Maybe it’s my role at Merix which automatically makes me sympathize when bad things happen to other companies. It’s partly glad it’s you and not me, but the other part is I get it…stuff happens. Blackberry/RIM has paid dearly, reputation and compensation. They could have managed the crisis, the outage, better but who isn’t a lot smarter after the fact? (more…)Read More Add a Comment
“It is with great humility that I take on the role as the Chair of CAAMP. It’s a responsibility that I do not take lightly. The next 12 to 24 months are going to be “interesting” for our industry.”
Last week I officially took over the role as CAAMP Chair. It’s an interesting process to go through. I say that because I had 12 months to prepare, and when the day finally arrived it was almost anticlimactic. Upon reflection I realized the difficult part was being elected Vice-Chair. The Vice-Chair automatically becomes the Chair the following year, therefore, one has to campaign and be elected Vice-Chair. (more…)Read More Add a Comment
Is the product worth the money?
I’ll miss you. It’s not easy to say goodbye to an old friend. Parting ways is always difficult. What makes it a little less painful is when the emotional attachment has waned or vanished completely. Alas, that wasn’t to be in my case. Thinking about all the good times and comfort the relationship brought me makes it difficult to do. But do it I must. When I’m charged $5.58 for an extra hot, small vanilla latte, I’m left with no choice but to end the relationship.Read More Add a Comment
This blog may appear to be self-serving but I can assure you that’s not my intention. Recently it’s become fashionable to debate executive compensation or more specifically the amount of said compensation. The chatter is everywhere and executives have become the new “whipping boy” by those that are disillusioned with the system.Read More Add a Comment
On some level people view Jobs as an artist first, a businessman second.
“Good artists copy, great artists steal” – Steve Jobs.
Sadly, the passing of Steve Jobs didn’t come a surprise to me. My blog post dated August, 30th, stated as much. ”Upon learning that Jack Layton had passed, I was stuck by the fact that so many people stated that they were shocked to hear the news. If you watched his press conference in July, when he announced that he was stepping aside for health reasons, he looked like a man who has been told he should get his personal affairs in order. Not to sound morbid but I have to wonder if the same doesn’t hold true for Steve Jobs. (more…)Read More Add a Comment
It’s day one of the World Business Forum, and it’s been a busy day. The first session began at 7:30 am, a panel discussion, and it set the tone for the rest of the day. The panelists were Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks & Chairman of HDNet, Kathleen King, Founder & President Tate’s Bake Shop, and Barbara Corcoran, Founder of Corcoran Group. They talked about their careers and what made them successful. Three very diverse people with diverse backgrounds.
Mark Cuban is an interesting man and a lesson not to judge a book by its cover. He was sitting on the panel wearing jeans, a shirt about two sizes too big , and sneakers. He looks like a frat boy, a very wealthy frat boy. (more…)Read More Add a Comment
I’m in New York this week attending the World Business Forum. It’s been a few years since I’ve attended the conference, and I have to say that I regret that it’s taken me this long to go back. The WBF subject matter and location is like no other.
There’s a vibe and buzz to New York which is unique. You can feel the difference as soon as you disembark the plane. It’s difficult to articulate other than to say the energy level is almost palatable. Everyone seems to do things quicker. It doesn’t matter if it’s customer service or something as simple as walking down the street. I get this sense that a New Yorker’s brain is wired to think “let’s go, let’s go, let’s go”. (more…)Read More Add a Comment