Archive for February, 2010

Is the U. S. economy stronger than you think?

February 18, 2010

**This post is my response to a thought-provoking question originated by “Marc” in LinkedIn. Unfortunately, I lost where I saw Marc’s question posted.  Marc presented quantitative information that supports a thinking the economy is stronger than one believes it is.  “Marc” deserves credit for this primer.  Following is my response:**

Personally and professionally, Marc, I feel the US economy is in a steady, albeit comparative and laboriously slow improvement.  Without creating a political debate as to if 2009’s Stimulus Legislation “saved” or “created” my sense of optimism, a practical person can see the proverbial “light at the end of the Great Recession tunnel”.  Further, I am fervently optimistic this light is not a freight train towing a load of continued despair speeding toward us.

I concur the numbers, reports and by my own professionally developed sense of business cycles that the US economy is getting stronger.  One example my research reveals is a noticeable up-tick in the number of employment opportunities seeking resources such as Sales Manager, Business Development Director, Sales Director, Market Manager, and the like.  In my opinion, these postings reveal businesses, and many of them are small-businesses of less than 500 personnel, are carefully and methodically positioning themselves to take advantage of anticipated growth that will emerge via 21st Century innovative practices.  Many business professionals understand they need capital in order to grow.  Increased hiring and training a strategically fine-tuned phalanx of motivated Sales Managers will generate resources needed to grow and prosper.

In full disclosure, I remain a wee-bit wary of what lies beyond the unforeseen ridge of this country’s return to consistent strength.  My research and strategic planning experience point to many variables for calculation within and throughout this journey.  Variables such as political confusion, potential terrorism, persistent media flowing throughout every conduit one receives information, interaction of global financial structures…the variables are numerous.  However, these obstacles can be surmounted.

First, I feel this new information age and the human animal’s access to anything –  news, ATM’s, online movies, mounds of confusing and improperly managed information – has distorted reasonable thinking.  I feel since one can have what they want, when and as fast as how they want it, leads one to believe the same occurs when repairing the deep damage of the Great Recession.  My strategic enterprise-wide management skills and experience, coupled with past military police training, has taught me that successful, methodical, practical progress creates implementable and long-term success.  A return to practicality and using lucid, planned metrics, in my opinion, is imperative.

Finally, the previously mentioned obstacles are overcome by a return to basic values.  Trust, confidence, collaboration, focus, unity, integrity and, most importantly, eliminate fear.  Fear is a motivator and a debilitation at the same time.  No personal achievement, innovation or major economic recovery, I feel, materialized because potential results are feared.  Our nation WILL return to prosperity and growth when fear is either managed or removed.  Success is achieved when a return to common sense leadership and optimistic courage permeates the American psyche.  This is how our nation recovered from the rubble of the Great Depression.  This is how WE WILL emerge from the Great Recession.

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Analyst: Email will lose ground to social networks | VentureBeat

February 4, 2010

via Analyst: Email will lose ground to social networks | VentureBeat.

This timely article moves in lock-step with what many in my professional network educated me about some three (3) years ago.  For example, one contact who is an IT professional at the prestigous Emory University (Atlanta, GA) shocked me stating “…email is obsolete on the Emory campus.”  The advent and increased use of texting was one support example.  The other support example is highlighted in this article.

Social networking, in conjunction with smartphone technology, offers increase innovation and efficiency of communicating ideas/concepts via a real time, or “constant on” cloud presence.  One can only imagine what innovations yet to be uncovered as the new iPad matures.  Business is moving – as I consistently maintain – out of the 20th Century Industrial Age into the 21st Century Service and Information Age. 

My next innovation focus is researching tools that can efficiently manage voluminous amounts of information/data for effective use and application.