I recently had a long chat with CoaLogix's entertaining & insightful CEO, Bill McMahon. CoaLogix is a Charlotte-based company whose solutions decrease polluting emissions from coal-powered plants.
Here's what Bill feels are the key ingredients for success in leadership roles:
"1. Experience. You have to have it or you have to get it. In my case, I didn’t have the experience but I had friends who did.
"2. Trust. The management team must trust each other and your customers must trust you.
"3. Open communication. We have a saying here that we stab you in the front. If there’s...
At Friday's State of Tech conference in Durham (NC Technology Association - NCTA), several of us were discussing why we attend these gatherings. Lots of reasons: Tech ed. Meeting smart & like-minded tech people. Networking. Seeing & being seen.
Being seen?! How superficial.
No, not really. For sales people, job hunters, & people in small businesses, these events may be their primary advertising, so it's important to be seen there.
As I start to pack for a business event, I sometimes think, "I don't want to drive there today. Same people,...
"Technology is like any tool. It can be wonderful when appropriately applied and destructive when used indiscriminately." David Spitz, President of ChannelAdvisor.
The topic of whether new reading technologies are good or bad came up a few weeks ago after I wrote about book-reading options other than the old-fashioned paper versions. Of course, asking whether these technologies are good or bad is a ridiculous question. As David notes about all technologies, they're good and they're bad, depending.
I interviewed David for a Tech Exec Profile for the NC Technology Association...
OMG! I love technology conferences. They're exciting & full of possibilities & looking into what could or will be, as well as what is.
Yesterday was the NC Technology Association's "State of Tech" conference in the Raleigh-Durham. We had panels addressing: emerging media, social media, financial technology, operations, & the CIO's high-level view. Plus, there were vendors whose products were oh-so-interesting. (Where else but a tech conference can you go & actually enjoy being sold to?!)
But I digress. Here are the key points I took away from the State of Tech...
When sales candidates sit across from me, I tell them, "Now is not the time to be humble. You're sitting in the bragging chair." Well, today I'm sitting in the bragging chair.
Yesterday I attended the Annual Meeting of the NC Technology Association (NCTA). 2010 NCTA Chairman Nick Kottyan handed the reigns over to Harvey Braswell for 2011, & Michael Smith of Gartner gave a forecast for 2011-2014. I am such an NCTA fan. All tech companies in NC or nearby should absolutely be members of this tech advocacy & education organization.
You may have guessed that I'm an active...
Drawing the line between personal & professional time is one of the big challenges in business today. It's always been a problem but 24-hour availability through laptops, cell phones, et al, has magnified our dilemma.
As a sales person, recruiter, & small-business owner, I've decided that there is no clear division between desk & deck for those of us actively involved in personal and/or business communities. That is, I’m often thinking business during my personal activities; conversely, I’m creating friendships within my business networks.
So now my philosophy is to forget...