Wednesday, September 30, 2020

From the Trenches

4 Critical Reasons Why Small Businesses Should Revisit IT Security Now

From the Trenches

How should small business leaders think about mitigating information security risk—and with all that’s going on in our pandemic world, why now? It’s a tough problem. Between reports of hackers breaching the networks of even large multinational corporations with staggering resources, the technical complexity of shoring up your defenses, and …

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Fostering Change From Within

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A topic of much discussion within our company as of late has been, “How can we make a difference to help end racial injustice and inequality?” Our company has always been actively involved in several charitable activities whose mission is improving educational opportunities for students in low-income communities. However, given …

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Return to Work

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Chances are you’ve already invested a lot of time, energy, and maybe money, too, to shift at least some portion of your staff to a remote work environment during the pandemic. Now that businesses are beginning to open back up to varying degrees, when should your workforce return to the …

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Leadership

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Leadership is a subject I’ve thought a lot about over the years. I have the good fortune to work with some excellent leaders…and some that never thought about the subject at all even though they were in a leadership role. The pandemic crisis and the resulting economic fallout have made …

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Culture eats strategy for breakfast

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Last week, I participated in a meeting where a business consultant stated that they advised their clients in late March to start furloughing or terminating employees. This has been the strategy employed by many large and small companies to preserve themselves during the pandemic. I did not sleep well that …

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Short-Term Business Outlook Unsettling

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This past week the increases in the stock market averages reflect optimism about the “resetting of America” and consequently, possible medical solutions to lessen the economic impact of COVID-19. I do not share this enthusiasm for much of American enterprises and especially smaller businesses. Although the PPP funds made a …

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Multi-Tasking

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I recently started to read a book where my first impression was that I did not agree with the author’s premises. One premise is that multi-tasking is ineffective.  You need to concentrate one task at a time.  For a person that prides himself on multi-tasking, I was taken aback.  Yet, …

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Does Every Goal Need to be Measured?

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I am no longer sure that it makes sense to measure every corporate goal. My gut tells me that sometimes a better result is to agree upon a process to achieve continuous improvement.  A well-run process, in time, will achieve the goal.   Many of us in the business world …

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