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Bonjour de Montpellier

Bonjour de Montpellier. I arrived here last Thursday after 19 hours of traveling (including layover time of course). First of all, the photos of the apartment I found on line were a bit embellished. Nonetheless, I’ve gotten used to my “student-type” of housing. I’m not here for luxurious pampering. I came here to get out […]

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Staying the Course to Deliver on Social Intelligence Vision

By 1997, ARIS had about 1,000 employees in the US and the UK and generated more than $100 million in revenues. ARIS was a high tech consulting and training company publically traded on the NASDAQ. Leading and managing a services company is much more difficult per revenue and headcount than a non-services company. I remember […]

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Cremerie Creperie in South Kensington, London

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Buying a Nike+ FuelBand

The other day, I was visiting Portland with my wife sampling the different food trucks and shopping. Oregon has no state sales tax and decent shopping.  After following her to the usual department stores, we walked into the new downtown Nike store. Right in front was the display for the Nike+ FuelBand. Finally some fun […]

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Seahawks’ Transformation a Lesson for Leaders

Today in Seattle, people are extremely excited about the recent success of its football team (Seahawks). Such success is not normal for this town which has had one major championship (NBA championship in the 197-79 season) throughout its sports history. That franchise (Sonics), by the way, is no longer in town. While the Seahawks are […]

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The Goodbyes and Hellos at Airports

Just returned from a set of very productive work meetings in Vietnam. We held our SDL Social Intelligence Leadership Strategy meeting in our Ho Chi Minh office to lock down our product roadmap for 2013. I’ll blog  another time why I occasionally hold these meetings in Vietnam. In this post, I just want to reflect […]

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A Simple Treat 26 Years Ago Remains A Great Memory

Today is my wife’s and my 26th anniversary. Wow, where did all the time go? When we first got married, neither of us had started our careers yet. We were living rent free in an old house owned by my parents. I was doing some part-time editing work for a non-profit organization.  We were just […]

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Critical Thinking versus Negativity

Critical thinkers are thorough and can flush out ideas with both conventional and unconventional perspectives. These people have the mental acumen and courage to challenge popular consensus with reasonable reflective thinking. In the end, they can help clarify goals, examine assumptions, discern hidden values, evaluate evidence, accomplish actions, and assess conclusions Critical thinkers move ideas […]

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PART IV: Closing The Deal

PART IV: Closing the Deal Bob Hale, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Alterian, came to visit in June. It was obvious he had done his research and was asking good qualifying questions about our business.  He decided to stay for dinner at Barolo Restaurant that night rather than flying back home. Everything just […]

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PART III: When 1+1 Can Equal Something Greater Than 2

PART III: When 1 + 1 Can Equal Something Greater Than 2 We met at Wild Ginger for the first time in December, 2009. Misia Tramp and I talked about leveraging the available social media data for market research projects. She obviously knew her subject matter as she had been providing market research services through […]

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