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Not All Managers Have Pointy Hair: A CEO's Guide to Understanding Management

Follow the founding engineer turned CEO of a data visualization services provider as he offers insight into management perspectives and shares unique experiences from the executive level, including key lessons in resolving management issues, advancing you

Published: Thu, 23 Nov 2017 21:05:05 +0000


The Furry Receptionist

Fri, 19 Oct 2007 09:59:12 GMT

I had my dog Maggie in at work with me yesterday. She's a sweet-as-can-be 8-year-old yellow lab. During the day she spends most of her time hanging out in my office or wandering around looking for somebody to play fetch with. She doesn't bark and only occasionally grumbles if she's not getting enough attention. I've visited other offices where I've seen the rare dog and, being a dog-lover, I think it's cool. At one investor group in San Francisco, there is a huge dog (a mastiff I think) t

Software Business 2007 Attendees?

Thu, 27 Sep 2007 18:08:53 GMT

Just a quick program note: I'll be at the Software Business 2007 Conference in San Jose next week giving a talk on Accelerating Business Performance Management Through On-Demand Analytics. The session is about how software as a service can help promote and improve utilization of corporate metrics. It should be fun. (Well, if you consider tooth extraction "fun", it'll be a blast!) If you're there, please stop on by

I don't buy software from Fred Flintstone

Fri, 21 Sep 2007 09:54:07 GMT

This past week I spent a few days at's Dreamforce user conference in San Francisco's Moscone Center. Our company was there talking up our NetCharts On-Demand product line. I spent a lot of my time exploring the vendor expo floor, talking to different vendors and customers. As I walked around, it was easy to see those companies whose mark

CEO ISO Prof. Cnctns

Fri, 14 Sep 2007 16:10:28 GMT

And......we're back! So after that short, year-long break from this blog, I have returned! (Please keep the groans to yourself) So what's new? Well, let's start with Linkedin. It's fun. (I think ITToolbox may have similar content, but I haven't used it... SORRY) If you're not familiar with Linked in, and you're a software business executive or executive-wannabee, you may want to take a look. The general idea is that it's a social networking site for bu

Vision vs. Hallucination

Fri, 16 Jun 2006 10:33:33 GMT

I like the word "visionary". At a conference I attended a few weeks ago, Russ Daniels, Hewlett-Packard CTO, was slated to give a "visionary" presentation. He admitted he was somewhat intimidated by such a grandiose word. Apparently Carly Fiorino had told him that the only difference between "vision" and "hallucinations" was the number of people who could see what you were seeing. That's an interesting observation I think.

Free Will, Eh?

Fri, 14 Apr 2006 10:16:16 GMT

A few weeks ago, after my Heartless blog entry, I received some great thought-provoking critical feedback both directly and indirectly. The gist of the comments was "Ok, well that's great for shareholders, but what about the best interests of the employees?" It's a great question.

When opportunity knocks...

Fri, 07 Apr 2006 10:42:42 GMT

A few weeks ago I was looking over some other blog posts here on ITToolbox and got intrigued by a thread that mentioned the benefits of volunteering for "impossible" projects. In other words, taking on projects and moving in directions that naysayers say can't be done. At least one poster commented favorably on the opportunities that such situations provide.


Mon, 27 Mar 2006 21:36:36 GMT

When my parter and I finally launched our dynamically generated Java-based graphics software, we'd been working on it 16+ hours a day for many months. We knew that to gain a toehold in the emerging Java market, we'd have to have a solid software release. We spent hour after hour after hour in front of our workstations - designing, implementing and testing software, sorting through use cases, developing examples, writing, editing, and reworking the documentation.

AJAX Dashboards - A Word from Our Sponsor

Thu, 23 Mar 2006 11:10:10 GMT

Okay, By now you probably know I'm a CEO. You know what my number one job is? My number one job is to sell! Did you think you were going to get all this great entertainment and advice for free? Well, me too, but I changed my such, this is my first commercial in about 35 posts.


Mon, 20 Mar 2006 20:56:56 GMT

Last night I watched the movie Cinderella Man, based on the remarkable life of depression-era boxer J.J. Braddock. In one scene, Braddock's manager, Jay Gould, asks boxing promoter Jimmy Johnston to "have a heart", and not show J.J. a film of Braddock's next opponent (Max Baer) beating another boxer to death in the ring.

I Demand a Recount!

Wed, 08 Mar 2006 13:52:52 GMT

ah nevermind.... I won

Why Geddy Can't Schmooze

Sun, 05 Mar 2006 18:01:01 GMT

Well? How many "Geddy's" do you know? As far as I'm concerned, there is but one: Geddy Lee, frontman for one of my all time favorite bands, Rush. I thought of him this past week as I was driving to the airport from the SaaS Summit conference held at a very posh golf resort in Upper Kah-lee-for-nye-A. The conference had been attended by an extraordinary number of C-level, and VP-level executives looking to discuss or discover what

It pays to be in a small category

Mon, 27 Feb 2006 20:51:51 GMT

I love contests. Considering I haven't posted anything since last September, imagine my surprise at being one of five nominee's for "Best Executive Blog"! I just want to, shucks,....I just wan-....I just...ah....nevermind. I don't know how many "Executive blogs" there are, but if there are more than five, then let's face it: somebody just isn't very good. (Perhaps they consider running their companies more important than writing a blog....losers). Executive blogs are kind of li

Getting Rid Of CRUD

Fri, 23 Sep 2005 14:13:13 GMT

Hi everybody, I apologize for being MIA for the last eight or nine months while my company, Visual Mining, focused on developing a new product (called Sales Executive). But don't worry. This blog entry isn't going to be a commercial about our new way-cool Software as a Service (SaaS) product; rather, this blog is about the SaaS market itself, commonly known as "on-demand".

Requiem For A Dead Company

Thu, 30 Jun 2005 10:18:18 GMT

I've seen it a few times before. A dead company. The unmistakable pall of hopelessness and denial; Defeat followed by attrition. The body is still slouching along, oblivious to the loss of it's soul. But we all can see it for what it is: Dead.