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Nov
08

What film school taught me about technology

In my last post, I talked about how “Star Trek” has shaped technology in many ways. I guess it makes sense that my metaphor came from an industry that I went to school for: Film. I love movies; I thought it would be cool to make them. That said, I didn’t go into film expecting to […]

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Oct
31

When appliances attack! How to secure your Internet-connected devices

The Internet is a constantly changing, living organism. With the tremendous growth of Internet connected devices, we are seeing this living entity enter into a sort of “adolescence” as it struggles through this massive influx of new hosts. Similar to our own bodies, cells of the Internet are attacking other cells (sometimes on an exceedingly […]

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Oct
18

Giving advice or giving away the store?

I value the opportunity to give back and pay it forward. Most recently, it has come in the form of giving advice to younger professionals looking to start or develop a career in government relations. Within the last three weeks, I’ve received no less than four different requests to discuss my career and offer any […]

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Oct
10

3 misconceptions that expose associations to hackers

Cyber attacks haunt our headlines so often these days, even major hacks around the world don’t always make the evening news. The toll of the 9 largest hacks last year added up to $1 billion and 480 million leaked records. These numbers are obviously staggering, but as you read them, do you consider these facts […]

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Oct
07

What ‘Star Trek’ taught me about technology

“Star Trek” is pretty cheesy. You’ve got your spoon fed lines, terrible costumes, ridiculously fake sets and a list of horribleness so long Santa wouldn’t have time to check it twice. With that said, I am a big fan of the ideas and concepts brought to us from the series and films. Those who watched […]

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Sep
22

What Adidas can teach your organization

As football season started this past weekend, one commercial jumped out at me (and it wasn’t even the Superbowl!)D The world of sports isn’t the only one. Associations Need Creators. Membership needs more than another long list of benefits. Marketing needs more than another email sent out to the masses, with members tasked to find […]

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Sep
16

“How Long Until We’re Hacked?”: A Lesson In Server Vulnerability

Thousands of internet-connected devices and servers are being brought online everyday, many times with little thought to security. The lack of security oversight for these server activations is hugely problematic, but it can be hard to run down reliable industry reports or data that reflect this impact directly. So, I decided to run an experiment […]

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Sep
12

Take a Clarity Break

So how do you help slow down your world as an executive – beyond meditation and gratitude? We call it a Clarity BreakTM, and you need to be taking them frequently. The term “Clarity Break” was created by Gino Wickman, founder of EOS Worldwide. Defining a Clarity Break is simple. It’s a set period of […]

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Jul
27

Technology: Disruption or path to freedom?

Disruption. It’s a buzz word that is widely circulating, and I think people are misusing it, and even worse, overreacting to it. Panic is ensuing over it when what we’re really identifying is the latter stage of a trend that started years ago. What some call disruption, I call the logical result of actions or events. […]

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Jun
29

Trep Tip: How to Run your Life More Like a Business

It is common practice in the business world for owners to take time to work “on” their business instead of “in” it, to use frameworks and build strategies in order to achieve specific goals. Whether you are running a stand at a farmers market or hold a seat on an executive board, there is a […]

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