Posts tagged ‘Idea’

Dial That Number


One of my annual process checks is to revisit my personal Disaster Recovery Plan. I usually try to develop a thorough way to recover from any personal disaster that could affect how I work in my business and how I keep my life sane.
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Free As In Beer?


Its an interesting time in OHANL. We’ve just come out of the most lucrative spectrum auction, just derailed one of the new entrants and finally saw two of the three largest carriers deliver 3G spectrum (five years late).
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Welcome To 1995


Today the CVCA released its latest report highlighting the state of venture funding in OHANL—the short story is that it stinks! We’ve written about this situation in prior posts and it seems the news will not improve soon. If you are a startup and looking for venture money be prepared for some very hard slogging, numerous dead ends and the brush-off in most meetings. We’re pulling for you.
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Innovation Introspection


I’ve believed for a number of years that Canada, an historical innovator in the telecom sector (among others), has been falling behind in advancing it’s position. It seems I am not alone in this thinking.
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Tasks To Go


Think | Act


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

I’m a dedicated Outlook user and a follower of Getting Things Done (GTD). I routinely add tasks to my to-do list that have been collected while in meetings or on the road. It’s easy to do—you can use your PDA or mobile phone (that synchronizes with Outlook) but during those times when it’s either not convenient or there are a long list of tasks to add what do you do?
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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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Visible Objectives


We are huge fans of objectives being front and center. Many firms we have worked with (initially) believe they have objectives, but when asked to show them, they are often rummaging around in email or desk drawers. Objectives need to be up front.
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Shulist Scale Of Conflict


Think | Act


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

Some time ago a few colleagues of ours were sitting around and talking with us about the various scales we have for reference. These include the Beaufort Scale (measures wind speed), Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness, The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, and others.

Given our regular ill-informed state, and the fact that drink was on the table, we got into an argument over what makes up the four types of scales (it turns out that the four are nominal, ordinal, interval, and ratio and you can read about them here). The argument ultimately led us to opine that there was no scale of conflict.
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Read All About It.


Over the past five years we’ve been trying to convert everything we receive or create into digital form. It makes for easier storage, searching and retrieval. So it comes as no surprise that many of the magazine subscriptions that are available  to telecoms people are slowly converting their format, at least in part, to a digital form.

One magazine which over the years we have read regularly is European Communications. In the past couple of years they have done a great job of digital conversion and it’s worthwhile to browse over to their magazine site to read the current issue. We are suitably impressed by the features and functions that the online version of the magazine has—scanning thumbnails, searching the magazine, and on screen page widgets are great. It has in fact embraced an online model so compelling we have to admit, we do not even get the paper version anymore. One tiny suggestion would be that the magazine be indexed by search engines.

If all online magazines considered a format similar to these folks the publishing industry might just have a future online.