humble confidence navigate the challenges

Use Humble Confidence to Navigate Challenges

While confidence will get you through challenges, humility will help you navigate them. Without humility—the ability to truly listen to the market, my advisors, and my customers—I would never have realized the flaw in my company’s approach to offshoring. I simply didn’t believe it could work. 

If I had been bull-headed and stubborn, I never would have gotten past this point. Luckily, I surrounded myself early on with advisors I respected and would listen to. I was able to form a brand-new strategy and approach. 

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Information Age 2.0 and Data Byproducts - David DeWolf

Information Age 2.0 and Data Byproducts

We’ve heard a lot about it. I’ve spoken a lot about it. Information Age 2.0 is here.

The second generation of the information age is not about information for the sake of the organizational optimization or creating efficiencies within the business. That was the first generation.

Information Age 2.0 is all about creating corporate growth. It’s all about fueling business, the production of revenue and profit from our information assets.

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Creating Organizational Culture - David DeWolf

Creating Organizational Culture

I have an ongoing debate with a good friend who is also a mentor and seasoned executive who I respect quite a bit. This debate is about organizational culture.

His hypothesis is that you cannot create or build organizational culture. He maintains that it just happens organically from the makeup of the people within the organization.

According to this viewpoint, culture is an accidental result of how an organization just happens to live.

I believe, on the other hand, that you can shape organizational culture, that you can create and build a culture very deliberately. Here’s how.

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Humble Confidence: Get Through the Challenges

Humble Confidence Gets You Through Challenges

Humble confidence will get you through the inevitable challenges you’ll face, both in business and in life.

General Patton once said that the value is in the planning not the plan. The confident leader is able to adapt in real time. The confident leader reacts to roadblocks and adjusts in a way that ensures success.

The only certainty is change and the confident leader will embrace that change and see it as an opportunity to lead.

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How I Survived Vacation - David DeWolf

How I Survived Vacation: 1 Car, 8 Opinions, 15 Days, 50 Hours, and 4000 Miles

On July 2nd we packed our bags, loaded the van, and took off for Colorado. We were embarking on a journey, the ultimate in living the integrated life.

By combining our summer vacation with a series of meetings and conference, I was able to take what otherwise would have been three separate trips and combine them into one mammoth adventure.

This is the story of how I survived.

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Customer Focus - David DeWolf

Customer Focus: The Heart of Every Business

The customer is the key to any business. You can never be close enough to your customer.

As businesses grow, the temptation becomes more and more real to get out into the market, to do more PR, to do more marketing, to do more analyst relations.

But don’t lose customer focus.

Yet the best analyst you have, the best PR you have, and the best marketing you have is your customer.

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What’s on My Phone: SKLZ Cam - David DeWolf

What’s on My Phone: SKLZ Cam

This is a must-have for every dad with kids in sports. SKLZ Cam lets me record video of my kids playing sports and replay it in slow motion, with or without a diagram on top.

When my son complains that the third strike was too high, I can show him that it crossed the plate right at his belt. When my daughter can’t figure out why the ball hit off the goalpost, I can scrutinize her kick and help diagnose the problem.

Best of all, when I can’t figure it out, I can share the video to their coach, who can help them make the right adjustments and get back in the game. Who knows, if I had this technology, I may have made the NBA!

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Innovation Happens in the Shower - David DeWolf

Innovation Happens in the Shower

The economic currency of the 21st century is innovation. In our digital economy it is innovation – the intersection of new technologies with market opportunities – that provides for exponential growth opportunity and it is this growth potential that companies covet.

Innovation is coveted so highly, in fact, that some of “the most innovative” companies in the world are spending billions of dollars to acquire what they believe will be “the next big thing.”

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