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May 2009 Blog Posts (11)

Ideal Collaborators for me ...

Young Entrepreneurs who need an old head ....

Incoming IT & Comms Vendors who want market access actions ...

Distributors who need value-added vision to add to their shelves ...

Software Developers who need realism added to their invention ...

Market Developers who need another view ...

Investors who need insight into their target companies ...

OPERATIONALLY ... I like to bounce ideas around with like minds, though the time quickly comes where I need… Continue

Added by Mike Briercliffe on May 22, 2009 at 23:48 — No Comments

The MJB Timeline 1948 - 2011 and hopefully beyond ...


Born Burnley, Lancs, England, the latest addition to a family tree that started in 1170 ...


Passed 11+ thanks to Miss Agnes Moore - the first whole class to pass in St Stephen's School history I think ...


Left School wanted to get into commerce and HATED my last few years in education ...


Worked for - Halfords - for a few years - "commando" branch manager at 17


Headhunted to run own "Mini-Cooper" shop - a gallon of…


Added by Mike Briercliffe on May 22, 2009 at 20:00 — 1 Comment


Added by Mike Briercliffe on May 22, 2009 at 19:39 — No Comments

Charles Darwin said ... "It is not the strongest of a species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change".

Lets face it - these are very hard times for finding a job. Big companies are slimming down, small companies are feeling the crunch, cashflow is tight, everyone is risk averse and so it goes on ...

Not everyone will make it if they try and go it alone, but many of us aren't going to have an option. It's a denser jungle than it's been for twenty years or more ...

Most of the folks on here are self starters, with a huge repertoire of contacts and talent. Much of what… Continue

Added by Mike Briercliffe on May 22, 2009 at 19:31 — No Comments

My Personal Hall of Fame ...

John Gow - who gave all and took all in the quest that became IT ...

Ian McNeill - who can make order out of any level of chaos

Phil Flaxton - who doesn't know the meaning of the word defeat

Jonny Ellis - who can take an idea and when its changed a bit - sell it and take no prisoners

John Arnold - who gets forgiven for everything he ever did - by everyone - without any justification at all

Graham Jackson - who shows that business is summed up on a napkin



Added by Mike Briercliffe on May 22, 2009 at 19:30 — No Comments

Some Quotes that have helped me over the years ...

"Never let your memories be greater than your dreams" Doug Ivester

"For those who understand - no explanation is required. For those who do not - no explanation is possible" Jerry Lewis

"Marketing focuses on the needs of the customer and the company - Sales focuses on the needs of the salesman" I don't know :-)

"Marketing is the profitable matching of total company resource to available market opportunity" - erm -…


Added by Mike Briercliffe on May 22, 2009 at 19:30 — No Comments

My IT Industry Activities over the years

Sometimes in a full-time executive capacity, in others as interim manager, even more as a mentor and the rest as good friends, I have worked for, with and alongside great people throughout my career ...

Systime - ahead of its time - director of vertical markets, OEM Sales, and Open Systems.

Kernel Technology & Training - managing director of group

Open Tech - Open Computing - founder of both, seller of…


Added by Mike Briercliffe on May 22, 2009 at 19:30 — No Comments

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer ...

... and the bill for all ten comes to £100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.

The fifth would pay £1.

The sixth would pay £3.

The seventh would pay £7.

The eighth would pay £12.

The ninth would pay £18.

The tenth man (the richest) would pay £59.

So, that's what they decided to do.

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed… Continue

Added by Mike Briercliffe on May 22, 2009 at 19:30 — No Comments

Information Security - some personal reflections for discussion

3 scenarios that I'd like to share that I think demonstrate how easily we all can be in breach of common-sense when it comes to protecting our own information & that of our clients, suppliers and employers:

1981. I board a train in Kings Cross at around 7:30am. I've been to an awards dinner the night before & I'm on my way back to Leeds to present a proposal for the acquisition of a large computer system by a significant motor group based in Yorkshire later that… Continue

Added by Mike Briercliffe on May 17, 2009 at 15:00 — 3 Comments

The Indispensible Man

Sometime ....

Sometime when you’re feeling important

Sometime when your ego’s in bloom

Sometime when you take it for granted,

You’re the best qualified one in the room

Sometime when you think that your going

Would leave an un-fillable hole

Just follow these simple instructions

And see how they humble your soul

Take a bucket and fill it with water,

Put your hands in it up to the wrists

Take them out and the hole that you leave… Continue

Added by Mike Briercliffe on May 16, 2009 at 16:00 — No Comments

So called "Solution Selling"

I think that in my time in IT, which is now over 35 years, I've worked with (or close to) 1200 sales execs. That may seem a lot, but the major contributor to that number was a sales force, for which I had a management responsibility, of circa 200 that turned over on average twice a year. One of my frequent observations has been that of all of that number, there are fewer than 5% of them that I'd choose to work with again.

I've done a lot of sales support alongside "hunters",…


Added by Mike Briercliffe on May 16, 2009 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

About.Me is a nice facility ...

All your links in one place - simple but really nicely done AND including some analytics. Come and have a look at my links?

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