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  • It’s About Delivering Value, Stupid

    James Carville coined the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid,” as part of Bill Clinton’s 1992 US Presidential campaign. I’m not fond of the “stupid” part. But I have also never successfully advised a governor to become President of the United States by unseating an incumbent President who enjoyed a 90% approval rating earlier in his presidency. I ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 11, 2013
  • Performance-Based Management and Andy’s Law

    Let’s begin with an assertion: “People are more important than process.” – Andy, circa 2008 Whenever an enterprise or institution adopts a new process or policy, that policy should serve people and not shackle them. The nicest thing that can be said about a policy that binds people is, “It wasn’t well thought out.” It’s a bad ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 10, 2013
  • Less Useful Soft Skills

    IntroductionThis post is the fifty-sixth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. Over a career that spans decades, one encounters useful and “less useful” soft skills in the modern enterprise. I thought I would share a few of the less useful variety: Free ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on October 23, 2012
  • Push The Pebble

    Introduction This post is the fifty-fifth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. This post is about starting something. Today is the First Day… … of something. Somewhere, someone is starting something that will become big. It will impact lives. It will change ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on April 2, 2012
  • Trick Question

    Introduction This post is the fifty-fourth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. This post is about you. Me? Yep, you. Two questions: What is your job title? (<—Not a trick question) What business are you in? (<—Trick question) :{>
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on March 27, 2012
  • Managing Confidence

    Introduction This post is the fifty-third part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. This post is about inspiring others. Hot Chicks - Baby chickens beneath a warming lamp… </NonSubtleSEOPloy> For those who do not know, we raise chickens that lay eggs – ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on March 22, 2012
  • Q: How Many Calls From Work While on Vacation is Too Many?

    A: One.   P.S. This post is the fifty-second part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. This post is about how to quickly and efficiently get the employees you need most to begin seeking employment elsewhere.
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on March 12, 2012
  • To Snark or Not to Snark…

    Introduction This post is the fifty-first part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. This post is about communication. On Being Clever I enjoy listening to a good comedian and reading the works of humorous writers. Life is too short to waste on misery and a ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on February 6, 2012
  • Credibility

    Introduction This post is the fiftieth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. This post is about credibility. The Internal List I believe everyone has an Internal List of Acceptable Actions (ILAA). I read this in a book about Values-Based Leadership – it may ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on December 12, 2011
  • Dashboards

    Introduction This post is the forty-ninth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. This post is about dashboards. Dashboards are where data meets decision-makers. The field of data visualization is about this intersection of information and actors. ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on December 5, 2011
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