Monday, April 30, 2007

Streaming Video Content Via blinkx

Amanda Watlington reported in SearchEngineWatch Blog today that
"video search engine blinkx has added PBS streaming video content."
Quote from, retrieved April 30, 2007

When I searched for business topics, I found that blinkx also includes videos from Bloomberg, CNN, EuroNews, CBS, etc. Try searching blinkx for videos of interest to you and your classes. As always, it is important to evaluate each source.

To learn more about blinkx I checked the about page on its website and learned how blinkx receives its content:
"Using automatic spiders that crawl the Web, and through partnerships with 200 leading content and media companies, blinkx has indexed over 7 million hours of video content and made it fully searchable using speech-to-text transcription and visual analysis." Quote from, retrieved April 30, 2007.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Planning and Goal Setting for Small Business

This week, Small Business Bulletin highlights the Small Business Administration Guide--PLANNING AND GOAL SETTING FOR SMALL BUSINESS, which focuses on Management by Objectives. The guide is available via

If you are interested in a free subscription to Small Business Bulletin, available via e-mail, see

Please note that the librarians in the University Library at Golden Gate University are eager to help GGU students, faculty and alumni locate other resources for academic and career success.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Changing Role of CIO

How is the Role of CIO changing?
Check out:
"Setting a Strategic Course"
By Allan E. Alter
in Ziff Davis CIO Insight,1540,2114854,00.asp?kc=EWWHNEMNL041907EOAD
Below are two excerpts, retrieved from the website listed above on April 21, 2007:

"What will you be doing in 2010? according to our latest annual study on the CIO's role, you will be busy creating strategy and exploring new ways to use information and emerging technologies. CIOs may still come primarily from IT's professional ranks, but just 8 percent of the 291 executives we surveyed believe technological acumen is a key skill for success. That's because far fewer believe their main responsibilities in three years will include shepherding IT projects, ensuring data quality, defining IT architecture or even day-to-day managing. And CIOs will be paid well for the privilege of focusing on the Big Picture: ..."

"...While CIOs want to focus on strategy, their bosses need them to pay attention to IT operations. We went back five years to our 2003 CIO Role survey to see whether CIOs believe the personal attributes they need for success have changed—and indeed they have. Leadership and business understanding remain essential. However, CIOs today see strategic thinking as far more important than in 2003, while technical know-how and execution are much less critical. In contrast, consider how CIOs are evaluated: While their contribution to strategy is growing in importance, so too is the IT organization's overall performance, successful project completion, and interaction with business peers. CIOs may be emphasizing strategy at the expense of day-to- day performance; their CEOs, CFOs and COOs want them to focus on both. "

Thursday, April 19, 2007

American business English and Sports

You can read an informative article in USA Today about the heavy use of Sports terminology by American Businesspeople: Do foreign executives balk at sports jargon? Many of the GGU students from foreign countries will likely appreciate the short glossary of sports terms and their use in business discussions found at the end of the article. And native speakers of English may express themselves more clearly to important potential customers and colleagues by removing sports analogies from their speach as much as possible.

As one executive quoted in the article explains, "The Hail Mary is my favorite expression, which doesn't make sense anywhere that isn't football mad. You can establish your American centricity and risk a religious offense at the same time."

The University Library has many electronic books on Intercultural communication which can help students on both ends of the inter-cultural conversation. And the books on Business communication by Roger Axtell make very interesting and enjoyable reading.

(Electronic books are accessible outside of a university building ; Current GGU ID number or Cybercampus ID required. For assistance send e-mail to

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

What Your Leader Expects of You --HBR IdeaCast

Listen in on Harvard Business Review's free IdeaCast.

"... Online Editorial Director Paul Michelman talks with Larry Bossidy, former chairman and CEO of both AlliedSignal and Honeywell, and the author of an April 2007 HBR article entitled What Your Leader Expects of You. In our interview, Bossidy will guide us through the key tenets of what he calls "the CEO compact," which comprises both the behaviors bosses should expect from their direct reports, and what direct reports should expect in return. We also look at some of the hurdles that can stand in the way of effective behavior and how to overcome them."
Click on web address below to access audio interview., Quote is from HBR website above, retrieved April 18, 2007

California Leads in Use of Renewable Energy

California Leads Green Rush
Surprisingly, Oakland tops list of cities drawing more juice from renewable energy. April 17, 2007
By Andrea Quong

"Call it the green rush. Californian cities are leading the way to a rosy future based on renewable
energy, a survey of the nation’s 50 largest cities has found. ..."
See the full story via Red Herring,

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Web 2.0 Impact for Business

Web 2.0 Impact for Business --FAST reports on EIU Report:
"Everyone knows that scrappy startups from Silicon Valley are knee-deep in Web 2.0 trends, but what about big business? “Serious business: Web 2.0 goes corporate”, an Economist Intelligence Unit report on global Web 2.0 adoption, answers that question and is now available.
The report findings, initially presented at FASTforward ’07, the industry’s largest business and technology conference for the “search-powered” enterprise, uncovers the current perspectives of senior managers, spanning from their understanding of the definition of “Web 2.0”, to the specific ways it will impact their firm’s revenues, expenses, and operations." ...
“I think that eventually these kinds of Web 2.0 technologies will
transform the business model through community development, 360-
degree view of important product enhancements that should be made."
Harvey Koeppel, chief information officer and senior vice-president at Citigroup Inc’s Global
Consumer Group in New York.
Members of the GGU community can contact for the full report. Quotes from

Monday, April 16, 2007

Leaders Measured by Judgements --interview w Warren Bennis

In CIO articles with Warren Bennis, including Judgment Call, Judgments Demystified, and On Knowledge,
Bennis identifies three kinds of knowledge necessary for good judgments: knowledge of people, knowledge of organizations, and social network knowledge: "the ability to recognize and assess the information that flows all around ..."
April 7, 2007,1540,2113441,00.asp

Saturday, April 14, 2007 --Designed to Help Entrepreneurs

New website Venturehacks bills itself as "an entrepreneur's guide to hacking venture capital." For more information, see Red Herring's article "The Upper Hand: ‘Hacks’ web site coaches founders on VC tactics, but some call trust an issue."
By Ken Schachter
Apirl 11, 2007, available via

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Market Research Using Mobile Technology

Free webinar from Zoomerang and Procter & Gamble on April 26th
Reaching Consumers in Real Time:
Mobile Technology and Market Research web seminar will cover:
> Where and how consumers are willing to take mobile surveys
> How mobile research can add unique insights to your market research
> How mobile technology can provide higher quality consumer insights
with pinpoint accuracy
Date: Thurs, April 26, 2007
Time: 1:00pm Pacific Time
Where: Your desktop
Cost: FREE

Info above from e mail to, April 12, 2007

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Applying Management Theories to a Boat Race

Rob on BusinessPundit has fun applying various management theories to a boat race. Here's just a taste:
One Minute Manager - It better be a short race if they are going to win.
Management by Walking Around - Only Jesus can do this for a rowing team.
Balanced Scorecard Management - Crossing the finish line is only one component of winning.
Theory of Constraints - Throw the weakest rower overboard.
Check out full post on BusinessPundit

Blog Helps!

Hi Alice and Janice,
I am an adjunct faculty member at GGU--Janice had spoken at one of my
classes. I just wanted you to know that I am researching an obscure East Bay
historical figure and I used the Yahoo! multi-search tool that Janice
mentioned in her blog entry. I was able to get two additional online
references that led me to further resources at the Albany branch library.
Thank you! You librarians at GGU are such an incredible resource and so
capable. I imagine, though, that sometimes it feels like a thankless task.
Is anyone listening? Just wanted you to know that that blog entry
significantly expanded my research. Thanks again!
Viki Maki

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

100 Smartest Companies for 2007 from Baseline

Baseline features the 100 Smartest Companies for 2007,1540,2111241,00.asp?kc=BLBLBEMNL041007EOAD. What was their criteria? Click on website above for more information.

How Does 80/20 work for you?

Too much work, too little time. A common complaint of our era. Here is a short article that might help sort the wheat from the chaff:
This post is not a promotion for Skillpath seminars, but is provided because we the ideas in the website might be helpful to all.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Top 200 Public Companies in the SF Bay Area

Job seekers and others may want to check the recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle on top 200 public companies in the Bay Area

Thursday, April 5, 2007

New Alpha Multi-Search Tool from Yahoo in Beta

Try out the new Alpha search tool from Yahoo currently in Beta. Alpha is a "multi-search tool that submits your query to multiple sources and aggregates results from all of them on one page," according to (Quote retrieved April 5, 2007)