Archive for April, 2015

Innovation: the Trick is Managing the Pain

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in 3 Early Customer Stage, 4 Finding your Niche, Customer Development, skmurphy

Any innovation effort is a painful struggle punctuated by false starts and dead ends. Your efforts are met with lack of interest even when a basic invention is working and active resistance when it starts to replace the tried and true. Like any childbirth the trick is managing the pain long enough to deliver.

Hotels Near Great Demo Workshop 2015

Written by Theresa Shafer. Posted in Events

Attending the Great Demo Workshop 2015? The two day workshop is held at Domain Hotel which several past attendees have stayed at and enjoyed.

Domain Hotel 1085 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087 (408) 247-0800 – special discount rate for “Great Demo Group”

However the hotel does normally sell out. So here are a couple of our favorites hotels that are nearby listed in increasing distance from the from the workshop:

Best Western Santa Clara
4341 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051 (408) 244-3366

Corporate Inn – Sunnyvale
805 E El Camino Real  Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Hilton Garden
10741 North Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA 95014 -(408) 777-8787

Moorpark Hotel
4241 Moorpark Ave San Jose, CA 95129

Embassy Suites Santa Clara

2885 Lakeside Dr  Santa Clara, CA 95054
4200 Great America Pkwy Santa Clara, CA 95054 (408) 235-8900

Woodcrest

5415 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA 95050 (408) 446-9636

1217 Wildwood Ave Sunnyvale, CA 94089 (408) 245-5330

Cypress Hotel
10050 S. De Anza Blvd. Cupertino, CA 95014 (408) 253-8900

Larkspur Landing Campbell

550 W Hamilton Ave Campbell, CA 95008  (408) 364-1514

 

CNSV Recognized by IEEE as an Outstanding Chapter

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Silicon Valley, skmurphy

The Consultants Network of Silicon Valley (CNSV) was recognized by IEEE Region 6 in 2015 for its outstanding achievements in promoting members’ skills and providing educational opportunities for Silicon Valley. The award reads:

IEEE Region 6 Outstanding Chapter  presented to

Consultants Network of Silicon Valley

For creating a network to promote the skills of its consultants, fostering collaboration among its members, creating alliances with other IEEE chapters, and providing educational opportunities for Silicon Valley.

A Clear Eyed View Of The Way Forward

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Rules of Thumb

It’s often hard to see your way forward. When there are many courses of action open to you whose possible outcomes are hard to predict you can remain paralyzed by analysis. I often find myself dithering past the point where picking any reasonable option and proceeding is far better than continuing to analyze my choices.

Victorian Values

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in skmurphy, Thought Leadership

In an 1983 radio interview Margaret Thatcher defined Victorian values as  hard work, self-improvement, self-reliance, living within your income, cleanliness, self-respect, a duty to help others, pride in country, and being a good member of your community. Here are some excerpts from an April 15, 1983 radio interview with Peter Allen on The Decision Makers program.

Step Back To See Yourself In The Problem

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in 3 Early Customer Stage, Consulting Business, Customer Development, skmurphy

Normally if you are not getting traction, if you are not able to reliably set and hit goals, then it’s a good idea to narrow your focus and take smaller steps.  Zoom in for traction.  This is a good rule of but you may need to take a step back and look at yourself as an actor in the system (or contributor to the problem).

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