Author Archives: Ted Coine
Losing the Talent War. Dear Enterprise Leader, I’ve got some terrible news for you. Your best talent isn’t good enough to compete. Better talent is at work right across town, in an over-crowded garage at the house of some tiny firm’s founder.
Over the past two months or so, I’ve been playing around a lot on Google Plus – more on that, and on our amazing mentor Elaine Lindsey, in an upcoming post. For now, let’s leave it at this: to use Google’s “Hangout” feature is to fall instantly and forever in love. Telephone? What’s that? Skype? [...]
Not long ago, my friend James decided to sell his software company and retire to Naples, FL. That’s nothing new; the event alone certainly doesn’t deserve a unique blog post. Naples is to vacationing and retired CEOs what Beverly Hills is to movie stars. So you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting some founder or other who sold out and moved down.
We’ve been paying our CEOs like celebrities for about thirty years now. It’s a failed experiment for the same reason that paying real celebrities (movie stars and star athletes) has failed: one person cannot save any endeavor by themselves.
I know, I know: every new generation to hit the workforce is special, dynamic, and above all, different! Every new generation has its own particular reasons for being “The Generation” that will rewrite how business is done. And I know, I know, I know: every new generation is lazy, and spoiled, and feels entitled, and [...]
Every successful endeavor needs an Instigator. I crack up every time I hear the old saw, “There is no ‘I’ in ‘Team’.” Really, coach? You got that exactly wrong. Go hit the showers! The team and I have to talk.
My most-read blog post of all time, hands-down, is my twitter follow-back policy. It took me a long time to develop that policy, tweak it, and think about it. Before I ever wrote about the policy, I tweeted about it. And both the kudos and stark resistance I encountered helped me refine it. Finally, one [...]
“How did you get so many Twitter followers?” I get this question a lot. Now, this is what I hope is the real reason: that some of what I share on Twitter – re-tweets of great thoughts by interesting friends I’ve made, links to fascinating stuff I find online, and at least occasionally my own [...]
Recently, my wife Jane and I were discussing my career: in particular, what I planned to do next. Two things precipitated this discussion. For one, as I wrote here, my long, self-crafted study of the intricacies of IT and “The Enterprise” is finally wrapping up. For another, I’d just passed another completely arbitrary milestone in [...]
As I sit to write this post, there are still only three main social media outlets: LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Chances are, before this goes live, a fourth network I haven’t discovered yet will burst onto the scene. But… let’s just focus on the three current biggest for this informal – but incredibly accurate – personality test. Are you ready?