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Nortel Necropsy-The Novel


Nortel was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of the burial was signed by the bankers, the accountants, the auditor, and the retired employees. Old Nortel was as dead as a door-nail (with our apologies to Dickens).
However, it took James Bagnall, a journalist for the Ottawa Citizen to attempt the full autopsy while the vultures carried away the tasty bits.
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Award Reward


It’s getting to be that time where everyone is creating their best of / worst of lists for 2009. All this year end hype is just great fodder for what usually is a slow news time. What’s surprising about the Internet Telephony’s awards is who has shown up.
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The Fog Of Decision Making


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One in a series of Leadership Articles to cause you to think and perhaps to act. Read other articles.


I attended the most recent session of the Rotman’s School of Business training program for Corporate Directors over the past year. During the course of the program I had time to both read and think about senior level leadership decisions.
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Decision Action Event Threshold Part 2


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One in a series of Leadership Articles to cause you to think and perhaps to act. Read other articles.

You might recall in prior post we discussed the concept of the Decision Action Event Threshold (DATE). Check this out for a quick refresher course.
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Telecom Tycoon Terry


Serial entrepreneur Terry Matthews was interviewed by SKY news in the UK. Matthews, Welsh by birth and Canadian by choice has some interesting advice in the short clip. He is one of our telecom giants with his creation of a string (more than 200 by his claim) of companies. He was the founder behind such telecom greats such as Mitel and Crosskeys among others.
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Meeting Bleating


I was reminded last week, once more, that some individuals, who choose to run meetings, have no clue how to organize, manage an agenda and end on time with a satisfactory (at the least) outcome. As an independent consultant who charges for time spent on projects I am always conscious of what productive work is being done while I sit in a meeting (whether I am being paid or not).
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Executive Assistants run the Universe


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One in a series of Leadership Articles to cause you to think and perhaps to act. Read other articles.

I have had the privilege of working with a number of excellent Executive Assistants¬†(EA) who tried very diligently to keep me on the straight and narrow. From these folks I learned a great deal of how to make that relationship work. Most of the foundation of an Assistant’s success in managing with an executive comes from effective commitment management.
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One Brain Cell


While reading the April issue of Inc. I was reminded last month about a very painful period of my life in the telecom industry. It was during a period of time I worked for a complete idiot that we underlings referred to as “The Man With One Brain Cell”, (TMWOBC) or (with apologies to Alfred Hitchcock) “The Man Who Knew Too Little”.
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Sales to Services handoff


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One in a series of Leadership Articles to cause you to think and perhaps to act. Read other articles.

Managing the space between sales and a delivery organization has it’s unique challenges. Over the many years I’ve walked in that somewhat rough ground I’ve learned a thing or two about how to manage the process and in doing so, myself.
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Telecom Is Bumpy


Back in 2005, Thomas L. Friedman wrote The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century an interesting history of our recent past. We read it with great interest and imagined what it might mean to the world of telecom. The book was a bit of a wake up call to many industries and we recommended it to many of our colleagues. A world without barriers to business had a very compelling ring to it.
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