Minneapolis, Minnesota based and nationally recognized Cloud Services Provider GoIWx, Inc. has recently been acquired by Beyond Impact (www.beyondimpactllc.com). The acquisition marks the first of many strategic moves in becoming a full service Cloud Services Provider that dominates in the global market. GoIWx already serves thousands of end users in countries all over the world which complements the existing Beyond Impact client base. With an emphasis on ERP cloud, Managed Services and Data Visualization, the two companies offerings provide a single point of contact for the clients they serve, with 24/7 follow the sun support. The combined companies have support services in the United States, India and Australia.
There wasn't as much of it to be had then. And your competition had slightly more or slightly less of it than you did. Those days are gone (and for your sake, I'm hoping that you're not just now realizing that).
We live in the age of massive amounts of data being created on a daily basis, the types of which we have never known before, and being generated at a blistering pace that doesn't appear to be subsiding. Consequently, the business game has become a lot more competitive in the last five years.
That end of the month report doesn't cut it any longer. For a number of reasons. One of which is the subject of this post. It's the form of those reports to which this blog takes exception. If you're still consuming tabular reports, even ones upgraded with static graphics, you're soon to be fossilized. Mounted in the Smithsonian next to that green and white computer print out stock paper.
What I have observed about problem solving during my now approaching 40 year career in Information Technology is that people are often trying to convince others of an approach without ever presenting a problem statement. I've seen people go directly to the solution. Sometimes those people have included me. OK, lots of times it was me. Now, there can be a variety of reasons why this happens. I may have assumed that everyone understands what the problem is (Kalsa, whose book I am currently reading, correctly points out that this is simply guessing.) Other times there may not actually have been a problem, I just had something to gain by the solution being implemented. Sometimes I was presented with a task, to solve an issue, and I just wanted to check that one off my list, so I didn't bother to invest the time to fully understand the problem, so how could I state it properly. More to the point, in each of these situations, how could I possibly arrive at the exact solution?
It doesn't matter if you are the Chief Executive of a Fortune 100 company or simply Chief Executive of You, there are four things each of us can do to enhance our image, our brand, our effectiveness as an executive. According to John Maxwell, the first phase of leadership is leading you. If we are not incorporating these four attributes into our daily lives, then we are not as effective as we could be.
So, you’re not impressed by all this talk about the importance of a positive culture to the success of an organization, huh? OK, well, keep an open mind here for a few minutes. If you can’t do that, go ahead and move on now. Because this post is going to explain why organizational culture is important and what a powerful resource a positive culture can be.
I awoke a recent Wednesday morning and found myself exactly where I should be at this point in my life: doing work that matters. That was the day I left the security of a top global IT consulting firm to join Beyond Impact, LLC. Why? Because Beyond Impact has a mission to make IT better and to do work that matters.
The behavior of making it better, when adopted and integrated into every activity, is one that will distinguish an individual as well as an organization from others, that is undeniable. Better is better than bigger. Actually, better must be a reality for any organization before it can get bigger. Samuel Truett Cathy the founder of Chick-fil-A, put it best, when challenging his organization’s focus on growth, he made the statement “if we get better, our customers will demand that we get bigger.” However, a paradigm of making it better doesn’t just happen without being intentional in one’s pursuit of this essential success behavior. Whether it be organizational improvement or individual growth, there are certain keys which are integral to the success of one’s effort to make it better.