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When I started my high technology career in 1982, we had an unemployment rate of 10%. Doesn’t this sound familiar? It was a brave new time in computing and no one was even sure where it was all going. Doesn’t this also sound familiar? I probably didn’t realize it at the time since I was happy to get a paycheck and I was young, but relatively speaking, it was a tough market for employees. I was consistently working intense 60-hour weeks, my guess is that sounds all too familiar for many of today's professional workers. 60-hour weeks are never the problem when the team is outstanding and the mission is solid. I think the difference is during high unemployment periods, an employee feels a loss of control over their work time. A sense of obligation and less sincere dedication. It's that loss of control that can be the seed of a future exit. Times Change Fast forward to ... (more)

John Zachman, Edward de Bono and the Art of Presentation

What is common between John Zachman (who created the field of Enterprise Architecture) and Edward de Bono (who originated the term Lateral Thinking)? Both of them are now septuagenarian and have been pioneer in their respective field and have their respective strong personal brand – but that is not what I am talking about. Recently, thanks to Sunil of iCMG, I had the opportunity to meet John Zachman in an evening event. There I learned that he uses the old fashioned transparencies and overhead projector for all his training programs. In a way it is apt as one of the key points that he makes in an EA training is that Enterprise Architecture has very little to do with Information Technology. Couple of years back Edward de Bono was in India and he handled a program for our organization. He also believes in transparencies and overhead projector. Here is a picture which I... (more)

Atlantic Wind and Solar Inc. Recaps Highlights for 2009

TORONTO -- (Marketwire) -- 12/29/09 -- Atlantic Wind and Solar Inc. (PINKSHEETS: AWSL) is pleased to provide the following summary of significant achievements and corporate developments during 2009. AWSL began 2009 focused on a singular corporate goal: To establish itself as a significant player in the Renewable Energy (RE) industry through Solar and/or Wind Power, thus opening up avenues for strong corporate growth in what management regards as the true Growth Industry of the 21st Century. Management is gratified to note that its efforts toward achieving its primary goal met with unqualified success, paving the way for rapid growth as it accelerates its marketing efforts and expands its Solar Park revenues in the months ahead. A Promising First Half During the first half of 2009, the Company completed the important acquisition of a 47.5% ownership interest in key ... (more)

Internet Sensation 'Fred' to Star in Fred: The Movie; First of Its Kind Feature Film Is Set to Premiere on Nickelodeon

LOS ANGELES, March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- "Fred" (a.k.a. "Fred Figglehorn"), one of the most popular internet characters of all time, will land on Nickelodeon in his first-ever feature film, Fred: The Movie, it was announced today at Nickelodeon's Los Angeles upfront presentation by Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon/MTV Networks' Kids & Family Group. Similar to real-life teenager Lucas Cruikshank's fast-talking, hyperactive YouTube videos that have received upwards of 500 million views, the film will center on Fred's latest adventure in trying to win over his unrequited love, Judy. Fred: The Movie is produced by Brian Robbins and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett of Varsity Pictures and Gary Binkow and Evan Weiss of The Collective. Fred: The Movie is set to premiere later this year. "Fred is a mega-star with our audience, and when Lucas's guest appearance on iCarly's 'iM... (more)

AMA Describes 21st Century Management Governance System Developed by Smarter Solutions, Inc.

AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 01/14/09 -- American Management Association's latest MWorld publication describes how the Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE) system, developed by Forrest Breyfogle, CEO/Founder of Smarter Solutions, Inc., created a long lasting governance system at Oracle Packaging. According to Breyfogle, "Business management governance needs re-invention -- now! Current management practices did not prevent occurrence of the current financial crisis and often permitted creation of detrimental policies without risk assessment. "Everyone agrees that change is needed, but where should we go? Sarbanes-Oxley was created as a financial control mechanism because of the Enron-type fiascos. However, "SOX" did not prevent the occurrence of our current problems -- apparently SOX answered the wrong question. For the current financial crisis, we need to learn... (more)

The GRLI Announces a Strategic Alliance with EFMD and AACSB International

BRUSSELS, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The agreement will see two of the most influential global voices in management education working closely with the GRLI, a network of forward thinking companies and business schools, to focus on an important message: that business and business schools need to work collectively to devote greater attention to developing responsible companies and leaders in the future. Mark Drewell, CEO of the GRLI said, "Over the past nine years we have learnt a great deal about catalysing change in the complex interface between management education, business and society. This move creates a platform on which we can transform success into significance as we work to scale our impact in partnership with EFMD and AACSB International." Eric Cornuel, Director General and CEO of EFMD said, "The GRLI, which we co-founded with the United Nations Global... (more)

How the Eagles and Patriots Can Avoid a Championship Let Down: Play the Percentages

Figure 1: ESPN NFL Gamecast It’s Super Bowl LII week and the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots are on the precipice of a championship. One game to decide it all, where one decision could swing the fortunes of either team, depending on a single play call. What can Bill Belichick or Doug Pederson do to avoid a letdown or propel his team to victory? It’s simple – play the percentages. We only need to look back one year to observe how a coach’s thought process may have prevented his team from claiming a Super Bowl title. It was Super Bowl LI. Tom Brady had just thrown an interception that the Atlanta Falcons returned for a touchdown. Atlanta held a 21 – 0 lead with 2:21 left in the first half. By ESPN’s projections, the Falcons at this point in the game had a 96.6% probability of winning. Jump to the third quarter, the Patriots, then trailing 28-3, faced fou... (more)