Baldhasard in concert 24 october 2009 @ Uccle: was great!

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Day 2 @ Forum des Entrepreneurs in Liège #lfe – #tunify

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Some views from LFE Day2
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Day 1 @ Forum des Entrepreneurs in Liège #lfe

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Takeaway #1: plenty of deals

Got plenty of deals setup and even closed on wednesday. Great stuff. Get ready for looking at my new shiny car soon, yay!

Takeaway #2: could be much more powerful on delivery

That's again proof that ends and means are not the same thing, even if some people would like to believe so. The order is: have an end in mind and setup the means. Do not, I repeat, do not setup means without a clear set of objectives, a measurement mechanism to identify the results, and to close, a very solid assessment of the value the engagement provides to the organization. widget sample, seeing it is easier than lots of text…

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Get some inspiration from Steve Ballmer from Microsoft

Steve Ballmer: energy the way I like it! Get Microsoft Silverlight Here are some takeaways:

Takeaway #1: Care about the customer that we are here to serve

Care about only one opinion: the customer's opinion since the point is to delight the customers that we are here to serve. It's all about the customers. In my case: how are you better off when you work with me? That's what I care about. Not pushing a product down your throat, but having you experience the dramatic results you can get. That's true, I do not care about competition, I care about you and providing value.

Takeaway #2: Having patience and being tenacious is key to success

No comment, that very, very, ... very true! Resilience. You get kicked down, get up. You get kicked down, get UP! Damn it!

Takeaway #3: About free: it's not magic, it's just another price

This one is great! I am also thinking that in free software, free is free as long as your time is worthless. As soon as you invest your time (which is the scarcest resource in the world, not money, not other 'things'), this is not free anymore. As Steve Ballmer says: "It's all about value, not price." That's the way to go! Of course, "you've got to convince them that it's worth buy the product." I tried Linux on my laptop for months and I am back to Windows with ZERO intent to go back. For servers, it's great but as a mobile system, come on!

Takeaway #4: Discipline, discipline, discipline!

Almost all incredibly successful people I know about, or work with for that matter, have a strong, iron-style discipline. Steve Ballmer mentions that he has a time budget. He manages it in Excel, like: Time for travel: X nights a year Time w/employees: Z days ... When used: check, check, check! I have also switched away from complex schemes to manage time. The budget is my calendar in the Filofax. Holidays are planned in advance (this means MONTHS) and are SACROSANCT. As Steve Ballmer says: "You've got to be disciplined." When Steve Ballmer and Alan Weiss tell me: "You've got to be disciplined for success", I LISTEN. This makes a hell out of a difference.

Takeaway #5: Find something that just switches you on

To live a fulfilling life, you've got to find something that:
  1. you are PASSIONATE about
  2. you CARE about
  3. you can BE ACTIVATED when doing it
  4. ENERGIZES you
This is key to living the most FULFILLING life you can EVER experience.

Good Zoho’s Manage Engine Summary Presentation

One of the easiest to use tool suite for keeping your finger on the pulse of your (mid-sized enterprise) systems and applications is Zoho's Manage Engine offering. I came across a presentation (using Zoho's presentation software, another division of theirs in the SaaS space) giving a clear overview of the whole thing. Check it out! This presentation comes from their community site.