Category Business Psychology

Salesforce Kindergarten vs. Oracle Kindergarten

I remember picking up my son from kindergarten and witnessing some children throwing tantrums. It’s kindergarten, that’s what happens here you say? Problem is, it’s not only happening there. The people who supply the software your IT department uses to run your business are sometimes behaving as if they are still in kindergarten too. Currently…

It’s more than only about the cloud

I went to a Kleinwort Benson Entrepreneur Forum last night and invariably cloud computing came up as a discussion point. On the way home it got me thinking about what makes my customers special, is it all about cloud computing, do they get it or is it even important to them? We recently had looked…

Must be good to be stupid to start a business.

“Are you stupid?” or “What are the chances of that happening?” – these are some of the common statements people make when confronted with business ideas of others. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, Richard Branson and many thousands more, they all must be stupid to think that their dream for their entrepreneurial future could…

I’m the CEO, Sorry!

It’s a funny old world sometimes – I usually spend several hours per day doing online customer support. Instinctively I always introduce myself just as “Stefan” and do not elaborate on who I am or what I do. Today however I had two people ask me if I was the CEO of the business and…

Just Don’t Quit!

I ran one of the largest ISPs in the 90’s and it was not always easy (the understatement of my life), we were growing so fast, that we never had any money, our cash-flow was catastrophic, always. During those years my CFO and I had a saying, “It’s going to be another interesting day!” –…

When Passion Turns To Greed…

Business has one goal, to make money – that is the only reason anyone will start a business. There may be differences in terms of how much money and what the money is being used for, ie. social enterprise. “ GREED, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear.~ Cyril Connolly Sometimes you…

What’s in it for me?

You think this is a selfish question? Typical of self-centered business people? Think again! Without the “What’s in it for me?- Factor” there would be no business worth working for, in fact no business worth running. “ What’s In It For Me?The motivation to obtain and maintain business focus. Because business is not only about…

Naive Realism

Ever thought about your business or product as far better than any other product on the market? At some level you may acknowledge that you are subjective and biased, but then you reassure yourself that you compared your product to the competition and came out on top. Truth is, this is an illusion called “Naive…

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