Understanding When to Give Feedback

Harvard Business Review
December 4, 2014

Providing feedback is not merely a hoop to jump through when the time for performance reviews rolls around. It should be an ongoing process woven into the fabric of everyday work. Read this article from Harvard Business Review.

Recognizing Weeds in Your Company


Problems, bad hires, unintentional values taking over your business – think of them as weeds.  In a well managed garden, weeds are dealt with immediately, not allowed to take over the garden. In an organization, problems are the same way. As an example, take a look at your company core values.  Whether you’ve defined them or not, values underlie the actions and decisions being made in your company. They’ve grown like weeds, or they’ve been intentionally designed, integrated, and managed.

Values Based Leadership

University of California
September 2008

This is a one-hour class on Values Based Leadership. Great reminders and lessons on what leadership means, beyond the finance, human resources, operations, marketing, and other skills.

Ron Kaiser Wins CFO Hall of Fame Award

Northern Virginia Technology Council
June 3, 2014

Ron Kaiser was honored with the Michael G. Devine Hall of Fame Award for his lifetime contributions to our region’s technology business community. The award was given at the 18th Annual NVTC Greater Washington Technology CFO Awards on June 2. The CFO Awards recognize local chief financial officers and financiers for outstanding achievement and excellence in promoting the area’s technology community. (Full article at link.)

At this gala event, chief financial officers will be recognized for extraordinary achievement and excellence in promoting the development of the Greater Washington region’s technology community.  The Michael G. Devine Hall of Fame Award will be presented to Ron Kaiser, in recognition of his contributions to the Greater Washington region’s technology business community. 

Date: June 2, 2014
Time: 6:00 - 9:15 p.m.
Event: The Greater Washington Technology CFO Awards
Topic: CFO Awards
Sponsor: Northern Virginia Technology Council
Venue: Ritz Carlton
Location: 1700 Tyson's Blvd.
McLean, VA
Public: Public
Crossing the Chasm

Crossing the Chasm (HarperCollins, 2014, 3rd edition)

What It’s About:
To describe what this book is about, I’ll use a direct quote from Moore.

“The point of greatest peril in the development of a high-tech market lies in making the transition from an early market dominated by a few visionary customers to a mainstream market dominated by a large block of customers who are predominantly pragmatists in orientation.”

Be More Persuasive by Taking a Breath

Talking Colleagues

Ever been in one of those one-sided conversations where it seemed impossible to get a word in?  How did it make you feel?  Words like “bored” or “irritated” probably top the list.  In situations like that, my mind begins to wonder to thoughts such as “this person could care less about what I have to say,” or “WHEN will she stop talking?”