Monthly Archives: April 2012

Libdrone's Thoughts and Musings

“It all depends on how you answer the meta questions,”  I explained to my friend.

“What are the meta questions?,” he replied

“That’s one of the first things you have to agree on.”

I have to tell you right up front that Dude is smart.   All of my close friends always are.    If I’m smarter than you and we are friendly,  I may be genuinely attracted to something about you.    More likely,   if you at some point fail two or three smart tests,   I might just re-evaluate the relationship and focus instead on manipulating you into doing something for me.   Or just ignore for awhile if you have nothing I want today.     I fear that I have too much ethics and long range thinking to ever actually con someone out of money or to be greedy.    I did set my huzband…

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Prital Kadakia

It’s been a while since my last post as life caught up with me, but I figured it may be a good time to start getting things going. What better way than to go straight into the heart of one of the Valley’s success stories – LinkedIn. Analysts are congregating around a “hold” recommendation at a market capitalization of 20x revenues with LinkedIn’s current market capitalization of just under $11 billion. This story alone makes LinkedIn a huge success, but imagine if instead of estimates of close to $900 million this year, LinkedIn approached a much larger market – the complete integration of people management.

LinkedIn has prided itself on providing companies with robust data. Having visited their headquarters, I have seen first hand the intensity the company puts towards pattern recognition and data analysis to draw insights. Yet, today LinkedIn is designed for a small but important part of…

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William Pearl

I wrote this presentation some time ago. As I review the content, I believe it still holds true today as it did then. Well then, I had 20 reasons!

When I headed Engineering, I remember one of my engineers sharing with me: “My initiative would be just fine, if I did not have people in it!”

I must admit – I chuckled. The reality is most projects and initiatives fail because of the soft-side of the project.

Here are my 30 Reasons Why Strategic Initiatives Fail:

The Strategy

1. Failing to define your ideal future vision in the beginning… that is shared.

2. Failing to clarify and simplify.

3. Developing only superficial vision, mission and values statements. Especially those that end up on a wall or in a folder somewhere. Not lived.

4. Forgetting that people support what they feel they have been apart of.

5. Failing to make tough…

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