Author: Lisa Calkins

Why Every CEO Should Download Pokemon Go

Pokemon GO’s meteoric rise can be attributed to a lot of things. It’s quite “sticky” because the platform is built on an endless reward cycle of catching Pokemon. It has a fantastic brand history that connects with young and old users alike. Most importantly, it opens up a whole new way to experience a multi player game – face to face in the real world. When every modern multi player game only connects people across servers and screens, its refreshing to get together with others in person to play. You may think it’s only a game for kids, but people of...

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ID-GEM Process Step One: Identify Value

Taking a look at the first-step in this five-step efficiency framework How many times have you set off on a software development project with a brilliant idea and boatloads of ambition, only to finish the project and realize it doesn’t meet the necessary business objectives? ID-GEM is a free tool from Amadeus Consulting that aims to help avoid this seemingly inevitable “planning gap” and help bring your dev project from ideation to completion more efficiently, with better overall team alignment, and with buy-in from all stakeholders. ID-GEM is particularly formulated for small-to-medium sized businesses – business that can least...

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The Impact of Office Design

An inspiring office space is crucial to motivating and engaging staff. With a good office design you can improve creativity and productivity. Do you still have physical office space and appreciate the reasons Google has cool things in their office but have a much, much smaller budget? Then here are some ideas that are intended to foster a cultural of collaboration, creativity, and employee wellness. Room/desk assignments by project Open spaces can make people feel more comfortable and not so “boxed-in,” which can create greater productivity and efficiency. We threw out office cubes back in the 90’s, and most...

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Not Good Enough!

Let me start with saying I am not a psychologist, scientist, or researcher, so if you are looking for hard science, keep searching.  I am the CEO of a technology company and I am currently participating in a committee with business and university leaders in our community. The committee goal is to come up with innovative ideas that can help drive collaboration between our amazing university (Go CU!) and our thriving business community. During a recent committee meeting, one of the professors shared that they felt that in last ten years there has been an undercurrent of negativity in...

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(Not your father’s) Advice on How to be a Better Leader

Let’s cover the easy part first, I am a woman CEO so clearly this isn’t going to be the male leader perspective. The not so easy part, sharing atypical advice on aspects of leadership attributes that we have heard and read about a thousand times like communication, recognition, and trust. Talking is not communicating. Seriously, how many articles have you read that focus on active listening, non-verbal communication, and empathy related to communication but, in reality, what most of us do is a lot of talking.  We count this as “communicating”, we talk to them about our strategy, we...

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