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Tim Howell commented on Jack Gates's blog post 'It's Always The Small Things!'
"Great point. For the past year I have served as the President for our statewide city and county technology group and that was a huge thing. Especially because the organization became so dependent on our management company. This was my primary focus…"
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Jane commented on Jack Gates's blog post 'It's Always The Small Things!'
"Keeping current SOP is an ongoing process that gets overlooked due to workloads from what I have seen."
Apr 10
Jack Gates posted a blog post

It's Always The Small Things!

There are a multitude of first things that need to be done when you take over in an organization as the new person – especially if you are at the top of the org chart.When I was elected president of the board of a country club, I immediately talked with the key staff and department heads, influential club members, primary vendors, and community supporters to get a good view operations and the business health of the club. I also looked at the books and administration files as well. While on the…See More
Apr 9
Jack Gates posted a blog post

The Internet Tool– Faster, Cheaper, Better Results

OK, it is clear to me now – the internet is not a passing novelty, it is a creation tool of considerable versatility and depth, and fosters creativity at every turn. IaaT – the Internet as a Tool is here to stay.Back in the ‘90s, my organization went through an image update – a new logo, and a branded, coordinated image to go with it. Our PR firm took on the project and immediately dedicated a design team to us.At the time, we had a long established and recognizable logo of large lowercase…See More
Apr 1
Mark Hammer commented on Jack Gates's blog post 'What is Trust?'
"Writers in the field like to distinguish between various dimensions or forms of trust.  The most basic differentiation would be between trust in someone's competence, and trust in someone's motives.  So, I may trust you to do a…"
Mar 25
Dick Davies commented on Jack Gates's blog post 'What is Trust?'
"Trust is the basis of effort of more-than-one. And probably the basis of effort of one."
Mar 24
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What is Trust?

Picture this: Lucy has convinced Charlie Brown to run up to kick the football while she is holding it. Charlie races toward the ball and just before he kicks it, Lucy pulls it away – again.Of course, Charlie kicks nothing but air and winds up on his back with a thud; humiliated and disappointed – again.Lucy has convinced Charlie yet again to trust her - that this time she will not pull the ball away and Charlie will not…See More
Mar 24
Jack Gates posted a blog post

What is Trust?

Picture this: Lucy has convinced Charlie Brown to run up to kick the football while she is holding it. Charlie races toward the ball and just before he kicks it, Lucy pulls it away – again.Of course, Charlie kicks nothing but air and winds up on his back with a thud; humiliated and disappointed – again.Lucy has convinced Charlie yet again to trust her - that this time she will not pull the ball away and Charlie will not…See More
Mar 24
Dick Davies commented on Jack Gates's blog post 'Selling Out'
"This is the last area of building a successful company. Founders who neglect an energetic end leave a languishing organization and don't get full value for their work."
Mar 23
Jack Gates posted a blog post

Selling Out

During a period of more than 10 years, as a CEO, Director, and Board Chairman, I have been responsible for disposing of three organizations and have been an acquisition target of two other organizations. I have been a close observer of several others.Here's what I learned.Start Early. From concept to handing over the keys takes about 2 years. Seller or buyer, it takes time to find and qualify good prospects, and it's a process of due diligence, negotiation, and hand-holding until the deal is…See More
Mar 23
Jack Gates commented on Jack Gates's blog post 'Certainty'
"Well said, Dick. Remember the little child who said the Emperor had no clothes on - a lone voice and a great public service. Truth-telling for self is an absolute and why waste time with distracting (or disingenuous) people? Thanks!"
Feb 27
Dick Davies commented on Jack Gates's blog post 'Certainty'
""But in this world nothing is certain..."So better to plan and expect change than to cling to an old, broken truth. The first requirement for growth is a relentless commitment to tell the truth about reality. The second is to surround…"
Dec 8, 2013
Jack Gates posted a blog post

Certainty

A popular quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin is: Nothing is certain but death and taxes. True - however, the timing of one and the amount of the other are not certain.Leaders face certainty and uncertainty when painting their vision – e.g., revenue must cover expenses for an organization to be viable, but the timing of…See More
Dec 6, 2013
Dick Davies commented on Jack Gates's blog post 'Words And Actions Make Leaders Great'
"If you concentrated on doing one right thing every day, imagine what you could accomplish in a week, month, or year!"
Nov 20, 2013
Jack Gates posted a blog post

Words And Actions Make Leaders Great

Greatness is a perception by others. What makes a leader great is more than achieving the mission, goal, or results – greatness is also about how he or she got us there. It's a complex set of factors not adequately described by a couple of words – but we can get in the general vicinity with these three traits:saying what you will dodoing what you sayinspiring others to do their very best to achieve goals/results.George Washington is admired as a great, if somewhat reluctant, leader. These two…See More
Nov 20, 2013
Dick Davies commented on Jack Gates's blog post 'Reformatting the Hard Disk...Twice'
"Back in DOS days, I was a marketer sharing space with a gnarly coder. Our boss wanted to foment some cross-appreciation. I would get the Red X notification and be in a hurry to get it off my screen, crashing the network. My new friend noticed and…"
Nov 12, 2013

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Sales Lab Incorporated
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MBA - Finance Southeastern University
BS - Smith School, University of Maryland
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Jack Gates's Blog

It's Always The Small Things!

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 9:31pm 3 Comments

There are a multitude of first things that need to be done when you take over in an organization as the new person – especially if you are at the top of the org chart.

When I was elected president of the board of a country club, I immediately talked with the key staff and department heads, influential club members, primary vendors, and community supporters to get a good view operations and the business health of the club. I also looked at the books and administration files as…

Continue

The Internet Tool– Faster, Cheaper, Better Results

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 9:16am 0 Comments

OK, it is clear to me now – the internet is not a passing novelty, it is a creation tool of considerable versatility and depth, and fosters creativity at every turn. IaaT – the Internet as a Tool is here to stay.

Back in the ‘90s, my organization went through an image update – a new logo, and a branded, coordinated image to go with it. Our PR firm took on the project and immediately dedicated a design team to us.

At the time, we had a long…

Continue

What is Trust?

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 4:20pm 2 Comments

Picture this: Lucy has convinced Charlie Brown to run up to kick the football while she is holding it. Charlie races toward the ball and just before he kicks it, Lucy pulls it away – again.

Of course, Charlie kicks nothing but air and winds up on his back with a thud; humiliated and disappointed – again.…

Continue

Selling Out

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 10:54pm 1 Comment

During a period of more than 10 years, as a CEO, Director, and Board Chairman, I have been responsible for disposing of three organizations and have been an acquisition target of two other organizations. I have been a close observer of several others.

Here's what I learned.

Start Early. From concept to handing over the keys takes about 2 years. Seller or buyer, it takes time to find and qualify…

Continue

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