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Go Private with Abine

May 15, 2012 By: Chris Colbert

As much as gross self-promotion is not our thing, in this case, the promotion helps us all.  Check out our

As much as gross self-promotion is not our thing, in this case, the promotion helps us all.  Check out our work here for Abine, the online privacy company.  And go private.

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The Difference Between Innovation and Smart Innovation

April 23, 2012 By: Chris Colbert

On Wednesday, April 18th, 30 CEOs of Boston-based companies came together at Holland-Mark’s fourth CEO Series event to hear from

On Wednesday, April 18th, 30 CEOs of Boston-based companies came together at Holland-Mark’s fourth CEO Series event to hear from Dr. Beth Altringer of Harvard on the topic of “Smart Innovation”. Dr. Altringer has spent the last ten years studying team-based innovation to identify what creates optimal innovating environments. Her observations about “what it takes” align closely with what it takes to create high-performing organizations in general:  clear motivations, designated roles and responsibilities, a risk-encouraging culture, and no assholes. Yes, no assholes. Her views are augmented by Holland-Mark’s own in the event handout “Smart Innovation: The Seven Dimensions of Getting Innovation Right”. CEO Series #4 – Smart Innovation For CEOs interested in attending the next CEO Series event, “How to Hire All-Stars,” please contact Heather Ward, the CEO Series program coordinator, at hward@holland-mark.com.

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The CEO as Brand

January 24, 2012 By: Chris Colbert

Our CEO Series bi-monthly events at Grill 23 continue to attract an engaged and engaging audience of CEOs. Topics have

Our CEO Series bi-monthly events at Grill 23 continue to attract an engaged and engaging audience of CEOs. Topics have ranged from “Social Media for CEOs” to last week’s event, “The CEO as Brand.” Speaker Israel Ganot, CEO and co-founder of Gazelle, shared his story and how he is working on different ways he can share it with the broader marketplace. Each event is supported by a takeaway mini-book on the topic.  The 7 Principles of The CEO as Brand can be viewed and downloaded here. The CEO as Brand: 7 Principles and Platitudes to Elevate You and Yours For CEOs interested in attending the next CEO Series event, “Innovate or Else,” please contact Heather Ward, the CEO Series program coordinator, at hward@holland-mark.com.

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Risk and Sacrifice

January 8, 2012 By: Chris Colbert

The measure of any successful company is its ability to affect sustainable growth while maintaining strong cash flow and a

The measure of any successful company is its ability to affect sustainable growth while maintaining strong cash flow and a healthy balance sheet. The measure of any successful country is roughly the same: a growing GDP, consistent surpluses, and a portfolio of tangible and intangible assets that easily cover its tangible and intangible liabilities. The seven men and women currently running to become the 45th president of the United States are effectively trying to win a race that will end up in another race: the race to right our economy and get our national income statement and balance sheet back in order. It is a race against the slippery slope of time and competitive nations, a race against the erosion of consumer confidence and the declining capacity of our nation to create equity versus simply issue debt (and print money)....

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Steve Jobs was Right and Wrong

December 13, 2011 By: Chris Colbert

I just finished reading an excellent New Yorker article by Malcolm Gladwell entitled “Tweakers“.  The gist is this:  not unlike

I just finished reading an excellent New Yorker article by Malcolm Gladwell entitled “Tweakers“.  The gist is this:  not unlike the concept of the Last Mile, the truth of much of the innovation that has changed the world is that its societal significance has come as much from the innovators who refined the original idea as the innovators who first came up with it. Job’s legacy while seeming to be about innovation really is about his ability to see a good idea and make it better, much better.  And for that he was supremely talented and supremely right.   Gladwell’s depiction of this is crystal clear as is his depiction of Jobs’ tweaking methods, which is where our 21st century mini-messiah went extremely wrong.  He tweaked by shoving, demanding, demonizing and humiliating people.  Getting it right, as he defined right,...

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