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A Little Spring Cleaning – Machine Gun Barbie Bites the Dust

We have just entered the “brown snow season” in Minnesota; that time when we start seeing warmer temperatures (above 25F) and some of the 4 feet of snow that fell over winter starts to melt. This false sense of hope makes us almost giddy but if we’re honest we know that we likely to get about 2 more feet of snow before we see green grass emerge………yay!

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And Now for Something Completely Different …

This week I was talking to a prospect in the marketing department of a company that I had been introduced to by a colleague. They are in the storage industry and are looking to make a big splash by flooding their “message” out to end users, resellers, and analysts. I was told that they had a very well developed content stable so they may not need the full range of DCIG services but that introducing my company to them could prove beneficial.

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Do You Validate?

I left the house in a rush to get to my meeting in downtown Minneapolis and was thrilled to find a parking structure that had room to park still. As I pulled up the ramp to swipe my credit card, I realized that I had in my haste left the house without my wallet and had about $11.00 cash in my pocket.

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And Now a Word from Our Sponsor

I have to admit to a guilty pleasure of LOVING the original Let’s Make a Deal Show. I was a young kid in the 1970’s and we regularly watched Monty Hall, Carol Merril, and Jay Stewart have fun with the audience ( dressed up in outrageous outfits) getting them to trade really decent prizes with the hopes of getting something even better and getting screwed in the process.

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DCIG Content is for “Closers”

As a young sales executive years ago I had a really annoying manager who, after seeing Glengary Glennross, used Alec Baldwin’s character as his managerial leadership model. I have to say that we all universally hated him; especially those of us who were actually doing well for the company. I wanted him to pack up his briefcase, his attitude and go away…but I wanted him to leave the leads.

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Clarity is not Underrated

There are a great many things in life that have made me want to get further clarification on issues.  I spent hours scrutinizing the lyrics

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In Business You Always Have to Play the First String

Football season is upon us and I am excited for it to get going. Right now we are seeing the 2nd string and shadow squads getting playing time in exhibition games and while they are wearing our teams’ uniform they are clearly not the first squad.

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Can You Skin Griz Pilgrim?

One of my favorite movies of all time is Jeremiah Johnson; I have probably watched it 50 times if I’ve watched it once. In the early stages of his education to mountain life Johnson meets up with a character named Bear Claw Chris Lapp (played by the guy who played Grandpa Walton).

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Second Place is not Always Such a Bad Thing

In the weeks since we published the Midrange Array Buyers Guide I have spoken to many of the vendors who were reviewed in the guide. Most of you I have spoken to have said how great a document the guide is, how much of a needed tool it is, and have congratulated DCIG on a job well done.

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