Have You Defined Your Personal Core Values?

Your Core Values are Your Guardrails for Life...

Have you ever sat down and truly defined your core values and what is important to you? cstmblessingshowerDo you know your core values and what you stand for?  My wife and I held a workshop at St. Mary’s College this week on life planning and one of the topics was personal core values.   In order to live on purpose and support what is important to you, your core values are decisions that need to be made – by you – by digging deep down inside of yourself.

Without knowing your core values and what you stand for – you’ll be in a state of confusion and potentially in chaos. These values are like the foundation your house is built on. When your values disintegrate, everything around you also disintegrates because your actions are not in sync with your belief system and core values. This is also known as cognitive dissonance.

Cognitive dissonance is “the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time, or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values”.  Wow, that is a mouth full.  In today’s technology and interconnected world, we are getting introduced to new ideas and others beliefs at crazy speeds.  It is more important than ever to know what you stand for, your beliefs and your foundation.

Are You Keeping the Humble and Hungry Balance?

Are you keeping the humble and hungry balance? Last Friday our youngest daughter Emily graduated from Penn High School. EmilyGraduationWe are super proud of her and ready to help her in the next chapter of her life as with our other two daughters. It certainly has been a journey getting to this point and my wife and I are looking forward to the new but unfamiliar terrain. When our daughters started and graduated high school I printed out the humble and hungry advice I got from Jon Gordon blog a while back.  I gave it to my daughters and their friends intentionally for life guidance. What’s cool is it still helps me put things in perspective today.


I have found that two words are the key to a life and career of continuous improvement and growth. Whether you are just starting out and trying to make a name for yourself or you have achieved the pinnacle of success it’s important to remember to be humble and hungry.


Don’t Forget the “I” in IT


I think people have forgotten what the “I” in IT stands for.


When you put the “I” and the “T” together, people usually think about computers, servers, networking, and so on.  For me, it’s about DATA, which is the information.  And when you bring information and technology together, you have something powerful, something more than just making things run faster (of course newer computers, networking, internet, do make things faster.)  When I talk with clients and prospects during systems whiteboard strategy sessions, I usually start by asking this question, “Where is the DATA?”  Usually, I find DATA in several places: in an accounting system, in a CRM system, in some type of Line of Business (LOB) system, and then of course, you have “the spreadsheets”.

This is where the danger lies for companies but also where some real opportunities can take shape.

Yes, we usually conduct a detailed whiteboard, complete with pictures, visio diagrams, etc. with some recommendations for improvements we call a Technology Roadmap, but for purposes of this article, let’s just focus on the DATA in the BIG 4: