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This is the best solution to the prisoner's dilemma I've seen:
Toggle Commented Dec 11, 2012 on Take It All: The World's Cruelest Gameshow at Cobb
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I have the privilege of hosting a roundtable for expert network on Shared Value and Enterprise Performance Management - Tuesday March 15 at 11am PT/ 2pm ET. Here's the link: I'm very excited as we discuss topics including... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2011 at Did Somebody Say Strategy?
Here is a round-up of some interesting (to me) blog entries: BI changes in 2011 – but to what? The simple answer is that it’s about providing real-time business intelligence to people to support their decisions, not instead of, but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2011 at Did Somebody Say Strategy? asked me to write this Business intelligence briefing: Nine Questions to Ask a Rep Before You Buy a Business Intelligence System Please have a look and let me know what you would add or change, I'm interested in all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2011 at Did Somebody Say Strategy?
Book Review The Intelligent Company: Five Steps to Success with Evidence-Based Management by Bernard Marr (2010, WIley). I was first introduced to Bernard Marr's work in 2004 when he wrote "Business Performance Management: Current State of the Art" for Hyperion... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2010 at Did Somebody Say Strategy?
This month's CFO magazine has a good article on what it takes for the CFO to become a "true partner in setting company strategy." By Russ Banham. Here are the key points from the article: Skills needed - management/leadership ability... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2010 at Did Somebody Say Strategy?
David McCann at wrote about Cloud strategy from Finance's perspective. Here's his advice: 1. Stay Alert - opportunities to move to the cloud will present themselves piecemeal. In the meantime, avoid investing in too much server capacity. 2. Spread... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2010 at Did Somebody Say Strategy?
I was reminded of Neal Williams' Balanced Nine Step Process the other day: 1. Define your strategic objectives - eg: 5% profitable revenue growth 2. Create questions aligned with objectives - eg: what % of sales are from new products/services?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2010 at Did Somebody Say Strategy?
Here's my response in "The Culture of Performance" LinkedIn Group on the question of Business Intelligence being confused with (Corporate) Performance Management: I would agree with Tricia that BI tools are used for managing data (as are MDM tools, data... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2010 at Did Somebody Say Strategy?
Every Saturday I spend 2 hours in a Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic studio narrating high-school and college text books and reference materials (if you live in a city with a studio, I highly recommend volunteering for this organization... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at Did Somebody Say Strategy?
Dealing With Dilemmas: Where Business Analytics Fall Short Frank Buytendijk, John Wiley & Sons, 2010 Once again, Frank has produced a work with a very high content-to-pages ratio: there is a lot of stuff in here! And as he did... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2010 at Did Somebody Say Strategy?
I'm coming up on Tweet # 1,000 (you can follow me at ) My first was on 28 Nov, 2008 ("installing twitter") - almost 2 years ago! I try to create value-added messages, or re-tweet useful messages for folks... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2010 at Did Somebody Say Strategy?
I just got this e-mail in my inbox today, it's from my daughter's high school principal sent to all the teachers: "The musical just closed this last weekend (which was a great show), so that is about 50 or 60... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2010 at Did Somebody Say Strategy?
(Image: Ed Yourdon/ Flickr) Business Performance Management Magazine (the sister publication of Business Finance Magazine), just published our articled on how Enterprise Performance Management has a direct impact on Sales Management, Sales Operations, and the weekly forecast. See How BPM... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2010 at Did Somebody Say Strategy?
I like using to track the search terms visitors to our website use to find us. I looked at a report of the recent top search terms, and here's what I found: asset utilization barriers to strategy execution business... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2010 at Did Somebody Say Strategy?
We've had a lot of interest in Business Intelligence and Enterprise Performance Management Competency Centers / Centers of Excellence recently, especially real-world org. structures. So we put up a SlideShare deck with some examples at Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2010 at Did Somebody Say Strategy?
Really good article on Capex in the Sept. 2010 CFO magazine. David Katz summarizes the top 6 strategies to achieve improved capex performance: 1. They (the companies that are outpacing the field in capital investments) are in the right place... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at Did Somebody Say Strategy?
If you're looking for a way to re-focus your IT efforts, now is a good time to go 'back to school' on how information technology and performance management can make a material difference in your top & bottom lines: -... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2010 at Did Somebody Say Strategy?
Ah Mr. Cobb, Sir, a provocative post to say the least! First, kudos to you - this is not an easy exercise. And three observations, and then on my picks: 1. What was the weighting you used (since combined < > 80sish + Personal)? It looks like your weight for 80sish is higher than Personal, I'd probably have it the other way around since these are your favorites. 2. Instead of the Billboard 100, I would have looked at the (official) UK Singles chart But that's probably because I leaned a bit more Alternative or post-punk than New Wave, perhaps on the cusp, with short-lived bouts of disco-curious. 3. Have you listened to Nouvelle Vague (a french group doing covers of 80's new wave - here's the definition of French cool in their video: ) - I got to see them in San Fran in Feb.…great show! Many of your picks are currently on my iTunes "Really Stuck in the 80's" Playlist (except for Dexy's Midnight Runners, Shannon, Sheila E, Kenny Loggins, Billy Joel, and a few others) Coming up with my list was too hard. I had to resort to bands with sample tracks, rather than favorite songs, and I had to stop at 16 or could have spent a day or two on this: Altered Images (I could be happy) Echo & the Bunnymen (A Promise) B-52's (Private idaho) Cult (She Sells Sanctuary) Pretenders (Brass in Pocket) Madness (One Step Beyond) The Cure (Caterpillar) Tons of Joy Division & New Order (Love will tear us apart, Ceremony) Depeche Mode (It doesn't matter) Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (talking loud and clear) Haircut 100 The The (perfect) Pixies (Where is my mind) Public Image Ltd. (Rise) Siouxsie and the Banshees (Happy House) The Smiths (How Soon Is Now) Talking Heads (Crosseyed and Painless) And I compiled this list for a friend a while back (she wanted to get unstuck from the 80's) - so these appeal to my 80's sensibilities and are really really good (the first part of the list is entirely Canadian new music which I also really dig): Broken Social Scene ('Swimmers) Caribou ("Melody Day") Faunts ('Parler de la pluie et du beau temps') Feist (maybe you've heard '1234') Great Lake Swimmers ("See you on the moon" is fun) Holy F**k ('Lovely Allen' or 'Royal Gregory') Hot Hot Heat ( 'Middle of Nowhere') Immaculate Machine ("Jarhand" and "Broken Boat" ) The New Pornographers (from Vancouver, try 'My Rights vs. yours' really good!) Plants and Animals (the whole Parc Avenue album is good, esp. 'Feedback in the Field' and 'New Kind of Love) Plaster (from Montreal, try 'Would You..?') Shout Out Out Out ('Forever Indebted') Stars (lovely 'Elevator Love Letter' and 'Take Me to the Riot', wow!) Sunparlour Players ('If the creeks don't rise') Wolf Parade ('Shine a light') Arcade Fire (they are making it big in the states now) And some non-Canadian bands I'm a diggin' - Editors - Elbow - The Mountain Goats - Death Cab for Cutie - The Flaming Lips - Kings of Leon - Jason Crigler ('Different Clothes,' 'Books on the shelf,' amazing story) - Headlights ('everybody needs a fence to lean on') - Yeah Yeah Yeahs ('way out') - Yo La Tengo - Ladytron - Camera Obscura - Bloc Party ('signs') - Pinback ('it's good to see you') - Shout Out Louds (esp. 'Very Loud' and 'Tonight I have to leave it') - Styrofoam (try 'Snow Crush Killing Song'…I know, right?) - Sigur Ros (iceland, very groovy, maybe acquired, it's hard to pick just one, try 'Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur') - Silversun Pickups (at least 'Lazy Eye') - Stellastarr* - Stereolab, try 'Lo Boob Oscillator' c'est formidable. Cheers, -Ron
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2010 on I Emerged In London Rain at Cobb
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Are you measuring the right things in your business? I'm sure you have lots of data being generated by dozens of systems and being consumed by almost every employee.But what's actually going to make a difference in the business? What... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2010 at Did Somebody Say Strategy?
One of the things that the iPad has reinvigorated for me is catching up on industry or interest news by improving my consumption of blogs. I follow almost 100 blogs and found that I just didn’t get around to reading... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2010 at Did Somebody Say Strategy?
Last year this post generated quite a bit of interest from HR teams looking to improve the return on HR investment: I recently met with Michael Friedenberg, President of R3 Business Solutions, who told me of another ripe area... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2010 at Did Somebody Say Strategy?
Have a look at my guest blog at Bottom line: encourage and enable the debate around sales forecast & pipeline decisions on-line. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2010 at Did Somebody Say Strategy?
I'll be presenting a new way of sales forecasting & what-iffing here on June 1 in Arlington, VA: Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2010 at Did Somebody Say Strategy?
Have a look at my guest blog entry over at Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2010 at Did Somebody Say Strategy?