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?”  

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Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (Thomas Nelson, 2012)

What It’s About
This book is about combining great products with effective online methods of “tribe building” rather than marketing.  Hyatt has successfully built a large and well-known on-line following and he outlines his strategies.

leading.change

Leading Change (Harvard Business Press, 2012)

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The Amazon of Higher Education

Slate
January 2, 2014

This article is a great example of how important it is to think differently.  Doing things the same old way, just because you’ve always done it that way, can lead to failure.  This small New Hampshire University has learned the value of stepping outside of their comfort zone.

Learn how similar your company culture is to an ecosystem.  This analogy can help you understand why certain types of behaviors, decisions, actions, and even people thrive in your company while others do not.  Does high productivity thrive or does doing the bare minimum?  Does micromanagement thrive or does trust?  This presentation provides a quick overview of a simply comparison that can bring tremendous understanding.