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Happy New Year: Top Blog Posts for 2010

I hope you have a very happy, healthy and successful 2011!   Thank you very much for reading this blog, whether this is your first visit or one of many.  Here are the three most popular blog entries of 2010, with a

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Posted in Business Intelligence, Marketing, Personal Branding, Product Marketing

“Everything I Know About Business (and Life) I Learned From…Poker? Or Maybe Slaying Dragons…?

Quick! Think of a subject; any subject. Now think of any kind of game/pastime/hobby. Got it? You’ve just completed a Mad Lib: Everything I know about   [subject] I learned from  [game/etc.] . You just might have a new best-selling book (or at least a blog post) topic

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Posted in Innovation, Interpersonal Skills, Personal Branding, Product Marketing

What Matters Now: “Glittering Paragraphs” of Bright Ideas

Anybody can have ideas – the difficulty is to express them without squandering a (stack) of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph. – Mark Twain Thanks to Bruna Martinuzzi, author of The Leader

Posted in Personal Branding, Product Marketing

Poor Communication can Scuttle Effective BI, Your Reputation, and a Simple Bus Ride

Several years ago I flew to and from a trade show via TF Green Airport in Providence, RI instead of Boston Logan Airport as usual.  This small airport has (or at least had at the time) one large economy parking

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Posted in Books, Business Intelligence, Interpersonal Skills, Personal Branding

“Balloon Boy” Fiasco Teaches a Personal Branding Lesson

Without bothering with further commentary on the theatre-of-the-absurd “Balloon Boy” fiasco that also left the media bamboozled and humiliated over its national coverage of the hoax, there is a worthwhile lesson here for personal branders. In this instant media age, it

Posted in Personal Branding

Point/Counterpoint: Two Polar Opposite Managerial Styles & Personal Brands

October 2010 marked the first annual customer User Conference I attended hosted by my employer at that time, iStrategy Solutions [since acquired by Blackboard]. It was a pleasure to meet so many smart, enthusiastic data warehousing customers I had been

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Posted in Books, Personal Branding

Want Business Success and Avoid Depression? Be Willing to “Wear the White Belt”

The VentureFizz website lets you “see what’s buzzing in Boston’s tech community.” The site includes links to a wide gamut of blogs by Boston entrepreneurs. One of the better blogs is Seeing Both Sides by Boston venture capitalist and former entrepreneur

Posted in Personal Branding

Job Seekers Getting Attention: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I recently came across CornOnTheJob.com, a blog by Philadelphia-based headhunter Rich DeMatteo. Helping job seekers with good advice is important to Rich, as it is to me, and I enjoyed visiting Rich’s blog. Rich just posted on a topic that was

Posted in Job Search, Personal Branding

Buy this Book and Read it Now: The Leader as a Mensch (Book Review)

I have referred to business author Bruna Martinuzzi’s 2007 article Optimism: The Hidden Asset previously on this blog (here and also here) as a wise and pragmatic exploration of a positive character trait that tends to come in handy for

Posted in Books, Personal Branding

Introverts: Not Networking is Not an Option! (A Brief Interview with Holland-Mark CEO Chris Colbert)

I am happy to report that I successfully bounced back from a surprise April 2009 layoff from a former employer and landed a great new job two months later.  Networking made all the difference in the world.  In fact, in terms

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Posted in Interpersonal Skills, Job Search, Personal Branding

I'm Mike Urbonas, a Boston area enterprise software product marketing professional. I have always been a strong believer in how enterprise information platforms, data analytics and business intelligence can help transform an organization. Of course, the effectiveness of these tools depend heavily on the competence of the business leaders and managers using them. My blog explores both of these key issues, along with my thoughts on being an effective, revenue-enabling product manager and marketer.

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