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  • IoT Enables Smart Cities Attain Urban Development Vision IoT Enables Smart Cities Attain Urban Development Vision2017 and 2018 are characterized by an explosion of urbanization with as IoT enables smart cities to optimize services to their residents.  According to the recent World Cities report of the United Nations over 3.7 billion people are now living in urban areas, while this number is expected to double ... Read more about this post
  • FinTech Technological Innovations FinTech Technological InnovationsWhether all Fintech should be considered disruptive innovation or not is a matter for debate, according to well-educated writers at The Harvard Business review. But it doesn’t take an Ivy League education to recognize that many of the new FinTech technological innovations in the finance sector are sending tremors across the industry. Old-fashioned ... Read more about this post
  • Nanotechnology for Biomedical Usage Pros and Cons Ai in Nanotechnology for Biomedical UseNanotechnology has been slowly treading into the field of biomedicine for almost a decade now. Owing to the fact that nanotechnology for biomedical usage is still a relatively newer technology surrounded by many ethical debates, its footsteps are a little slow and careful. So what is nanotechnology? As the name ... Read more about this post
  • New Hire Onboarding Process Increases Productivity New Hire Onboarding Process Increases Productivity The new hire onboarding process, for so many companies, is crammed into orientation or fails.  New hire onboarding increases productivity when used correctly.  Unfortunately the main causes for onboarding failure are two-fold.  One is Human Resources tries to use a “one-size-fits-all” approach.  Secondly, it involves too much valuable time of ... Read more about this post
  • Candidate Assessments Often Fail to Measure Team Fit and Role Fit Team Fit and Role Fit – Most Candidate Assessments Fail to MeasureCorporate recruiters and staffing firms utilize various forms of screening interviews and candidate assessments but fail to measure role fit and team fit to help determine who makes the shortlist for for the Hiring Manager to consider. For executive recruiters it’s a combination of ... Read more about this post
  • Unemployed Executives Feel Ignored When Out of Work Unemployed Executives Feel Ignored​ The question, “Why Unemployed Executives Feel Ignored when Out of a Job” there are several factors involved in why executives feel ignored when out of work and unemployed.  I strictly do retained search and my recruitment process, per my agreement with the client, is to deliver a high impact “A Player”. Many highly ... Read more about this post
  • Job Boards Pitfalls Posting Resume Amid Privacy Concerns Job Boards Pitfalls Posting Resume Amid Privacy ConcernsI receive dozens of calls and emails every week on the subject of whether posting your resume is safe or should send that job boards pitfalls and privacy issues in red flashing lights.  Here are a few job search tips to help you choose for a career search. Do ... Read more about this post
  • Interview Thank You Letter Email or Snail Mail? Interview Thank You Letter Email or Snail Mail?In this day of hyper electronic communication interview thank you letter by email can often be overlooked and deleted.  t’s easy for recruiters and Hiring Managers to get lost in the maze. While I have nothing against emails, texts, tweets, etc., etc., I tend to sometimes forget the advantage ... Read more about this post
  • Top 3 Leadership Skills Desired by Board of Directors Top 3 Leadership Skills Desired by Board of DirectorsInvestors are usually attracted towards companies that have great potential, not only in the present, but also in the future. That means, business organizations are always on the lookout for talented and skilled leaders who possess the top 3 leadership skills most desired and can contribute greatly to ... Read more about this post
  • Leadership Traits Growing the Leader From Within Leadership Traits  Growing the Leader from Within YourselfLeadership traits are defined by what we do, not the role we are in. Leadership is action, not a position. Some people in leadership roles are excellent leaders. But too many are bosses, “snoopervisors,” technocrats, bureaucrats, managers, commanders, chiefs, and the like. Whether in enterprise mobility, manufacturing, or ... Read more about this post
  • Job References Making Calls vs. Automated Software for Employment Checks Job References – Making Calls vs. Automated SoftwareAll companies expect job references, aka professional and employment references to be conducted prior to making an offer of employment or shortly thereafter. Nine times out of ten these are pre-determined references provided by the candidate. Some may well include former bosses, former or current colleagues, and industry ... Read more about this post
  • Performance Objectives Focused Recruiting for Potential Candidates Performance Objectives Focused Recruiting of CandidatesLet’s look at defining the Key Performance Indicators or even better defining how performance objectives focused recruiting can be used in the recruitment screening process.  Many hiring managers and recruiters for that matter have a misconception that these are used only after the hire or limited to executive leadership roles. To ... Read more about this post
  • Candidate Video Interviews the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Candidate Video Interviews – the Good, the Bad, and the UglyCandidate video interviews in recruiting creates manageable content, and with cloud services the benefit of being able to edit, store, and convert to the appropriate information format for evaluating candidates or future consideration of a new opening.  The three types of candidate video interviews are:One-Way Video ... Read more about this post
  • Education Bubble Shortage of US born Engineers for High Tech Education Bubble Shortage of US born Engineers for High TechIt’s a very tough market in electrical and computer engineers for companies that provide security applications, Ai, IoT, and aerospace products.  Under rules from FAA and ITAR to FCC to ITAR to DoD, the education bubbleshortage of US born engineers is evident.  Requiring US citizenship or ... Read more about this post
  • Poor Executive Performance .…What to Do…. and How to Avoid It Difficult Conversations – Poor Executive Performance ……… and How to Avoid ItDealing with a poor executive performance can be frustrating. It can be complex and time consuming to make sure you get the right result – an improvement in their performance, or failing that, them being managed out of the organisation in a fair and ... Read more about this post
  • Fundamental Leadership Training is Key to your Company’s Success Fundamental Leadership Training is Key to your Company’s SuccessSuccessful businesses are identified by their fundamental leadership training as they go hand in hand. Such executive managers are individuals who have been properly vetted, trained, and placed in positions where they can thrive. But getting there requires following a carefully crafted plan to ensure each leader’s ... Read more about this post
  • Choose Retained Search for Key Recruiting – 10 Valid Reasons Why Choose Retained Search for Key Recruiting?  10 Valid Reasons  When you chooseretained search for key recruiting, your first consideration in the evaluation and selection process should not be on the fee itself, but how the fee is paid. While most charge three invoices at 1/3 each, regardless of the outcome, a few do use a Performance ... Read more about this post
  • Retained Search Improves Talent Acquisition with a Competitive Edge Retained Search Improves Talent Acquisition with a Competitive EdgeRetained search improves talent acquisition by identifying, effectively screening, and bringing forth “A players”, the 14% of the workforce that produces 8 to 10 times more than even “B players”.  Today companies have a hectic schedule due to keeping up with the competitiveness of the industry. Resources and ... Read more about this post
  • IoT Medical Devices Security Vulnerabilities on Wi-Fi Networks IoT Medical Devices Security Vulnerabilities  on Wi-Fi NetworksIoT medical devices security vulnerabilities affects many different types of in-hospital equipment including diagnostic equipment (e.g., MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machines and CT (Computerized axial Tomography) scanners), therapeutic equipment (e.g., infusion pumps and medical lasers) life support equipment (e.g., heart support machines), internet-connected devices for monitoring patients vital signs ... Read more about this post
  • Job Boards Impending Death – Recruiting Insights Job Boards Impending Death From an executive recruiting standpoint, job boards impeding death is apparent.  Job boards have always been a non-issue. The voluminous lists of pedestrian “McJobs” offered on job boards are targeted towards “active” job seekers – by and large all “C players” that make up 55% of the workforce and could easily be ... Read more about this post
  • Blockchain Technology Securing IoT Infrastructure? Blockchain Technology Securing IoT Infrastructure? The growth of the Internet-of-Things (IoT) paradigm begs the question if blockchain technology securing IoT infrastructure properly or not?  Currently propelled by an unprecedented increase in the number of internet-connected devices. Even though the Cisco’s 2011 projection about 50 billion devices in 2020 is not ending up being very accurate, more ... Read more about this post
  • Military Stealth Tech – now, what’s coming and a far look ahead Military Stealth Tech  Today and TomorrowWhen the United States’ military stealth tech bomber was rumored and then when it made a public debut, it was the first-time advanced stealth technology was a reality instead of something out of a science fiction novel. Even as the US was working on the tech to hide the profile of ... Read more about this post
  • Autonomous Vehicles – the Future using Artificial Intelligence Autonomous Vehicles Future using Artificial IntelligenceFor years we have been hearing that driverless cars will soon be dominating our highways as autonomous vehicles are developed.  Not since the advent of the horseless carriage have we been faced with such a disruption in personal travel. But the adoption of vehicle automation will likely take longer than many ... Read more about this post
  • Augmented Reality Virtual Elements to the Physical World ​Augmented Reality Virtual Elements to the Physical World Augmented reality virtual elements, virtual reality, artificial intelligence- exactly what are they and how do they interact with one another? Every moment of our waking lives, we use our five senses to learn about our world. In our daily reality, we see people and cars moving on the ... Read more about this post
  • Future Cell Site Towers for IoT Data, Broadband, and Leasing Future Cell Site Towers for IoT Data, Broadband, and LeasingAs demands on the Internet continue to grow, an in-depth look at the future cell site towers needs to be addressed, especially with IoT that sees homes become increasingly “smart” with the demand for transmission equipment continuing to grow. How will this growth happen? Where will ... Read more about this post
  • Benefits and Pitfalls of Mobile Payments Benefits and Pitfalls of Mobile PaymentsMention a paper check to a Millennial, and you are likely to get blank stares. Before we address the benefits and pitfalls of mobile payments, first we must acknowledge that the idea of writing anything on a slip of paper for a payment is as anathema to them as a ... Read more about this post
  • Embedded Wireless Devices and IoT Security Vulnerabilities Embedded Wireless Devices and IoT Security VulnerabilitiesEmbedded Wireless devices, once thought to be too small to include their own security, undergo a more thorough analysis beginning with firmware testing. The software inside the chip is just as important as the application controlling it. Both need to be tested for security and quality. Some of the early ... Read more about this post
  • LTE and 5G compete or compliment IoT networks? LTE and 5G compete or compliment IoT networks?Curious – can LTE and 5G compete or compliment IoT networks or the other way around? The big cellular companies have heavily invested in Long-Term Evolution (LTE) networks and the coming 5G network. They are saying it can compete with the Internet of Things (IoT) network that smaller ... Read more about this post
  • Renewable Jet Fuels Viability in Commercial Flights Renewable Jet Fuels Viability in Commercial FlightsRenewable jet fuels changed in 2016 when regular flight operations of United Airlines started using RjF.  This marked the beginning of commercial-scale usage of the alternate jet fuel by aviation industry.  As of today the commercial viability has been achieved for renewable jet fuels through demonstration of techno-economic feasibility for ... Read more about this post
  • Ai Impacts Aerospace Power Management Systems Ai Impacts Aerospace Power Management Systems Ai impacts aerospace power management in the way it can collect data and make decisions on conversion, generation, and distribution.  In our modern technological society, controlling the flow of electricity is necessary to powering buildings, maintaining efficient computer systems, and providing energy to vehicle accessories. And it is critical to ... Read more about this post
  • Screening Candidates for Team Fit is BETTER than Corporate Culture Match Screening Candidates for Team Fit Screening candidates for team fit is more fruitful and accurate than corporate culture match. Work is a lot like life in general in that screening candidates cultural fit is what many strive for.  While it is a lofty goal, it is also a bit of star Trek wishful thinking that all ... Read more about this post
  • Long Range Commercial Drone Control with 5G Wireless Technology Long Range Commercial Drone Control in 5G Wireless Technology In regards to long range commercial drone control, according to wireless technology company Qualcomm, “5G connectivity will enable a worldwide boom in drone use, for fun, research, and business.” But for now, U.S. drone activity is limited to line-of-sight control. Regulations will need to catch up to ... Read more about this post
  • Self Organizing Networks drives down Mobile HetNet cost Self Organizing Networks drive down Mobile HetNet Cost As technology continues to advance, Self organizing networks drive down mobile Hetnets cost.  Known as SON, it has promise for the large cellular carriers that run LTE but additionally for smaller networks running on Wi-Fi and femtocells.  The goal of all carriers is to lower their overall operating ... Read more about this post
  • Employee Recognition Program 3 Reasons Why it Works Employee Recognition Program – 3 Reasons Why it WorksA well designed employee recognition program results in higher levels of engagement have proven, repeatedly, higher levels of employee satisfaction, greater increase in productivity, greater company loyalty, higher profits, and better customer satisfaction. Let’s look at the facts. In 2013, a poll conducted by Gallup found that ... Read more about this post
  • Industrial Robotics Cyber Security Challenges for IIoT – Internet of Things Industrial Robotics Cyber Security Challenges in IIoT The line is blurring between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT). As more industrial robotics equipment is connected to the industrial internet of things (IIoT), the vulnerabilities increase. Among the many devices being added to networks are robotic machines. That’s raising red flags for some experts. And it ... Read more about this post
  • Zero Rating for ISPs and Mobile Network Operators is a Growing Trend Zero Rating for ISPs and Mobile Network OperatorsA report on zero rating by the Federal Communications Commission just a week and a half before the inauguration of Donald Trump said that zero rating for ISPs and mobile network operators violates net neutrality rules. “Zero-rated” applications do not count toward data caps or usage allowance imposed by internet ... Read more about this post
  • Customer Loyalty – Improving it with Engagement and Support Customer Loyalty – Improving it with Engagement and SupportCustomer Loyalty StatisticsFor every customer complaint, there are 26 other customers who have remained silent. 9 out of 10 unsatisfied customers would not willingly do business with your organization again.~ Source: Lee Resource Inc.19 out of 20 satisfied customers who get their issue resolved will return and ... Read more about this post
  • Leadership Ethics Inspires Others to Follow your Good Habits Leadership Ethics Inspires Others to Follow your HabitsLeadership ethics inspires others to follow you by looking at your decision making style and your listening habits.  In 25 plus years I’ve had the opportunity to work with some great executives who leadershipethics inspires others to follow whose characteristics separate these individuals from the rest.   One of ... Read more about this post
  • IoT Medical Devices Transforming Healthcare with Implants and Wearables IoT Medical Devices Transforming  HealthcareIoT medical devices transforming healthcare by changing every aspect of our social and professional lives as billions of pervasive devices enable the acquisition of timely and accurate information about our personal context, the data gathering transforms what doctors can do with actionable knowledge. The healthcare sector provides an excellent example of the ... Read more about this post
  • Distributed Power Generation Balancing in Evolving Utility Grids Distributed Power Generation Evolving Utility GridsDistributed power generation and other distributed energy resources (DERs) in the modern power grid is undeniable. It seems that electric distribution companies have two options: fight the inevitable rise of DERs or embrace them and benefit from new opportunities. After years of resistance, the time has come to enable the deployment of ... Read more about this post
  • Network Function Virtualization – What NFV will do for Operators Network Function Virtualization is ready to take offNetwork function virtualization, as Dylan would say, the times they are a changin’.  Network Function Virtualization has come to the mobile operator, and according to strategic business advisor Northstream. It will be part of a “natural evolution of existing infrastructures” bringing greater efficiency and lower costs. But the key ... Read more about this post
  • Comprehensive Pre-Employment Background Checks best practices Comprehensive Pre-Employment Background Checks for Executive HiresComprehensive pre-employment background checks are an absolute necessity.  Your time is a valuable commodity. When you consider taking on a high-touch candidate destined for executive placement it is of even greater importance, as the time you spend performing comprehensive background checks may be considerable. Above all, you don’t want ... Read more about this post
  • Trends in Geothermal Power Generation for Renewable Energy Trends in Geothermal Power Generation for Renewable EnergyTrends in geothermal power generation is technology has some promise  as being proven to be a clean, renewable resource providing energy around the world for centuries in various forms of hot springs.  Keeping special areas with signs like hot springs aside, the heat of the earth is available ... Read more about this post
  • Electrical Power Generation and Distribution see Seismic Changes Electrical Power Generation & Distribution Seismic ChangesElectrical power generation and distribution took a big leap in 2007 when the trajectory for electrical use in America peaked and started down a different course, declining for reasons we don’t fully understand yet. No, this wasn’t a one-time drop but a clear shift, moving in a new downward ... Read more about this post
  • How a New Hire Impacts Team Dynamics and Overall Productivity Productivity + Team Dynamics New Hire Impact  Loads of companies and recruiters use some type of screening tests but few look at the all important concept that faster productivity + team dynamics in whether a potential new hire is both a role fit AND a team fit   While some have a one-size-fits-all behavioral analysis testing ... Read more about this post
  • Cost of Failed Executive Hires – Eliminate Poor Recruiting Techniques Cost of Failed Executive Hires – Eliminate Poor Recruiting The cost of failed executive hires is tremendous. This is NOT limited to just CXOs and SVPs – same goes with VP and Director levels. It is surprising how many mid-cap and large conglomerates retained big-named search firms without realizing that with the exception of a few ... Read more about this post
  • Increasing New Hire Productivity | Team Fit Role Fit Increasing New Hire ProductivityIncreasing new hire productivity requires making sure the new employee can hit the ground and produce.  Behavioral assessment (sometimes referred to as “Psychometric Testing”) has become increasingly recognized as a valuable source of information when making hiring decision. There is a wealth of data to demonstrate that using behavioral assessment in conjunction with ... Read more about this post
  • Cyber Security with Artificial Intelligence Elements and Ai Platforms Cyber Security with Artificial Intelligence Elements and Ai PlatformsCyber-security has always been a major concern for providers, vendors and operators of IT systems and services. Despite increased investments in security technology, this has not changed, as evident in several notorious cyber-attacks and related security incidents that have taken place during the last couple of years.  ... Read more about this post
  • Meaningful Conversations increased through Proper Email Marketing Meaningful Conversations Via EmailEmail has become a means for swift communication. In the world of business, it is crucial to open meaningful conversations to old and new clients. The usage of email has opened an essential route for marketers looking to invite, employ, and maintain their clients and prospects. This method of marketing has become ... Read more about this post
  • Smart Objects: Blending Artificial Intelligence into the Internet of Things Smart Objects: Blending AI into the Internet of ThingsIt’s been more than a decade since the time when the number of internet-connected devices exceeded the number of people on the planet. This milestone signaled the emergence and rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm, smart objects, which empowered a whole new range of applications ... Read more about this post