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I loved the movie Up, as did many.  And, of course, one of the enduring images was of Dug the dog noticing squirrels.

I can relate.

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I had an intriguing conversation with someone at DrupalCon about the emergence of Drupal Apps.  So I thought I’d offer an outsider’s viewpoint.

One concern I heard is that the emergence of apps into the space will destabilize the balance of power Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s a great article about Fortune magazine’s 2012 top companies.  Guess what defines the top companies?  Trust.  And “this has only increased over the last 15 years.”

Here’s where pay and benefits fit into the equation:

Sure, the pay counts – to the point that people feel it’s fair compensation for the work they do. And  the perks are great, but they’re icing on the cake for a company where people trust in management’s integrity and feel safe in taking risks, making the occasional mistake and openly discussing it with the team.

Go check it out – a good read!

At DrupalCon CxO, I mentioned that the connection between your employees and customers can be a powerful way to influence employee loyalty.  There was a bit of confusion about the topic, though, so it might be helpful to give an example.

When I was leading a small team of employees in a software team back in 1991, we were working with customers that weren’t really well served by the larger organization.  We had a weird product, serving a weird need, and the rest of our division didn’t focus on that.

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In preparation for my presentation on Monday, I talked with CEOs of four different Drupal companies.  I had some good chats with the leaders of drupal.org as well.

Much of what I heard wasn’t a HUGE surprise, except for a couple of things:

One of the most important parts of any workshop or presentation is … what you take away from it.  I could even argue that there’s NOTHING else that matters, because the whole point is to get something useful out of it.  Sure, you’re smarter and more informed, but what are you going to DO with this new knowledge?

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I had a chance to deliver a presentation to a group of CxOs at the DrupalCon conference in Denver yesterday.  This is a pretty amazing industry, folks, one that many would give their left leg for.  Huge growth, plenty of opportunity.

Despite, that, it has its share of challenges.   Read the rest of this entry »