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?”  


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 (Harvard Business Press, 2012)

What It’s About: Kotter outlines an eight-step process for organizational change initiatives. He emphasizes the importance of creating a sense of urgency, or a compelling need for change. Complacency is a great challenge to overcome and he offers a roadmap and examples to do so.