May 21

Maybe in its last month, more will show, as the summer season begins. Likely also uncertainty re. influx of tourists/seasonal families, etc. States, cities, towns, even beaches, all with different rules/protocols. Most thinkers in my network say……..just watch, listen to multiple sources, stay agile, expect surprises in areas/topics heretofore not planned for!!!…sometimes building on each other outside of the current reality ….and sometimes close to others who seem not to care @ all re. personal hygiene, or “mandated rules”. Yes a very different world for any business/operation/life process to be “normal”. How much change can we handle individually/in groups??

Apr 11

Sunny and about 48 degrees this Saturday afternoon……..A whisper of Spring? We went for a ride. Island Ferry’s not running?? Hyannis is empty. Some restaurants advertising home cooked “takeouts” with curb-side attention available. People running or dog walking. Little else………As expected, but very different. Everyone, here and elsewhere, waiting, wondering, worried….We are both doing things that might have been done sometime ago…..organizing passwords, cleaning closets, reading, etc. One day @ a time…!!!..we shall see……..

Mar 19

Can hardly believe how many things I’ve forgotten, since the last blog………. e.g., passwords, how to navigate on this system…….coming back slowly. I’ll be 86 in a few more weeks. Expecting to live much longer, I’m caught-up by the idea of other changes, perhaps each year will bring?! Unless I work to slow it down, with reasonable focus. Hopefully that answer will be apparent to quick observation, right here on this website.

We’ll see

Feb 04

Some people do. I’m more used to my Lenovo and its features…… barely used the cell phone for chess, for client contact/answers, for inquiry. Its a ;earning process. will get more important/fundamental to everyone. Not just those growing up being dependent, in some form of “hand-held. The digitual word takes us there….hopefully I’ll be a fast creative user!!

Jan 26

Singularity Hub reported on 1/23/’20, that 5 Central Banks, [England, Canada, Japan, Sweden & The European Central Bank ]plus the Bank of International Settlements, have banded together to research central bank digital currencies. I’ve only read, a bit, about “Bitcoin” and it’s descendants or rivals and am feeling out of touch……..surely am prompted into understanding more! A classic response happening often these days of deep “disrupters”………Some of my network says I’m not alone on this quest!!

After posting the above note I emailed a dozen or so “like thinkers”. Many have responded. The reply by one “author” is posted under “comments”

Jan 21

The attached list [ my poster 448] started several years ago, & was shared for discussion with client staff who were following each, or had decided not to. It’s gone way beyond obvious technology changes/possibilities. For many in the marketplace, these possibilities seem to cover an impossible set to stay up to date on ?!?!?. I actually feel a bit that way, myself,, even though I have more time now and still have a huge network. It takes careful focus and some uncomfortable decisions to skip a few…………not easy…….even if you have a big staff and/or advanced vendor connections! So…how much coverage is enough??

Jan 08

Years ago, soon after being elected a very young Vice President, the Chairman asked me to write, on one page or less…what the Management Information System”, was and what good it would do the organization and our customers?!?!…..well…….. I thought, we do need help if one page has to be the frame of important answers………..Of course I used a “legal” sized sheet….which annoyed him a great deal, but he accepted it, read and questioned..and we continued as one of the first in our profession!!! Actually for a number of years…… It took me many more years to really learn the power of being concise and to do it. Likely still in that quest!!

Nov 17

Christmas decor, lots of adds, announcements, sales, trips, all seem to be covering any mention, or common awareness of the next holiday to celebrate. Some Halloween decor is still up. Of course that just past evening has gotten bigger, comparatively, to me. in more recent years. Candy and costumes for children, plus adults now going to parties, etc. make for more $ sales to seek. Thanksgiving has less $/focus opportunities, except for getting turkeys, or family/communal meals. Even here in New England where the celebration was largely centered originally. Shopping habits or trends, during the weeks of December, a month time period, are already laced throughout the press. What happened to highlighting Thanks giving? Or more importantly observing its meaning?

Even with retail shop actions, and surely in some some homes with very early Christmas decor, we all have reason to be thankful….and to remember the opportunity………despite the much less seasonality in comparison

Nov 12
Nov 04

That’s a “Chicago area” term, I think. That part of the fall was really, in my mind, the best season, of many years there. We’ve had here now on Cape Cod, during September , October and several days so far in November, the same beauty, sunshine, & warmth. But a bit cooler. And now with daylight saving “fall back” over [ why do we all still do that old adjustment?!?!?], darkness earlier in the afternoon. Winter waits..hopefully with it’s own separate beauties!! Enjoy together……….

Oct 16

A long standing client ask me to speak with their leadership team, exploring “StrenghtsFinders” [SF], with the real purpose of knowing more about their own habits/traits/attitudes, and hopefully insights about their effectiveness. We covered a bit about “profiling” in general, but went in depth, with follow-up suggestions for their focus on SF. In my opinion/experience, it’s by far the best….broadest, deepest, with lots of literature available for further examination/application to their work requirements, and to their life!

Upon returning home I dug out my file and multiple books to begin studying again. Very useful.There is still much to improve/fix and tons to learn yet, even though I had believed I was an “expert” of sorts. Actually is something I should have been doing anyways and will follow up, in the mentoring I do there, with 8-10 leaders

Sep 30

A longtime friend, Allan Alter, used to be editor @ DataMation, and also spoke for me @ several Leadership Learning Forums. He accepted a position @ WEF to study/forecast the not yet much talked about Artificial Intelligence. Of course the study focus spread, linking to more of today’s disruptive trends. The resulting document goes to Davos in Jan., 2020, then more public [not available to me or most of us yet]. But much is reviewable, and provocative on WEF’s website -[ go there please and ponder the impact on you/yourposition]………… including….AI… Future jobs [displace 75 million, create 133 million] ….digital surveillance…….personalized education…..Board level responsibility….focus in China…..etc. Much to adjust for…….

wef’s website

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