Are bright, young professionals your organization’s greatest asset?

April 5, 2010

Below, Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd:

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The best kept secret of American government and politics is that it powered by the enthusiasm, passion and over-drive of young professionals. And it’s no secret at all. Year after year, you see the swarm in Washington, DC.

Start ups too are mostly about young professionals and twenty something dreamers who can give everything they got. They tend not to have families or mortgages that chain them down. And multinationals can’t exploit them enough in emerging economies.

Bright, young professionals are the greatest asset to the organization that can channel their energy and passion to creative, innovative and productive purpose.

It’s cat herding at its best. And it can be an extreme challenge – especially if you are focused on processes and technology rather than people.

Moreover, not all young professionals are equal. Identifying those with a leader’s heart early (and coaching them) is critical to moving the herd in the direction of success and results. They are the golden key. Read the rest of this entry »

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2009: Cribs foreclosed upon and Europe sulking

March 8, 2008

Five cents won’t even buy you a spoken paragraph of no particular value in Bablion. So consider yourself lucky that you found me…

What comes around, goes around. I imagine that as European confidence swelled over the over-valuation of the Euro and the falling of the dollar, Europeans seemed to forget two things: they had huge investments in the US credit markets and Americans were outrageous consumers when the Dollar was stronger. If you don’t believe me- just take a look at MTV’s reality television show, Cribs, about typically overly-decorated and super-sized, celebrity homes. Perhaps, Jon Stuart can follow up on the MTV hit with Cribs in Foreclosure soon.

The alpha Bush and a little humor from the Simpsons (below).

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A Brief History

The Great Depression is said to have begun on Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929 (a.k.a The Wall Street Crash of 1929) when over-valued share prices on the New York Stock Exchange collapsed and began what would be a month long fall in which the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 182.57 from the booming speculative highs of 1929. The Great Depression is associated with a grinding slow down of international trade, manufacturing and construction. Personal incomes, tax revenues, prices and profits fell as unemployment, social uneasiness, and fear gathered momentum. It is also associated with private mortgage debts, commercial business debts and a great inequality between the rich and consumers.

The stage for World War II was set into action.
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Being Mr. Jones, Sha la la la la la la…

December 30, 2005

Doing business in Bablion in the 21st century often means working with younger generations. It keeps you young- if it doesn’t kill you by heart attack. There’s nothing like their naive enthusiasm, raw aspiration and the highest expectations.

You can sell them dreams, but they will sell them back to you. And, you will pay dearly and gladly for those second hand dreams.

They glitter like diamonds in the rough, these Romanian twenty somethings.

They want want to do big things though most don’t have much in terms of skills knowledge, or commitment. They want to be big big stars. But they don’t want to play the guitar all night- every night for ten to twenty years of wait and see.

Sometimes, I was Mr. Jones, Mr. Jones of the Counting Crows’ song, Mr. Jones.

Pass me a bottle, Mr. Jones
Believe in me
Help me believe in anything
Cause I want to be someone who believes
Mr. Jones and me tell each other fairy tales
and we stare at the beautiful women

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Cultural resistance to professional culture

December 12, 2003

Five cents buys you nothing in Bablion.

Eastern Europe and India seemed promising low labor cost markets for technology. But no one knew about the other side of the coin.

Extreme Ways

Like India and Asia, Romania is attractive to outsourcers and offshoring as it has a reputation for a low cost labor force. What the nice business magazine writers don’t tell you is the cultural difference can be a major challenge. A common problem in the Romanian workplace is the “I gotta be me” attitude. It’s a bad attitude that I imagine comes out of the MTV’s trashcan culture and the mis-translation of hippie ideology about being true to yourself. And even the hippie’s were confused about what is true, what we are and what we must do.

So the whole mess just gets worse in the Romanian translation. This is not good for foreign investors and it’s really bad for those already on the ground who lack an iron will and a doubley clever pitchfork.

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Schiphol airport speech on great websites

December 27, 2002

Five cents will not buy you a mouthful of bullfeathers in Bablion…

Everyone would like a great website, but what it is, how it can be realized, and how much should be spent seems to be a mystery for most. A great website is many things. In the broadest sense, it should be a culmination of business, communication, marketing and technology strategy. A great website should support your business plan by helping you achieve short- and long term business objectives.

Doh! In the clip below, the narrator points out an obvious mistake on the website of the world famous usability expert Jakob Nielsen…
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