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I hope as you read this and wind down 2013 you are able to see not only those items you didn’t check off your goal list but those that you did. There are very few people that I meet who shouldn’t consider themselves blessed for what they achieved. They just need to take the time to see it. I also hope you are taking these last moments of the year to prepare for the next. Preparation before Execution is one of our core values and I can tell you that personally I haven’t always done it but I know that when you do your chances of succeeding in the effort increase exponentially.
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As many of you know, two of my favorite quotes are “The only thing inevitable is change” and “If you don’t like change, you should learn to love irrelevance”. I’m not sure who I first heard say them, but I use them to remind myself and my team that we have to be aware, flexible and prepared.
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There is a new virus out there that is making its rounds and it is one the most severe viruses we’ve seen. Within the last couple of weeks news has been spreading about a virus known as Cryptolocker. Cryptolocker is a virus that is commonly referred to as ransomware. Ransomware is when a piece of malicious software takes over your computer and prevents you from doing anything except booting up. It gives you an ultimatum to pay the people behind it or lose all your data. This type of virus/malware is becoming increasingly popular among criminals and illegal organizations. The most common that people may have seen is the “FBI Virus.”
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While I know we still have a little more time together I wanted to be one of the first to say good bye. You have been in our lives for over 12 years and during that time we have come to depend on you. You have your quirks and issues but we have learned to work around them. Some days you move slower than I would like or run into issues doing your work. You probably have taken more sick days due to viruses or mental health than anyone else I know. You have worked hard to stay up to date in your job and have continued to be there for us personally and professionally. Some have built businesses around you that they have kept going even when you were not the best solution for them. But the time has come for you to retire and move on. You are just not of this generation. I know your father(s) and mother(s) are proud of what you have accomplished. You have touched more people than anyone before you. May your passing be quick and your replacement have all of your skills and less of your faults. May those of us who loved working with you find solace in knowing that you were here a long time and served us well.
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I hope everyone is moving into the home stretch of 2013 with energy and passion for what they are doing. I also hope you are starting to review and plan for an even better 2014. One of the keys that I believe you have to do to be successful is have a plan, measure yourself on how you are doing in your execution, then build a new/better plan.
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I had a great 4th of July holiday, like I do for most holidays. Want to know why? Because it’s one of the few days each year I get my email inbox and saved folders down to either zero messages or very close.
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I’m sure that many of you saw the exciting announcement about our acquisition of the IT Service Division of Giddens Consulting. I wanted to use this space to provide you more information from my perspective about what this means for our clients, employees, and vendor partners.
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"Bring Your Own Device" (aka BYOD) has created new demands and strains on IT resources within businesses. Many are now turning to "Corporately-Owned, Personally-Enabled" (aka COPE) as the way to answer staff's clamor for a variety of devices without some of the security issues inherent within a BYOD strategy.
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I recently sat down with a young entrepreneur who had launched a new business venture but wasn’t as successful as he wanted it to be. As we talked, he shared what he hoped his business would have done by now; how he felt like his sales team just wasn’t delivering; and how his front line staff just didn’t seem to understand how he wanted the business to be run. After about an hour unloading his hopes and feelings about the business, I had to tell him the most difficult words one entrepreneur can say to another: “You’re bound to fail.”
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