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 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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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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Aug 22, 2017

The Negotiated Journey

Geurt Jan de Heus is a medical doctor by training. After several years in management positions in the pharmaceutical industry, he changed his life and career to join RoutsLaeven. This small agency, founded 30 years ago, specializes in negotiation training, coaching and consulting. 

 

Geurt Jan is passionate about making the world a better place through more ‘constructive dialogues’. These dialogues are grounded in an open and exploratory mindset, with respect for others and yourself, aiming for fair distribution and fair processes. Helping others to live out these principles with confidence and agility ‑ even when confronted with the oppositional win-as-much-as-you-can style ‑ is an important part of his mission. With his 20-plus years, Geurt Jan is frequently asked to act as an advisor during difficult negotiation processes involving the public sector, larger corporations, and family businesses.

 

His new book, Mastering the Art of Negotiation: Seven Guides for Creating your Journey is an excellent resource and a book as I say in the podcast, just good to have around. Enjoy the podcast. 

 

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Jul 18, 2017

The Military Mindset in Business

Intrepid Professionals is designed to create more agile, innovative, and financially competitive organizations and individuals. The book's material outlines the common thread for success in those that dared to defy the odds. Those who are considered the tip of the spear in military terms. I interviewed both authors for this podcast, their bios follow:

 

Chris Schafer is President of Solid Operators Consulting™ and is a 25+ year U.S. Army retired veteran. He spent much of his military career in the 3rd Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) teams. He has advised and trained people from many different cultures and countries. And he is an expert in military special operations, intelligence analysis, command infrastructure, project planning and management, counterterrorism, and team leadership – to name a few areas.

 

Brent Carter is a consultant, university professor, and researcher in the fields of leadership behavioral & the brain sciences, crisis management, and organizational adaptation. He is the President of AspenRed Consulting™ which specializes in leadership transformation for Fortune 500 corporate clients, all branches of the military, and non-profit organizations.

 

SOLIDRed Concepts™ is redefining the way people look at leadership. Our clients are seeing remarkable improvements in team collaboration, trust, inventiveness, communication, creative thinking, and individual empowerment using our pioneering approach. Let us talk to you about the ways to re-craft leadership into an untamed force for your organization.

 

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Jun 18, 2017

Need to Hire a Lean Mindset - Hire a Vet

Grow Your Veteran-Hiring Initiative Because it Makes Sense

 

If you are at SHRM this week check out Lida's Presentation

 

Lida Citroen is an international branding and reputation management expert who designs and enhances the identities of companies, executives, and professionals. Her company, LIDA360 specializes in reputation management, offering global clients comprehensive integrated branding, marketing, and communication solutions.

 

Her Latest book, Engaging With Veteran Talent is a powerful reference for employers seeking to source, hire, onboard and develop Veteran talent. By the year 2023, estimates indicate that 3.5 million Veterans will be active in the civilian workforce. Savvy employers are planning the programs to attract and capture the contributions of this valuable employee base

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Apr 23, 2017

Sean Ellis Introduces Hacking Growth

The definitive playbook by the pioneers of Growth Hacking

 

This podcast is packed with actionable advice as only Sean Ellis can deliver. 

 

Sean Ellis is CEO and founder of GrowthHackers.com, the number one online community for GrowthHackers with 1.8 million global users. Sean coined the term "growth hacker" in 2010 and is the producer of the GrowthHackers Conference. Prior to GrowthHackers, Sean founded and sold customer insights company Qualaroo, growing it to millions of dollars in recurring revenue with customers such as Starbucks, Amazon and Intuit. He has also led growth or marketing for Dropbox, Eventbrite, LogMeIn (IPO), Uproar (IPO) and Lookout.

 

Sean's new book Hacking Growth: How Today's Fastest-Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success does for market-share growth what Lean Start-Up did for product development, and Scrum did for productivity. It involves cross-functional teams and rapid-tempo testing and iteration that focuses customers: attaining them, retaining them, engaging them, and motivating them to come back and buy more.

 

 

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Mar 2, 2017

Agile and Lean Program Manager (Audio)

People know Johanna Rothman  as the “Pragmatic Manager.” She provides frank advice for your tough problems helping leaders and managers do reasonable things that work. I am a big fan of Johanna's owning three of her books and adding a fourth, Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization. This is a short take on the definition of some terms that came from the interview 

 

This was previously published as a video series.

 

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Feb 16, 2017

Applying Lean and Agile in Managed Services

Wayne Walton is the North America CRM Practice Manager at eBECS. Wayne helps sales and marketing professionals by making their life easier through implementing Dynamics CRM and Marketing systems so that people can get out from in front of the screen and go do their job. 

 

eBECS is a specialist in total Microsoft Business Solutions, designing and delivering Lean and agile solutions globally for customers in Manufacturing, Distribution, Retail, Services, Not-for-profit and other related sectors.

 

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Feb 5, 2017

Lean Construction Audio Book

This is a compilation of a series of podcasts that I have done with Lean Construction folks. It is about 3 hours in length.

 

At the time, Gregory A. Howell was the managing director of theLean Construction Institute(LCI), a non-profit organization devoted to production management research in design and construction.The Last Planner(sometimes referred to as the Last Planner SystemTM) is a production planning system designed to produce predictable workflow and rapid learning in programming, design, construction and commissioning of projects.

 

Alan Mossman of The Change Business trained as an architect and worked for many years in management and organization development. He only returned to construction in 2000 building on his knowledge and understanding of collaboration, systems thinking, quality and lean. An accredited UK based Last Planner trainer; he has coached teams implementing Lean and Last Planner for a wide range of clients in Europe, Africa, and Australia

 

Larry Rubrich of WCM Associates LLC has over 35 years of experience in engineering and manufacturing in the automotive, industrial, and consumer product areas. Larry spent time in Japan studying Japanese management and manufacturing techniques working directly with top-level Japanese consulting group hired by a U.S. company to implement the Toyota Production System (TPS) in its plants. Larry is the author of An Introduction to Lean Construction.

 

Dave MacNeel of On Point Lean Consulting: Lean Construction was my guest this week on the podcast. On Point Lean Consulting provides on-site Lean Construction coaching and training for owners, builders, and designers looking to improve the delivery of capital projects. Dave has a few great stories as he went from project management, introducing Lean into a construction company and now serving as a consultant to the industry.

 

Scott Sedam is President of TrueNorth Development, an internationally-known consulting and training firm focused exclusively on the building industry. Now in its fifteenth year with a staff of 6 field consultants, TrueNorth conducts consulting projects and training workshops with more than 200 builder, supplier & trade clients in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Mexico. Todd Hallett, AIA, President of TK Design & Associates, Inc. specializes in Lean Design and works, alongside Scott, in the trenches with builders, suppliers, and trade contractors.

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