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The High Cost of Sitting on Your Assets

For many companies today, preserving cash, reductions in force and hunkering down for the rest of the recession is job one. For some, this strategy may be fatal as competitors use this time to re-tool, re-build, and re-conceptualize their products and business models for the recovery and growth stage of the next business cycle. If Read more about The High Cost of Sitting on Your Assets[…]

A Funny Thing Happening on the Way to a Carbon Market

For several months now the Waxman-Markey bill has been considered dead on arrival in the Senate.  While Senator Kerry and a few others offered an alternative bill to keep the seat warm for the day when cap and trade might be resurrected no one expected it to happen until after the November 2010 election, if Read more about A Funny Thing Happening on the Way to a Carbon Market[…]

Life on the PG&E Budget Plan

I long ago networked my home PCs and MACs and each new one seems to relegate the older ones to back up duty as storage or other uses. And with three college-age kids they all needed laptops.  Then they went away to school and it was blissfully quiet, and then they trickled back from college Read more about Life on the PG&E Budget Plan[…]

Putting “Greed” to Work to Fix the Economy

Today’s pain is a lagging indicator as the economy turns the corner. But fear is still the primary driver of the economy and markets today. The headlines are full of “the sky is falling” reports. And, indeed, we are seeing wrenching layoffs, housing foreclosures, and plummeting retail sales. This first quarter 2009 will surely be Read more about Putting “Greed” to Work to Fix the Economy[…]

Just Do It!

The stunning increase in job losses announced this week overshadow some cautiously optimistic reports. Are we turning the corner in this recession? It’s too soon to tell, but we are beginning to see actions that suggest consumers are turning from that ‘deer in the headlights’ fear to pursuing some genuinely great opportunities in the midst Read more about Just Do It![…]

The Power of Light, Faith, Renewal and Transformation

The lessons in church today were about light as a symbol of the Holy Spirit descending upon us to show us the way forward. They were fitting and appropriate for this week of celebration as Barack Obama becomes our President. I don’t know—or think, at least—that God has intervened to send Barack Obama to save Read more about The Power of Light, Faith, Renewal and Transformation[…]

Cleantech! It's the Economy, the Environment and our Energy Future all together, Stupid!

I live in the “suburbs” of Silicon Valley and many of my neighbors are part of froth and magic that turns ideas into products, products into strategies and strategies into ways to transform the way we live and do business. In the usual round of Christmas and New Year’s parties and social events—you know the Read more about Cleantech! It's the Economy, the Environment and our Energy Future all together, Stupid![…]

When the Economy Seems Hopeless, Attack!

In the current economic environment almost every business and individual is hunkered down focused on a day to day strategy of survival.  This is a natural reaction to uncertainty, but some of the best opportunities for competitive advantage result from these ‘near death experiences’.  How does the old line go?  ” What does not kill Read more about When the Economy Seems Hopeless, Attack![…]

Is there a Silver Lining in this Economic Carnage?

As we watch the spectacle of the still proud but now impoverished US auto industry come begging to Congress for a rescue plan “just like the banks got”, two thoughts came to mind. First, great—now everyone is getting in line for a bailout instead of helping themselves turn the corner. And second, if we’re going Read more about Is there a Silver Lining in this Economic Carnage?[…]