Rick Thomas

 
The Invitation of Uncertainty

Uncertainty invites ideas and ideas invite debate. I once read that “when everything is uncertain anything is possible.” Stated another way, when everything is uncertain all ideas possess a spark of possibility. Despite the discomfort it often causes, uncertainty reveals opportunity’s door and an idea is the key that unlocks it. The statement above may Read the full article…

 
Climb Out

It may be time to climb out of the well and look for a new place to dig! Often, when faced with a problem or a challenging period, we hunker-down and focus on details within the comfort zone of familiarity. We go back to what we “know” and recommit to what we consider to be Read the full article…

 
My Gritty Team

I have a gritty team and I am proud of it! Recently Forbes highlighted “grit” as a key factor in success. The article states that, “According to psychologist Angela Duckworth, the secret to outstanding achievement isn’t talent. Instead, it’s a special blend of persistence and passion that she calls – grit.” I think this is Read the full article…

 
Digital Unrest – A Catalyst for Social Disruption

Could digital unrest be the catalyst causing increased social and political disruption? Everyone sees their world view through a lens of their own construction, and I am certainly guilty of the same. As the owner of a technology company, I often see how the digital revolution can act as a polarizing force within the companies Read the full article…

 
The Time Capsule In Our Mind

There was a time when people buried a sealed container filled with items that represented contemporary life with the intent that the capsule be discovered by future generations. Implicit in this sort-it-forward concept was that the pace of change was so slow that nothing would be of interest for several generations. And of course, once Read the full article…

 
How Did I End Up In The Construction Business?

The commercial audiovisual contractor is the most recent entry into one of the world’s oldest industries. In 1879, Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. And the next thing you know, someone wanted a light installed, and with that, the electrical industry was born. The guy who did the first installation – he was the “geek” Read the full article…

 
Accelerating The Ah-Ha Moment

There was a time when technology improvements on the horizon promised a future of increased efficiencies and improved productivity.  Well, times have changed. We are no longer waiting on technology; it is waiting on us.  Of course, some may argue that the learning curve is steep or that “ease of use” is lacking but I Read the full article…

 
What You Can Feel But Cannot See

I knew it was out there! I could feel it, I just could not quite see it. What I could not see was the back-end of a semi-truck trailer. I was driving on the Alaska highway in near whiteout conditions, and its lights were frosted over and its trailer was grey – the camouflage was Read the full article…

 
To Cut Or To Innovate...That Is The Question

Do you cut costs or innovate?  This is a legitimate question and one that I think about often both as a business owner and as someone who owns a business serving other businesses.  During challenging economic or competitive times, when should one focus on cutting costs to reduce overhead and support the bottom line? And when Read the full article…

 
From Making It, To Making It Work – Software as a Service

For me, the most fascinating thing about being in the group communication and collaboration industry is not the technology – It’s actually watching the market evolve and adapt to change. As an example, for many years technology manufacturers focused almost exclusively on developing new and more advanced hardware.  After all, manufacturing facilities are expensive, which Read the full article…

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