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The quality in quality time

Proponents and supporters of "quality time" argue that quality makes up for quantity with regard to spending time with family or friends. They reason that it is okay to "sacrifice" away some time because it will be recovered fuller through higher quality, i.e. in "quality time". But when people get off work to spend "quality time" with family or friends, how much "quality" are they actually putting into and getting out of their "quality time"?
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Adapting project at the speed of business

In large enterprises, implementing a new project can be slow. It can take years from when management has an idea to improve the business and initiates the project until the project starts delivering value. Sometimes, by the time the project finishes many business opportunities are lost or, worse, business condition may have changed unfavourably from when the idea was incubated. Increasingly, business condition changes at a faster pace than in previous years. Projects must adapt to keep up with the business reality and deliver value faster.
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Top reasons to use open source software

In early days of open source movement, fear mongers created the perception that open source software is not fit for large organisations. Despite the costs, commercially licensed software was seen as a safer alternative to open source and many arguments were brought forward to claim the hidden cost of open source software. Some corporate IT managers still think like this. And they are doing their companies a great disservice.
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Talent mismanagement

If one searches for "talent management" on the internet, the results that come back are typically dominated by recruiting-oriented or human resource management search results. This probably reflects current prevalent practices in many organisations around the globe. However it seems to obfuscate one critical factor in any talent management i.e. the proactive involvement of senior leadership and anybody who manages employees. Anything less than proactive talent management can end up being talent mismanagement.
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Myths of early technology adoption

Being an early adopter for new technology is not for the faint of hearts. True. But often decision makers are subjected to fear mongering tactics that make it seems far riskier than it needs to be. Despite the best intention to measure return on investment, technology investment is wrought with political manoeuvres and myths, especially when the new technology is placed face-to-face against established technology. At the same time, it is unwise to dismiss the opportunities that can be made possible by new technology.
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Career crossroads

What are the most common reasons for professionals to change jobs? Usually: unresolved negative incident, family-related move, or unsolicited recruitment. All of these are externally influenced circumstances; in other words, externally triggered as opposed to internally triggered. But these are, usually, not within one's direct sphere of influence, thus limited influence on improving or maintaining job satisfaction. Arguably, a better approach at managing one's job satisfaction is via personal monitoring of career crossroads signs.
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CEO travel

In this day and age, it is fair to expect a CEO of any huge company to travel by company jet. It's a more efficient use of his / her time than flying by commercial airline. No time wasted for waiting for departure and there is no need to wait for connecting flight. Definitely no missed connection. The efficiency gained is not just from time saved, but also from lack of aggravation that may arise from airport or airline staffs. The payback is well worth it when the company's business involves significant travel for the CEO. And when the CEO is not using the jet, the rest of the executive team can use it too. It's a win-win proposition. (Unless of course if the CEO is appearing before the U.S. Congress to ask for bail out fund of multi-billion dollars during a terrible financial crisis - that's another story.)
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The Lost Internet Vision

The internet has changed businesses in ways that have never been possible before. Competitive advantage that comes from inefficiencies in information distribution cannot be held for long, if at all, because competitors have almost equal access to the same information on the internet. Gone are the days that require businesses to locate specific activities only at certain locations due to the availability of information sources (e.g. near the capitals, universities, etc). The internet makes the information available ubiquitously as if it comes from around the corner. At the same time, this has yet to revolutionise the redistribution of opportunities where internet has treaded path.

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Renewable energy is profitable

Renewable energy is not just a fashionable catch-phrase based on moral or environmental grounds. Renewable energy makes good long term business sense regardless of oil price fluctuations. The key is to plan strategically and holistically.

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The inertia of fear

"Fear" is not a much-used word in the workplace, for whatever reason, although in bad times, people are more open to talk about it, e.g. "fear of losing a job", etc. Nonetheless, fear is one of human being's basic emotions. It is ever present in the workplace, consciously or unconsciously, bad times or good times. Managing people, in one way or another, requires managers to understand how fear can affect corporate performance.

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The purpose of influence

"Intelligence? Checked. Career? Checked. Money? Checked. Professional and social networks? Checked. Now what?" These questions get asked often by high powered individuals, but the answers do not always satisfy. An interesting approach to find the answer is through understanding one's sphere of influence and then defining a purpose with which to focus his / her influence.

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Nanogenomic-robot

"War" on illegal drugs has been going on for decades. And yet the illegal drugs continue to flood the market and they are getting cheaper and more accessible to victims. One of the approaches to combat this is by disrupting the supply of raw material at the source. There are many success stories, but, overall, the progress has been less than stellar. Maybe it is time to employ a new technology: nanogenomic-robot.

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