I Don’t Want to Offend You, But…

Feedback comes from all directions, and it’s not always flattering. Though you can’t control the message (or the messenger), you can control how you respond and what you do with the information.

The Triple A Mantra

It’s more than mantra and if I was going to go full-on philosophy guy, I would write about how it can apply to all aspects of your life and be a great marker for moving forward: be it with co-workers, bosses, children, significant others, friends, enemies—anything and everything can be plopped under its large umbrella.

Take a deep breath and say the words slowly: Adjust, adapt, achieve.

Sports, Heartbreak & Platform Implementations

Sometimes a little pain still brings big gain. Be it football or GRC platforms, rough and bumpy opening scenarios don’t mean you won’t have future success.

A Little Plan Goes a Long Way

Poor work results can almost always be avoided. If you’ve fallen into this trap before, not to worry. There is a way around the stressful feeling of not knowing what you’re doing, and a way to conquer poor time management, a bad habit that can take us down in a hurry.

Workplace FOMO

A lot of fear comes from not being prepared, not having the correct support needed to fulfill and complete a job. The more it happens, the more FOMO creeps in and takes over, and that can become a truly destructive force in an office setting.

Don’t Look Now…Change Is Coming

We’ve all endured crazy weather and awful films, but riding out the stormy times of workplace problems can be just as terrible with over-played dramatics and make-believe villains. Before the raging winds of the aforementioned problems get any closer, leave your theater seat and get moving—change is calling. First thing, fight off the knee-jerk urge to ignore the call and embrace it. Unlike the characters in the bad movie, you have the power to control your own destiny.

Performance Matters

Software doesn’t have to be old to be a clunker. Even new products can slow you down if they’re not designed with performance and scalability in mind. If you are tired of entering data, then getting up to refill your coffee while you wait for the system to update, then it may be time to ditch your clunker for a better model.

Voir Dire: Speak the Truth

In jury selection, the prosecution and defense ask tough questions not because they want to embarrass people. They simply want to find 12 jurors best suited for the case. And so it goes in GRC consulting. We must ask difficult questions of our clients and ourselves. We must speak the truth in our answers. And we must be willing to accept the truth (even the hard truth) from our colleagues. That’s how we bring value to our engagements and continue to improve ourselves.

Transforming GRC (and Other Tales from the Trade Show Floor)

After a week at RSA Conference, talking with current and prospective clients and demoing our GRC solutions, I’m looking forward to a quiet day back at the office. But I also feel really good about what happened this week. We had many excellent conversations with people who are eager for next-generation technology and fresh ways to solve problems. I can’t tell you how many times we heard people say, “I’m looking for something new.”

A Developer’s Vacation: What Didn’t Go Wrong

A few weeks ago I was able to do something that I hadn’t done since graduating college. I went on a vacation without my laptop and without my phone. I had my boss’s blessing and the support of my team. For an entire eight days, I was able to unplug. When I got back, things were just as I had left them. I didn’t have any fires to put out and no urgent business. Everything just worked the way it was supposed to. It wasn’t luck. It was designed that way.

No-Code Development: A Big Deal for Our Business

This same type of transformation is happening in the world of business applications. Custom-coded point solutions are giving way to a new generation of no-code platforms that allow business users to configure and manage their own applications. As TechRepublic explains, “No-code platforms are helping businesses more quickly create custom solutions for day-to-day problems and diversify who is able to build apps.”

Some Things Never Go Out of Style

Despite the changes that swirl around us each and every day, there are some things that thankfully remain constant. Integrity, focus on the customer’s needs, a desire to solve problems no matter what obstacles present themselves, respect for our fellow humans—these principles have served us well over time and continue to hold up in the present day.