6 Tips for Executives To Present A Better Story

“The art of storytelling can be used to drive change”. Richard Branson To be an effective leader of an organization requires good communication and motivation skills. As a leader you must be able to clearly and succinctly explain everything from organizational goals to specific tasks. Sometimes leaders do not tell good stories when presenting. They fail to connect emotionally with their audience due to behavior and/or content. Having presented at–and attended–hundreds of conferences and events, I have learned to determine which presenters are good storytellers and which ones to avoid. I want to hear a good story. How can you avoid becoming one of those avoided? Demosthenes, put…

Artificial Intelligence: Fear Not!

Will AI redefine morality and religion with algorithms? This question generates fear among some congregants’ religious leaders and theologians who believe AI eventually usurps centuries of philosophical and religious scholarship and worship experiences.  As man seeks to explain his existence. AI becomes another competitor for his search. René Descartes proposition  “I think therefore I am” began the Age of Reason characterized by mans’ pursuit of knowledge.  Now the Age of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) characterizes this pursuit with cognitive learning tools, which replicate human reason, strategy, problem solving and making judgments.  When AGI or “strong AI” is eventually achieved, many expect a Transhumanistic society, with machines encroaching upon…

Pole-vaulting Unicorn Wins Olympic Gold

Reading time: 3 minutes. Don’t believe in fairy tales! Consider this story: “Today there is only a 4%-8% adoption rate of AI within the corporate world. Within the next 18-24 months we are likely to see this rate explode to 80%-90%.” Fortune’s Demystifying Artificial Intelligence in the Corporation (9 October 2019) citing senior IBM executive, Rob Thomas. The first half of this quote — current state — is way below the vendor and industry analyst-driven consensus in the market. The second half is quite the opposite, way above the market consensus. I have never seen anyone, anywhere, credibly suggest an “overnight” change of that magnitude. What’s going on…

Incredible Sample Bias and Deception in AI Market Penetration Reports

Reading time: 3 minutes 30 seconds Look at data from firms selling goods and services that involve advanced analytics, machine learning, deep neural networks, and other AI technologies. Do you trust all the numbers they use to pique your interest? Don’t. And don’t wake up on the naive side of the bed. Watch out for intentional (or uninformed) injections of sample bias and techniques that confuse and conflate current state numbers with future state intentions. Sample bias There’s so much sample bias around that I’m convinced it’s a technique many analysts and consultants are required to use. Obvious examples? Any studies that limit respondents to those more likely…

Formjacking: What’s That?

Answer these questions? Has your site been infected with formjacking? How did you find out? How hard was it to repair? How much damage did you or your users sustain? Symantec Internet Security Threat Report describes formjacking as malicious code inserted into websites. To capture personally identifiable information (PII) and debit/credit card information. Compromised sites perform legitimate transactions, even as the data is being transferred to illegitimate servers. This form of attack is inexpensive to deploy and almost impossible for users to quickly detect. Are you at risk ? Consider statistics drawn from “Smart Speaker, get me a cyber attack” — IoT was a key entry point for…

What Does GDPR and CCPA Mean to Faith Based Organizations?

Do you wonder why websites now give you the option to accept, decline or even read their privacy polices?  The answer is the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR.)   This Regulation expands the rights of EU citizens regarding their personally identifiable information (PII), forever changing how PII is used and stored by organizations. For example, the Court of European Justice (CJEU) ruled that internet companies, such as Facebook and Twitter can no longer use ad-tracking (implied) consent cookie policies. Rather, they now must offer active consent cookie policies. Due to the proliferation of cloud computing technologies and mobile applications, GDPR set certain precedents for its…

Resource for Faith Based Organizations to Reduce Environmental Risks

People congregate in faith-based venues to not only worship but learn and play as a community. Many of these venues organize and empower various health and safety committees to assess, prioritize, contain and remove risks. Now these committees have another resource to consult. For they now offer multipurpose environments, such as, childcare, community events or even schooling options. Prolonged exposure can affect person’s quality of life. For example, air pollution ( cigarette smoke) or certain chemicals ( disinfectants) affects asthmatics. On October 2, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of a new EPA booklet, Supporting Healthy Houses of Worship: Effective, Affordable Measures to Protect the…

Google’s Kozyrkov and Alexa’s moxie both impress me – what’s your take?

Should you believe any technology today is artificially intelligent? There’s a battle shaping up over standardized interfaces for voice interface technologies. Who’s going to lead the defacto standard? Two stimulating developments: Cassie Kozyrkov, the head of Decision Intelligence at Google, wrote another brilliant blog post: Artificial Intelligence: Do stupid things faster with more energy! According to her, the scary part of AI isn’t the robots. It’s the people. I’ll explore some of her thinking and advice below. Amazon, along with thirty other vendors – including Harmon, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Sonos – announced the Voice Interoperability Initiative. They set a simple initial goal. Devices should support many “wake words”…

Connecting the last mile of finance at Workiva Amplify

Key takeaway: Connecting financial close and compliance can help to relieve congestion in the last mile of finance, saving days or even weeks in producing financial disclosures. Workiva Amplify was a hands-on summit. The majority of sessions in this 17-parallel-tracks summit were hands-on sessions with Workiva, and they were packed. And the attendees were younger than other conferences I’ve participated in over the years — not counting Scouting jamborees. I’ve been to conferences with a lot of buzz, but a conference of auditors, financial managers and compliance professionals with so much energy — I haven’t experienced that before. … some companies lock up the key members of the…

How to hold off Amazon and other apex predators

Reading time: 2 minutes “Is AI needed to cure this existential business crisis?” explores several approaches to the relatively common existential fear many executives have of being obliterated by an Internet apex predator. The Wall Street Journal reported on 24 September 2019 that A ‘Grass Roots’ Campaign to Take Down Amazon Is Funded by Amazon’s Biggest Rivals. The article claims Walmart, Oracle and mall owner Simon Property Group are secret funders behind a nonprofit that has been highly critical of the e-commerce giant. The authors of the WSJ piece inadvertently checked off the first two of seven strategic alternatives I identified in an April 2019 post: three non-technology…