How to turn key employee turnover into an accelerator

We were just over two months away from wrapping up our best year ever. Momentum was strong. Morale was high. And, the team I had worked so hard to fashion was humming in high performance mode. And then the shoe dropped. In late October one of my senior executives was recruited away, enticed by the…

The Power of Clarity and Perspective

I sat down, exhausted, after a week on the road.  Six-and-a-half days before, I had wrapped up a board meeting, gave a few last minute instructions, and ran home to pack my bags.  I had 30 minutes to pack before my wife and kids drove me to the airport.  Eighteen hours later, I landed in…

Beyond the Three Pillars of 3Pillar

As the founder and CEO of 3Pillar, I often get asked, “David, what are the three pillars of 3Pillar?” The name of the company begs the question. When I started 3Pillar in 2006, I didn’t have a grand vision of building a company with teams of software developers all over the world. I just knew…

What’s your Stakeholder Philosophy?

One of the unique aspects of 3Pillar‘s core ideology is our Stakeholder Philosophy. Our stakeholder philosophy defines who benefits from the decisions we make. While many companies manage day-to-day operations for the benefit of shareholders, in recent years differing philosophies have emerged that prioritize the benefit of clients or employees assuming that in doing so…

Product development partners are your new best friend

There’s been a major shift in software product development.  Just a few short years ago “not invented here” syndrome ran rampant among software product companies.  Many companies were simply unwilling to partner with firms specializing in R&D and product engineering services.   This phenomenon was largely built out of fear of letting go of “Core…

What’s in a name?

I am often asked what the Three Pillar Global name means.  A name is a powerful representation of who we are and where we come from.  In the case of our name, there is no guessing required, the name clearly points to the core values upon which the company was founded.  These are the essence of who…

Friendship and business are two different things

A week ago my good friend and business partner, Blaine Hall, stepped down as COO of Three Pillar.  Blaine started his first business, Firefly DB, two weeks before I started Three Pillar.  For the first couple of years of business we were advisors, confidants, and partners as CEOs of our respective companies.  After two false…

If you’re “looking for a job”, don’t apply here!

Enough already about there not being enough jobs!  If you’re just looking for “a job”, there’s probably a reason why you’re having a hard time finding one.  The number one reason I throw people out of an interview is because they answer simple questions about what type of job they are looking for the wrong…

How do you build corporate culture?

Corporate Culture is a funny thing. Every company has a culture – it’s either built purposefully or by accident. It’s either an asset or a liability. In some companies culture is fostered, in others, it just happens. Simply put, culture is the environment we live in. I’m ashamed to admit that Three Pillar’s corporate culture…