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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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In Faith-Based Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations We Trust?

President Obama issued Executive Order (E.O.) C.F.R. 13691 to promote private sector cybersecurity information sharing. See  Executive Order No. 13691  For over 1 million faith-based and nonprofit organizations exist in the Unite States alone.  See NonprofitDirectory In 2018 Faith-based Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations, ISAO emerged to help these organizations improve their cyber security posture.  Websites, such as,  faithbased-isao.org, exist to help their members analyze and share data about threats and risks.  They offer best practices and training.  They can also serve as a focal point for legislative initiatives. Many FB organizations remain hesitant about participating in ISAOs.   Reasons include. Deference. Many FB organizations form media and technology…

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Avoid Pitfalls in Vendor Selection

You saw software do something your organization cannot do today but should do soon. What do you do? Capterra blog details how technology is changing how churches connect with its members. As a result, faith-based organizations are adopting and leveraging technology-centric tools and services. To better engage their communities. Avoid the potential for poor decision-making and costly mistakes when selecting and procuring vendors. Follow these tips. 1. Adopt the mantra of trust but verify.  If you can’t exploit a tool it might as well not exist. Software offerings maybe built on older data models. Containing code that is difficult for rewriting applications. Be circumspect of vendor participation in…

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Healing the Blockchain

While blockchain-inspired technologies are slowly progressing, the full-blown Blockchain suffers from functional flaws and is hindered by a religious belief that decentralization be positively superior to centralization.

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Is AI needed to cure this existential business crisis? (Part 2)

Reading time: 6 minutes  Kohl’s, Walmart and Trader Joe’s stories add more perspective and depth to my earlier analysis of how BestBuy survived the Amazon threat. None of these four success stories could be described as AI strategies even though many aspects of some of these firms’ business strategies benefitted from the use of AI technology.

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