Bitcoin and Banks: A Status Update

What is the current relationship like between banks and Bitcoin? It continues to ebb and flow. In March, Reuters reported one of the biggest Bitcoin exchanges struck a rare deal to allow it to open a bank account with Britain’s Barclays. This was intended to make it easier for UK customers of the exchange to […]

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Four Ways to Accelerate Your Executive Team’s Productivity

“We are an executive team in name only.” “We are all senior leaders at the same company, we participate in the same meetings, but we do not collaborate well as a unit.” “We have no common objective and struggle with accountability.” In my work, I regularly hear senior leadership at organizations make these comments. If […]

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Passwords Are Past Their Prime

How confident are you that passwords are enough to protect your data as a consumer? Michael Nadeau, senior editor at CSO magazine, believes the best thing you can say about using a password for authentication is that it’s better than nothing. High-profile breaches like Equifax, however, have exposed millions of passwords and user IDs, calling […]

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How to Manage the Arrogant Victim Mindset

The victim mindset can affect average and high performers in any organization in any industry. Ultimately, it can impact the bottom line when it is not managed. In part one of this series, I addressed the first form of the victim mindset I have dealt with across 20 industries: the doubtful victim. In this second and final […]

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Medical Device Recall and Security Status

Medical device recalls reached record highs in the first three months of 2018 due to software complications that are likely to continue with the spread of high-tech devices. Device recalls increased 126 percent in the first quarter of 2018. At 343 recalls, it was the highest number in a single quarter since 2005, according to […]

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How to Manage the Doubtful Victim Mindset

Have you ever encountered a “victim mindset” in your day-to-day work? Chances are that you have. Whether you find it at the executive or middle-management level, most of us have worked with someone (or possibly multiple people) who personifies this mindset. Your challenge as a leader is figuring out how to handle it. In order […]

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Small Satellite Constellations Needed for U.S. ISR Architecture

Should the Pentagon invest in small satellite constellations for the United States to remain a military superpower? The Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a Washington think tank, believes it should. In a recent report, the think tank warns that the spread of advanced technologies has allowed state competitors to challenge U.S. military advantages […]

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How Much AI Is in Insurance?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is disrupting the traditional insurance value chain according to IBM. Artificial intelligence is showing up in marketing/product development, policyholder acquisition, underwriting, policy administration/asset management and claims. Seventy-five percent of insurance executives surveyed in an Accenture study believe AI will alter or transform the insurance industry in the next few years. MetLife, Allianz, Transamerica, […]

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Recover Credibility After Missteps

“The timing of the product launch was poor. I told my team it should not be done that month,” stated Brad (the division president). “Brad, don’t you lead that division? Based on what you just said in the last few minutes, there were at least two important factors for the product that were not considered. […]

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Get Ready for Robot Delivery

In the Las Vegas Renaissance Hotel, two service robots—both Relay robots from San Jose-based Savioke—are quietly at work. These robots, named Elvis and Priscilla, are full-time employees of the hotel. Are these the only robots? No. Savioke founder Steve Cousins says his company currently has robots in 70 hotels, including the two at the Renaissance. […]

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