May 13, 2018

Bootstrapping a Subscription Service

SSD Nodes is an SSD hosting provider that offers simple, high-performance cloud computing with personal support, live upgrades, and incredible speed to enable growth and deliver an outstanding experience. Founded by Matt Connor, in 2011 and bootstrapped it into one of the fastest growing cloud hosting providers.  Regarded as an industry leader in hybrid computing strategies and solutions, they have established world-class data centers having multiple layers of physical and operational security to ensure the safety and integrity of every customer’s data. Headquartered in Tustin, CA they have grown from a single server to multiple servers throughout North America servicing a global population.

 

Designed for developers, startups, and small businesses seeking a secure and scalable hosting solution that can be deployed quickly. SSD Nodes is part of Strasmore, which offers hosting for larger enterprises. SSD Nodes Celebrates 7-year anniversary as a leader in SSD Web Hosting Services.

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Mar 8, 2018

Future of Collaborative Social Networks

Rob Cross is the Edward A. Madden Professor of Global Business at Babson College. For almost twenty years, his research, teaching and consulting have focused on applying social network analysis ideas to critical business issues for actionable insights and bottom-line results. He has worked with over 300 leading organizations (companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations) across industries on a variety of solutions including innovation, revenue growth, leadership effectiveness and talent management.

 

His Personal Website: https://www.robcross.org

 

Rob is also part of the Connected Commons: http://www.connectedcommons.com/

 

The Connected Commons is an open source community dedicated to sharing how Social Network Science improves the performance and well-being of individuals, organizations and society in three areas: Innovate & Align ORganizations, Empower Talent, and Enhance Leadership. In the Connected Economy, value will be increasingly generated by a focus on the purposepositivity and precision of network connections. The new engine of economic growth and social well-being is connections. While machines were the dominate metaphor of the industrial economy, the dominant metaphor of our time is the NETWORK – both social and technological.

 

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Feb 28, 2018

Marketing Research and Co-Creation

Stefanie Jansen trained in designing, implementing, and interpreting qualitative and quantitative research and uncovering consumer insight. Although an all-rounder, Stefanie’s target group specialization (and her passion) has always been children, youth, and families. In 2007 she became self-employed and established herself as a co-creation expert. Stefanie always puts the consumer first, and to her, co-creation is the only logical way to get from key insight to successful innovation. She is the co-founder The CoCreators

 

Stefanie's new book The 7 Principles of Complete Co-Creation presents a comprehensive view on co-creation. Illustrated by various international case studies, it explains co-creation not as a method, tool or project, but as a new paradigm in which end-users play an ongoing, active role with and for organizations that are relevant to them.

 

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Feb 21, 2018

Culture is Not Something You Are

Where does great culture come from? How do you build and sustain it in your group, or strengthen a culture that needs fixing? Culture is not something you are—it’s something you do. The Culture Code puts the power in your hands. No matter the size of your group or your goal, this book can teach you the principles of cultural chemistry that transform individuals into teams that can accomplish amazing things together.

 

In The Culture Code, Daniel Coyle goes inside some of the world’s most successful organizations—including Pixar, the San Antonio Spurs, and U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six—and reveals what makes them tick. Dan is also the New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code comes a book that unlocks the secrets of highly successful groups and provides tomorrow’s leaders with the tools to build a cohesive, motivated culture.

 

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Feb 15, 2018

Branding: Always at the Forefront of Your Marketing

The first edition of the toolkit was made possible by 271 backers on Kickstarter in 2015 and from crowdfunded, self-publishing success to bookstores across the world: Brand the Change is now published by BIS publishers.

 

With over twelve years of experience as a brand developer, Anne Miltenburg has worked with organizations and people as diverse as tech companies, artisans, women’s rights activists and bankers, from Zambia to Tunisia and from the USA to Saudi Arabia. To help her clients and workshop participants think like brand strategists, Anne has furthered developed tools and exercises to make the branding process easy to comprehend and apply at here company The Brandling.

 

Amazon Link for Brand the Change: http://amzn.to/2CnFD6W

 

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Feb 7, 2018

Freelancing in The Gig Economy

Marion McGovern was the founder and CEO of M Squared Consulting, one of the first gig- economy talent intermediaries before the term was even coined. She also founded Collabrus, a company focused on independent contractor compliance. She now sits on several private company and nonprofit boards and actively mentors entrepreneurs in the human capital space. 

 

McGovern wrote the book A New Brand of Expertise: How Independent Consultants, Free Agents, and Interim Managers Are Transforming the World of Work over a decade ago. This positioned herself to lead this transformation of work. In her new book, Thriving in the Gig Economy, she has once again shown the way of how both freelancers and employers need to thrive in this new world.  

 

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Jan 31, 2018

Poker: Lessons in Decision Making with Annie Duke

Annie Duke brings her background in cognitive science and poker together to understand how we make decisions. In the workplace, success depends on how we make those choices through decision strategy. Everyone, from the newest employees to the principals, is part of the continuous cycle of deciding and learning. These same strategies determine the quality of choices in relationships, health, and lifestyle, investing and consumerism, and parenting. Drawing on the unique combination of training as a behavioral scientist and 20 years as a professional poker player, Annie Duke offers frank assessments of the challenges presented by decision strategy and practical ways of confronting those challenges.

 

Annie's new book, Thinking in Bets http://amzn.to/2E1FBGT, publishes February 6th but is available for pre-order. This is one of a handful of books that I read cover to cover this year. 

 

Do you encourage objections? How are dissenters viewed?

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Jan 17, 2018

Brave Leadership Tapping Into Their Illusive Want

While we may think that we need to follow some kind of prescription to get results, the most amazing leaders are those who dare to be their true selves, powerfully. People want to give them their best. But in a business world that’s so competitive and uncertain, how do you connect with others more authentically to tap into their illusive want?

 

Brave Leadership: Unleash Your Most Confident, Powerful, and Authentic Self to Get the Results You Need

 

About: Kimberly Davis life on the stage has taken many forms, forging a circuitous path that has given her more than 25 years’ experience in front of groups and audiences of all sizes. Her rich career includes work as a professional actress; designing and leading cross-cultural workshops throughout Japan; “Customer Experience Programs” in the US, UK, France, Germany, and Hong Kong; and employee engagement/leadership development workshops for a multitude of Fortune 500’s throughout the US.

 

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Jan 10, 2018

Lessons from the Rescue of 77 Businesses

If there’s one shared trait among the companies Bob Bethel took over, it was their approach to accounting. Each one of them was using what Bob calls “taillight accounting” – looking backward to see how the business is doing financially. He does not blame them for using this method of accounting, as this approach is preferred by the majority of companies in this country. The problem is that taillight accounting encourages business failure.

 

His new book, Strengthen Your Business: Fail-Proof Strategies From The Man Who Has Rescued 77 Businesses, stems from witnessing other business owners’ struggles, and a desire to step in and turn things around. In it, you will see that Bethel takes a practical approach to business advisory rather than an inspirational one, focusing on the fundamentals of what makes a business profitable.

 

About: Bob Bethel is the orchestrator of seventy-seven business turnarounds over the past fifty years. His early successes and troubles in his career inspired Bob’s passion for taking over struggling businesses and making them profitable. Bob has turned around companies in every industry imaginable and has helped save over ten thousand jobs.

 

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Jan 3, 2018

Using Lean, TOC & Six Sigma to Transform Schools

The Excellent Education System: Using Six Sigma to Transform Schools helps you discover and understand the technique of evidence-based learning and operations through which the modern school satisfies the need to increase the flow of successful students through the educational system from Kindergarten through Grade 12. This book explains, in clear terms, what educational excellence means and the principles of process improvement. In addition, it gives you an introduction to the Six Sigma methodology. Included in the discussion are case studies of educational professionals who have found a new world centered on the evidence-based educational processes. These processes lead to many examples of dramatic turnarounds in some failing schools.

 

Daniel T. Bloom SPHR, SSBB, SCRP is a well-respected author, speaker, and human resource strategist, who during his career has worked within a wide variety of industries. He has been an educator, a contingency executive recruiter, a member of a Fortune 1000 divisional HR staff and the Corporate Relocation Director for several real estate firms in the Tampa Bay area. He is an active member of the HR social media scene since 2006 with contributions to Best Thinking.com, WordPress, Human Capital League, and Recruiting Blogs.

 

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Dec 27, 2017

2017 Business901 Podcast of the Year: The Lean Strategy with Dan Jones

Dan Jones is a management thought leader and advisor on applying lean, process thinking to every type of business across the world. He is the founding Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Academy in the UK, dedicated to pushing forward the frontiers of lean thinking and helping others with its implementation. He is also the co-author of the original books on Lean, The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production and Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation, Revised and Updated.

 

His new book, The Lean Strategy: Using Lean to Create Competitive Advantage, Unleash Innovation, and Deliver Sustainable Growth is outstanding. I enjoyed reading it and putting it to use. In typical Dan Jones fashion, the podcast delivered some great insight.

 

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Transcription: Putting A Lean Strategy into Action

 

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Dec 18, 2017

The Power of Tribal Thinking

Christine Comaford believes we can do well and do good, using business as a path for personal development, wealth creation, and philanthropy. Her newest book, Power Your Tribe: Create Resilient Teams in Turbulent Times, will be released January 2018 but if you pre-purchase the book through her website there is an amazing collection of free giveaways.

 

Power Your Tribe website: http://www.poweryourtribe.com/

 

Her two New York Times bestselling business books are SmartTribes: How Teams Become Brilliant Together and Rules for Renegades. Her newest book, Power Your Tribe: Create Resilient Teams in Turbulent Times, will be released January 2018.

 

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