Blog: Forward Thinking

Thoughts and Musings from Glen Hellman about Executive Performance, Startups, the Washington DC Tech Scene and more.
Decision Making 8 Ball

Decision Making

Here's scary information about decision making. We make logical decisions illogically. In decision making we don't weight either side of an argument equally. There is some hidden force that puts its finger on the scale and tips it in one direction. Decision makers will run from risk, faster and harder than they will run towards gain. Proof? You don’t believe me? You think you're a logical decision maker? I say you're risk averse? According to Michael Lewis's new book, lung cancer patients confronted with the choice of radiation therapy or surgery with a 90% survival rate, the overwhelming choice is surgery.  Yet just...

Washington DC Peer Advisory Group

How To Find The Best Washington DC Peer Advisory Group

Washington DC Peer Advisory Group List How do you go about finding a great Washington DC Peer Advisory Group? Well there are several choices, all of them viable, but are they viable for you? What are your choices for a Washington DC Peer Advisory Group say you? Organization Facilitation 1 on 1 Coaching Monthly Cost Extras Netcito Assisted No $95 – $195 Education Self-Facilitated EO Self-Facilitated No $200 Social Club Speakers Vistage Professionally Mandatory $1,000 – $1,400 Speakers Facilitated Intranet TAB Professionally Yes $1,000 Intranet Facilitated Speakers ThinkTank Professionally Optional $500 Can of WhoopAss Facilitated *prices are best estimates NetCito - Is a DC area company. Founded in DC and tends to be focused on the tech community. The peer advisory group is self-facilitated. A viable low-cost choice. EO or Entrepreneurs Organization- Described by many as Clubby...

Planning Blueprint

Business Planning

Planning for life. Planning for Business It either happens or we can direct the happening. That's a plan. You know what a plan is right? Planning involves three key elements. A plan is a noun, a verb and a date. That's it. That's all there is to planning: Noun - as in "I" will  Verb - as in "retire" by Date - as in "December 1" I will retire by December 1. That's the what of a plan. Everything else is just tactical details. The how of the plan. Many people go through business and life without planning. When you don't have a plan...

Business Coach

How do I find a business coach?

Business Coach. How do I find a business coach or more importantly, how do  I find a good business coach or more importantly still how do I find the right good coach for me? All good questions and no simple answer. I'm a business coach. I'm a good business coach. In fact, I'm the best darn business coach who is the exact right business coach for you and what I just said is complete BS! Because: Fit - One person's business coach is like another person's floor.  Obtuse you say? Let me try and demystify what  I just said. In an apartment building, one man's...

Mr Cranky Startup Technology Resolution

Mr Cranky’s 2017 Startup Technology Resolution

Mr Cranky and Startup Technology a match made in heaven. Mr Cranky's back and I've made my 2017 Startup Technology Resolution list for the coming year. For the past 2 years I've fortunately avoided the crank inducing bullshitocracy that is the DC Tech Startup ecosystem. I've been able to avoid the Faux Silicon Valley wannabe wantrepreneur festival celebrations of  stupid ideas, poorly executed and horribly explained. Then recently, with a slight case of FOMO a work assignment thrust me headfirst back into the ooze of DCs anemic startup ecosystem. So here's my resolution for 2017. I will not get upset when I see what I...