Thoughts from The 100: Defining the Purpose of a Business

The-100-Title-OnlyIn previous posts, I provided practical “tactical” tips for providing leadership that helps employees to achieve their potential and for ensuring that your business (and that of your clients) thrives. Today’s message is broader, but ultimately the most important: Know what matters!

Ever heard the maxim, “If we don’t stand for something, we will fall for anything”? This is true for people and organizations. Without clarity around core beliefs and purpose, we can be blown off course by the latest fad, or, worse, start to think that we and our efforts do not matter.

Before I founded Intertech I worked for a large information technology company in the Twin Cities. My manager told me not to worry about putting in extra effort because the company was so big there was no need for any one employee to shoulder any additional effort. That was the moment I found my purpose. I knew I wanted my efforts to matter. Intertech was founded quickly thereafter.

A company’s core purpose should be clear and unchanging. Intertech’s purpose is “to create a place where people matter and where our clients’ businesses are improved through technology.”

In my next series of posts I’ll examine “Outsmarting and Out-planning the Competition with Strategy.  

Learn more about in my book “The 100: Building Blocks for Business Leadership.”

Presentations from Intertech’s 25 Anniversary Learning Summit

If you weren’t able to make it to Intertech for our 25th anniversary, here are the talks from my fellow presenters.  Senior Intertech Consultant Jim Karg delivers a presentation on The Internet of Things (IoT) for Business.  Lonnie Weaver-Johnson, Agile Coach and Instructor, presents on Organizational Benefits from Agile and Scrum Adoption.  Watch their presentations below.

 

Lifelong learning: only a click away

My t8130858401_7b3853d82d_zhanks to MinnPost for publishing my article Lifelong Learning: only a click away.  Here’s the start:

Schools are gearing up for another academic year and politicians are cranking up the rhetoric (heaven help us) as the election approaches. The quality and cost of education no doubt will be among the top debate subjects as the presidential candidates slug it out this fall. As the parent of a freshly minted kindergartner, I get why this is a compelling issue. But as the founder and owner of a technology consulting and training company, I wish the debate could be expanded to include lifelong learning. Specifically, how to encourage lifelong learning, particularly among minorities.

Read the rest of the article on the MinnPost website.

Join Me at Startup Grind Minneapolis

Startup Grind

Join me on Monday, September 12th @ 6:30 at COCO Downtown Minneapolis for a Startup Grind Fireside Chat.  I’ll be spending an hour or so with  talking about entrepreneurship, Intertech, and my latest book.  Here’s the agenda for the evening:

6:30 pm Networking and Food
7:30 pm Fireside Chat
8:30 pm More Networking