Author Archives: Jeffrey Gifford

Compass quote

compasses only tell the directions,not which one to follow Maclean, N. (1992). Young men and fire. Univ. of Chicago Press. Leaders choose which direction to follow. They can make that decision any number of different ways, but the leader makes… (read more)

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Be the User

A recent online experience with a large department in my state government left me scratching my head and wondering who was watching what. The relevant page was easy to find and, while I had to click through two more pages… (read more)

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Cybersecurity for Small Businesses

During my cybersecurity consultations with owners and leaders in small businesses, the initial discussions generally center around five topics. The order in which they’re introduced isn’t intended to imply any relative importance but instead represents a conversational flow as we… (read more)

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Off the Shelf: January 2022 (skunkworks)

I’m reading two other books on the “whitespace” in organizations at the moment when I came across this HBR article that I had clipped some time before. In my experience, “whitespace” in an organization is usually defined as the space… (read more)

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Off The Shelf: December 2021 (antitrust and Amazon)

I read much but finished little in December. Sometimes that happens—I have a tendency to have too many books going at once. Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox In an effort to better my understanding of monopolies and antitrust, I picked up an… (read more)

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Off the Shelf: November 2021

It wasn’t a terribly exciting reading month. In alphabetical author order: The Long Way to a small, Angry planet This was recommended to me because I so thoroughly enjoy Nathan Lowell’s space series and was trying not to read Captain’s… (read more)

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Off the Shelf: October 2021 (Snow Crash and the metaverse)

I first read Stephenson’s Snow Crash in after hearing it described while attending an ICCM event in the late 1990s. It was one of those “read it now because this future is coming” books and I devoured it at the… (read more)

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On Methodical Problem Solving

Co-workers who have solved problems with me over any period of time have heard me talk about “building the matrix”. Sometimes its an actual table on a whiteboard (virtual or on the wall) while other times it’s in my head… (read more)

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Off the Shelf: September 2021 (Two on Democracy)

I read several books in September, some just for fun; two in particular touch on Democracy1 in some unique ways. One is science fiction and the other a collection of essays. I find them both valuable in that they can… (read more)

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Case Study: Security Controls in small, non-traditional Organizations

Several unfortunate events were used together to defraud a 501(c)(3) of nearly all their operating funds during a transition from one managing group to another, highlighting the needs for stronger controls in a wider spectrum of organizations than usually considered.… (read more)

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