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How One Nagging Thing Becomes A 2017 Business Planning Trick

Thanksgiving is the time of year I cherish most. I love spending time with family and friends, eating, watching football, playing with my grand kids, and just relaxing. It always feels like the calm before the storm of the Holiday Season. From here on, it's a sprint to the end of the year that will become a blur for most. 

Planning for the New Year is undoubtedly on the agenda for December.

If your 2017 planning juices need a jump start, I have a little trick that may help...

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Watching "Discipline Equals Freedom" Come To Life

 

Have you been surprised in the month of October? There sure is no shortage of things to be surprised about considering Halloween and our political climate!

But I was surprised this month in a very positive way.

You may recall last month when I discussed how my team has adopted the principles of Extreme Ownership from a book by Navy SEALs, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.

The weekly and quarterly meetings have continued, and this month we embarked upon our 3rd Quarter Leadership Meeting. We had 13 people in the room and were ready to go.

One of the topics for discussion was: How can we do better at demonstrating Extreme Ownership to our fellow teammates?

I started us off with a few opening remarks and then we dove right in.

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Leading With Extreme Ownership: What A Difference It Makes

Earlier this year, my Vistage Group Chair, Don Pierro, introduced me to one of the best business books I’ve ever read.

The book is, Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.

As I read through it, I was completely enthralled by the discipline, training, and results that the Navy SEALs are able to achieve while being involved in very real life-or-death situations. It occurred to me that our already darn-good organization might be way better if we applied the principles of Extreme Ownership to ourselves.

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Ironman Challenges and Lessons Learned

It’s amazing how sports and life events parallel business principles sometimes.

Two weeks ago, I completed my second IRONMAN Triathlon. It was held in the Laurentian Mountains at Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort in Quebec, Canada, which means I spent MANY hours training in the local California mountains trying to get ready for this extremely hilly course. I trained very hard and was as ready as I could be for the 140.6 mile course.

Well, I finished…but not without some issues that could have been avoided with a bit of planning and situational decision making.

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