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Thoughts and Musings from Glen Hellman about Executive Performance, Startups, the Washington DC Tech Scene and more.
English

Mr Cranky the Evolution of English

When you're a Cranky Old Fart speaking with millennials, you start to notice these new-fangled words or old-fangled words used in a new-fangled way. More accurately in a mangled way. As a public service and in order to promote more harmony between the english-speaking human race and millinneals, I've decided to document some of those words: Alternative Facts - As in, "That wasn't a lie. It was an Alternative Facts." Alternate facts refer to facts that exist in an alternative universe. A fact-free universe.  Conwaying - As in, "Stop conwaying me." Which in effect means answering every question by blaming someone else...

StarEast Listing

Mr Cranky Exclusive $200 Discount Code For StarEast Attendees

Are you going to StarEast? Here are 3 more reasons you should be at StarEast this May: To see Mr Cranky (that's me again speaking about me again in the 3rd person again) present Intentional Leadership $200 Discount by using this code: SE17GHS3 at this link: https://well.tc/wwcr Learn how to count because there are only 2 additional reasons and I would have known that had I been to StarEast. What is StarEast say you? The Premier Event for Software Testing and QA Professionals STAREAST—one of the longest-running and most respected conferences on software testing and quality assurance. The event week features over 100 learning and networking opportunities...

WBJ co-loser of the week

Celebrating My 3 Year Anniversary as the WBJ Co-Loser of the Week

Three years ago today, Mr Cranky (yes, once again I am referring to myself in the 3rd person), celebrated being named the Washington Business Journal C0-Loser of the week! My only regret Doug Fruehling was having to share the title and not even making it into the loser of the year competition. See Video Below I solemnly pledge to earn this title on my own, with no need to share it with any other individual in the future. Mr Cranky Dreams! Washington Business Journal Article My Offending Post: The Two Worlds of DCTech ...

Skills Versus Traits - Clint Burt

Skills Versus Traits: You Can’t Teach Tall

What do I mean by Skills versus Traits? Nineteen Seventies Matinee Stars Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds (for you kids out there they were the George Cloney (too old?), Brand Pitt (still too old?), Ryan Gosling (Still too old?), Sunny Pawar (what? 8 years old too young?)) early in their careers were sitting in a Hollywood Studio waiting room to find out if they got the part. In walks the casting director and he says to Burt Reynolds, "You didn't get the part because you can't act. " He then turned to Clint and said, "You didn't get the part either...

Startup Business Plan

Get Investors to Read Your Startup Business Plan

How do you get investors to read your startup business plan? Well short of walking into their offices and holding a gun on them, there's no guaranteed way to get them to read a business plan. There are however several ways to get them to not read your startup business plan and they include: Send it to investors who don't invest in your space - You're a pre-revenue media entertainment startup located in Washington DC seeking seed funding and you send the plan to a later-stage investor that doesn't focus in media and entertainment. Wrong Stage. Wrong Geography. Wrong Investor. Blind...

Glen Hellman Intentional Leadership Workshop DC

March 14, Intentional Leadership Workshop DC

Join me for an Intentional Leadership Workshop in DC on March 14th. This is an exclusive opportunity to laugh and learn how to improve your career while learning about the neuroscience of creating a high performance culture for your team. Intentional Leadership Workshop DC Intentionality: Leading An Intentional Culture Day: Tuesday Date: March 14, 2017 Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm Location: MakeOffices at K Street Address: 1015 15th St NW #600, Washington, DC 20005 As leaders we get the culture we tolerate. What are the steps to create an intentional culture of high performance? The basis of leadership and influencing others depends on understanding that humans make logical decisions...

Fire Bad Customers

Fire Bad Customers

Fire Bad Customers? Are you crazy? It's hard enough to get customers, why the hell would you fire them? We all know this, not all customers are created equal so fire your bad ones. I recently worked with two CEO's who were complaining about their customers. In one instance the CEO was asked to submit a proposal to an existing customer and who was applying pricing pressure. When I asked him why this customer was so important to him, he said they represented about 40 percent of his company's gross revenue. Upon further digging I found out that the 40% revenue customer only produced...

Bad Spam, Bad Marketing

Talk about bad marketing! Usually, Mr Cranky just ignores his spam mail. Occasionally, I lie to draw a lesson from them so I've decided to improve the following spam mail and send it to the spammer so that old Mak Saini...