The various musings of Michael Hiles

What is a “Responsive Organization”?

Former General Electric CEO, Jack Welch, once said, “If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.” As the march towards evolving business in the knowledge economy continues, many organizations are already identifying and embracing the idea that all human communities, including organizations and…

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Creating Something Out of Nothing: The Entrepreneur Magician

Alan Moore is a famed comic book writer who pioneered the “graphic novel” as a literary format. Alan’s successes include “V is for Vendetta”, “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, “Swamp Thing”, and many other works. Alan is considered a pioneer and a legend in the publishing world for his art. To me, he’s an extremely…

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What is a Term Sheet?

So you’ve got big dreams of Mark Zuckerberg fame and fortune with your startup. Okay, cool. But you’re going to need some money to pull it off. It takes money to make money, and if you don’t come from a wealthy family in Lichtenstein, you might end up with a term sheet as the first…

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Three Different Perspectives of Business Information and Data

Do discussions with your colleagues frequently result in confusion and even conflict over the difference in understanding and vocabulary?

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Want To Be A Leader? Be Accountable!

Everybody wants to be the leader! My kids are encouraged to develop their leadership skills in preschool on “Leader Day”, where they get to lead the marching line to the restroom for potty break – AND bring Rice Krispy Treats or other goodies to create the appearance of being at the epicenter of attention (after…

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Chaos is the Norm for New Business Models

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When talking to even seasoned digital marketing folks, I often hear something to the effect of, “The things we did that worked for us on the internet even two years ago are no longer working for us today.” When I look back at even the past two to three years, things are so radically different…

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