As the owner of a commercial art gallery for more than 24 years, I never imagined that people would buy art online, or that I would be selling to them without any prior relationship or connection. I had seen the importance of developing mutual trust and respect with clients, and per tradition, I would nurture these working relationships over a period of years. However, I was proven wrong; while I have continued to spark and build new connections around the world as an art consultant, I’ve done so remotely with the ability to work anywhere. I’ve heard companies refer to someone like me as a “nomad,” and I know many entrepreneurs who fit this class of professionals.
Octane Results: Technology
This article was originally featured on Inc.com and has been reposted here with permission from the author.
Today’s workplace is a potential landmine for communications disasters, which can lead to big problems for business owners. Two primary reasons are generational challenges and technology challenges.
Are you a large business, looking to manage your various functions in a smooth and organised way? Do you want your business activities to be carried out smoothly with minimal hassles? Running a business efficiently and productively needs a lot of help from the information technology sector. Getting Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software may be the perfect solution.
Cyber criminals will use any means available to get your information or you money – both, if possible. They are performing technical attacks against every device connected to the internet, probing for vulnerabilities, bad configurations or poor security. It does not matter the size of your organization; whether you are Fortune 500 company with 2,000 employees or if you are startup with only three employees, you are at risk of being under attack. But cyber criminals are also using another kind of attack to take advantage of our natural tendency to trust.
In my 15 years as a CEO in the technology industry, I have witnessed the rise of the smartphone and the evolution of the digital age from behind the scenes. In 2003, I founded Techtonic Group, a company that provides expertise in software application development and mobile applications, while the industry was on the precipice of change: Flip phones were about to become obsolete, the word “app” would soon be mainstream and companies that did not embrace the rapidly changing technological landscape would be left by the wayside. When I created Techtonic Group, my goal was never just to run a thriving business and successfully ride the wave of change.
My vision was bigger.
What may seem like an innocent app, the game on your phone can actually teach you about leadership.
Candy Crush – I constantly play it on my phone, and it can be quite addictive. I’m only one of the 93 million people playing daily. And sure, it’s a simple game on a phone, but the truth is that leaders can actually learn a few lessons from playing:
By Graham Marsden, Director of Marketing, Entrepreneurs’ Organization
The Early Days of .gif Files
Think back to the early days of the internet, back to the time where you went to the store and shelled out a hard-earned $40 to purchase a screensaver featuring flying toasters in order to prevent screen-burn on your bulbous CRT monitor. Now remember the visual smorgasbord that the best internet marketers were employing at the time – an all-in appeal to grab your attention for more than a fleeting second. Yes, I’m talking about the early days of the animated .gif file format.
A positive and energetic culture around the office is not something you can, or should, fake.
Tom Turner, an Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) member from Nashville, is the co-founder and steward of purpose of DSi, one of the nation’s leading providers of advanced electronic discovery and digital forensics services. We asked Tom how company culture can help businesses generate new clients. Here’s what he had to say:
In 1998, Enron executives wanted to entice investors with their newly created commodity trading center, Enron Energy Services (EES). They played host to a group of Wall Street analysts who walked through a room filled with giant television screens, computers and employees making deals and taking trades over the phone.
Most of us spend some amount of time–sometimes a lot!–online. Instead of chasing after provocative headlines and weird old tricks, why not spend time on sites that will make you smarter in life, shrewder in business, and wiser in leadership?
Here are 30 of the best sites for professional and personal development. Learn as an individual or connect your team.
The term “digital divide” was first coined in 2001 by political scientists to describe how uneven access to the internet would create a population of left-behind “information have-nots.” Fifteen years later, the focus for technologists – whether they originate from the White House, Silicon Valley, or grassroots initiatives like Albany Can Code – isn’t on increasing the diversity of people who have access to the internet; it’s on increasing diversity among those who have jobs in the tech sector.