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Response To: Hiring for Diversity

As someone who’s hired A LOT of people in the past, Sky Northern Security Alliance’s founder and CEO, Michael Argast, had some thoughts about Robert Murray’s October blog on hiring for diversity. Here’s what he had to say:
How Do You Account For and Address Unconscious, or Prevent Conscious, Biases?
Often ‘best candidate for the job’ […]

Hire Diversity? Or Hire the Best Candidate?

Recently I was reminded of the continuous, but often conflicting, chatter I hear about meritocracy and the hire diversity balance. It has become an issue that forward-thinking leaders need to sort out.
The “Need to Hire Diversity”
In virtually every industry I work in as an executive coach, I hear about the need for a fair and […]

Dragons, Accountability and Corporate Culture

“When you first got here we thought you were a dragon!  That you were going to destroy us!”
This is one of the best comments I’ve ever received from a client’s employee.
I was considered a dragon because I put in an accountability practice that was considered very harsh compared to what employees were used to.  New […]

Poor Business Execution is a Leadership Issue

Rarely is the problem bad strategy. It’s usually crappy business execution.
When we look at a business that’s not all that it could be, because the culture is toxic or customer are turning away, the root cause is rarely a poorly thought out strategy. It is almost always, no business execution. And that is a leadership issue.
Poor Business Execution […]

Achieve Business Success with Focused Fridays

We all have a massive to-do list inside us that never gets done. Important things. Strategies, processes and methodologies, new products, templates. Projects that could change our business success.
When we’re fully engaged in the day-to-day with our business, we don’t get the chance to make them happen. The busyness of our business always seems to […]

Leadership Communication Do’s and Don’ts

The best leaders on the planet are known for being great communicators. They have become skilled at getting messages across to others. Messages about vision, purpose, strategy, direction, projects…. Everything! A great leader can clearly and compellingly explain to ALL members of the team what they want and expect so that everyone can easily follow.
Interestingly […]

The Role of Emotions in Business

We’ve all heard a version of it.  Don’t have emotions in business.
While many consider it a best practice, I would like to offer an alternative thought…
Emotions in business are vital. If you’re more emotionally connected to your computer than people, perhaps this isn’t the post for you. But if you are like me and feelings […]

Wannacry Post-Mortem: Lessons for MSPs

This article was originally published on Simple Security’s website.  Read the original article here.
Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to do a post-mortem and see what lessons can be learned from the Wannacry outbreak.
Do we really understand the risk?
If you categorize Wannacry as simple ransomware, the impact wasn’t as bad as other outbreaks. […]

Who’s Doing Your Contract Management?

It is estimated that 80 percent of business-to-business transactions are performed under legally binding contracts. At a minimum, each would likely have a set of terms and conditions, service and supply level agreements, and commitments etc. It is also likely that contract management falls by the way side once the contract has been signed.  Most […]

Strengthening the Weakest Link: Everyone Should be Security-Aware

Over the last several years, security technologies, such as anti-virus products and firewalls have improved dramatically, providing businesses with good protection. Yet, the number of businesses who are not security-aware, and therefore the victims of cyber attacks, increases annually.
The bad guys have learned. There’s only a limited number of weaknesses when companies invest in the […]

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