Business Risk Mitigation Requires a Strategic Approach

by Granville Triumph Remember the story of Hans Brinker, the little Dutch boy who stuck his finger in the dike? He recognized that a small hole left untended could grow larger, ultimately weakening the dike and allowing the sea to come crashing through. He stayed … Continue reading

Business Interruptions, Market Volatility, Cyberattacks Top Business Risks

by Granville Triumph What’s the biggest risk to your business? Depending upon your geographic location or industry sector, the answer might range financial pressures to an inability to find skilled talent to competitive forces. But the one commonality for businesses this year is a climate … Continue reading

Looking Ahead: ‘Digital Transformation’ Tops List of Tech Trends

by Granville Triumph Toward the end of each year, IT industry analysts, consultants and research firms publish their predictions of the technology trends that will gain the most traction in the coming months. This year’s trendy picks sound like the stuff of science fiction: augmented … Continue reading

How a Thorough Assessment Can Help You Improve Your Business in 2017

by Granville Triumph Many businesses operate year after year with little to no change in process or strategy. Unless there is some shock to the system — the loss of a large customer, say, or a dramatic market shift — most organizations stick with the … Continue reading

Mobility Can Drive Revenue but Careful Planning Is Essential

by Granville Triumph As organizations begin planning their technology investments for 2017, a number of industries are prioritizing mobility products and solutions. In its most recent Worldwide Semiannual Mobility Spending Guide, released on Oct. 6, research firm IDC has forecast that mobility revenues will increase … Continue reading

Do You Motivate Employees, or Do They Motivate Themselves?

by Granville Triumph “What motivates you?” It’s a common question asked in job interviews, one that often elicits vague, uninspiring answers from applicants who’ve never really thought about it. “I love a challenge,” they might say, or “I just want to help the team.” Those … Continue reading

Balancing ‘Always-On’ Technology with Human Needs

by Granville Triumph Despite gains that companies may realize from employees’ attending to emails after hours, expecting them to do so invites trouble, new research suggests. A paper entitled “Exhausted but Unable to Disconnect,” presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management in … Continue reading

Leadership Strategies for Times of Uncertainty

by Granville Triumph We live in complex, often turbulent, times. Terrorism, violence, economic uncertainty and political brinkmanship — just to name a few of the issues we face — make it difficult to plot a long-range course for your business. How do you adjust your … Continue reading

Why Stewardship Is a Hallmark of Successful Leadership

by Granville Triumph In a recent interview, Russ Kinnel, Director of Mutual Fund Research at Morningstar, talked about stewardship. According to Morningstar’s research, he said, the best mutual funds are also good stewards. In fact, Morningstar assigns “Stewardship Grades” as one of the factors that … Continue reading

Calculating the Benefits of Technology Leasing

by Granville Triumph In my last post, I explained how even modest technology investments can help boost productivity, and offered three tips for maximizing the value of technology tools. Of course, many small to midsize businesses lack the capital necessary for large technology purchases, even … Continue reading