Author Archives: Dave Berkus

Data collection is about to get much more dangerous

On January First, 2020, California will enact the toughest data protection laws ever, far outpacing Europe’s General Data Protection Act (GDPR.)   Called the California Consumer Privacy Ace (CCPA), few of us are even aware of this and need to know.  … Continue reading

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Most of your big problems start as small problems.

Let’s talk about surprises. And whether to warn your superiors or your boards about these unraveling events early. You have a dashboard or KPI’s, don’t you? Every good executive has a set of critical data points that best alert him … Continue reading

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Can you just tell little business lies?

Are any of these little lies worth worrying over? “He’s not in right now.”  “I am going to the doctor at that time.”  “I paid only two dollars a unit to your competitor.”  Whether not true and used to avoid … Continue reading

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Are your chairman and CEO the same person?

Here’s one that targets most any company that has taken investments at any stage, as well as more mature companies. Why would you split the positions? More and more today, shareholder organizations recommend that the positions of chairman and president … Continue reading

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The best things about your company board

For weeks, we’ve highlighted both good and bad things about boards of directors for your company (or non-profit.)  This week, let’s focus upon number one – aside from the requirements of boards to protect the company itself (not the shareholders.) … Continue reading

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So, your board is dysfunctional. What to do?

It happens. Boards are elected by the shareholders, sometimes with preferred shareholders holding seats by right of their investment.  In that instance, often the investor selects the board member and the CEO goes along with the choice, mostly out of … Continue reading

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Let your board help with “what” and “why” – but rarely “how.”

I am sure you can argue with this one. Sometimes a board member is valuable in teaching the “how” to get things done inside the company.  But experience reinforces the usual fact that a board member telling the CEO or … Continue reading

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Does your board give you good advice?

This may be news, but boards of directors can offer bad advice.  Having served on more than forty boards, I’ve seen such a variety of good and bad advice that my stories could fill a book.  (oh, wait. They have…) … Continue reading

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Where’s your team playbook? Hmm?

This one comes straight from football.  From experience and from information about the competition, a coach creates a playbook that contains detailed plans for actions or plays that the entire team must know without question and execute without pause in … Continue reading

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Can your team overcome messy problems?

Some problems seem impossible to surmount Leaders and teams can be overwhelmed.  We’ve all probably experienced this. Several big problems hit us at once.  Or the system goes down, stranding everyone. Or worse yet, “We’ve been hacked.” Add the twist … Continue reading

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