Kerry McDonald

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Hard Questions Spark Breakthrough Business Thinking

The entrepreneurs I see are always talking about “disruptive innovation” ideas, but the plans I read are more often linear extensions of a current hot offering, like one more social network with the best of Facebook and Twitter, one more dating site dimension, or another “must-have” accessory for …

Clergy Out In Force To Defend Their Housing Tax Break

There is a certain irony in the litigation surrounding the “parsonage exclusion”, which allows mega-pastors to excluded mega housing allowance for their mega houses. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that Code Section 107, which excludes from taxable income housing provided for “ministers …

How To Tell Your Company's Story So The World Takes Notice

Chances are good that your company is doing something incredible. Chances are better that your audience doesn’t fully get it. While this is an unfortunate reality for many businesses, especially startups, it doesn’t mean that it has to be like this for you. Instead, make sure that your brand’s …

The 5 Fundamental Rules For Resolving Big Problems

My great career hero Carine Strom Clark knows a good deal about hard challenges. In 2002, she left a stellar career at a software giant (Novell) to take her chance on the little known startup (Altiris) and helped to make it a global enterprise. Following Altiris’ acquisition by Symantec in 2007, …

Seven Things They Don't Teach You In Business School

<i>The following guest post is by Vanessa Loder, founder of Akoya Power and cofounder of Mindfulness Based Achievement, the New MBA.</i><p>Would you spend $200,000 on something if it didn’t make you happier? As it turns out, you can invest over $200,000 on a top MBA program these days and while you will on …

'Heartbleed' bug could undermine years of work to build public trust

The "Heartbleed" software flaw that triggered alarm bells around the world could fundamentally undermine two decades' worth of efforts to persuade consumers they could trust the Web to securely handle such tasks as buying a pair of shoes and applying for a job.<p>The discovery of a gaping hole in a …