Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy

December 17, 2012

Note: This posting is based on my weekly “Thank God It’s Monday” that helps you and your company thrive!

This week’s focus: another senseless gun tragedy

Some argue that gun violence is an inevitable outcome of our 2nd Amendment freedoms. Sadly, this inevitability manifests itself all too often. I’ve written about this before here and, after 2 tragedies this past week in Oregon and Connecticut, I revisit this issue again.

What can be done to mitigate the risk of crazies ending up with guns that will satisfy politicians and the NRA? Isn’t this the real opportunity?

  • Should we make it illegal (not just ban future sales) to own assault weapons and/or very high-capacity magazines?
  • Should we restrict sales of guns and/or ammunition over the Internet?
  • Should we ban the actual delivery of guns from gun show sales until after background checks have been completed?

The vast majority of Americans would agree with these changes right now.

We have laws and consequences for murder, but, that obviously isn’t much of a deterrent for unbalanced individuals. Gun tragedies such as we have seen aren’t crimes of passion–they are crimes involving great premeditation and, perhaps, mental illness.

Former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday this past week at Dell World 2012 offered the following observation about our political process:

The greatest barrier to change in Washington is the future never has a lobby as strong as the status quo.

It’s time to change the status quo.

The students, parents, extended families, faculty, first responders and medical teams impacted by this horrific crime are in my thoughts and prayers.

Thought for the week:

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw

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Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting

http://www.gardnerandassoc.com

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New Dell Center for Entrepreneurs

December 12, 2012

Pretty exciting news for entrepreneurs announced at Dell World 2012 yesterday:

New Dell Center for Entrepreneurs created by and for entrepreneurs

By Ingrid Vanderveldt

Today, I’m proud to announce the launch of the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs, a community designed by and for entrepreneurs to be a one stop shop for resources founders need to start and run and grow a business. Backed by the power of Dell’s online presence the site was created to serve as a gateway to the knowledge, solutions and opportunities to make this possible.

In my role as Dell’s Entrepreneur in Residence, I’ve been traveling across the United States and abroad to speak with entrepreneurs and business owners at all stages of growth to learn more about the challenges they are up against and furthermore how Dell can help. Dell Center for Entrepreneurs is the result!

The site provides information for change makers at all stages – the student with an idea; the owner of a specialty bakery; the engineer branching off on their own; the CEO of a 3,000 person firm – and will include:

  • ·         Resources: Assistance in identifying capital through Dell Financial Services and the Dell Innovators Credit Fund which helps businesses of all sizes access the credit and leasing they need to invest in technology to fuel growth. Content is driven by best practices and creative thinking and includes webcasts, videos and case studies from Dell and industry experts.
  • ·         Expertise: Building on what Dell has learned through its entrepreneurial journey, the Dell Social Innovation ChallengeDell Women’s Entrepreneur Network, and Dell Founders’ Club are cultivating a vibrant community of entrepreneurs, who connect with one another for new sources of financial and human capital, knowledge and markets. These networks can now be accessed through the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs site. 
  • ·         Solutions:  Behind most great company growth stories are pioneering uses of technology. The Dell Center for Entrepreneurs will feature their stories and content will show how businesses of all sizes and at all stages are addressing top IT trends including: cloud, virtualization, BYOD, and how to leverage data to drive business.

Entrepreneurs, start-ups and small business owners are the key to a successful, sustainable economic future through creating new jobs, revenue, innovation and productivity around the world. Dell understands the importance of fostering an environment where entrepreneurial spirit can thrive and we invite you to take the time to explore the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs on your own, but first, check out Michael Dell’s thoughts on what this new community means for entrepreneurs and innovators everywhere.

Feedback, suggestions and questions are welcome.

Full Disclosure:  I am on Dell’s Customer Advisory Panel, Dell is a client, and Dell paid my travel to attend Dell World 2012.

Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com

 

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The Continuum For Configurable Products and Services

December 10, 2012

Note: This posting is based on my weekly “Thank God It’s Monday” that helps you and your company thrive!

This week’s focus: configurable products and services

There are few things based on absolutes. Most principles exist on a continuum. People with food allergies have varying degrees of adverse stimulus response to the same allergen. Customized, configurable products and services are no different–they, too, exist on a continuum.

Not every product or service has to be a 10 in terms of feature or option quantities or complexity to be successful in the marketplace. Providers of configurable products and services are in charge of setting and managing their own continuum.

The decision made today about how configurable to be doesn’t have to be set in stone. The continuum can change as the market changes and evolves or as your capabilities and ability to manage and offer configurability evolve.

Configurable product and service providers already know that they aren’t in a “one-size-fits-all” world. It follows then there is no “one-size-fits-all” answer about the degree to which your products and services have to be configurable. The key is to hit the marketplace sweet spot. This will help you thrive.

Thought for the week:

“Fear less, hope more;
Whine less, breathe more;
Talk less, say more;
Hate less, love more;
And all good things are yours.”
– Swedish proverb 

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Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting

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Employee business execution and performance

December 3, 2012

Note: This posting is based on my weekly “Thank God It’s Monday” that helps you and your company thrive!

This week’s focus: business execution

Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!, offered the following thought via @FortuneMagazine on Twitter:

We need employees to think about their execution and we need them to think about their performance. Not potential.

To me, this means employees are engaged in the business and see how what they do impacts customers and the customer experience.

  • What kind of a “wow” employees are creating for themselves and their customers?
  • Are they passionate, engaged and excited? Fist bumps and high fives? Or, dead calm.
  • Do they see themselves making a difference or simply manning a desk?
  • Showing up for a paycheck or driven to do the best they can for themselves and their company?

If Steve Jobs left us anything it has to be the notion that superior execution and creating a great customer experience is the key factor between surviving and thriving. This comes as a result of being intentional and conscious about everything you do.

Thought for the week:

“The road to success is always under construction.” – Lily Tomlin

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Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting

http://www.gardnerandassoc.com

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